Johnny Cash tribute to help local schools

“Cold Hard Cash” is coming to town and that’s exactly what they’re hoping to raise for a couple local schools. The act pays homage to the era when country star Johnny Cash was touring with the Tennessee Three and playing Folsom and San Quentin prisons.

The act tours the United States reviving the music of Johnny Cash and in 2013, when long-time friends Mike Hengehold and Sean Riebli saw the act, they thought of school music programs on the decline and how to help. They persuaded the act to include Sonoma on their West Coast swing in 2014 and the act will be playing in Sonoma at the Moose Lodge tonight, June 6, for a show that starts at 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Portions of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Sonoma Valley High School Band to fund new instruments and to St. Francis School, where a portion of proceeds will go toward school athletics.

Tickets are $35, and to acquire them in advance, point your browser to paypal, with the payment going to coldhardcashsonoma@gmail.com. For more info about the evening, contact Sean Riebli at 704-6467 or Mike Hengehold at 415-516-1275.

Running on the success of the previous shows, where funds to air condition the historic building were raised, the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club is once again presenting Plan Be for a dance party, this time to help with landscaping with the hopes of renting the venue for weddings and parties.

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, and the dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Funky Fridays begins the summer season tonight, June 6, with a series of concerts at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to help raise funds for the facility to keep it open to the public. The “Friends of Sugarloaf” have put together a nice series that kicks off with the Volker Strifler Band. Strifler pushes the blues envelope to all points of the compass, with explorations into rock, jazz, and Latin rhythms, with several stops in New Orleans along the way.

Members of the band are Volker Strifler on guitar and vocals, Chip Condon on keyboard, Steve Froberg on bass, Carl Bowers on trombone, David Schrader on saxophone and Gary Silva on drums. Tickets are available at the venue.

For more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.

Burgers and Vine presents Full Chizel tonight, June 6. Don’t let the instruments fool you. At first glance, one might expect some languid folk music from an acoustic guitar, fiddle and percussion ensemble, but this trio packs a punch by covering multiple genres of ’70s and ’80s hits, with a few toe-tapping originals mixed in just for good measure.

Saturday, June 7, it’s T-Luke and the Tight Suits, featuring Luke Domingue. Domingue is the son of the late, great, Richie Domingue, founder of Gator Beat, and on the passing of his father, young Domingue picked up the torch and is carrying on in his father’s footsteps by laying down zydeco and Cajun dance music. The night is a celebration of his late father’s birthday. The new act has been making the local music scene take notice as of late. Both shows kick off at 9:30 and there is no cover.

The Annex Wine Bar has the debut performance of the Bee Rays tonight, June 6, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, it’s Jaydub and Dino also for a 7:30 p.m. show. Don’t miss the budding hipsters returning to one of the many scenes of the crime. There is no cover for any of the shows but the venue is 21 and over.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents Fallen Anjel tonight, June 6, in the tasting room for a 6 p.m. show. The venue is kid and dog friendly, and there is no cover, but no outside alcohol is allowed.

B. R. Cohn Winery has Dustin Saylor on Sunday, June 8, for a noon show that is complimentary for all winery guests. The show starts at noon.

Viansa Winery in Carneros presents the Organix Duo on Saturday, June 7, for a noon start time. The act features North Bay jazz guitarist Jason Bodlovich in an acoustic duet setting and they will perform a mix of instrumental Brazilian, jazz, swing, flamenco, blues, and more. Repertoire includes original compositions, jazz standards and eclectic rock and pop covers. There is no cover.

If you missed Full Chizel at Burgers and Vine, have no fear, as you can catch them Saturday, June 7, at Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood for a show that kicks off at noon. There is no cover.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, June 6, with Ron Dubin’s 4th St. New Orleans Jazz Band kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, it’s the Flying Squirrels, with Stevie Gurr, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Tommy Thomsen Band tonight, June 6, for an 8 p.m. show. The pub presents Andrew Freeman on Saturday, June 7, for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, June 8, the weekly pro-jam session featuring Vanguard Jazz Ensemble begins at 1 p.m. Later that night, it’s the Sean Carscadden Band for a 7:30 p.m. show.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has the Dave Hamilton Trio on the beer garden stage today, June 6, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s Wendy DeWitt at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the beer garden stage welcomes Tom Rhodes for a 1 p.m. show, later that night, the tavern stage has Timothy O’Neil for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, June 8, it’s an afternoon show on the beer garden stage at 1 p.m. with the Gypsy Jazz Caravan. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.

The Epicurean Connection presents Diana Morningstar tonight, June 6, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, June 7, it’s Jake Barrett, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, June 8, has an early start for Halfpence and Hay Penny, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes Pamela Rose’s Hammond Organ Party tonight, June 6, at 7 p.m. Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Rose has teamed up with Hammond B-3 wizard Wayne De La Cruz to create an event that jazz and blues enthusiasts are already calling a classic, a “Hammond Organ Party.” Personally, we’d like to see just how many B-3s they can fit into the venue. There is no cover for the evening.

Showcase the Band will be at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, June 8, for a dance party that kicks off at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

Andrews Hall welcomes to the Rotary Stage, the Little Fiddlers along with the Sonoma Strings Orchestra, directed by Leta Davis on Sunday, June 8, at 7 p.m. This is a family friendly concert with blues, rock, swing and classical music and there is no cover.

Sunday, June 8, The Blue Moon Saloon presents the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

The Jami Jamison Band is on the road to Santa Rosa at Legends Sports Bar tonight, June 6, for a 5:30 p.m. show.

Adam Traum and Jack Hines will be at Tony’s Seafood in Marshall tonight, June 6, for a 7 p.m. show.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. Hit me up at jmberry@sonomamusic.com.

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Editor’s Note: While there is no shortage of great concerts in Sonoma, sometimes it is fun to get out of the Valley. Here’s what you can hear within 45 minutes of fair Sonoma.

Poor Mans Whiskey – Saturday, June 7;

19 Broadway – Fairfax;


Rock Candy – Friday, June 6; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200

Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s – Friday, June 6; The Fenix – San Rafael;


Aimee Mann – Wednesday, June 11;

City Winery – Napa;


Sugarfoot – Friday, June 6;

The Flamingo – Santa Rosa; 545-8530

Moonalice – Saturday, June 7; Zodiacs– Petaluma;