Huichica, Huichica, Huichica, back at Gundlach Bundschu

We just wanted to try to make you say it three times fast.

The annual Huichica Music Festival returns to Gundlach Bundschu Winery this weekend, starting tonight, June 13, with a show featuring Mount Eerie and Vetiver. Friday night’s kick-off features special guest Alina Hardin out of Los Angeles and Michael Hurley, who was a part of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s and is still going strong.

The festival, presented by Jeff Bundschu and Eric Johnson, focuses on bringing up-and-coming indie rock acts to the winery that might not get the chance to be seen at such an intimate venue. The big show is Saturday, June 14, that kicks off at noon and features David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Mount Eerie, Vetiver, Kelley Stoltz, Magic Trick, EDJ, Michael Hurley, Meg Baird, The Cairo Gang, Extra Classic, Light Fantastic, The Blank Tapes, Houndstooth, Golden Gram, Alina Hardin.

The day will also feature intimate acoustic sets from Hurley and Mount Eerie and others throughout the day and DJ-ing by Golden Gram and EDJ. There will also be specially created wine pairings featuring Gundlach Bundschu wines created by food purveyors such as Bunk Sandwiches, Salumeria, Rancho Gordo and Q Craft. Festival-goers will have the chance to try the pairings and vote for their favorites. Tickets can be purchased at the door, if available, and for more info, point your browser to huichicamusicfestival.com.

The historic Sebastiani Theatre presents two shows this weekend, starting tonight June 13, when Dead on Live will perform in support of the Sebastiani Theatre’s preservation and will be recreating the Grateful Dead albums, “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” in their entirety. That show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door. The big show is Saturday, June 14, also at 8 p.m. when the Blue Rose Ball goes down. The Blue Rose Ball came together as a way of honoring the spirit and life of Joe Capone.

To celebrate his passion for music, a bill of amazing talent has been assembled. To celebrate his passion for life, the event benefits the Joseph Capone Scholarship Fund at the Old Adobe School. The Joseph Capone Scholarship Fund focuses on quality early childhood education with emphasis on diverse cultures and the arts.

Anchored by the tribute band Dead on Live, the Blue Rose Ball also features Grateful Dead extended family such as David Gans, Steve Forbert, Mark Karan, Josh Joplin, Jason Crosby, Kelly Fitzgerald, Drew Harrison and Tim Gorman. Legendary local artist Stanley Mouse will be producing one more Blue Rose Ball poster in honor of the evening. Mouse produced the classic Blue Rose image that once graced the poster for the last show at Winterland on December 31, 1978. Tickets can be purchased at the Sebastiani Theatre box office. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, point your browser to blueroseball.com.

There’s live music on the Sonoma Plaza this Saturday, June 14, when BackTrax plays at 2 p.m. as part of the Native Sons of the Golden West’s Flag Day celebration, which includes a microbrew fest and chicken barbecue. The day is also special as it is the 100th anniversary of the placing of the Bear Flag Monument and many local political luminaries will be making the scene. There will also be a re-enactment of the revolt in the barracks at 1 p.m.

Funky Fridays continue at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park tonight June 13, at 6:30 p.m. with V-Train Xpress. Vernelle Anders and her band of veteran musicians take you straight to where the good times roll. Members include Vernelle Anders on vocals, Tim Haggerty on keyboard, Cliff Hugo on bass, Randy Quan on guitar, David Schrader on saxophone and Kendrick Freeman on drums. For more info, point your browser to FunkyFridays.info.

If you’re traveling to Kenwood and don’t want to make it all the way up the hill, you can catch the Rett Hamer Blues Band on the porch at Muscardini Cellars on Friday, June 13, at 5 p.m. as part of the “Wine Down Friday” series. The cover includes a glass of wine.

B. R. Cohn Winery is kicking off its Saturday night summer music series on Saturday, June 14, with a 6 p.m. show in the olive grove that features Simple Creation. Wine and food will be available for purchase and tickets will be available at the door. Sunday afternoon, June 15, at 2 p.m. it’s a free show on the tasting room lawn that features JMB and the Big O playing acoustic versions of rock classics.

Larsen Family Winery presents the Cork Pullers on Sunday, June 15, kicking off at noon.

Viansa Winery in Carneros presents 3 on a Match on Saturday, June 14, for a noon start time. The act is an authentic Dylan-to-Delta blues and folk duo that evokes the lively tradition of juke joints and coffee houses. The act features “Smokin'” Joe Herrschaft on vocals and harmonica, and Paul Christopulos on guitar and slide guitar. There is no cover.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents Magic tonight, June 13, 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.

Burgers and Vine presents Train Wreck Junction tonight, June 13. The act focuses on “honky tonk” country classics in the style of Waylon and Willie. Saturday, June 14, it’s Midnight Sun Massive, laying down traditional reggae music in the style of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Both shows kick off at 9:30 and there is no cover. Sunday, June 15, it’s an afternoon performance from Showcase the Band, kicking off at 3 p.m. There is no cover for that show as well.

The Annex Wine Bar has the Little Mountain String Band tonight, June 13, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, it’s Hard Travelin’ also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows but the venue is 21 and over.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, June 13, with Charlie Hickox, Snakebite Jacobs, Tim Eschliman kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, it’s Macy Blackman, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Timothy O’Neil band tonight, June 13, for an 8 p.m. show. The pub presents Ain’t Misbehavin playing bluegrass on Saturday, June 14, for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, June 15, the weekly pro-jam session featuring Vanguard Jazz Ensemble begins at 1 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Tumbledown House on the beer garden stage today, June 13, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s Bobby Jo Valentine at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, the beer garden stage welcomes Andy Ferrell for a 1 p.m. show, later that night, the tavern stage has the Welcome Matt for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, June 15, it’s an afternoon show on the beer garden stage at 1 p.m. with Hannah Jern-Miller and Ben Bolin. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.

The Epicurean Connection presents T-Luke and the Tight Suits tonight, June 13, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, June 14, it’s the Hellhounds playing acoustic, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, June 15, it’s an early start for Rooster Still, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Chris Amberger Trio tonight, June 13, at 7 p.m. Ambergers’ hard driving bass lines, melodic soloing, and enormous creativity have brought him to perform with artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, and Steely Dan. There is no cover for the evening.

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library has harp music from Diana Rowan on Saturday, June 14, kicking off at 2 p.m. Currently performing worldwide and recording both as a solo artist and collaborator, Rowan’s playing and compositions have “unusual power and beauty” combining both virtuosic technique from classical training and soulfulness from immersion in folk traditions. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Friends of Sonoma Valley Library will be accepted.

The El Verano Inn has classic rock from Triple XXX on Saturday, June 14, for a 9 p.m. show. There is no cover.

The Blue Moon Salon has karaoke on Saturday, June 14, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 15, the saloon presents the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

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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J.M. Berry's Hot 45s

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.

Vinyl – Friday, June 13;

19 Broadway – Fairfax;


Sol Horizon – Friday, June 13; HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol; 829-7300

Jimmy Vaughan –

Saturday, June 14;

HopMonk Tavern –

Sebastopol; 829-7300

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Sunday, June 15; Rancho Nicasio –

Nicasio; 415-662-2219

Prezident Brown – Friday, June 13; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200

Chris Cain Band – Friday, June 13; The Fenix – San Rafael; 415-813-5600

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Friday, June 13; City Winery – Napa;


Soulshine Blues Band – Friday, June 13; Rio Nido Roadhouse – Rio Nido;


Train Wreck Junction – Saturday, June 14;

Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove; 795-5118

Melvin Seals w/JGB –

Friday, June 13;

Zodiacs – Petaluma;