Musicworks!/Sonoma performs to benefit VOICES

VOICES Sonoma, a program of On The Move, will hold its first-ever community fundraiser on Sunday, June 29, at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.

VOICES Sonoma brings together partnering agencies to provide housing, education, employment and wellness services to youth, ages 16 to 24, who are aging out of foster care with little or no support. Created and run by former foster youth, VOICES is the first organization of its kind in the nation. MusicWorks!/Sonoma will perform well-loved classic tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. Tickets include an array of hors d’oeuvres prior to the performance, which starts at 6 p.m. A no-host Jacuzzi wine bar will serve four of their best wines.

For tickets and more info, point your browser to voicesyouthcenter.org/voicesinthevineyard or call 486-8805.

Transcendence Theatre opens its 2014 season in the Jack London State Historic Park tonight, June 27, with the presentation of “One Singular Sensation.” The season, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the park, encompasses a variety of different shows at the park and other venues throughout the Valley. It concludes Sept. 6, and includes four separate themed concerts, wine tasting and pre-event picnics in the park.

All events begin with a pre-show picnic at 5 p.m., with food and wine for sale from various on-site vendors, and show time at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more info, point your browser to transcendencetheatre.org.

Hula Mai is back on the Sonoma Plaza on Saturday, June 28, in the Grinstead Amphitheater for a 5:30 p.m. show. This year’s production, directed by Betty Ann Ka’ihilani Bruno along with Hula Mai’s band, will bring “kahiko,” Hawaii’s ancient dances and “ahuana,” the more modern dances, onto the stage. There will also be a special guest appearance by Patrick Landeza, a leading performer of “Ki ho’alo,” the Hawaiian slack key guitar style. There is no cover for the performance and all are welcome.

Are you interested in marching with the Sonoma Hometown Band in the Fourth of July parade? If so, practice has been announced at the Sonoma Community Center in Room 110 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday June 29, and Wednesday July 2. The band meets behind the barracks at 9 a.m. on the fourth. For info, call 252-2993.

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library presents an “old timey” musical group, the Stoney Point Ramblers, at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The band, which is comprised of Ernie Noyes on mandolin, Annie Haught on fiddle and Albert Farrens on guitar, plays traditional music featuring tight harmonies and beautiful old time melodies. There is no cover for the show and all are welcome.

The Sonoma Community Center presents the Kitchen Cafe Series, kicking off on Sunday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m., which is a series of monthly “Cafe-style” performances in the Rotary Kitchen at the center. The first performer is Mary Sue Ulven-Rank. For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Muscardini Cellars presents another “Wine Down Friday” with the Jami Jamison Band playing swing and blues tonight, June 27, for a 5 p.m. show. The cover includes a glass of wine.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Rolling Blackouts, playing classic rock with some soul tonight, June 27, in the tasting room for a 6 p.m. show.

It is also a food truck Friday event. The venue is child- and dog-friendly, and there is no cover. No outside alcohol, including beer is allowed, per ABC regulations.

Viansa Winery in Carneros presents the Rusty String Express on Saturday, June 28, for a noon start time. The band celebrates string band traditions of the past while stretching into the unknown. Creating original music with unique and familiar flavors, the act is a mash up of acoustic excitement, bubbling creativity, and excellent musicianship.

Best of all are the original tunes coming out of this creative quartet. There is no cover but outside food and drinks are not allowed.

Funky Fridays continue at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park tonight, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. presenting StreetWise with Blythe Klein.

Members of the band are Blythe Klein on vocals, David Schrader on keyboard and saxophone, Randy Quan on guitar, Jim Passarell on bass and Geoffrey White on drums. This is a family-friendly event. Food and beverages are available on-site or you can bring a picnic. For more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Don Trotta laying down reggae and blues tonight, June 27, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Saturday, June 28, it’s Calvin Ross and friends playing folk classics and some of Ross’s original tunes as well. Showtime is also 7:30 p.m. There is no cover but the venue is 21 and over only.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, June 27, with Macy Blackman kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, it’s the Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Bowen Brown also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night, but there is a $10 minimum.

Burgers and Vine presents Central Station tonight, June 27, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. The band plays its own brand of soulful ballads and funky blues rock and brings together many disparate styles, rearranges them and displays them as a cohesive sound. Saturday, June 28, it’s Simply Amazing, playing high-energy dance music. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. There is no cover for either show.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes Kenny Washington and Jeff Massanari tonight, June 27, at 7 p.m. Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range and rapid-fire scatting. Massanari is one of the most in-demand guitarists in the Bay Area, and has performed with many of San Francisco’s premier vocalists and instrumentalists.

There is no cover for the show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Tony Gibson tonight, June 27, for an 8 p.m. show. The pub presents Comedy Night with Dave Ross for two shows on Saturday, June 28, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, it’s an early show with the Tonewoods, starting at 6 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Anthony Presti playing acoustic rock on the beer garden stage today, June 27, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s Wendy DeWitt playing boogie-woogie piano at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, the beer garden stage welcomes singer-songwriter Johnny Nash for a 1 p.m. show, later that night, the tavern stage has Dawn Angelosante for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, June 29, it’s an afternoon show on the beer garden stage at 1 p.m. with Craig Corona playing folk and Americana and maybe even some Bob Denver. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.

The Epicurean Connection presents Bear Belly tonight, June 28, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, June 28, it’s 3 Friends, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, June 29, it’s an early start for 5 Cent Coffee, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Blue Moon Salon has karaoke on Saturday, June 28, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 29, the saloon presents the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

Wildflower Weed is on the road on Sunday, June 29, for a brunch show at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, kicking off at 11 a.m.

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.

Dwight Yoakam – Friday, June 27; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123

Grandmothers of Invention – Zappa Tribute – Friday, June 27; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

Igor and the Red Elvises – Saturday, June 28; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Monday, June 30; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

LeJazz Hot – Saturday, June 28; Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio; 415-662-2219

Wallstreet – Saturday, June 28; The Fenix – San Rafael; 415-813-5600

Albert Lee – Friday, June 27; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850

The Bangles – Friday, June 27; City Winery – Napa; 260-1600

Ragtag Sullivan – Friday, June 27; Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove; 795-5118

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel – Friday, June 27; Zodiacs – Petaluma; 773-7751