We here in Sonoma Valley know that we are blessed when it comes to big-name music acts coming to town, with the B. R. Cohn shows bringing in names like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Gregg Allman, the Doobie Brothers and more. Jazz-Plus, though short-lived, landed Tony Bennett, Crosby Stills and Nash and more.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery has just brought it up a notch as well, with a show from the Dave Rawlings Machine, featuring Gillian Welch on Friday, Oct. 3, in the winery amphitheater. Touring with the act is Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones, Willie Watson and Paul Kowert, yes; that John Paul Jones, formerly of Led Zeppelin. Rawlings is an award-winning guitar player, singer, songwriter and producer best known for his work with Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ryan Adams. His Machine’s debut album “A Friend of a Friend” was released in 2009, he was also voted 2012 Americana Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Tickets for the show go on sale at noon today, Friday July 18. For tickets and more info, point your browser to gunbun.com/calendar.
The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Carlos Herrera laying down Latin acoustic songs tonight, July 18, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, July 19, it’s Hard Travelin’ playing rock and country. Showtime is also 7:30 p.m. There is no cover but the venue is 21 and over only.
Burgers and Vine presents Ragtag Sullivan tonight, July 18, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. The act plays a mix of blues, swing, rock and funk. Phil Herrschaft and founding guitarist, Jason Bodlovich go back more than 15 years together, with roots starting at the Valley of the Moon Saloon jam sessions in Sonoma. Saturday, July 19, it’s Western Swing hall-of-famer Tommy Thomsen and his All-Star Band, playing western swing classics, dance songs and more. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. There is no cover for either show.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents Rock on Broadway playing classic rock tonight, July 18, in the tasting room for a 6 p.m. show. The venue is child- and dog-friendly, and there is no cover. No outside alcohol, including beer is allowed, per ABC regulations.
Palooza Gastropub in Kenwood presents Tsunami tonight, July 18, for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, July 20, it’s “Sangria Sunday” with a show from the Rosetown Ramblers, playing blues and New Orleans jazz. That show kicks off at noon.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, July 18, with Macy Blackman kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19, it’s the Tim Eschliman, Michael Peloquin and Kevin Zuffi also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night, but there is a $10 minimum.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Jen Tucker playing folk music on the beer garden stage today, July 18, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s the Hellhounds playing Chicago and delta blues at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, the beer garden stage welcomes singer-songwriter Jenna Lavoie laying down pop songs for a 1 p.m. show, later that night, the tavern stage has Dan Martin playing reggae music for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, July 20, it’s an afternoon show on the beer garden stage at 1 p.m. with Craig Corona playing acoustic songs from the Great American Songbook.