Where’s Rossi’s 1906 you might ask? Good question, and that’s exactly what owner Max Young wants, as he has spent the last year-and-a-half bringing back the glory of the former Little Switzerland building in El Verano. The venue is essentially all new inside, as much work needed to be done on the over 100-year-old historic roadhouse. The stage has been moved across the room and a new dance floor has been installed. The venue is re-named after one of the founding El Verano families and is one of the few dancehalls left standing from the glory days of the ’20s and ’30s. We’ll leave the food reviews to Kathleen Hill, but we can say if you like barbecue and you haven’t been there yet, you need to get there. Friday, Aug. 8, the stage gets christened with an appearance by Stompy Jones, playing swing and jump blues. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s blues legend Ron Thompson and the Resistors. Shows both nights kick off at 9:30 p.m. and at that point the family-friendly venue becomes 21 and over.
The celebration of life for Dave Robbins will be held at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 9, kicking off at 4 p.m. and the day includes a who’s-who of local music talent. On the bill is Deirdre Egan, Randy Cook, Judy Williams, Cat Petru, Kerry Daly, the Trees, Kit Schmidt, Wildflower Weed, Ian Hinkley, Static People, Greg Volker, Adam Traum (recorded), Hard Travelin’, Mike Barnes, Mark Dennis, Kristen Pearce, Smokin Joe, Jaydub and Dino, Ten Foot Tone, Acoustic Soul and Tilted Halos. Food is a potluck and drinks will be available. The event is free and welcome to all who want to remember Dave, but donations will be accepted to help with the expense of renting the hall and other expenses for the family.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents Magic playing dance music and some reggae as well tonight, Aug. 8, 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.
Tickets for The Rockin Heart Hoedown, formerly Cur-Ville in Kenwood are going fast and they are also still looking for volunteers for the Saturday, Aug. 16, show. The festival boasts two stages and a number of performers, including the David Thom Band, the Crux, Kevin Russell, Doug Blumer, Megan McLaughlin and more. For tickets and more info about the festival and to volunteer, point your browser to rockinheartmusic.com
The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Acoustic Soul playing blues and rock tonight, Aug 8, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s the Mark Larson Trio playing some acoustic classic rock. Showtime is also 7:30 p.m. There is no cover but the venue is 21 and over only.