With Burgers and Vine finally open, we knew it wouldn’t be long before they started having live music as well as burgers, and this Saturday, March 8, it’s the CD release party for Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band. The act has quickly become one of the best- drawing reggae acts in the North Bay and the talent in the act backs it up. Martin writes songs that are in the vein of what we call “traditional reggae” along the lines of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Martin has surrounded himself with the likes of Andrew Emer, Isaac Carter, Alex Garcia, Tony Gibson, Mikey Cannon and Jason Thor, all professionals in their own right. Having them all in one act really makes for a large stage sound. The disc, simply titled after the name of the band, is a really nice listen and Martin’s upbeat lyrics will have you singing along in no time. CDs will be available at the show, which kicks off at 9 p.m.
The Sonoma Community Center presents Black and White Jazz as part of the ongoing Winter Concert Series on Saturday, March 8, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. This will be the third and final show in the series which features songs chosen to evoke an earlier era, a time of black and white photos, black and white movies, smoky clubs and cocktail lounges. Vocalists Connie Ducey, Janet Lynn and Dee Dee Pickard will perform signature numbers by Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini and more. They will be backed by the Black & White Jazz Quartet that features Tim Wat on piano, Erik Nelson on trumpet and vocals, Andy Dudnick on bass and Jimmy C on drums. “Black & White jazz brings these great composers to the forefront by sharing their greatest work and, hopefully, sending our audience away with a new understanding and appreciation of both the music and the composers who built The Great American Songbook,” said Sonoma Community Center’s Executive Director Toni Castrone. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime, or in advance at svbo.org.
The Cypress String Quartet returns to Sonoma on Sunday, March 9, for a 3 p.m. show that will feature a guest artist as well to perform at the Vintage House senior center. The show will feature works from Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. The act will also perform Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Opus 76, #5, sometimes nicknamed “The Largo,” and one of the six Opus 76 quartets; Anton Webern’s “Langsamer Satz” and more. Formed in 1996, the Cypress String Quartet, comprised of Cecily Ward on violin, Tom Stone on violin, Ethan Filner on viola and Jennifer Kloetzel on cello. Tickets are available from the society’s website, sonomaclassical.org, Readers’ Books, Pharmaca, and at the door.
The Plaza Bistro presents Leo Vigil tonight, March 7, starting at 7 p.m. Vigil has been a professional musician for more than 40 years, establishing himself as a first call for studio and live drummer-percussionist appearances throughout California. Vigil has worked with Tom Scott, Dave Koz, Frank Gambale, Steve Miller, Boz Skaggs, Bill Chaplin, Narada Michael Walden and many more. There is no cover.
The El Verano Inn presents Fallen Anjel on Saturday, March 8. Showtime is 8 p.m. There is no cover.
The Valley of the Moon Winery presents Sean Carscadden today, March 7, for a 4 p.m. show at the winery. There is no cover and there will be wine and food specials as well.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Kith and Kin tonight, March 7, kicking off 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, the pub presents Rory McNamara and The Ring of Truth Trio performing Americana and Celtic crossover. The trio features McNamara on guitar and lead vocals, Henry Nagle on electric and pedal steel guitars and John Caulfield on fiddle and mandolin, also starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9 it’s an early show with Elaine Dempsey, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
The Annex Wine Bar has Hillary Wicht and Cliff Goldmacher tonight, March 7, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Goldmacher is a seasoned session player and Wicht has done back up vocals for the likes of Kelly Clarkson and more. J. B. Duff will accompany the duo on drums. Saturday, March 8, it’s 2 Friends and Cliff Zykowski, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Epicurean Connection presents Christopher Lods and Chris Vibberts tonight, March 7, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 8, it’s Adam Traum and Jack Hines also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, March 9, it’s the Heartache Sisters, kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, March 7, with Tim Eschliman, Snakebite Jacobs and Scott Lawrence, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, it’s Ron Dubin’s 4th St New Orleans Jazz Band also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Clay Bell for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, March 7. Saturday, March 8, the tavern welcomes Ten Foot Tone and all that typically comes with the act. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.
Peter Babcock will be performing once again at the the Washboard Concert, which takes place at the John Steinbeck Forum at the Portola Hotel in Monterey. “We get as many washboard players that will fit on stage. They come from all over the world.” Showtime is 10:30 a.m.
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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.
Michael McDonald – Tuesday, March 11,
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael,
Y&T – Saturday, March 8,
The Fillmore – San Francisco,
Ani DiFranco –
Saturday, March 8,
Uptown Theater – Napa,
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Saturday, March 8,
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma,
Sunday, March 9,
HopMonk Tavern – Novato,
Sun Kings – Beatles Tribute –
Friday, March 7,
The Fenix – San Rafael,
Petty Theft –
Friday, March 7,
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley,
Buck Nickels and Loose Change –
Saturday, March 8,
Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove,