The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation will be hosting a barbecue and concert at Kenwood Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 20, to benefit the construction of the new Kenwood Plaza Gazebo, which is being built in memory of Bobby Musser-Kirby. Bobby was just 5-years-old when a tree fell on his family’s vehicle on Bennett Valley Road, killing the boy. The new structure will be accompanied by a memorial garden to honor Candace Heim-Serrano and Glory Whitehead, two beloved Kenwood community leaders. The afternoon will feature jazz and blues by Jami Jamison and the Moonlight Riders, the Kenwood Jazz Ensemble, John Burdick with Laura Benward and the Rett Hamer Blues Band. Barbecue donated by local restaurants will be served and will include ribs and chicken, as well as side dishes and desserts. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. The day kicks off at 2 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.
The Sonoma Valley Regional Library is hosting six ragtime musicians and ensembles on Saturday, Oct. 19, as a part of the Wine Country Ragtime Festival. These nationally known artists will perform, answer questions and educate about this unique American music genre. According to organizer John Patridge, “… this is going to be a lot of fun and definitely a family friendly event. Kids love this kind of music.” The day begins at 1 p.m. with Tom Brier and the Saloon Sweeties, followed by Larisa Migachyov and then Deborrah Wyndham. John Remmers is also on the bill with Brooks Christensen and the day concludes with the Ragtime Skedaddlers. It is free and open to the public.
The Jack London Piano Club ushers in the fall season presenting its eighth concert to benefit Jack London State Historic Park with a special Halloween inspired recital on Sunday, Oct. 20, in the park, starting at 4 p.m. The mood will be evoked with some spooky music performed on the grand piano that belonged to and was played by Charmian London. The day will feature guest vocalist Jennifer Farmer. Pianists performing will be John Dinwiddie, Jud Goodrich, Charles Harris, Deborah Knapp, Mae Lucas, Zina Milyavsky, Esfir Ross and Jim Wittes. Tickets are available at jacklondonpark.com or by calling 938-5216.
Pianist Elizabeth Dorman will perform a recital on Sunday, Oct. 20, at a private home in Sonoma, as a fundraiser for the Sonoma Classical Music Society. This recital harks back to the “salon concerts” of the 18th and 19th centuries, when performers entertained a select audience in the “salons” of patrons and generous aficionados. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at sonomaclassical.org. Once tickets have been purchased, ticket holders will be given directions to the home where the recital will be held.
B. R. Cohn Winery has music in the courtyard on Sunday, Oct. 20, with Jason Bodlovich from 2 to 5 p.m. There is no cover.
The Annex Wine Bar has Craig Corona tonight, Oct. 18, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, it’s the DaveEdJohn Quartet also starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
The Erik James tasting room has music tonight, Oct. 18, with Stevie Gurr, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, it’s Snakebite Jacobs’ 9th Ward Millionares, also for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 20, the room presents Sonoma Satchmo and the 9th Ward Playboys, also kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover any night.
The Epicurean Connection presents Jen Tucker tonight, Oct. 18, for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Perfect Crime Saturday, Oct. 19, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Big 3 Diner in Boyes Hot Springs presents Tom Martin for a dinner set tonight, Oct. 18, starting at 6 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro presents John Kalleen tonight, Oct. 18, kicking off at 7 p.m. Trumpeter Kalleen assembled the John Kalleen Group in 2004, inspired to create an ensemble based on the full-sounding style of the ’50s and ’60s classic jazz quintets, as exemplified by the great Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter groups, going back as far as the bebop era. “I took my time finding just the right musicians,” Kalleen explains. “What I expected was that we were going to be a bebop-hard bop quintet that essentially covers the classic tunes of that era, with some imaginative new arrangements, but the musicians who joined the band really clicked. With some original tunes in our repertoire, the band has taken on its own unique sound and style. So the band has taken off in ways that I originally hadn’t imagined.” There is no cover.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Dawn Angelosante and Deirdre Egan on Saturday, Oct. 19, for an 8:30 p.m. show.
The Moose Lodge has music, dinner and comedy, not necessarily in that order, on Saturday, Oct. 19, with the Plan Be Band and more, all kicking off at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 996-3877. Sunday, Oct. 20, Showcase the Band plays dance music and more, kicking off at 4 p.m.
The Town Square presents Hugh Gallagher on Saturday, Oct. 19, for a 4 p.m. show.
The Blue Moon Saloon has its annual Oktoberfest party on Saturday, Oct. 19, with two bands. The Horsmas is a San Francisco Bay Area tribute band of the late Finnish folk singer-songwriter Irwin Goodman, playing his songs with a ska beat. Also on the bill is Maximum Poltergeist, playing original indie rock with a “Velvet Undergroundish” twist. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Sebastiani Theatre has not a band, but a music-themed movie called “Muscle Shoals,” a documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and the signature sound he developed that included backing Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. The movie runs from Friday, Oct. 18, thru Sunday, Oct. 20.
Champagne Groove featuring Jodi Stevens will be at the First Edition in Petaluma on Saturday, Oct. 19, for a 9 p.m. show.
Adam Traum will be at Brannans in Calistoga tonight, Oct. 18, for a 7 p.m. show.
Michael L. Castle will be in Novato in the beer garden at HopMonk Tavern Novato on Sunday, Oct. 20, for a 1 p.m. show.
Wildflower Weed will be at the Mayflower Pub in San Rafael on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of a cancer awareness benefit. The band takes the stage at 7 p.m.
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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.
The Moody Blues – Thursday, Oct. 24; Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael; 415-499-6400
Petty Theft – Saturday, Oct. 19; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121