The Tuesday column is typically a lot of “who, what, when, where” but when someone as significant to the local music scene as Johnn Murphy, aka “King Daddy Murr” comes back to town, well, it’s going to be the headline. After retiring from a career of work at the Sonoma Developmental Center, Murr and his wife moved to the “Big Easy” and he’s been playing down in New Orleans almost non-stop. Murr has played with, and even helped start, many a local musician’s career in Sonoma, with his jams in Murphy’s Garage, literally his garage, which later became an act, Highway 12, and the most recent being E. Z. Kewl, just to name a few. Back in town for his son Zakk’s nuptials, we knew he couldn’t come back without playing a few shows. Check out the details below.
The Tuesday night market has the Whiskey Thieves on the horseshoe lawn tonight, July 1, starting at 6 p.m.
The El Verano Inn has Karaoke tonight, July 1, kicking off at 8:30 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon presents reggae night with DJ Saucy1 tonight, July 1, kicking off at 10 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the after party at the pub tonight, July 1, with the Timothy O’Neil Band. Showtime is 7 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, July 2, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.
The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, July 2, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.
The Epicurean Connection has gay pride piano bar night on Wednesday, July 2, with Ben Weiner at 6 p.m.
The Annex Wine Bar presents MCM on Thursday, July 3, for a 7:30 p.m. show time.
Burgers and Vine has King Daddy Murr and Friends on Thursday, July 3, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Annex Wine Bar will be hosting King Daddy Murr on Saturday, July 5, when he is with JMB and the Big O and friends for an evening of fun and music, kicking off at 7 p.m.
The Epicurean Connection presents 3 on a Match on Thursday, July 3, for a 7:30 p.m. start.
The Sonoma Community Center is presenting “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration on Friday, July 4, with the annual parade starting at 10 a.m., followed by patriotic music in the Plaza by the Sonoma Hometown Band. Then at 1 p.m. it’s Never Fear followed by Tudo Bem at 3 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Rett Hamer Blues Band on Friday, July 4, in the tasting room, starting at 6 p.m.
The Eric K. James tasting room has Charlie Hickox, Snakebite Jacobs and Tim Eschliman on Friday, July 4, kicking off at 7 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Bobby Jo Valentine on the beer garden stage Friday, July 4, for a 5 p.m. show.
Viansa Winery in Carneros presents the Tuneriders on Friday, July 4, for a noon start time.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has “The All-American Music Festival” in the alley with Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band, Frankie Boots and the Country Line and the Jami Jamison Band on Friday, July 4, kicking off at 11 a.m.
The Plaza Bistro presents the Bryan Girard Quartet on Friday, July 4, starting at 7 p.m. There is no cover.
Funky Fridays at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park presents the Cork Pullers on Friday, July 4, for a 6:30 p.m. show. For tickets and more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.
Burgers and Vine has Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band on Friday, July 4, starting at 9:30 p.m.
If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it.
Be sure to check the Friday edition of the Index-Tribune for the complete rundown of all the weekend’s musical events.
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J. M. Berry knows the local music scene. He also knows website services and social media marketing. Check out his other skills at jmberry.com.