There is lots of music coming up today, along with all the regular festivities of the Fourth of July around Sonoma, so let’s just get right to it. The Sonoma Community Center is presenting “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration today, 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.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has “The All-American Music Festival” in the alley with the Gentlemen Soldiers, Frankie Boots and the Country Line and the Jami Jamison Band today, July 4, kicking off at 11 a.m.
Viansa Winery in Carneros presents the Tuneriders today, July 4, for a noon start time. The band will be playing “unplugged” with just two guitars and a bass, they play beloved 1960s and ’70s tunes with hushed, emotional harmonies. There is no cover, but outside food and drinks are not allowed.
Aventine Restaurant in Glen Ellen is having its grand opening today, July 4, with music from the Little Big Band, kicking off at noon.
Palooza in Kenwood has Fallen Anjel today, July 4, starting at 7 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Bobby Jo Valentine on the beer garden stage today, July 4, playing “hopeful pop and folk music” for a 5 p.m. show.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Rett Hamer Blues Band, playing, well, blues tonight, July 4, 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
Funky Fridays continue at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park tonight, July 4, at 6:30 p.m. with the Cork Pullers. Members of the band are Tim Curley on vocals and multiple string instruments, Gary Halter on vocals and guitar, Bo on vocals and bass guitar, and Mark Gallagher on vocals and percussion. This is a family-friendly event with food and beverages available on-site or you can bring a picnic. For more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, July 4, with Charlie Hickox, Snakebite Jacobs and Tim Eschliman playing New Orleans-style music kicking off at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes Bryan Girard Quartet tonight, July 4, at 7 p.m. A veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene, saxophonist Bryan Girard has performed in virtually every major venue with many of the region’s top musicians. There is no cover for the show.
And if you’re still not ready to go home after the fireworks, Burgers and Vine has Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band for a night of reggae music tonight, July 4, starting at 10:30 p.m.
The Annex Wine Bar welcomes King Daddy Murr along with JMB and the Big O laying down acoustic classic rock and more, Saturday, July 5, for an early start at 4 p.m. Friends of King Daddy will likely be showing up as well to jam, so expect a lot of surprises. There is no cover but the venue is 21 and over only.
If you miss JMB and the Big O on Saturday, you can catch them on Sunday, July 6, at the B. R. Cohn Winery on the tasting room lawn, with some of the characters from Saturday nights show in-tow. There is no cover for the 2 p.m. show.
Viansa Winery in Carneros presents Jeff Campbell on Sunday, July 6, for a noon show. Campbell’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and have found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, opening for multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.There is no cover but outside food and drinks are not allowed.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music Saturday, July 5, with the Left Coast Syncopators featuring “Snakebite” Jacobs, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night, but there is a $10 minimum.
Burgers and Vine presents DJ Lionize and Blessed Coast Sounds on Saturday, July 5, for a 9:30 p.m. start time. There will also be a laser light show. Sunday, July 6, it’s 3 on a Match, playing delta blues for an early start at 3 p.m. There is no cover for either show.
Schug Winery in Carneros welcomes Jaydub and Dino on Saturday, July 5, playing original acoustic songs with a “porch groove.” Showtime is 1 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Solid Air on Saturday, July 5, on the beer garden stage for a 1 p.m. show, later that evening, the tavern stage has Tony Gibson for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, July 6, it’s an afternoon show on the beer garden stage at 1 p.m. with Garrick Davis playing “inspiring, funky music.” There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.
Palooza in Kenwood presents “Sangria Sundays” with Chris Hanlin on Sunday, July 6, kicking off at noon.
The Epicurean Connection presents Jack Wagner and Cowpunk Bluegrass on Saturday, July 5, with a 7:30 start time. Sunday, July 6, it’s an early start for Hank Levine, kicking off at 1 p.m.
Fallen Anjel is at the El Verano Inn on Saturday, July 5, for a 9 p.m. show. The act plays classic hard rock covers along with some original songs. There is no cover.
Showcase the Band will be playing dance music at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, July 6, for a 4 p.m. start time. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Blue Moon Saloon presents the continuation of the Sunday night blues jam, starting at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 6. There is no cover.
Dick Conte is on the road today, July 4, for a show at Larkspur Landing in Larkspur, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Showcase the Band will be in Rio Nido at the picnic grounds for the annual Fourth of July barbecue celebration today, July 4, starting at 5 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.
Joan Jett, Nightranger, Elvin Bishop and more – Friday to Sunday, July 4 – 6; Marin County Fair; Marinfair.org/2014
Zydeco Flames – Friday, July 4; Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio; 415-662-2219
Moonalice – Sunday, July 6; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Al Stewart – Saturday, July 5 ; City Winery – Napa; 260-1600
Judy Collins – Friday, July 4; Donald and Maureen Green Music Center – Rohnert Park; 866-955-6040
Gator Nation – Friday, July 4; Rio Nido Roadhouse – Rio Nido; 869-1600
Soul Section – Saturday, July 5; Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove; 795-5118
Sol Horizon – Saturday, July 5; Zodiacs – Petaluma; 773-7751