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Old-timers lay down music and history in GE

WILDFLOWER WEED will bring its unique brand of “hippie mountain music” to the Annex Wine Bar on Saturday.

WILDFLOWER WEED will bring its unique brand of “hippie mountain music” to the Annex Wine Bar on Saturday.

James Marshall Berry/Index-Tribune Music Columnist

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The Glen Ellen Historical Society is presenting the next in its series of Saturday afternoon programs on the heritage and legacy of the Valley of the Moon on Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 2 p.m. The group is calling it “Those Were the Daze, My Friend: From Londonside Lodge to the Rustic Inn.” The day features rambling and far-ranging conversation and live music by “Those Who Were There,” all about what can be remembered of the Valley scene during the ’60s and ’70s, a half-century or so ago. The historic Grist Mill Inn in Glen Ellen will be the venue, which holds much history itself. Some of the performers include Tommy Thomsen, whose garage band at the time was the Headsman; Hugh Shacklett, who collaborated with Kate Wolf, Norton Buffalo and John Brandeburg; Steve Kahn, a close friend and collaborator of Shacklett’s; Michael “Beargrease” Hansen whose band Beargrease was one of the popular garage bands of the time; with current Sonoma City Councilmember Steve Barbose on drums, “Diamond” Jim Corbett who lived in “Bissoville,” south of Sonoma, with Norton Buffalo prior to Norton’s emanate fame; Judy Williams, a Glen Ellen local; along with Jeff Falconer and Dave Aguilar. The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments available, but donations to the society are always welcome.

The Erik James tasting room has music tonight, Nov. 1, with Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Luis Rodriguez, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, it’s Sonoma Satchmo and the 9th Ward Playboys, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Calvin Ross tonight, Nov. 1, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, it’s Wildflower Weed laying down “Hippie Mountain Music” also starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.

The El Verano Inn presents Latin night, tonight, Nov. 1, with Tocando el Grupo Velocidad Nortena kicking off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Showcase the Band takes the stage, also at 9 p.m. There is no cover for the Saturday show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Sonoma Mountain Band tonight, Nov. 1, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 2, it’s Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Nov. 3, it’s Shards of Green, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro has the Jeff Massanari Trio tonight, Nov. 1, for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Genna and Jesse tonight, Nov. 1, for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 2, Dirty Cello takes the inside stage, also at 8:30 p.m.

Sunflower Caffe presents its monthly artist showcase tonight, Nov. 1, and will have music from 2 Friends and a Benz, starting at 5 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. Hit me up at jmberry@sonomamusic.com.

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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.