The Jack London State Historical Park presents a unique musical performance with pianist and composer Ron Fein on Friday, Nov. 29, when he will create a concert around the writings of Jack London. Fein, renowned composer, performer and installation artist, designs the concert using London’s wife Charmian’s historic Steinway piano. Fein extracts profound poetic language from London’s prose, infusing it into a powerful extemporized setting – a one of a kind performance – physically and emotionally bringing Jack London’s artistry to life. Fein has dedicated most of his life to music, as composer, music critic, performer and director emeritus of the Washington Composers’ Forum in Seattle. Fein’s work in composition includes electronic, orchestral, chamber and improvisational music. The night kicks off at 6 p.m. For tickets and more info, point your browser to jacklondonpark.com/ron-fein.html
Gundlach Bundschu Vineyards and Winery is wrapping up a month of “Movember” festivities with an event at the winery on Saturday, Nov. 30, that will feature live music and more. What is “Movember” you ask? Movember, this is where men pledge to grow mustaches for the month of November to raise money for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. The event will feature a live performance from locals Paulie Hips and the Childbearers, as well as barbers from John Allan’s Razor Club, a private men’s grooming club in San Francisco, which will be offering complimentary shaves. There will also be a photo booth, mustache-themed treats and more. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. and for more info, point your browser to gunbun.com/calendar#mo.
The Annex Wine Bar has the DaveEd John Quartet tonight, Nov. 29, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, it’s time for the annual Gypsy Jubilee and Holiday Faire, featuring live music, food, wine and crafts, including hand-dyed garments, scarves, T-shirts, yoga pants, jewelry, herbal products and more, even tarot card reading. The day kicks off at 1 p.m. and the live music starts with Judy Williams followed by her son, Jon Williams, J. M. Berry, Don Trotta, John and Louise Wilson, Jeff Falconer, Acoustic Soul, Wildflower Weed and Sue Albano & friends. There is no cover for the show.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band tonight, Nov. 29, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 30, it’s Timothy O’Neil, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, it’s the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble at 2 p.m. for an open jam and later an act to be announced for a 6:30 p.m. show.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has the Blackberry Bushes tonight, Nov. 29, for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 30, the tavern welcomes the Ruminators, also for an 8:30 p.m. show. There is no cover and the shows are all-ages.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Nov. 29, with Wendy Fitz, Tim Eschliman and Luis Rodriguez, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, it’s Sonoma Satchmo and the Left Coast Syncopators, featuring Tim Eschliman, Snakebite Jacobs, Kevin Zuffi and Bowen Brown, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Nov. 29, with Los Traviezos De Jolibud and El Nuevo Sabor Latino.
The Plaza Bistro has the Dick Conte Trio tonight, Nov. 29, for a 7 p.m. show, that will feature Bill Moody on drums, Steve Webber on bass. Conte arrived in San Francisco in 1961 from his native Connecticut and has since become an integral part of the Bay Area jazz scene with his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, formidable jazz radio presence and his piano performances at clubs, festivals and private venues. He has played at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Sonoma Valley Jazz Festival, the Calistoga Jazz & Blues Festival and more. There is no cover.
The Epicurean Connection presents Chris Vibberts and J. B. Duff tonight, Nov. 29, for a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday, Nov. 30, it’s Adam Traum and Jack Hines, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, Dec. 1, it’s Keady Phelan for a 1 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon presents “Rap and Roll” with Robert Roots tonight, Nov. 29, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, it’s the continuation of the blues jam. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover either night.
Mad and Eddie Duran are on the road to San Francisco at Bird and Beckett on Sunday, Dec. 1, for a show featuring the elder statesmen of Bay Area Jazz, for which they certainly qualify. Showtime is 4:30 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.
Carlos Reyes – Saturday, Nov. 30; 142 Throckmorton – Mill Valley; 415-383-9600
New Riders of the Purple Sage and Moonalice – Saturday, Nov. 30; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Jerry Hannan – Friday, Nov. 29; Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio; 415-662-2219
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – Tuesday, Dec. 3; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600
Stephanie Keys – Friday, Nov. 29; Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati; 795-7868
The Rhythm Rangers – Saturday, Nov. 30; Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati; 795-7868