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Rich Little Band farms up tunes at the FFA benefit

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James Marshall Berry/Index-Tribune Music Columnist

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The annual fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) and agriculture program will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Larson Family Winery starting at 5 p.m.

This year’s theme is “From Classroom to Farm to Table” and there will be barbecue, chili, salad, polenta and more with live music from the Rich Little Band. There will also be silent and live auctions with local favorite Ed Vaughn as the auctioneer. The agriculture (ag) program has pathways in animal science, plant and soil science, ag mechanics, ag business, agriscience, as well as forestry and natural resources.

The program serves approximately 400 students and currently has three teachers. All the proceeds go to support the growing agriculture program at the high school. For tickets and more info, call Becky Larson at 938-3031, ext. 24.

The annual harvest party at Gundlach Bundschu Winery called “Shake your Bundschu” will have a Las Vegas theme and dancing will be from the Cheeseballs. It’s said what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but this Saturday, Sept. 14, what happens at Bundschu, stays at Bundschu. Guests are encouraged to come as their favorite Vegas icon, from the “Rat Pack” all the way to Wayne Newton and even Siegfried and Roy. Let’s try to not all be Elvis. The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. and for tickets and more info, point your browser to gunbun.com/syb.

The Sonoma Community Center presents its annual vocal recital “Finding your Voice #9” on two nights starting tonight, Sept. 13, and continuing Saturday, Sept. 14. The same program will presented both nights and feature vocal performances by students of Musical Director Cynthia Tarr. In addition to this annual vocal recital, Tarr conducts singing performance workshops, the women’s vocal ensemble “The Hot Flashes” and SCC’s “Free Spirits Gospel Choir.” For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomacommunitycenter.org.

There will be a benefit for the “Preserving Sonoma” ballot measure on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Moose Lodge. Many local acts have lined up to participate including Tommy Thomsen, the Whiskey Thieves, Tudo Bem, JoyRide and the Cork Pullers. There will also be an appearance by local treasure artist Stanley Mouse who was responsible for many classic album art covers from the ’60s until now with the Grateful Dead being a big part of his catalog. The night kicks off at 5 p.m. and for more info, call 547-7151. Advance tickets are available at preservingsonoma.com.

BackTrax will be at the Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, Sept. 13, starting at 6 p.m. The venue is family and dog friendly and there is no cover, but no outside alcohol is allowed, even beer.

If you miss the band tonight, you can catch BackTrax on Sunday, Sept. 15, on the back patio of the Swiss Hotel, kicking off at 2 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar has the Incubators, tonight, Sept.13, for their debut at annex, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, it’s Jaydub and Dino, playing as a duo. That show also starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Hellhounds tonight, Sept. 13, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 14, the pub welcomes Larry Carlin and Mostly Simply Bluegrass, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 15, it’s an early show with Olde Time Radio Dinner Theater for a take on “Father Knows Best” kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets include the show, dinner and a cocktail. For tickets and more info, call 815-6159.

B. R. Cohn Winery has music in the courtyard on Sunday, Sept. 15, with Falcon Christopher from 2 to 5 p.m. There is no cover.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is presenting its DJ in residence series on the courtyard at the winery on Saturday, Sept. 14, with the recording artist and DJ duo Com Jr. from the Bay Area, consisting of Graham Lebron and Shanna Mahan. The act pulls from their extensive vinyl collection. The show kicks off at noon and reservations for the courtyard are strongly encouraged and can be made at gunbun.com/courtyard.

Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar has the band Magic on Saturday, Sept. 14, kicking off at 8 p.m. The act is a collection of locals playing rock, Motown and blues from the ’60s and ’70s that features Maura Cook on keyboard, Jim Holland on drums, Don Trotta on lead guitar, Danny Walters on bass, Ron Hawkins playing saxophone and “… a very soulful young guy from Oakland named Willie Adams” on vocals. There is no cover for the show.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Megan Slankard tonight, Sept. 13, to the tavern stage for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 14, the tavern has the Gypsy Jazz Caravan on the garden stage for a 1 p.m. show and Jamie Clark inside on the tavern stage at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, the garden stage presents David Rogers, for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.

St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is presenting Z and the Benders on Sunday, Sept. 15, for a 2 p.m. show.

The Alan Early Trio will be at the Gristmill Bar and Grill in Glen Ellen on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a 7 p.m. show on the patio.

The Erik James tasting room has music tonight, Sept 13, with Snakebite Jacobs, Charlie Hickox and Bowen Brown, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, it’s Tim Eschliman, Kevin Zuffi and Lou Rodriguez, also for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 15, the room presents Sonoma Satchmo and the NOLAfornia Funkifiers, also kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover any night.

The Town Square on the Sonoma Plaza has a special performance from Hugh Gallagher on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 4 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro presents the Dick Conte Trio tonight, Sept. 13, kicking off at 7 p.m. 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 from the KJAZ days to present-day KCSM and KKSF, along with his piano performances at clubs, festivals and private venues. There is no cover.

The Epicurean Connection has acoustic punk rock with Tony Gibson tonight, Sept. 13, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 14, it’s the North Bay Hootenanny, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 15, Matthew Zeltzer takes over at 1 p.m.

The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Sept. 14, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, it’s the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover either night.

The Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs is presenting another “Third Monday Contra Dance Class” for the entire family, from little kids to grandparents, on Monday, Sept. 16, kicking off at 7 p.m. Contra dancing began in New England and flourishes in many college towns. The callers, Ken Olcott, walks everyone through the do-si-do, left-hand star, allemande left, and balance and swing your partner before the bluegrass and Irish music starts, and he keeps calling so no one gets lost. Folks under 26 years of age are free; there is a suggested donation for older folks. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

The Cork Pullers will be on the road to Healdsburg tonight, Sept. 13, to Wilson Winery for a 6 p.m. show.

Train Wreck Junction will be at 20 Rows Winery in Napa on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a 3 p.m. show.

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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