For the 27th year in a row, vintner and philanthropist Bruce Cohn is bringing some of the finest musical talent of the classic rock era right here to his estate winery in Glen Ellen, all in the name of charity and a darn good time. The weekend combo of auction dinner, concert series and golf tournament, which we swear we will play in one day, has raised more than $6 million over the years for Sonoma Valley and other regional charities. This year’s beneficiaries include the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Guardsmen and Sonoma’s Field of Dreams. The weekend starts tonight, Sept. 20, with the auction dinner in the olive grove on the estate with music from Pablo Cruise. Saturday, Sept. 21 the big show gets underway, with Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers, the Doobie Brothers, Pablo Cruise, Kopecky Family Band, Lara Johnston and Pat Simmons Jr. on the main stage. Jaime Kyle, the Curly Wolf featuring local Grant Benziger and the Rowan Brothers, perform on the “Bea” stage, named after long-time stage manager Bea Oliver who passed away earlier this year. Sunday, Sept. 22, the lineup has the Doobie Brothers, Heart, Gin Blossoms, Fight Club, Lara Johnston and Pat Simmons Jr. on the main stage with Paulie Hips and the Childbearers, the Rich Little Band with Jeff Bundschu and the Curly Wolf on the Bea stage. Heart, just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recently laid down a version of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” that brought tears to Robert Plant’s eyes. Tickets for both days of the festival, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m., will be available at the door, if not sold out. Parking is at the Sonoma Developmental Center with buses bringing you through the vineyards right to the back entrance of the estate. For more info, point your browser to brcohn.com, and thanks Bruce.
The Sonoma Community Center presents an intimate evening with the Hot Flashes for one night only, Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. The elite vocal ensemble, under the direction of music director Cynthia Tarr, will perform classic songs in a variety of styles spanning the decades from the ’40s today. The group includes, Susan Frye, Margaret Hatcher, Debbie Mulcahy, Cathie Powell, Mary Sue Ulvan-Rank and Suzanne Shonbrun. For tickets and more info, point your browser to svbo.org.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Sally Haggard tonight, Sept. 20, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 21, the pub welcomes Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 22, it’s an early show with Shards of Green kicking off at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
The Rett Hamer Blues Band will be at the Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, Sept. 20, 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.
The Annex Wine Bar has Dawn Angelosante, tonight, Sept. 20, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, it’s Wildflower Weed, for an evening of hippie mountain music and an early start, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery is presenting its DJ in residence series on the courtyard at the winery on Saturday, Sept. 21, 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.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Fred Odell tonight, Sept. 21, to the garden stage for a 5 p.m. show. Later on the tavern stage it’s Muncie, starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, the tavern has Matt Bolton on the garden stage for a 1 p.m. show and Tony Gibson inside on the tavern stage at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, the garden stage presents Matt Bradford, for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.
Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood has another “Wine Down Friday” tonight, Sept. 20 with the Jami Jamison Band on the front porch in front of the tasting room kicking off at 5 p.m. There will be wine specials included in the price of admission.
The Erik James’ tasting room has music tonight, Sept. 20, with Austin deLone, Snakebite Jacobs and Tim Eschliman, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, it’s Ron Dubin’s 4th Street New Orleans Jazz Band also for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 22, the room presents Sonoma Satchmo and the 9th Ward Playboys, also kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover any night.
The Big 3 Diner in Boyes Hot Springs welcomes Tom Martin for a dinner show tonight, Sept. 20, kicking off at 6 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro presents the Sylvia Cuenca Trio tonight, Sept. 20, kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover.
The Epicurean Connection has Whiskey and Circumstances tonight, Sept. 20, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 21, it’s the North Bay Hootenanny, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 22, the Echoes take over at 1 p.m.
The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Sept. 20, with a Latin band to be announced, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, it’s the Wine Country Pool League awards dinner with Don Trotta and Chris Caselli providing the musical entertainment, kicking off at 8 p.m. There is no cover for the Saturday show.
The Blue Moon Saloon has the Hax playing classic rock on Saturday, Sept. 21, kicking off at 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, it’s the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Showcase the Band is on the road to Newark for a show at the Swiss Park Bar and Grill on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 4 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.
Jerry Hannan – Friday, Sept. 20; 19 Broadway – Fairfax; 415-459-0293
Flanelhed – Friday, Sept. 20; Peri’s – Fairfax; 415-459-9910
Dr. John – Saturday, Sept. 21; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123
Gold Panda – Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21; The Independent – San Francisco; 415-771-1421
The Fixx – Friday, Sept. 20; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Sunday, Sept. 22; Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio; 415-662-2219
Pepperland-Beatles tribute – Friday, Sept. 20; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200