Where’s Rossi’s 1906 you might ask? Good question, and that’s exactly what owner Max Young wants, as he has spent the last year-and-a-half bringing back the glory of the former Little Switzerland building in El Verano. The venue is essentially all new inside, as much work needed to be done on the over 100-year-old historic roadhouse. The stage has been moved across the room and a new dance floor has been installed. The venue is re-named after one of the founding El Verano families and is one of the few dancehalls left standing from the glory days of the ’20s and ’30s. We’ll leave the food reviews to Kathleen Hill, but we can say if you like barbecue and you haven’t been there yet, you need to get there. Friday, Aug. 8, the stage gets christened with an appearance by Stompy Jones, playing swing and jump blues. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s blues legend Ron Thompson and the Resistors. Shows both nights kick off at 9:30 p.m. and at that point the family-friendly venue becomes 21 and over.
The celebration of life for Dave Robbins will be held at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 9, kicking off at 4 p.m. and the day includes a who’s-who of local music talent. On the bill is Deirdre Egan, Randy Cook, Judy Williams, Cat Petru, Kerry Daly, the Trees, Kit Schmidt, Wildflower Weed, Ian Hinkley, Static People, Greg Volker, Adam Traum (recorded), Hard Travelin’, Mike Barnes, Mark Dennis, Kristen Pearce, Smokin Joe, Jaydub and Dino, Ten Foot Tone, Acoustic Soul and Tilted Halos. Food is a potluck and drinks will be available. The event is free and welcome to all who want to remember Dave, but donations will be accepted to help with the expense of renting the hall and other expenses for the family.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents Magic playing dance music and some reggae as well tonight, Aug. 8, 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.
Tickets for The Rockin Heart Hoedown, formerly Cur-Ville in Kenwood are going fast and they are also still looking for volunteers for the Saturday, Aug. 16, show. The festival boasts two stages and a number of performers, including the David Thom Band, the Crux, Kevin Russell, Doug Blumer, Megan McLaughlin and more. For tickets and more info about the festival and to volunteer, point your browser to rockinheartmusic.com
The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Acoustic Soul playing blues and rock tonight, Aug 8, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s the Mark Larson Trio playing some acoustic classic rock. Showtime is also 7:30 p.m. There is no cover but the venue is 21 and over only.
Burgers and Vine presents Loosely Covered on Friday, Aug. 8, playing acoustically and featuring rock hits from the ’90s, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s Midnight Sun Massive playing traditional reggae music, also at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Palooza Gastropub in Kenwood presents Ricky Alan Ray tonight, Aug. 8, for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Aug. 10, it’s “Sangria Sunday” with a show from Acoustic Soul, playing rock and blues That show kicks off at noon.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Aug. 8, with the Left Coast Syncopators, featuring Tim Eschliman, “Snakebite” Jacobs and Kevin Zuffi kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s Ron Dubin and the 4th St New Orleans Jazz Band, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night, but there is a $10 minimum.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Jeremiah Clark playing Americana on the beer garden stage today, Aug. 8, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s Sean Carscadden playing New Orleans-style blues at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, the beer garden stage welcomes Blood and Dust playing folk and Americana for a 1 p.m. show, later that night, the tavern stage has Jamie Clark playing original rock for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, Aug. 10, it’s an afternoon show on the beer garden stage at 1 p.m. with the Gypsy Jazz Caravan playing jazz. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.
Funky Fridays continue at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park tonight, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. with Gator Nation.Members of the band are Willard Blackwell on vocals and washboard, David Scott on saxophone, pennywhistle and percussion, Linda Hutchinson on guitar and vocals, Randy Quan on guitar and vocals, Jesse Adams on accordion and keys and Mikey Cannon on drums. This is a family-friendly event.Food and beverages are available on-site or you can bring a picnic. For more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.
The Epicurean Connection presents Ian Franklin and Infinite Frequency tonight, Aug. 8, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 9, it’s the Hellhounds for a 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday, Aug. 10, it’s an early start for Granular, kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes The Amanda King Trio tonight, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. There is no cover for the show.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Tommy Thomsen tonight, Aug. 8, kicking off at 8 p.m. The pub welcomes Andrew Freeman on Saturday, Aug. 9, kicking off at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, it’s the pro jam with the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble, starting at 1 p.m. and later that evening it’s Sean Carscadden for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.
B.R. Cohn Winery welcomes blues and Americana guitarist Sean Carscadden to the tasting room lawn on Sunday, Aug. 10, for a free show that starts at noon.
Viansa Winery in Carneros presents Megan Slankard on Saturday, Aug. 9, for a noon start time. The singer-songwriter toured her way across the United States and back twice over the past year and a half to support her newest record, returning home three times to San Francisco, to sold out shows with her band in the grand ballroom of the venerable Swedish American Hall and the Café du Nord. There is no cover but outside food and drinks are not allowed.
Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood presents another “Wine Down Friday” tonight, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. on the tasting room porch with the Tommy Thomsen Band. The cover charge includes a glass of wine and picnics are welcome, but no outside alcohol is allowed.
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Melvin Seals and JGB – Friday, Aug. 8; 19 Broadway – Fairfax; 415-459-0293
Tony MacAlpine – Saturday, Aug. 9; Biscuits & Blues – San Francisco; 415-292-2583
Death Cab for Cutie – Friday, Aug. 8; The Independent – San Francisco; 415-771-1421
The Killers – Saturday, Aug. 9; The Independent – San Francisco; 415-771-1421
Volker-Strifler Band – Friday, Aug. 8; The Fenix – San Rafael; 415-813-5600
Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks – Saturday, Aug. 9; City Winery – Napa; 260-1600
Foxes in the Henhouse – Friday, Aug. 8; Silo’s – Napa; 251-5833
Tony Bennett – Friday, Aug. 8; Donald and Maureen Green Music Center – Rohnert Park; 866-955-6040
Chris Cain – Saturday, Aug. 9; Zodiacs – Petaluma; 773-7751