Sebastiani Theatre presents “Those were the Days; Spirit and Songs from the ’60s” on Monday, Oct. 7, featuring William Florian, lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels, and Laura Benward in an upbeat musical journey through America’s greatest folk and pop tunes from that fabulous, memory-making era. In addition to Florian and Benward, the Those Were the Days Band has John Benward on mandolin and banjo, Kem Stone on percussion and Eddie Guthman on bass. Stone has shared the stage with many pop legends including J. J. Cale, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Coasters and the Drifters.
The act will share amusing stories and perform their uplifting originals along with the music of Pete Seeger; Peter, Paul and Mary; Joni Mitchell; the Mamas and Papas; Judy Collins and the New Christy Minstrels. A special tribute will be made to John Denver. The evening gets underway at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Advance tickets can be found at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the Sebastiani Theatre at 996-9756. All proceeds after expenses will benefit the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has the Hellhounds tonight, Oct. 4, on the tavern stage at 8:30 p.m. The Annex Wine Bar has Stan Pappas in a tribute to Frank Sinatra, tonight, Oct. 4, for his debut at annex, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, it’s Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson, also starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Mosley Boys tonight, Oct. 4, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 5, the pub welcomes the Tonewoods, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 6, it’s an early show with the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble where local jazz cats are welcome to sit in, kicking off at 2 p.m. Later the same night, it’s Out of the Blue for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.
The Erik James tasting room has music tonight, Oct. 4, with Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Luis Rodriguez, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, it’s the Left Coast Syncopators, with Tim Eschliman, Snakebite Jacobs and Kevin Zuffi also for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 6, the room presents Sonoma Satchmo and the 9th Ward Playboys, also kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover any night.
The Epicurean Connection has Tom Martin and an art gallery presentation featuring Abigail Zimmerman tonight, Oct. 4, for a 7:30 p.m. start. Saturday, Oct. 5, the connection presents Dave Roche, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 6, the North Bay Hootenanny starts at 1 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
B. R. Cohn Winery has music in the courtyard on Sunday, Oct. 6, with Jason Bodlovich from 2 to 5 p.m. There is no cover.
The Plaza Bistro presents Bryan Girard tonight, Oct. 4, kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover.
The Blue Moon Saloon has DJs tonight, Oct. 4, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, it’s the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover either night.
The Jack London oak tree celebration continues Sunday, Oct. 6 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden with a live performance from Brix Big Band, starting at noon. There is no admission charge.
Shiso Sushi Bar and Grill presents the Sons of Charles on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Reservations are required by calling 933-9331.
The Hellhounds will be at the Tradewinds Bar in Cotati on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a 9:30 p.m. show.
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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.
Taj Mahal – Friday, Oct. 4; Napa Valley Opera House; 226-7372
Tainted Love – Friday, Oct. 4; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123
Hot Buttered Rum – Friday, Oct. 4; The Independent – San Francisco; 415-771-1421
The English Beat – Friday, Oct. 4; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s – Friday, Oct. 4; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Midnight Sun Massive – Saturday, Oct. 5; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Santa Rosa Symphony – Saturday to Monday, Oct. 4 to 6; Donald and Maureen Green Music Center – Rohnert Park; 866-955-6040
Dginn – Friday, Oct. 4; Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati; 795-7868