The Sonoma Valley Chorale is presenting its annual holiday program called “Deck the Hall;” a Christmas concert, with holiday favorites both Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. There will be music genres from classical to “jazz-pop” and audience participation in Christmas carols are also on the program. A capella numbers include Antognini’s, “O Magnum Mysterium” and Gabrieli’s “Angelus ad pastores ait.” The Chorale encourages their audience to bring food contribution to FISH (Friends In Sonoma Helping). There will be decorative receptacles under the lobby Christmas tree in which to place canned and packaged non-perishable food. Showtime Saturday is 7:30 p.m. and Sunday is 2 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 935-1576.
The love and support for the family of Brittany Victoria Anderson continues this weekend with a show on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Blue Moon Saloon that will feature the Whiskey Thieves and Train Wreck Junction. All proceeds from the admission charge will go to the Anderson family. Showtime is 7 p.m.
It’s the debut of the Christmas Jug Band Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Moose Lodge when the act presents an “… irreverent crew of stalwart purveyors of the ‘jug-a-billy’ musical mystique as a seasonal assemblage of musical misfits from the Commander Cody alumni and other various notable Bay Area aggregations. What started from a Wild Turkey-inspired momentary lapse of sanity is now, four albums and 35-plus years of fruitcakes later, an unconventional holiday tradition of highly skewed merriment.” The act includes the likes of Austin deLone, Paul Rogers, Tim Eschliman, Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs, Gregory Leroy Dewey and Blake Richardson. Showtime is 8 p.m. and for tickets and more info, call 996-3879. If available, there will be tickets at the door.
Showcase the Band will be at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, Dec. 15, for a 4 p.m. show.
The Annex Wine Bar has Stan Pappas tonight, Dec. 13, for a tribute to the “Rat Pack” era, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Songs from Sinatra to Darin are on the agenda. Saturday, Dec. 14, it’s a holiday party with Deirdre Egan and Dawn Angelosante, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Dec. 13, with Sonoma Satchmo and the 9th Ward Playboys, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, it’s Steve Willis, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Sean Carscadden Trio tonight, Dec. 13, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Dec. 14, it’s the Perfect Crime, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, it’s Adam Traum for a 6:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.
The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Dec. 13, with Los Traviezos De Jolibud and El Nuevo Sabor Latino. Saturday, Dec. 14, it’s the annual holiday toy drive featuring Ten Foot Tone, who is presenting a “Holiday Rock and Roll Hoopla” that all goes off at 9:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a toy for a child that may not be getting one this year.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Craig Corona for a John Denver tribute tonight, Dec. 13, for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Dec. 14, the tavern welcomes the No Buenos, also for an 8:30 p.m. show. There is no cover and the shows are all-ages.
The Epicurean Connection presents Tony Gibson tonight, Dec. 13, for a night of acoustic punk rock, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, it’s the Static People Holiday Celebration, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, Dec. 15, it’s the North Bay Hootenanny kicking off at 1 p.m. and Diego Garcia caroling at 3 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon presents the continuation of the blues jam on Sunday, Dec. 15. Showtime is 10 p.m.
Z and the Benders will be at Graffiti in Petaluma on Saturday, Dec. 14, kicking off at 7 p.m.
The Hellhounds are on the road all weekend, tonight, Dec. 13, at the Presidio Yacht Club for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, the bluesmen are in Napa at Uva Trattoria, also for an 8:30 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.
Marin Men’s Chorus – Sunday, Dec. 15;
Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael;
Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit – Friday, Dec. 13;
Napa Valley Opera House; 226-7372
Winter Solstice with Windam Hill –
Saturday, Dec. 14;
Napa Valley Opera House;
Blind Boys of Alabama – Saturday, Dec. 14;
Uptown Theater – Napa
Dave Mason –
Sunday, Dec. 15;
Uptown Theater –
Elvin Bishop – Friday, Dec. 13;
Biscuits & Blues –
Maria Muldaur –
Saturday, Dec. 14;
Biscuits & Blues –
Wednesday, Dec. 18;
The Warfield –
Narada Michael Walden Holiday Jam Party – Saturday,
142 Throckmorton –
Willie Nelson and
Family – Friday, Dec. 13; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa;
Philharmonia Baroque – Handel’s Messiah – Sunday, Dec. 15;
Donald and Maureen Green Music Center – Rohnert Park;