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Sonoma Valley Chorale gets back in tune

Rett Hamer Blues Band. Photo by Collin Krauthamer

Rett Hamer Blues Band. Photo by Collin Krauthamer

James Marshall Berry/Index-Tribune Music Columnist

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Can you sing? Ever wanted to sing in a chorale? Well, now’s your chance. The Sonoma Valley Chorale is beginning practice sessions for the upcoming season and rehearsal starts on Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Rehearsals will continue every Monday. For more info, call Cheryl at 938-5441.

The El Verano Inn has an interesting act on Saturday, Sept. 7, which consists of a combo of musical veterans from the ’60s and ’70s. These guys have played with some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, and hence the name: the Former Members. The act includes Greg Douglass who played with Steve Miller, Greg Kihn, Eddie Money, Van Morrison and Hot Tuna. Roy Blumenfeld spent time with the Blues Project, Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, Robert Hunter, Seatrain and the Electric Flag. David B Cohen had stints with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Country Joe and the Fish and Huey Lewis. Bruce Barthol played with Country Joe and the Fish, Pete Seager, Rosalie Sorrels and more. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and there is no cover.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Sonoma Mountain Band tonight, Sept. 6, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 7, the pub welcomes Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 8, it’s an early show with Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly kicking off at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Annex Wine Bar has J. Kevin Durken, tonight, Sept. 6, for his debut at annex, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, it’s Sean Carscadden and Cliff Hugo, playing as a duo. That show also starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Jeff Campbell tonight, Sept. 6, to the tavern stage for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 7, the tavern has the David Thom Band on the garden stage for a 1 p.m. show and Solid Air inside on the tavern stage at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, the garden stage presents the Gypsy Jazz Caravan, for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Hear 5 a.m. at the Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, Sept. 6, 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.

Muscardini Cellars continues the “Wine Down Friday” series with the Rett Hamer Blues Band on the porch outside the tasting room in Kenwood tonight, Sept. 6, kicking off at 5 p.m.

“Funky Fridays” presents the grand finale of the season at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park tonight, Sept. 6, with an appearance by A Case of the Willys. This Sonoma county act performs a wide range of musical styles including rhythm ‘n’ blues and soul with a special emphasis on raw funk. Songs you know, songs you don’t know and songs you know, but have never heard played like that before. For more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.

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

B.R. Cohn Winery has music in the courtyard on Sunday, Sept. 8, with Adam Marino 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. 7, 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.

The Erik James tasting room has music tonight, Sept 6, with Anthony Paule, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, it’s Macy Blackman, also for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 8, the room presents Sonoma Satchmo and the NOLAfornia Funkifiers, also kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover any night.

The Epicurean Connection has the Dirty Rotten Snake tonight, Sept. 6, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 7, it’s Adam Traum and Jack Hines, also for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Showcase the Band will be at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, Sept. 8, for a 4 p.m. show that will be “much more than polka …”

The Sunflower Caffe presents “Artist Friday” tonight, Sept. 6, with an appearance by 2 Friends and a Benz, kicking off at 5 p.m.

The Blue Moon Saloon presents Gigantis and the Tahoes on Saturday, Sept. 7, for a 9 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 8, it’s the continuation of the weekly blues jam starting at 10 p.m.

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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  J. M. Berry knows the local music scene. He also knows website services and social media marketing. Check out his other skills at jmberry.com.

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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.

 

Mickey Hart Band – Friday, Sept. 6; The Fillmore – San Francisco; 415-346-6000

The Zombies – Friday, Sept. 6; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks – Saturday, Sept. 7; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

The Beach Boys – Saturday, Sept. 7; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600