The Alexander String Quartet returns to Sonoma on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Vintage House senior center at 3 p.m. The show will be the quartet’s seventh appearance in Sonoma since 2004, each time sponsored by the Sonoma Classical Music Society.
For Sunday’s show, the act will perform three quartets of Beethoven, spanning his chamber music output, opening with his String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4 in C minor, one of his six Op. 18 quartets written in 1799 to 1800; continuing with his String Quartet Op. 135 in F major, the last string quartet written by Beethoven, in 1826, and a distillation of all that he had learned and written about the string quartet; and concluding with the String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2 in E minor, written in 1806, the second of the three quartets he wrote for his patron, Count Razumovsky. Tickets for the show can be found at the society’s website, sonomaclassical.org, at Readers’ Books and Pharmaca, or at the door if available.
It’s being called “Jazz and Cakes” and is a benefit for the Sonoma Valley High School Music Department, where there will be local and student performers throughout the event, which will be at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, Feb. 9. The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 1:30 p.m. featuring local jazz legends Mad and Eddie Duran, the band Shameless and a piano performance by Morgan Maudiere in addition to student performances. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Sonoma Community Center continues its winter concert series on Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 7:30 p.m., with an appearance by Nathalie Tedrick and dancers from the highly selective Bellydance Superstars group. Tedrick is an actress-dancer-singer with a background in Shakespeare and training in several Hollywood acting studios. Tickets are available at the Sonoma Community Center box office or at the door, if available.
The Annex Wine Bar has Michael L. Castle for a solo show tonight, Feb. 7, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 it’s Acoustic Soul, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Epicurean Connection presents Billy Wild tonight, Feb. 7, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 8 it’s Tom Martin, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, Feb. 9, it’s Home Brew kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Feb. 7, with Left Coast Syncopators, featuring Tim Eschliman, Snakebite Jacobs and Kevin Zuffi, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, it’s Macy Blackman’s Praline Trio also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Feb. 7, with Los Traviezos De Jolibud and El Nuevo Sabor Latino.
The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 9 p.m. and the continuation of the blues jam on Sunday, Feb. 2. Showtime is 10 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Sean Carscadden for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, Feb. 7. Saturday, Feb. 8, it’s Dan Martin, also at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Tommy Thomsen Band tonight, Feb. 7, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 8, the pub presents Larry Carlin’s Mostly Simply Bluegrass, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Feb. 9, it’s Tony Gibson and Dawn Angelosante for an early show at 6:30 p.m.
The Town Square presents Hugh Gallagher on Saturday, Feb. 8, where he will be laying down “rockytonkabilly” 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.
Zydeco Flames –
Friday, Feb. 7;
Peri’s – Fairfax;
Tao – Taiko drummers – Sunday, Feb. 9;
Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael;
Sol Horizon – Friday, Feb. 7; HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol; 829-7300
Devil Makes Three – Tuesday, Feb. 11;
Mystic Theatre –
Junior Brown –
Thursday, Feb. 13;
Mystic Theatre –
Petty Theft – Saturday, Feb. 8; Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio; 415-662-2219
Miles Schon Band – Friday, Feb. 7;
The Fenix – San Rafael;
Englebert Humperdink – Sunday, Feb. 9;
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600
Chicago – Tuesday, Feb. 11; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa;