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James Marshall Berry/Index-Tribune Music Columnist

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We had a few random emails and texts about what happened to last week’s column. Glad someone reads it, and thanks!

We actually took a vacation, a real vacation, and managed to combine wine, food and music into it all and in the Caribbean, where we were and had fully intended on submitting a column, there was no Internet, cell phone access or anything else, and so there was no column. What were we doing in the Caribbean? As the bass player for the John Burdick Band, we managed to land a gig on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, and shared the stage with the likes of Kenny Loggins, Three Dog Night, Nestor Torres and the World Classic Rockers, a tribute act made up of former members of acts that are still actually touring. Brilliant if you ask us. Also on the trip were local chefs Catherine Venturini from Olive and Vine and John Ash, along with local winemaker Squire Fridell and many more. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

But that was last week. We’re entering the slow time of the year for live music, but Sonoma Valley still has plenty of options this weekend. Let’s run them down here.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Nov. 22, with Lisa Kindred and Austin deLone, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, it’s Macy Blackman’s Praline Trio, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover any night.

The Annex Wine Bar has Judy Williams and Friends tonight, Nov. 22, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, it’s Jaydub and Dino, also starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Ten Foot Tone tonight, Nov. 22, for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 23 the tavern welcomes the Jamie Clark Band, also for an 8:30 p.m. show. There is no cover and the shows are all-ages.

The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Nov. 22, with Los Traviezos De Jolibud and El Nuevo Sabor Latino. The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, it’s an early show at 8 p.m. with Fallen’ Anjel. There is no cover for the Saturday show. Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Cork Pullers tonight, Nov. 22, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 23, it’s Back Alley comedy featuring Sean Keane for two shows at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, it’s the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble at 2 p.m. for an open jam and later it’s Sean Carscadden, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents the June Drops tonight, Nov. 22, for a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday, Nov. 23, it’s 2 Friends and a Benz, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, Nov. 24, Hannah Jern-Miller for a 1 p.m. start. Jern-Miller is a show not to be missed.

The Plaza Bistro has Pamela Rose tonight, Nov. 22, for a 7 p.m. show. Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. There is no cover.

The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Nov. 23, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, it’s the continuation of the blues jam. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover either night.

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.

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.

Moonalice – Friday, Nov. 22; 19 Broadway – Fairfax; 415-459-0293

Eddie Money – Friday, Nov. 22; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123

Pride and Joy – Saturday, Nov. 23; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123

Y & T – Friday – Saturday, Nov. 22 – 23; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

The Fall Risk – Friday, Nov. 22; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200

Natalie Cole – Sunday, Nov. 24; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600

Alice Cooper – Monday, Nov. 25; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600

The Antiquaters – Friday, Nov. 22; Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati; 795-7868