Tim Curley’s Liner Notes

The Sonoma music writer’s thoughts on local music happenings|

Hometown Band to play for free

It will not be playing any Joni Mitchell songs, but Sonoma’s pride and joy, the Hometown Band, will perform in a free show at Sebastiani Theater on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. The sheer volume generated by horns played indoors is always impressive, and this event will give us all a chance to see what our horn-playing neighbors are up to.

Paula West at Vintage House

Jazz singer extraordinaire Paula West will perform on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Vintage House. The show will be produced in concert with the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society. To the delight of many, this will be a matinee show, starting at 3 p.m.

A veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene, West brings a rich, soulful voice and a commanding persona to any stage on which she performs. Her visit to the Valley of the Tunes will serve to up everybody’s game.

Tickets are available at sonomavalleyjazzsociety.org.

New show at Sebastiani

Ty Segall has been added to the schedule at Sebastiani Theatre. He will perform there on Friday, Dec. 1. The singer/songwriter is known for his grunge/psychedelic/indie rock. Typically fronting a full rock band, this show will have Segall performing a solo show in the audience-friendly environs of the Grand Dame of the Plaza. He is touring in support of his new record, “Three Bells.”

Starling hosts Treacherous French

San Francisco Bay Area-based folk rock band Treacherous French will perform at Starling Bar in Sonoma on Saturday, Dec. 2. The band is traveling through Sonoma in support of its new album, “Sawdust and Fairytales.” The group sports a singing guitar player, a singing female drummer, an accordionist who harmonizes and a bass player who doesn’t.

Their songs are a loose cross between Avett Brothers and Gentlemen Soldiers. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Passaggio duo

Josh Yenne and Adam Traum will give their occasional duo a workout on Saturday, Dec. 2. The supremely talented pair play honest, folky acoustic stuff. They will perform in the intimate space at Passaggio Cellars on Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen at 2 p.m.

Santa, already?

Music in Place is bringing Santa and Songs to Sonoma Plaza on Friday, Dec. 1. Saxophonist Kris Strom and guitarist John Hoy will provide the musical fun, while Santa himself pours hot chocolate. The “Hot Chocolate with Santa” event starts at 4:30 p.m.

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