Tim Flannery to take a swing at Sonoma’s Sebastiani Theatre

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Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

When: Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: Sebastiani Theatre

Tickets: sebastianitheater.com or tickets.vendini.com

More info: timflannery.com

San Francisco Giants fans will remember third base coach Tim Flannery using a frantic “windmill” move to get the base runner to take a hard turn, run like the wind, and score. “Flan” was at the center of many exciting Giants moments during their glory run just a few seasons ago.

Flannery’s longtime alter-ego project has been Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe. The band gets waved into the Sebastiani Theatre for a “Father’s Day Extravaganza” on June 15. There will be a silent auction, raffle items, food from Palooza Gastropub, beer and wine. The Sonoma show has the band taking a swing at raising money for Flan’s “Love Harder Project,” as all proceeds from ticket sales, CD and merchandise goes toward that worthy nonprofit.

Flannery, 61, has been a baseball guy ever since he was a little dude, but has achieved much more success than most little dudes ever dream of.

Ten years as a much-loved San Diego Padres infielder, time served in the minors as a coach, then finally as the very visible and fan favorite base coach of the Giants, including three World Series Championships, Flan has had a marvelous career.

He is a bit of a renaissance man in his off-field life. He is a surfer who recently hit the beaches of Mexico, looking for that perfect wave. He has a working ranch on California’s Central Coast. He heads the nonprofit “Love Harder Project.” He is a husband and the father of three children. And he serves as a baseball analyst for Major League Baseball and NBC Sports.

Flan also plays guitar, well enough to actually have a band comprised of what he describes as “obscenely talented” musicians, who tour with him playing his own acoustic-based songs and covers.

The band that Flannery will send home on Saturday is a collection of players from many different rosters. Jeff Berkley is a producer and drummer/guitarist. Guitarist Doug Pettibone plays with Lucinda Williams and John Mayer. Dennis Caplinger plays banjo and fiddle. Eve Selis is vocalist with the band. Sharon Whyte plays the organ and accordion. A new member of the Fringe is Australian Christopher Grant on drums.

Flannery’s Love Harder Project had its beginnings in the infamous post-game beating that Giants fan Brian Stowe took at the hands of a Dodger fan in 2011. Flan and his wife Donna realized they could help with Stowe’s expenses and held a benefit to that end.

Since then, most of his shows have been benefits for his nonprofit, which supports anti-bullying and anti-violence programs across the country.

Flan and his band are on a mini tour of Northern California in support of the new album, “The Light.” The album was recorded in Jason Mraz’s San Diego studio. The album shows a movement away from the folky/bluegrassy/country flavored songs Flan is known for. This new batch of 11 songs is a bit edgier, perhaps reflecting the harder world we find ourselves living in these days.

Flannery has a nice collection of guitars at his disposal. His website photos show him playing a Santa Cruz model, several Martins, Gibsons, all the usual great axes. One guitar in particular might pique the most interest, however. Somehow, Flan got his mitts on Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger,” one of the most famous electric guitars ever made. It was built by Sonoma County luthier Doug Irwin. The all important fret board was cut here in Sonoma on a machine that Steve Klein designed. The custom-made instrument was the last guitar the Grateful Dead guitarist ever played publicly before his death in 1995.

Flan said, “I was with (ex-Giants pitcher and budding guitar star) Jake Peavy and a bunch of his buddies in San Diego, and he had a great collection of guitars. He had all of Jerry’s guitars. I plugged in Tiger and played ‘Peggy-O.’ It sounded wonderful.”

Music was the salve that Flannery used after a game. Peavy and Flannery used to spend quality time after games strumming and singing in what seems like an unlikely place, hotel stairwells. “In the Major Leagues, you stay in the best hotels and they have the best stairwells. The resonance is awesome,” Flannery said.

Tickets for the show are available online at Sebastianitheatre.com. The show is on Saturday at 7 p.m.

During his career as a Major League player, Flan only hit nine home runs. He and his band just might hit a few out at the Sebastiani. Don’t strike out; score a couple of tickets.

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

When: Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: Sebastiani Theatre

Tickets: sebastianitheater.com or tickets.vendini.com

More info: timflannery.com

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