The ever-genial Paul Stokeld is throwing another party at his Toad in the Hole pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square district. The second annual “GreenHopFest,” a celebration of the hop harvest starts at precisely 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the pub, 116 Fifth St. The event fetures fresh hop ales from local breweries, burlesque by Feral Fox and Violet Streak, and live music by the Philip Der Stein Sextet and the Gypsy Trio. Information: thetoadpub.com.
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
John DeMers, a Bay Area crooner who specializes in singing Frank Sinatra tunes, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 20, at “Come Fly With Me,” a fund-raising concert for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. To be held at the Madrona Manor restaurant in Healdsburg, the evening will include a special dinner prepared by celebrity chef Jess Mullgren, as well as wine and dancing. Seating is limited, and tickets cost $150 each. For information or reservations: 707-433-4644 or healdsburgjazz.org. In addition to a long… Read More »
Lithuanian classical pianist Rudolf Budginas, currently a member of the Santa Rosa Junior College faculty, has attracted a following with his novel and eclectic musical style. His blend of music and comedy has sparked comparisons with famed pianist and humorist Victor Borge. Budginas’ popular YouTube video shows him dragging a conga drum and cymbal stand over to his grand piano before beginning Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The pianist will play rock, jazz and fusion music Saturday, Oct. 19, with guitarist Kenny… Read More »
A benefit concert will be held for longtime Sonoma County musician Christopher Marvin, who is battling cancer, from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Sally Tomatoes 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Marvin, son of film actor Lee Marvin, has lived and worked in the county for the past 30 years. A professional drummer, Marvin has recorded with singer-songwriter Tom Waits, playing on the “Mule Variations” album at the Prairie Sun recording studio in Cotati in 1998. More… Read More »
Stacy Maisenbach, a 1991 graduate of Santa Rosa High school, is coming back to Sonoma County this weekend, but you might not recognize her right away. She’ll be costumed and heavily made up as Gene Simmons’ demon bassist character from the classic band KISS. Maisenbach and the rest of the all-woman Bay Area tribute band, Kisser, will perform at at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Spancky’s Bar, 8201 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. The show also features an original all-woman… Read More »
Blues harmonica star Charlie Musselwhite of Geyserville teamed up this week with the Healdsburg Jazz Festival to launch an online fundraising campaign for next year’s event. Posted on the fundraising site Indiegogo, the Healdsburg Jazz Fall Fundraiser seeks donations from $10 to $2,500. “We need to continue raising money year-round to keep our organization healthy,” said Jessica Felix, the festival’s artistic director, on the Indiegogo web page for the campaign. The festival has set a goal of $20,000. Incentives offered… Read More »
As a high school student in New York, young Carol Joan Klein changed her name to Carole King. She set out to become a songwriter at age 16, but got pregnant and married her songwriting partner, lyricist Gerry Goffin at 17. And at age 18, in 1960, she had her first No. 1 hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” recorded by the Shirelles. “She got a lot done” in a short time, said Douglas McGrath, author of “Beautiful: The Carole… Read More »
In 2011, Guerneville poet and web site editor Michael Rothenberg came up with the idea of staging poetry readings all over world on the same day, coordinated via the Internet. He called the project “100 Thousand Poets for Change.” While the idea grew that first year to include 700 events in 550 cities in 95 countries, its local presence was rather small — just a poetry reading in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square. Now, in its third year, “100 Thousand… Read More »
The 1970s star who turned rock and roll into shock theater, Alice Cooper, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. At his concerts, the rocker charmed snakes and cavorted with mangled mannequins onstage, inspiring the NY Dolls, KISS, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Rob Zombie and others who followed. Cooper’s hits include “School’s Out,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” “I’m Eighteen,” “I Love the Dead” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Tickets… Read More »
Rick Bartalini, who booked big-name acts and other entertainment for 11 years at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, is now working for the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Earlier this month, Bartalini joined the staff of On Campus Presents, which promotes concerts, lectures, films, comedy shows and other events at Sonoma State University. “Rick’s background and experience is extensive in the area of popular entertainment and we are excited to have him working with… Read More »