All-woman KISS tribute band plays Cotati

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 [...]

By | September 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Jamaican vocal stars The Melodians play at Cotati’s Redwood Cafe

Before reggae, there was the Jamaican Rocksteady style of music, and you have a chance to see a live show by a couple of the genre’s pioneers. The Melodians, formed in 1965 in Kingston, Jamaica, bring their current tour to the Redwood Cafe at 8240 Old Redwood Highway [...]

By | January 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Petaluma boy chosen for music video

Last month, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jake Walden of Cotati came home to Sonoma County to shoot his new music video, and he recruited a little local help. Tanner Sklove, 11, of Petaluma, appears in the new video for Walden's "Even in Your Doubt," as a younger version of [...]

By | November 23rd, 2011|0 Comments

Early Oktoberfest alert for Oct. 8

Raise a stein. Don your lederhosen. The days of beer and polka have arrived, and Oktoberfest celebrations abound , offering  food, wine, beer and live music: There are three spirited community events on Oct. 8 alone: Cotati — Noon-6 p.m. La Plaza Park, corner of Old Redwood Highway and West [...]

By | September 27th, 2011|0 Comments

Jake Walden shoots music video in Cotati

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jake Walden is coming home to Cotati on Oct. 1 to shoot his new music video, and he needs a little help. “What we’re looking for is a young version of myself,” Walden said. “We need a kid in the video that can be a [...]

By | September 20th, 2011|0 Comments

Festival of 10-minute Plays

Here’s a play festival designed for today’s busy people. You’ll see half a dozen new works and still have plenty of time left over. Each show lasts roughly 10 minutes. The Redwood Writers Play Festival will showcase the winning entries from its first playwriting contest. The plays are: “Martha” J.R. [...]

By | April 28th, 2011|0 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day with Chris Caswell

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with traditional harp and pipe music by Chris Caswell. His performance schedule: — 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street San Rafael. Donation: $10-$20. Information: (415) 457-4191. — From early evening until whenever, Thursday, March 17, in and [...]

By | March 9th, 2011|0 Comments

Four Shillings Short in Cotati

Internet sources can’t seem to agree on the precise date of the Celtic New Year, also known as Samhain, although Oct. 31 is a popular candidate. In any event, you can celebrate this slightly offbeat holiday Thursday, Oct. 28, in Cotati. Four Shillings Short will present its “Samhain Concert,” starting [...]

By | October 25th, 2010|0 Comments

‘Save Live Music’ at Tradewinds in Cotati

The Tradewinds bar in Cotati has hosted many benefit concerts over the years for a variety of causes, but this Sunday, Feb. 28, the beloved local saloon is throwing a fund-raiser for itself. The Tradewinds hopes to raise at least $5,000 for legal fees, said Tony Davis, co-owner of the [...]

By | February 25th, 2010|2 Comments

Blair Hardman’s annual Cotati jazz party

For a long time, one of the constants in the Sonoma County music scene has been Blair Hardman, jamming on bass in jazz groups all over the area, operating his Zone Recording studio in Cotati, lending his voice to radio shows and commercials. As he says, "It's been a long [...]

By | February 19th, 2010|2 Comments