Sebastopol’s HopMonk Tavern hosts Johnny Downer Memorial Celebration

Sebastopol’s HopMonk Tavern will host the fifth annual Johnny Downer Memorial Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 4, honoring a local musician and raising money to support music education. A popular local guitarist, Downer died in 2009. The Johnny Downer Music Memorial Fund was set up by his mother, Carol Esonis. Over [...]

By | December 30th, 2013|0 Comments

HopMonk in Novato schedules gay and lesbian benefit

The HopMonk Tavern in Novato will host a “Comedy For Equality” show, starring Bay Area comedians Marga Gomez and Johnny Steele, on Friday, March 29. All of the proceeds will be donated to Spectrum Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center in San Rafael. Singer and songwriter Michelle Shocked [...]

By | March 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Michelle Shocked’s comments at SF show prompt cancellation in Novato

Dean Biersch, owner of the three North Bay HopMonk Taverns, has cancelled singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked's March 29 show at HopMonk's Novato venue. The cancellation was prompted by Shocked's anti-gay rant during a performance on Sunday night, March 17, at Yoshi's in San Francisco, which has sparked a firestorm [...]

By | March 18th, 2013|14 Comments

Musselwhite plays the HopMonk in Sebastopol

You don’t have to go down South to hear authentic blues. On Friday, Oct. 12, Sonoma County’s own Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, harmonica master brings his personal style of real blues to Sebastopol. Musselwhite has recorded with Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind [...]

By | October 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Sonoma’s HopMonk Tavern celebrates first anniversary

The HopMonk Tavern marks its One-Year Anniversary Celebration starting at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov.  23) with free hors d'oeuvres and live music. Champion finger picker Keith Richman will play an acoustic set starting at 5 p.m. And popular singer,  guitarist and bandleader Pat Jordan, who played at [...]

By | November 23rd, 2011|0 Comments

Papa Grows Funk plays Hopmonk

Always on the lookout for bands with fresh, inventive names, we've got a new one for you: Papa Grows Funk. The New Orleans jazz, jam and funk band will play Sunday, Jan. 23, at the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Admission: $15 in advance: $20 day of [...]

By | January 18th, 2011|0 Comments

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Sometimes a band's name is enough to make you stop and at least notice where the group is playing. It's hard to top a name like Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. The six-piece funk band from Asheville, N.C., rolls into the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol, [...]

By | November 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

Garaj Mahal plays HopMonk in Sebastopol

Creative band names are always fun, and Garaj Mahal has to be one of the cleverest. And the music's good, too. The funk and jazz jam band plays at a release party for its sixth and newest CD, "More Mr. Nice Guy," on Friday, July 23, at the [...]

By | July 19th, 2010|0 Comments

Shotgun Wedding Quintet hits Sebastopol

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, rooted in San Francisco's infamous Jazz Mafia Collective, is a band that crosses musical boundaries with giant strides. Armed with electronic sampling devices, and sounding like a band twice its size, the fivesome appeals to hip hop fans and jazz enthusiasts alike. The band [...]

By | May 26th, 2010|0 Comments

Two shows by Little Feat guitarists

Just a last-minute reminder: Guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of the classic Little Feat band will perform twice in Sonoma County this weekend: -- 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Ramekins Event Center, 450 W Spain St., in Sonoma. $40. 933-0450, ramkekins,com. -- 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28, [...]

By | March 22nd, 2010|0 Comments