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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Traditional jazz lives on in Railroad Square

For nine years, the Traditional Ragtime And Dixieland Jazz Appreciation & Strutters Society, booked jazz bands into the Last Day Saloon the first Sunday of every month. That ended in May, when Dave Daher, owner of the Railroad Square nightclub, announced his retirement and closed the venue. But TRAD JASS, as it’s known, is still around. The monthly concert series moves to another Railroad Square location — Hotel La Rose, 308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. Look for live music by… Read More »

Comic Will Durst at Studio E, Last Day Saloon

For Sonoma County comedy fans, December will be the best of times and the Durst of times. Nationally known Bay Area political satirist and stand-up comic Will Durst has two shows scheduled in the area this month. Durst will make his Studio E debut at the venue near Sebastopol, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets cost $21. For reservations and directions: (707) 823-5316, jeffm5@sonic.net. Durst and his wife, comedian Debi Durst, will join comics Johnny Steele, Michael Bossier and… Read More »

‘Sonoma Songbirds’ return to Last Day Saloon

After headlining a “Sonoma Songbirds” show at the Last Saloon in September, transplanted Seattle singer and songwriter Jill Cohn returns there this week with a slightly different line-up. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. The line-up includes: –  Jill Cohn, performing with Sonoma County guitarist Dave Sampson of the Old Jawbone band. – Katie Phillips, Sonoma County guitarist,  singer and songwriter, with drummer Mark Tarlton. – Jen… Read More »

‘Sonoma Songbird’ concert at Last Day Saloon

“Wine, women and song” has become an outdated cliche,  but it does apply, in  a way, to an interesting musical event coming up. Wine is optional, but there will be lots of women and song at the “Sonoma Songbird” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. The lineup includes: – Seattle singer and songwriter Jill Cohn, performing with Sonoma County guitarist Dave Sampson of the Old Jawbone band. – The… Read More »

Sopwith Camel plays at the Last Day Saloon

During the ‘60s in San Francisco, fresh new rock bands seemed to pop up every day. Some became legends, but for others, fame was brief. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t good bands. Sopwith Camel, named for the famed World War I plane, was the second band from San Francisco signed by a major label, after Jefferson Airplane but before the Grateful Dead. The first of the “San Francisco psychedelic ballroom bands” to get a hit, Sopwith Camel scored with… Read More »

Salvador Santana plays March 8 at Last Day Saloon

The first thing that people tend to notice about singer, songwriter and keyboardist Salvador Santana is his last name. His father is 10-time Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana. Salvador is thankful for the experience and opportunities he’s gotten from working with his father, but he also wants to make his own name in the music world. “I want, not independence so much, but individuality,” he said. “I want people to recognize my art on its own.”… Read More »

Little Joe y La Familia play Santa Rosa

Four-time Grammy winners Little Joe y La Familia bring their Tex-Mex musical style to the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa for a one-night performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 26. Regarded as one of the pioneers of Tejano music, Little Joe has recorded more than 50 albums during his four-decade career. Tickets cost $30-$45 through Nov. 23. The price goes up $5 after that. The Last Day Saloon is at 120 Fifth St. in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square district. Information:… Read More »