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Jim Kweskin Jug Band reunion tour comes to Sebastopol in July

You hardly ever hear good old songs like “The Sheik of Araby,” “Blues in the Bottle” or “The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me” anymore. And when’s the last time you heard a kazoo solo? But with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band out on its 50th reunion tour this summer, you’re about to get another chance. Formed in 1963, and disbanded in 1968 after a string of cult hit albums, the band is most famous for two things. First,… 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 »

LaFlamme and friends play Studio E

Rock violinist David LaFlamme, of the ‘60s band It’s a Beautiful Day, will appear with the The Phil Lawrence Quintet at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Studio E outside Sebastopol. The Hot Frittatas also will perform at the show, an evening of gypsy, jazz, bebop, Italian, Klezmer and original acoustic music. Admission: $20 at the door. Reservation, information and directions: (707) 823-5316, jeffm5@sonic.net.

Doug Jayne’s ‘Folk University’ CD release party

Doug Jayne, co-owner of the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa and leader of the whimsical band, Laughing Gravy, has a local following all his own, partly based on his earlier band, Stupid White People, his annual tributes to Gram Parsons and other adventures. To celebrate the release of his newest CD, “Folk University,” a 12-song homage to the ’60s folk music boom, Jayne and friends will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Sebastopol’s Studio E. The band… Read More »

The Accordion Babes calendar

Operating on the theory that there’s nothing more potentially appealing than a really nice accordion, some Bay Area women musicians, three of them from Sonoma County, have put out CD. And a 2011 pin-up calendar, now on sale at Copperfield’s Books. They call themselves The Accordion Babes. Studio E will present four of the acts –  Roxanne Oliva’s Bellows of Bedlam,  Maggie Martin’s Mad Maggies, Vagabondage and Tara Linda — at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave.,… Read More »

Fred Eaglesmith at Studio E

A lot of singer-songwriters sound like everybody else. And then there’s Fred Eaglesmith. Eaglesmith, known writing songs about trains, dogs, guns, drinking and farming (among other things), will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Sebastopol’s Studio E. His songs include plot twists and surprise endings, and he likes to slip in comic monologues between tunes. Admission costs $25. For tickets and directions to the venue go to the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, or visit www.northbaylive.com. For… Read More »

Kenny White at Studio E

The caller said, “I work with Judy Collins, and she asked me to help Kenny White with the publicity for his tour and his new CD.” Well, OK, if it’s for Judy. Singer-songwriter Kenny White will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Studio E , outside Sebastopol Tickets: $23.  For directions, tickets: northbaylive.com, 542-7143. Tickets also are available at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa. In this solo show, White will showcase songs from his new CD,… Read More »

LA acts play Sebastopol’s Studio E

A Los Angeles country rock band with an intriguing name — “I See Hawks in L.A. ” — releases its new17-song  CD, “Shoulda Been Gold,” today (Tuesday, Jan. 26.) But if you wait until Friday, Feb. 5, you can see the band live at Studio E, the intimate 100-seat club outside Sebastopol. The band will be bringing a friend to open the show, singer-songwriter Susan James, who has been doing some recording of her own recently, with pal Paul Lacques… Read More »