You may be getting ready for the Big Game on Sunday, but we’ve got some big line-ups in Sonoma County this weekend, with a Rat Pack tribute, one of the best blues players in the region, and a couple of eclectic Americana acts.
Saturday, Feb. 2 – Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers
Even after more than two decades on the road, 14 recordings and collaborations, multiple blues music awards, personal and professional breakthroughs, Tommy Castro takes nothing for granted. Still inspired by his blues guitar and R & B vocal contemporaries, Castro has brought together an all-new band he calls “The Painkillers.”
Foregoing the horns this time out, Castro returns to a more stripped-down lineup that recalls the earlier days of the band and even features original bassist Randy McDonald along with new band mates Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards.
Venue: Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa, 707-545-5876
Now audiences can experience this critically acclaimed, hugely entertaining theatrical production that includes exciting new arrangements of the classic songs everyone knows and loves and spot-on impersonations of the “Rat Pack:” Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin.
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600
Saturday, Feb. 2 – Brothers Comatose
Literally brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison, of The Brothers Comatose, grew up in a house that was known for its music parties.
“The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians, everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours” said Brothers Comatose bassist and Morrison music party goer, Gio Benedetti. “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.”
The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina and Ryan Avellone, the string quintet brings their original string music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States.
Venue: Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale - 707- 894-3222
Tuesday, Feb. 5 – The Wood Brothers
Two brothers decide to form a band, adapting the blues, folk and other roots; music sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned.
While that’s not a terribly unusual story, the Wood Brothers took a twisty path to their ultimate collaboration. Indeed, they pursued separate projects for some 15 years before joining forces. Their paths diverged after those teenage explorations, but the two brothers continued pursuing the musical adventure they’d begun in childhood.
For although their paths diverged for many years, and they forged very different careers in disparate places, the Wood Brothers are never far from the musical currents that formed their musical impulses in the first place.
Venue: Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, 707-765-2121