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February gets off to a running start with The Delphi Trio at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 

The original “power trio” format was violin, cello and piano, performing European Classical music, and you won’t have to consult the Oracle to find the Delphi Trio in this classic form. They’ll be at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. They’ll be presenting a program of music for trio by two titans of classical music — Mozart and Beethoven — as well as Dvorak, himself a composer of great renown. The Delphi Trio members share a core belief that classical music can be for everyone, and the beautiful melodies for which these beloved composers are known are sure to soar like eagles over Olympus when these three young musicians apply their passion to performing them. 

Tickets available online at cloverdaleperformingarts.com; or at the door if available.

The Arts Alliance continues to bring phenomenal talents to town when they present Sebastian Monreal Latin Jazz on Thursday, Feb. 7. Sebastian is a talented and eclectic guitarist and he and his band will be playing a broad spectrum of jazz and Latin jazz styles, even venturing into what can be called psychedelic territory. Hey, Grateful Dead meets Santana over at Pete Escovedo’s house, sounds pretty Bay Area to me.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Blue Lights will be holding down the Blues Session, an on-going gig by an all-local group of blues and rock musicians keeping the Blues fuse lit.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, The Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men will be here for Americana Night at the Arts Alliance.  Rootsy twangy “mountain music” blended with good ol’ rock n roll influences like Tom Petty, Neil Young and of course, The Beatles, these two brothers and their bandmates combine these diverse influences with their own song-writing and vocal styles to form a powerful brew. 

Arts Alliance shows start at 7:30 p.m., tickets at the door, at the Arts Alliance or online at cloverdaleartsalliance.org.

If you play an instrument and want to start exploring the joys of expressing yourself through improvisation in the jazz style and tradition, come check out the newest music workshop at the Arts Alliance, starting on Feb. 27. Led by yours truly, this workshop will focus on learning the basics of improvisation and getting started on playing jazz right from the first meeting. Take that big step.

I also want to highlight efforts by the Arts Alliance to support music education and participation for young people.  Music education has been empirically shown to facilitate learning and intellectual development on many levels, and this is an important program to support. Maybe there’s an old instrument gathering dust in your attic or somewhere else in your house. That instrument wants to be played! This is a way to find a new home for it. Check it out.  

cloverdaleartsalliance.org/cloverdale-schools-music-campaign                      

Over at the Cloverdale Ale Co., home of fine local brew and fine local music, you can catch The Coolers playing classic rock and pop covers.  Jimmy Chardonnay and the boys have got the music chilled to perfection and will be popping the cork on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Cloverdale locals Big Blue House will continue with their monthly Jazz Thursday, presenting a special evening of Valentines Day romantic jazz ballads and standards. Special guest on bass, Sonoma County legend Jim Passarell, whose credits as a sideman include The Temptations — yes, those Temptations — will be lending his vast expertise.  Come feel the love starting at 6 p.m.

Cloverdale Ale Co. helps keep local music alive, and admission is always free.

Down the road apiece, you can catch The ‘Zander Valley Sextet at Hopland Tap on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., and at the Geyserville Gun Club on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. Road trip! 

Support Live Music in Cloverdale. Remember, they call it “playing” music, but it ain’t nothin’ but hard work, years of it and having an appreciative, supportive audience is what makes it all worth it.

Paul Schneider lives and writes and plays music in Cloverdale and other Sonoma County venues. He can be reached at pschneider2017@gmail.com.

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