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Petaluma, CA. ~ The Theme is Jazz & Blues with two very different CDs, both of which equally bring a sense of com- fort and tranquility in their own unique ways. Johnny Burgin

Live and Michael

Bolivar’s The New Me are must haves for any music afi- cionado. Burgin brings the Blues and Bolivar embodies Jazz. Pair them together one evening like you would a fine bottle of wine and your favor- ite entrée. The two musical genres go hand in hand and make for a relaxing and en- joyable time when listened to in tandem. Let’s delve in. Burgin’s Live album is a feast for Blues Lov- ers. The 14 tracks; including, “You Got To Make A Change” and

“California Blues” are

amongst the albums high- lights. In addition to Johnny Burgin on Vocals and Guitar, the stellar line- up of musicians reads like a Who’s Who of accomplished


including, Aki Kumar (harp/percussion), Kid Anderson (gui- tar), Chris Matheos (bass), Steve Dough- erty (Drums). As if that was not enough, the legendary Char- lie Musselwhite plays harmonic on a few tracks. Saxophonist, Nancy Wright adds her expertise to sev- eral tracks. “You could feel a jolt of electricity run through the crowd when Portland, Oregon-based Rae


What's Up Sonoma County

Johnny Burgin Live and Michael Bolivar’s 'The New Me'

Gordon took the stage,” ac- cording to the album’s liner

The CD was recorded in 2019 at Redwood Cafe in Cotati with Live Sound Pro- duction Assistance by the venue’s own, Randy Teaford and David ‘Bubba’ For- mato.

Moving onto des- sert in our musical feast, The New Me (2018) by Jazz Sax- ophone-player, Mi- chael Bolivar is the proverbial “icing on the cake.” Bolivar combines Sax with rap-style “mono- logues”

tracks. Excelling Songstress Gordon’s

soulful vocals on “Late Night Date Night” rock to the core.

on several at

fusion of various genres, Bolivar does not disappoint on this album. “I love to listen to this music while riding because this en- ergy is all about our society in motion,” explains Bolivar. The 8-track The New Me also features the ethereal in- strumental, “Never Let Me Down” and the

and educational song called, “Cheese.”


humorous sung

by Angie Whitney, “Kingdom of Heaven” is an everyday inspirational with Bolivar at his best. Indulge in these two CDs and savor the musical offerings of these world-class artists.

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Sebastopol, CA. ~ “Become a Citizen of Peacetown” Sun- day; March 22; Noon to 4:00 pm. Beatles Singalong, Live Band. Hopmonk Sebastopol. No cover. More info contact Jim Corbett, (707)508-5449 ~


Community helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma- Marin


Sonoma County, CA. ~ This last December 2019, thanks to the extraordinary gener- osity of over 250 corporate, community, and individual donors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin provided over 5,267 holiday gifts to families most in-need of cheer.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin staff were joined by volunteer commu- nity members to wrap the do- nated items before delivering them to the families just in time for the holidays. Children and their parents re- ceived not only much needed gifts like warm clothes, coats, blankets and shoes but also things that kids want and are excited to receive, like toys and games. “It is so heart- warming when we hear all the stories of donors who know only family

members’ age

and interests, and then put in so much time, thoughtful- ness, and love into choosing a truly special gift for them,” said Jennifer Weiss, Chief Executive Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Ma- rin. Phone: (707) 528-7977 ~ Contact Michelle Edwards Executive Vice President Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma for more information (707) 528 - 7977 Email:

I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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