The Joe Chaplain Band
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The Joe Chaplain Band

Sonoma, California, United States | SELF

Sonoma, California, United States | SELF
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"Halloween at the Barking Dog"

Halloween comes a week early for the Bodies

Not to be upstaged by any parties actually on Halloween, the Bodies, Sonoma’s premiere punk rock act, is having their annual Halloween bash Saturday, Oct. 25, at Little Switzerland. The show also has on the bill PMRC, Nervous Tics, Boats! the Sore Thumbs and the Lowdowns. There will be a costume contest and some special entertainment between bands. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bands start at 7:30 p.m.

Jon Popenoe and Forrest Middleton will be providing the entertainment for the chili bowl benefit at the Sonoma Community Center Saturday, Oct. 25. Acoustic blues, chili and beer–sounds like fun. The event is a fundraiser for the Community Center and starts at 5 p.m.

Ramana Vieira and a five-piece group will present an evening of fado on Friday, Oct. 24, as part of the chapel concert series at the Mission. Fado is a musical style that evolved from a blend of African, Brazilian and Portuguese music in the 1800s. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Mission.

Joel Rudinow is producing Music for the Soul IV at Santa Rosa Junior College Friday, Oct. 24. Opening the show will be Souljoy, a gospel trio backed by many locals, including Rudinow on keyboards. Headlining the show is Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at

The Bluegrass Bar & Grill up in Glen Ellen has blues this Saturday, Oct. 25, with the Rett Hammer Band coming to town. The show kicks off at 8:30 p.m.

Relay for Life entertainment is putting on a fundraising event Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Moose Lodge that they’re calling the Monster Bash Costume Party. BackTrax, a classic oldies rock band, will be providing the entertainment and there will be a costume contest and raffle. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and dancing starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Bancroft’s Flowers at 711 Broadway.

Joe Chaplain will be back at the Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs this Saturday, Oct. 25, with a band he’s calling the Sober Saints. The act will feature the Ligon brothers and is also a CD release party. The show runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is having their annual appreciation party and concert Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Sonoma Woman’s Club. The show features the Robert Stewart Experience. Stewart has been described as a world-class saxophone player by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis, among others. The show is free to Jazz Society members but is open to the public on a tickets-remaining basis. More info can be found at
Wildflower Weed is taking their acoustic duo on the road to San Rafael Sunday, Oct. 26, with an appearance at the Mayflower Pub. The event is a benefit for breast cancer research. The afternoon show kicks off at noon. The Mayflower Pub is at 1533 Fourth St. in San Rafael.
Michael Lounibos and Jamie Clark have teamed up for a house concert in Napa at the Gallery on Elm Street on Saturday, Oct. 25. For more information go to
Tonight on the Big Show we’ll have Joe Chaplain live in the studio for a taste of what he’ll be layin’ down this Saturday at the Barking Dog. Be sure to tune in.

J.M. Berry is host of KSVY 91.3 Sonoma radio’s Sonoma Valley Music Scene heard Thursday nights from 8 to 10. He can be reached via at the Contact the Columnists Page. - Sonoma Valley Sun

"Joe Chaplain - Icarus"

CD Review: Joe Chaplain - Icarus. Reviewed by James Marshall Berry, host of "Sonoma Valley Music Scene," on KSVY-FM.

This is the second full album release from Chaplain and the album focuses on vocal harmonies and simple songs that almost seem familiar the first listen. Most of the album is acoustic instruments with an occasional electric guitar track. Chaplain said in a recent interview on KSVY 91.3 Sonoma that, “even though it’s on a CD, it’s really [conceived of as] an album as the songs all relate to each other and are in the play order for a reason.” You can hear the influences of the Beatles and Neil Young on some of the tracks, but Chaplain also has his own signature on all the music, even on the only cover song on the album, a John Coltrane number called “After the Rain.” The instrumental “Crickets by Moonlight” is a personal favorite, and the kick-off track “Around Every Corner” could easily be a hard rock classic. Chaplain, a resident of the Springs, has been playing music essentially all his life, starting in the church choir as a youth and playing in bands on a variety of instruments all the way through high school and beyond. After a short career of doing session work on films and in television, Chaplain has returned to the Valley of the Moon and his first love, songwriting. The CD is available at and at Sonoma Valley Music.
- Sonoma Valley Sun


DESERT WONDERLAND Single/DVD - September, 2006
ICARUS - October, 2008
JOE CHAPLAIN BAND Live at the Barking Dog - August 4, 2009
BAD DOG! Classic R&B Hits recorded live June 19, 2010



Joe Chaplain was born in Detroit Michigan, USA. In 1972 Joe moved to San Francisco and played in many bands over the years including the original prog-rock band WINDOW. One of his most memorable gigs was with the Jerry Garcia Band in Golden Gate Park, to a crowd of 20,000 where Jerry told him "Enjoy this, man. It doesn't get better than this." Jerry was right. Joe also toured with the seminal San Francisco industrial trio Factrix, playing throughout North America to sold out clubs, including the Mudd Club, CBGB and Max's Kansas City.

Joe moved to Sonoma, California in 1992. There he returned to his acoustic singing and songwriting roots. Owing to his work as a chaplain for California law enforcement, prisons and hospice, a completely fresh stream of songs started to flow early in 2004. This resulted in the solo album "Jump Your Heart" released in May 2005.

Joe's second solo album "Icarus" was just released on October 14, 2008. A fresh fusion of acoustic and electronic palettes, it's a favorite of all his fans. The title track "Around Every Corner" is a rock classic and a staple of all his shows.

For the past ten years Joe has played in Sonoma County at Little Switzerland, the Sonoma Community Center, The Barking Dog coffee houses, The Farmers Market, Sebastiani Theater, Andrews Hall, Center of the Universe Cafe, and a host of annual benefits and gatherings at wineries and local music halls.

The Joe Chaplain Band was formed in March, 2009, and has been playing to packed houses from the very first show.