Feb. 20: A.L.O at the Hopmonk

How often do we get the chance to see a world-class band that plays some of the nation’s biggest stages in a small club, on our lunch break, for free? That’s exactly what happens this Thursday when the funky groove-jam band A.L.O. stop in for a free noontime concert sponsored by the KRSH 95.9-FM at Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern. Recent bookings for A.L.O. include the majestic Fox Theater in Oakland, the Roseland Theatre in Portland, the Showbox in Seattle, the Troubadour in Hollywood and the Fillmore in San Francisco. What the heck are they doing playing Hopmonk? Chalk it up to the folks at the Krush, who deserve a big hand for bringing to town, over the years, everyone from Donovan Frankenreiter to James Hunter in their free noontime concert series. How about the Arcade Fire, guys? Or My Morning Jacket? Ah, well, a guy can dream. In the meantime, A.L.O. play for free on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Noon. Free. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline

Sonoma County Library