The Bonafides

R&B and Jazz Band

THE BAND

Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and Blues and Soul …. While I was searching for a way to describe our band, I realized the answer was hiding in plain sight in a Jon Cleary lyric. It is both the way he describes  “the greatest gift America gave the world,” and the music we play. We started six years ago, building our repertoire from the classic New Orleans  R&B  of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and many others.  The versatility of the band members then made room for a little Monk, Herbie, Horace Silver and the like. Next thing you know, Steely Dan and Govt. Mule are in the master file.

“No matter what is on the set list, we are sure you will leave a Bonafides show with a smile on your face and a happy tune in your step. Come see us soon!”

Upcoming Shows


  • 28Oct'21

    main st kitchen walnut creek 5:30-8:30 pm Outside , hoping it's warm !

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets tipping permitted

  • 05Nov'21

    tomatina San mateo 6-8 pm Randale has invited us back !

    venue www.tomatina.com

    tickets no cover

  • 14Nov'21

    the bistro hayward 2:30 -5:30 pm Our favorite Sunday afternoon venue .

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets no cover

  • 18Nov'21

    monica’s antioch 6-9 pm First time at the new venue , looking forward to it !

    venue www.monicaslivermore.com

    tickets tips welcome !

  • 20Nov'21

    tomatina san mateo 6-8 pm Happy to be regulars here !

    venue www.tomatina.com

    tickets no cover

  • 21Nov'21

    winter tavern pacifica 3pm The trio returns to this great bar in Pacifica .

    venue www.wintertavern.com

    tickets no cover

  • 27Nov'21

    Rigger’s Pt. Richmond 2-5 pm Always a great crowd and staff at this wine loft . May need proof of tax, check the website .

    venue www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $5

  • 04Dec'21

    Tomatina san mateo 6-8 pm Great Italian food and acoustics .

    venue www.tomatina.com

    tickets no cover

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Past Events


  • 23Oct'21

    Tomatina San mateo 6-8pm The trio will return to at this Italian Restaurant ; check out the facebook page , the food looks great !

    venue www.tomatina.com

    tickets no cover

  • 21Oct'21

    main st. kitchen walnut creek 5:30 -8:30 pm On the patio

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets Tips welcome !

  • 15Oct'21

    Rigger’s loft Big thanks to Kevin and Barbara for keeping the music live in the East Bay !

    venue www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $5.

  • 14Oct'21

    main st. kitchen walnut creek 5:30-8:30 pm Our almost weekly gig ! Great food and staff here .

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets tips appreciated

  • 08Oct'21

    wood family vineyards livermore 5-8pm Our first Livermore winery gig ! We are very excited , and Nancy Wright will be joining us on tenor saxophone !

    venue www.woodfamilyvineyards.com

    tickets reservations suggested

  • 03Oct'21

    the bistro hayward 2:30- 5:30 pm Outside , in the parklet , close to transportation ( i.e. in the street ! ) The sound and the audience is great !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets

  • 30Sep'21

    main st kitchen walnut creek The trio continues ....

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets Cancelled due to injury

  • 23Sep'21

    main st kitchen walnut creek 530-830 pm New Orleans R&B , soul jazz

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets No cover

  • 16Sep'21

    main st kitchen walnut creek 530-830pm every thursday for the rest of this month

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets no cover

  • 11Sep'21

    fourth bore patio 6-9pm the bonafides trio Another first for us . Tony D will be helping us on bass tonite ! Great food and beer selection !

    venue www.thefourthbore.com

    tickets no cover !

  • 10Sep'21

    Sausalito Cruising club 8-11 pm Our Debut ! Email me to be on the guest list , and bring proof of vaccination please .

    venue https://www.sausalitocruisingclub.org

    tickets

  • 05Sep'21

    the bistro hayward 3-6 pm The best way to spend Sunday afternoon ! The whole band , outside ,at our favorite venue !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets

  • 04Sep'21

    Calicraft brewing walnut creek 6-9pm Outside on the beautiful patio . The trio will be playing NOLA R&B , and likely sampling the beer menu !

    venue www.calicraft.com

    tickets no cover

  • 02Sep'21

    Main St Kitchen walnut creek 530-830 PM The trio on the patio

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets No cover

  • 24Jul'21

    rigger’s wine loft pt.richmond 2-5 pm Join us for wine, food and New Orleans inspired R&B and Soul Jazz . Reservations are useful , as they often selll out !

    venue www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $5

  • 22Jul'21

    Main St. Kitchen Walnut Creek 5:30-8:30 pm Warm summer evenings on the patio , great food and staff . The trio tonight .

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets

  • 18Jul'21

    the bistro hayward 2:30 – 5:30 pm One of our favorite venues , always a warm crowd in the parklet !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets

  • 17Jul'21

    Bottle Taps Pleasanton 6-9 pm Ron and Craig duo !

    venue www.bottletaps.com

    tickets

  • 10Jul'21

    Monica’s Livermore 6-9pm Looking forward to a warm evening and New Orleans R & B without the July, stick to your leather car seat , humidity .

    venue www.monicaslivermoret.com

    tickets No cover

  • 08Jul'21

    Main st kitchen walnut creek 530 -830 pm the trio , outside , great food and staff @ Main St.

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets

  • 02Jul'21

    Main St. Brewery 6-9 PM Back on the street , with Jazz , Funk , Rhythm & Blues and Soul music .

    venue Main St. Brewery Pleasanton www.mainstbrewery.com

    tickets Tips GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED

  • 01Jul'21

    Main St. Kitchen Walnut Creek 530-830 pm One of three Thursdays ( 1,8 22) in July at this great restaurant . Outside, with the trio and lots of dining space

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets

    buy tickets

  • 20Jun'21

    The bistro hayward 2:30 – 5:30 pm Father's Day at the Bistro . Bring the family !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets Tips Welcome !

  • 19Jun'21

    Rigger’s wine loft , Pt. richmond 2-5 PM It's been a minute, but we are back at this great venue . Plenty of dance space , along with wine, food and views of the bay . Reservations recommended , as seating is limited .

    venue www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $5

  • 12Jun'21

    winters tavern pacifica 4pm First time here . Looking forward to a new venue ! It'll be the trio today .

    venue www.wintertavern.com

    tickets

  • 10Jun'21

    Jason’s Restaurant Greenbrae 5:30-8 pm Back in Marin ! With the Trio .

    venue www.jasonsrestaurant.com

    tickets

  • 05Jun'21

    Canyon Club Brewery Moraga 7-9 PM DUO SHOW with Craig and Jodi , and joining us on vocals , Ali Wegener !

    venue www.www.facebook.com/canyonclubbrew

    tickets

  • 04Jun'21

    bar cava martinez 6-9 pm Ron and Craig duo on Main St. in Martinez

    venue www.barcava.com

    tickets 0$

  • 29May'21

    Monica’s Livermore 6-9pm We are very excited to be invited to our first gig in Livermore . It is a great outdoor space to hear our New Orleans R&B , Soul and Jazz music . Laissez le bon temps rouler !

    venue www.monicaslivermore.com

    tickets no cover

  • 27May'21

    Main Street Kitchen Walnut Creek 530-830 pm Our first time at this great restaurant in the heart of Walnut Creek downtown. Join us outside in the parklet .

    venue www.mainstkitchen.com

    tickets No cover

  • 23May'21

    Main St. Brewery 4-7PM Sunday afternoon , no traffic, lots of NOLA music .

    venue Main St. Brewery Pleasanton www.mainstbrewery.com

    tickets Tip Jar Available

  • 21May'21

    Cypress Plaza, Walnut Creek 6:30-9 PM The Trio at the Summer Downtown Stage Event . 1399 N Main St. Plenty of food and drink nearby to enhance the music.

    venue www.walnutcreekdowntown.com

    tickets Tipping Encouraged

  • 16May'21

    The Bistro 2:30 – 5:30 Hope to see you outside in the parklet for more New Orleans R & B Soul and Jazz .music .

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets TIPS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED

  • 13May'21

    Jason’s Restaurant Greenbrae 5:30-8pm The Bonafides Trio , Cal-Italian food and New Orleans R& B on the deck .

    venue www.jasonsrestaurant.com

    tickets

  • 18Apr'21

    the bistro hayward 2:30-5:50pm Join us outside for New Orleans inspired music . Now really is the time for dancing in the streets !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets Tips Welcome !

  • 11Apr'21

    Rigger’s Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond 2-5 PM Back at the beautiful outside patio, with wine , food, bay views , and mo' New Orlenas R & B . Reservations recommended , it is often sold out !

    venue www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $5

  • 21Mar'21

    Rigger’s Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond 2-5PM A great venue : wine, food , views , the best acoustics . Missed Mardi Gras , here is your make-up class ! RESERVATIONS recommended , they often max out .

    venue www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $5

  • 07Mar'21

    The Bistro , Hayward 2-5pm Vic and the gang have re-opened . Outside , with the stage and seating on the street !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets As you like it ...

  • 13Dec'20

    Rigger’s Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond 2-5pm Glad to be playing at this great venue . If the weather holds , we will be outside , and Ms. Ali Wegener will be joining us for this one !

    venue www.riggerloftwine.com

    tickets $5 cover

  • 06Dec'20

    The Bistro in Hayward 2:30-5:30 pm With the outside stage and socially distanced seating ! The stage has just enough room for the quartet , so we will all be there !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets $0

  • 22Nov'20

    Rigger’s Loft , Pt. Richmond 2-5 PM Sunday afternoon and New Orleans flavored R&B and soul jazz.

    venue Riggers Loft www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets 0$

  • 15Nov'20

    The Bistro, Hayward 2:30 – 5:30 PM We will be outside on the traffic free street . among the socially distanced tables and crowd !

    venue www.the-bistro.com

    tickets 0$ Tipping optional

  • 10Oct'20

    RIGGER’S LOFT 3-6 PM Kevin and Barbara keep the wine, food and music flowing outside the warehouse , with socially distanced tables , and a beautiful location. Join us for New Orleans R & B and Soul Jazz !

    venue RIgger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca. www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets TIPS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED

  • 19Sep'20

    RIGGER’S LOFT 3-6 PM OUTSIDE , with our backs to the bay , and facing the socially distanced tables . The sound is great , as is the wine and the food from Carrie Dove . Listen to some uplifting New Orleans R & B to help us thru these times.

    venue Rigger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca. www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets Tips Welcome !

  • 18Sep'20

    MAIN STREET BREWERY 6-9 PM ACTUALLY on MAIN STREET . 6-9pm We will be outside , surrounded by socially distanced tables , in front of the Brewery . The acoustics are great , and we hope to see you there!

    venue Main Street Brewery, Pleasanton www.mainstbrewery.com

    tickets TIPS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED

  • 24Apr'20

    Lake Chalet Oakland , 4-7 PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz on Lake Merritt .

    venue Lake Chalet www.thelakechalet.com

    tickets 0 $

  • 03Apr'20

    Sliver Pizzeria 5-8 PM New Orleans flavored R&B , Soul Jazz and more !

    venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oaklandwww.sliverpizzeria.com

    tickets

  • 29Mar'20

    Lake Chalet Oakland , 1-4 PM New Orleans inspired R & B , Soul Jazz on the deck

    venue The Lake Chalet www.thelakechalet.com

    tickets

  • 27Mar'20

    Sliver Pizzeria Oakland , 5-8PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz in Rockridge

    venue Sliver Pizzeria www.sliverpizzeria.com

    tickets

  • 15Mar'20

    Lake Chalet Oakland ,1-4PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz on the deck at Lake Merritt

    venue Lake Chalet www.thelakechalet.com

    tickets 0$

  • 23Jan'20

    The Bistro 8-11 PM The Bistro in Hayward Our first time at this famous East Bay venue .

    venue The Bistro 1001 B St. www.the-bistro.com

    tickets 0$

  • 18Jan'20

    Rigger’s Loft Winery 6-9 PM Wine, a food truck , Bay views and New Orleans music !

    venue Rigger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca. www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $0

  • 17Jan'20

    SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM Pizza, parking , and NOLA Music

    venue Sliver Pizzeria , 5132 Broadway , Oakland www.sliverpizzeria.com

    tickets 0$

  • 27Dec'19

    SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM the trio @ Sliver's , Nola and jazz !

    venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oakland www.sliverpizzeria.com

    tickets 0$

  • 13Dec'19

    The Bonafides at Main Street Brewery in Pleasanton Dec 13, 9-12pm New Orleans R & B at Main Street Brewery with Craig Williams and the Bonafides. With our special guest Ali Wegener . See you there!

    venue Main Street Brewery www.mainstbrewery.com

    tickets 0

  • 15Nov'19

    Riggers Loft Winery 6-9 PM Join us for wine, food trucks, and beautiful bay views!

    venue Riggers Wine Loft, Pt. Richmond, CA
    www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $0

  • 09Nov'19

    SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM back to Oakland with the trio , great acoustics and pizza .

    venue www.sliverpizzeria.com

    tickets 0$

  • 18Oct'19

    SLIVER PIZZERIA 6-9PM The Bonafides in Oakland ! NOLA music, great pizza AND ez parking

    venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oaklandwww.sliverpizzeria.com

    tickets $0

  • 04Oct'19

    THE LAKE CHALET New Orleans R&B ,soul jazz, and the end of summer music.

    venue Lake Chalet , Oakland www.thelakechalet.com

    tickets $0

  • 28Sep'19

    Private event Farewell party @ Berkeley Tennis Club

    venue

    tickets

  • 12Sep'19

    Sabroso Restaurant and Bar Craig solo , on the patio , 6:30-9:30 pm

    venue Sabroso's Taos New Mexico

    tickets free

  • 24Aug'19

    LIVE SHOW RIGGERS WINE LOFT 6-9pm Come and join us for an evening of wine, food trucks and beautiful bay views.

    venue Riggers Wine Loft, Pt. Richmond, CA
    www.riggersloftwine.com

    tickets $0

  • 10Aug'19

    Adobe Bar 4:30-6pm Join the Bonafides at the Adobe Bar in Taos, NM for New Orleans R&B.

    venue Taos Inn, Taos, NM
    www.taosinn.com

    tickets $0

  • 28Jul'19

    LIVE SHOW LAKE CHALET 1-4pm Come by land or water to the deck on Sunday afternoon for food, drinks and music.

    venue Lake Chalet, Oakland, CA www.thelakechalet.com

    tickets $0

  • 25Jul'19

    PARTY IN PARADISE Benefiting Global Telemedicine. Tickets are $20 pp and include one glass of wine.

    venue Paradise Ridge Winery
    Santa Rosa, CA

    tickets $20

  • 16Jul'19

    Opening Party for the Berkeley Tennis Club 60K Women’s Challenge The Bonafides will play from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This is an opening party for the official USTA Qualifying Tournament (July 15-21) that leads into a wild card position in the US Open. Come support the players!

    venue Berkeley Tennis Club
    1 Tunnel Rd
    Berkeley, CA

    tickets $0

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The Musicians

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Craig Williams

In 1973, I heard Dr. John’s hit song “Right Place” on the radio and soon found the Gumbo album.  I'd never heard anything like those classic New Orleans R&B tunes, and I was hooked. Following New Orleans music led me to Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Kermit Ruffins, Jon Cleary, Stanton Moore, and others too numerous to mention.  I am lucky to have found wonderful and talented musicians who love play these NOLA flavored tunes as much as I do.  I hope you will join us at our next show.

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Jean Fineberg

Jean Fineberg has toured and/or recorded with David Bowie, Laura Nyro and Sister Sledge ("We Are Family") among many others, and has performed at the Grammys in LA, Carnegie Hall in NY, the Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C. and the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals.

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Ron Gainer

After arriving in San Francisco in 1978, I have played in bands involving Top Forty, Jazz, Rock-n-Roll and Blues. I have played with jazz pianist Ed Kelly, blues singer Jerry Thompson and saxophonist Sonny Simmons. Influences: Cream, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Chicago, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and YES.

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Jodi Durst

Jodi Durst is an upright & electric bassist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an extremely diverse musician who has performed with a variety of groups that range from straight-ahead jazz to indie-rock to R&B to punk rock to avante-garde. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Music in Jazz Studies from California Jazz Conservatory. 

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