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


    Past Events


    • 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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