Coltrane for Balance!


Hey Good Folks, I hope like me you’re experiencing the elevated feelings of springtime — sun, warmth, flower crazy lengthening days, concerts moving to the outdoors. And shall we not forget the little ocean swell running in the pacific, setting up daily excursions of walking on water. Cowabunga!

Heading up!
photo by Jeff Rose

On the box, as we speak, Coltrane is emoting in C minor on “Lonnie’s Lament” and this sonic preaching is helping to balance the vibe over here at SpragueLand. All week long it’s been major key calypso leading up to this weekend’s concert and just like a good meal, you need some non-sweet flavor to offset the sweetness. Major scale equals sugar, Coltrane in C minor equals nuts and bolts miso soup with potatoes and veggies. Coltrane for balance!

John Coltrane

So yes, we’ll be at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park on Sunday eve and the concert is called “Calypso Heat”. I’ve gathered some great songs from the Caribbean and some gifted musos from here to present a night of tales of the tropics —songs boldly announcing that men are smart but woman are smarter, the heart tug of the Jamaican Farewell, the chronicles of the monkey who drinks gin too, and finally the Bermuda Triangle anthem “Hurricane Alley” highlighting how life sometimes veers off course. 

It’ll be the wonderful Gillian Margot at the helm of the ship singing and the crew includes Beth Ross Buckley on flute, Tripp on sax and flute, Fred B. on guitar, Gunnar on the bass, Duncan on drums and I’ll be in the galley playing the guitar. It’ll be fun, we’ll have some laughs, and we promise to not sink the boat. 

I hope you can join us, there are still some tickets left and see the details at the bottom.

Gillian Margot

And if you’re looking to zip out into the world other days this week please join us on Friday for two different shows. At 4:30pm Leonard and I are playing an open to the public house concert in Encinitas that benefits the Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery. I love playing with Leonard!

Leonard and Peter
photo by Thomas Westerlin

Also, Friday night at 7:30pm maestro Fred Benedetti and I get to hang out together at Ki’s for music and great food. Join us, won’t you!

Peter and Fred dancing on the double necks!

On Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm I’m playing solo guitar for a few hours at Flower Hill Mall Promenade in Del Mar. Hoping for warm weather!

There it is folks, thanks for joining in and good wishes to you, Peter