Maxing the Odometer!

Friends, it’s looking to be a driving week over here at SpragueLand. Actually a rehearse, gig, drive, drive some more and then sleep week. Rehearse today, drive to L.A. for a private gig tonight, drive back, rehearse tomorrow, Thursday record, Friday drive to L.A. again for the LACCMA concert, Saturday to Idyllwild for an afternoon hit, Sunday a double hitter in SD and RSF, and then that night —sleep!

I love my car!

Green Element to the rescue!

Green Element to the rescue!

You know what I’m digging even more than my car these days? Check out Jacob Collier’s latest endeavor —harmonizeU.

What he does is he accepts little vid clips of your every person vocalist singing a little ditty. From there he filters this clip through his amazing harmonic mind and adds his vocal harmonies to the original clip. The results are mind blowing with brilliant harmonic choices and execution, charming to the hilt! See and hear for yourself and let me know if it brings as much joy to you as it does to me. This is music and humanity blending in a beautiful and creative way!

JacobCollierHarmonizeU2

We’ve got a few public gigs slated for this week and it kicks off with a Friday concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They run a summer jazz series and we’re thrilled to be included. Our angle is:

Peter Sprague Group – Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics
Featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix all realized through a jazz lens.

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Gillian Margot — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Danny Green — keyboards
Justin Grinnell — bass
Duncan Moore —drums

I know, it’s a long drive, especially on a Friday. But be happy ‘cuz the circus is coming to town later in the week! We’re playing the same program on Sunday early evening at a park in Rancho Santa Fe. It’s free, the band will be in good shape after the LA hit, and there’s ample parking for you to leave the world behind. Look below for the details and it’ll be great to start summer with you…

Here's a pic from the same event last year. Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the "magic hour of light" it's Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse. photo by Steve Grant

Here’s a pic from the same event last year.
Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the “magic hour of light” it’s Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse.
photo by Steve Grant

Also up for this week, we’ll be making music at the Idyllwild School of the Arts on Saturday at 3pm. It’s the second-annual “Let’s Build It” fundraiser, to build the Idyllwild Community Center at the Butterfield Commons on Strawberry Creek. It’s a whole day of music and food and should be a great time. Join in and again, deets below…

Here's the band from last year with Barnaby Finch and the gang. Jazz in the Pines!

Here’s the band from last year with Barnaby Finch and the gang. Jazz in the Pines!

Last on the list for this week, brother Leonard and I play a duo slot at the San Diego Festival of the Arts at Waterfront Park in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. They have a whole event going on with music, food, and art and we’re stoked to be in the mix. We hit at 12:30pm and it’ll be a hoot. Hope to see you there…

Leonard and Peter.

Leonard and Peter.

That’s the word for the week. Thanks for being in the loop and remember, keep the sky in your head!

adios, Peter

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