|Hello Friends, I’m hoping these words arrive at a good time. It’s summer, Edu Lobo is singing “Pontieo” over here and the baião groove never felt so good! It’s a tune he recorded with Sergio Mendes and the chorus hook is absolute perfection.
Last week was a wonderful collection of concerts leading off with the Guitar Masters gig at the Embarcadero with Russell Malone, Anthony Wilson, and happily me. These guys rip and it was an inspired night of what can happen when you practice for three quarters of your life and you’re fortunate enough to start out talented already. Masters of the six string plus good humans too! Thanks emanating out to Gilbert Castellanos for including all of us and organizing this music series and also SD Tribune writer George Varga for helping spread the word in the paper.
Next I steered the Element to Carlsbad Music Festival to play a solo set. For me, no matter how it plays out, I love taking on solo guitar and searching for the magic. Attempting transcendence, often falling short, but digging the ride!
Last for last week, we Blurred the music on Sunday down at Liberty Station with Fred Benedetti and brother Tripp. What a cool show and can’t wait to hang with them again.
I came across this music and video the other day and I’m moved! Jacob Collier with the Metropole Orkest! It’s gorgeous…
In the works for this week, I’m happy to report that The Roxy Encinitas has reopened. It’s newly renovated and ready for more good times and music. I’ll be there on Thursday night for a solo hit. Hopefully the falafels will be in the flow and the welcome sight of you, good people of jazz. See ya’ there!
Leonard and I will bring it on Friday night to Ki’s in Cardiff. Always a good scene and great food!
The solo guitar concert revolution continues on Sunday afternoon, this time in east county at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. They have a wonderful theatre with great acoustics and it’s a full on listening setup. Can’t wait!
Rounding the bend into early next week, on Tuesday evening I’m sharing songs at the Julian Library. I’ve said it before and I’m still thinking it’s true, libraries rock for live music! It’s all there, silence to set the stage, usually top level acoustics, and no margarita blender hogging the air waves. The Julian setup is perfecto and I’m looking forward to it.
There it is friends! Thanks for tuning in and hope to see you in the realtime.