Striking Twice!

Hey Good People, it’s humid, we’ve got thunder, and lightning is striking twice somewhere close. Summer rain, easy on the skin, you don’t have to dodge it when you’re out walking the dog. It’s a rare SoCal happening and I’m full on digging the possibilities of the wettest spot on earth, our beloved Kauai, paying us dry folks a visit. I say, keep it coming, we’ll all float away together…

The pier at Hanalei Bay.

The pier at Hanalei Bay.

The Summer Fun on 101 show last weekend was a career highlight. All of the good elements came together — magic weather, lots of happy and spirited folks, kids in attendance, excellent sound man with good ears and a mellow rasta way of operating, great raw electric guitar and hard hitting drummer opening act, our set was charged and the musos were playing with smiles on their faces, the concert promoter is one of the good guys and he handed us the check right after our last note, and the Mattson Two ripped it up with mod-surf rock music complete with killer phase shifter FX dovetailing after our set. Yeah, it was a great time and many thanks to all that were in attendance plus those that helped with the details. Let’s do it again!

Plus this cool photo man named Dan Audick captured some great images. Check it out…

Band on the summer fun run! photo by Dan Audick

Band on the summer fun run!
photo by Dan Audick

Gunnar into it! photo by Dan Audick

Gunnar into it!
photo by Dan Audick

Digging deep! photo by Dan Audick

Digging deep!
photo by Dan Audick

The view from backstage. photo by Dan Audick

The view from backstage.
photo by Dan Audick

Up for this week, tomorrow (Wednesday) Leonard and I play our annual Cardiff Library summer concert. We hit at 7pm and it’s free to get in. It’s a wonderful spot for live music and sonic lightning strikes twice there I’m told. Hope you can make it!

Leonard and Peter photo by Thomas Westerlin

Leonard and Peter
photo by Thomas Westerlin

On Thursday I’m heading back to the Roxy to ignite the bohemian solo guitar world. Friends, great food and the classic north county spirit all come together for a classic moment. Venture out friends!

Sunday night will be our last hit for the week and we’re heading to the Solterra Winery, right down the street from my house, for a great evening of music and stellar food. Wine too! It’ll be Leonard and I stirring up the sound and the last missing ingredient is you. Hope to see you there!

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There it is folks. The rain has stopped and the sun is threatening to come out. This too is a good option.

adios, Peter

PS. my “In My Life” music vid is momentum. Have you seen it yet?

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Summer Fun on the 101!

Hi Friends, coming to you late on Friday after a busy week teaching and playing music at the UCSD Jazz Camp. It was a good interchange with young and old folks all revved up to learn jazz. I’m in!

And as a result the week has sprinted away from me. It’s only now that I realize it’d be a good thing to get the word out about 2 concerts this weekend.

First up, Summer Fun on the 101 kicking into gear tomorrow (Saturday). Our quintet is throwing down at the mini park in Leucadia at 3pm tomorrow. It’s a whole day of music and other good things and it’s all free. Look below for the deets and I think you’ll have fun if you can make it out.

The quintet with Peter, Gunnar, Leonard, Tripp and Duncan.

The quintet with Peter, Gunnar, Leonard, Tripp and Duncan.

And on Sunday Leonard and I play a house concert in Bonita and I think it’s open to the public. Here’s a link to lead you into the details:

https://www.facebook.com/CasaTortooga

take good care, Peter

The June Gloom Antidote

Hi Good People, James Taylor is filling the air this cloudy morning!

He sings,

“The light of a tropical moon on a night to remember,
In every note, the antidote, to December”

His voice is stellar and the background vocals add the finishing touch to a great record. It’s his new one, out yesterday, called Before This World. I’m loving it!

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I had a free moment last week to record a new version of the Beatles classic tune “In My Life.” I had the video cameras there too and here it lives, ready to kick into gear at YouTube:

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And if you’re a player and want to follow along, the sheet music for my arrangement is available online right here.

Up for this week, on Thursday night we’re heading for the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego to play some jazz around the swimming pool. They have a summertime jazz series and we’re honored to be in the loop. It’ll be Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on the guitar. Sounds fun and hope to see you there…

PS traveling through purple light! photo by Barbara Rix

PS traveling through purple light!
photo by Barbara Rix

I’ve got an interesting day on Saturday that begins with an 11 am outdoor concert in La Jolla with guitarist Fred Benedetti. We’re part of the La Jolla Arts Festival and we’re playing two sets on the main stage. Right after this gig is over I zip over to the airport and catch a flight to Chicago. On Sunday I’m playing with vocalist Dianne Reeves at an event sponsored by the Indigo Foundation. It’ll be the whole band and it’s always a thrill to hear Dianne sing!

Dianne Reeves in London with yours truly digging the ride.

Dianne Reeves in London with yours truly digging the ride.

Back home Monday and this cherished life continues on. Hope to see you out there soon.
best, Peter