Cal Trans’ Asphalt Holy Grail!

Hey There, it was a packed week with music coming out of the sky, notes pushing up from the turf, riffs rifling off the waves, everywhere music—and with that, lugging gear. Argghhhh! Luckily my friend Steve was helping me out with this. We shared our truth in sound in Carlsbad, Pt. Loma, San Marcos, and Coronado, one night each, driving back home late into the eve. It’s a good life staying creative and adhering to Cal Trans’ asphalt holy grail.

Playing at the Six String Society concert with Gregory Page listening on the couch and Monette Marino on the cajon.

Playing at the Six String Society concert with Gregory Page listening on the couch and Monette Marino on the cajon.

Yay, it didn't rain on us again, it almost did! Coronado Cays concert with (left to right) Rebecca Jade, Helen Kupka (concert promoter), Peter, Justin Grinnell, Tripp Sprague, Leonard Patton, Duncan Moore, and Danny Green. photo by Kevin Cooper

Yay, it didn’t rain on us again, it almost did! Coronado Cays concert with (left to right) Rebecca Jade, Helen Kupka (concert promoter), Peter, Justin Grinnell, Tripp Sprague, Leonard Patton, Duncan Moore, and Danny Green.
photo by Kevin Cooper

And up for this week, we have only one concert and it’s a cool free one in Rancho Santa Fe on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. We’re playing on the outside lawn in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Inn and the concert is sponsored by the Village Community Presbyterian Church. It’ll be our bigger ensemble featuring Leonard Patton and Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on guitar. The music will be our Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix. Come on out and take in our unique angle on these classic tunes!

all the very best, Peter

Living My Bucket List in Real Time!

Greetings Good People, despite a few disappointments including this laughable royalty check:PSRoyaltyCheck3I’m actuallyLivingBucketListLoads of positive things shifting around!

We had a great time making music in Idyllwild with the string group. The setup included mega weather heat mixing in with up tempo music heat culminating in a blistering reading of “The Expanse.” Onwards and upwards! On fire and I just dig this band to no end. Can’t wait to do it again…

Operating at 99 degrees in Idyllwild! Peter Sprague String Consort.

Operating at 99 degrees in Idyllwild! Peter Sprague String Consort.

Next, the press starts lighting up with activity. There’s news of the new CD,

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and an in-depth scribe on us zeroing in on Coronado for a concert. (This one got rained out but the reschedule is throwing down on August 25th).

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From there the San Diego Music Awards launched out the news to the internet and press that including many other talented musos, Leonard and my new recording Dream Walkin’ is nominated for Best Jazz Album. Happiness!

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And taking it over the top, I sort of don’t feel quite old enough for this, they (the SD Music Awards) bestowed onto me the Lifetime Achievement Award. Heavens, it’s a true honor and I get to play a few tunes at the event and also attempt an acceptance speech. That’ll be a mouthful.

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Hey, thanks to all for the kind words of encouragement flowing in through email and Facebook! It means a lot to me and I’m further inspired to keep coming up with more inventions. I ain’t done quite yet!

And then more good news arrives via YouTube with this young French gal scat singing along with Coltrane’s solo on “Giant Steps.” Check it out:

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Bucketlisting into this week’s gig scene, first up is a cool concert for the Six String Society on Saturday night at the Carlsbad Village Theatre. The line up is Gregory Page, Peter Sprague, Thomas Leeb, David Maldonado and Monette Marino on percussion. There will be a couple of special guests making an appearance for some added magic. It’s not sold out yet but leaning that way. Get tickets at www.carlsbadvillagetheatre.com.

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Sunday night Leonard and I will be at Northern Spirits in San Marcos for a night of jazz and samba. It’s a good scene there…

We’re heading to Pt. Loma for a Monday early evening free concert at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s outside, it’s beautiful, and it’ll be Leonard, Tripp, and I playing music from Dream Walkin’.

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

Wrapping around into next week, on Tuesday early evening we’re privileged to present our Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics program that a few weeks back got cancelled due to some rare hurricane rain. The band is stellar, (Leonard Patton and Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Danny Green on keyboards, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums), the location (Coronado Cays Park) is pure magic, the music (sonic gems by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix) are some of my favorite songs, and the price (FREE!) is just right. Hope you can come out and join us…

CaysConcertCAlUpdateThere it is folks, good stories from SpragueLand. See you soon out in the realtime, Peter

Life on the Sand with a Zillion College Kids!

Friends, smooth Brazilian music flowing out of the speakers now filling the air with lush harmony and subtle syncopation. Cello and voice, the Morelenbaum’s from Brazil, good company to keep and setting up this morning perfectly.

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Paula and Jaques Morelenbaum

We’ve been living the good life on the beach in Oceanside for the last week. It’s our annual family reunion, life on the sand, 4 times a day in the water, a zillion college kids sharing their philosophy on life, wicked plastic blow up rafts warping in the ebb and flow of the mighty pacific — a fantastic time and a great way to celebrate summer…

Peter scooting on some mini blue ocean.

Peter scooting on some mini blue ocean.

Up for this week for live music, on Thursday I’m returning to The Roxy in Encinitas for a night of solo guitar explorations. All of the cool elements come together, Encinitas at night, great folks into concentrated listening, tasty food items zipping out of the Roxy kitchen, interesting sit-ins for the 2nd set. Make it if you can!

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Friday it’ll be a Roxy night too and for this one we’re featuring Kate Sprague on vocals and guitar along with my brother Tripp on sax, flute, EWI and percussion, and me on guitar. Kate’s really into music and always works up some new songs and it’s a wild blend of straight up jazz and Avril Lavene, Paramore, and Nickel Creek. Eclecticity if you ask me!

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Live at the Roxy with Tripp, Kate and Peter Sprague.

Last week I went up to LA (broke away for an afternoon from the beach house whirlwind) to rehearse with my string playing friends Bridget, Jeanne, Pam, and Rudy. We ran over the music for our upcoming Idyllwild Jazz Festival gig and this week we’re adding Duncan and Mack into the mix too. On Sunday we’re playing a show at the Jazz Festival and it’s a rare treat for us to be together. It’s a tricky band to organize on the account of everyone being so busy plus three of the string players live in LA. It’s a holiday on ice when we get together — killer music, a neat blending of classical music and jazz, music that we explore usually only a couple times a year. For this show I’ve written two new pieces and it’s always a thrill to hear it come to life with fantastic musos illuminating it in real time. (I listen to the computer play it as I compose which just isn’t the same). Can’t wait and hope you can join us! Look below for the details and if you’ve never been to the festival, it’s a great scene, music everywhere, food, and art all taking place in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings imaginable.

PS String Consort with Mack, Peter, Bridget, Pam, Jeanne, Lars, and Duncan.

PS String Consort with Mack, Peter, Bridget, Pam, Jeanne, Lars, and Duncan.

There you go folks and thanks for following along. Keep the sky in your head, Peter