Eternal Cloud Fest!

Dear Attentive Folk Young and Old, it’s a non-stop cloud fest here on the Cali coast! It’s drizzling and it’s July! I’m buttoning down the windows, adhering the rain gear and heading out to visit this July morning. I still love the place though…

The stairs are winding around and they’re wet and it’s July. Heavens!

The stairs are winding around and they’re wet and it’s July. Heavens!

Hey, have you ever heard of the Milk Carton Kids? Do you like Simon and Garfunkel? I first heard the Milk Carton Kids at the Belly Up opening up for Chris Theile’s Punch Brothers band. The Kids blew me away. Super beautiful songs, killer harmonies and GREAT guitar playing. Not virtuoso, blow the lid of the coffee machine kind of stuff but just flowing folk chords and mini leads. I love their music and that’s what’s playing now as I write. It’s Americana and it’s sweet. Also, these dudes are really funny and that was part of the magic of their show.

Milk Carton Kids

Milk Carton Kids

Our (Leonard and I) new CD is at the duplicating plant and there are rumors that it’ll show up to SpragueLand by the end of the week. It’s a cool one and I’ll let you know when the copies are flowing.

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For live music this week, first up is a return visit on Thursday night to the world famous Roxy Restaurant in downtown Encinitas. It’ll be me wielding my favorite Andy Powers guitar, navigating the dangerous sonic waters of solo guitardom. Come and hang with us and jump into some great food and warm north county vibrations.

PS guitaring at a recent house concert. photo by Dwight Harrington

PS guitaring at a recent house concert.
photo by Dwight Harrington

My trio partners in jazz will join me for a cool gig in Mission Valley at the Handlery Hotel on Friday early evening. It’s a free show and I’ve played it once and it’s a great setup for live music. Folks listen and we get to stretch. It’ll be Duncan Moore on drums, young Mack Leighton on upright bass, and me on guitar. See if you can spring out.

And on the final front, helping to spread the word about a cool jazz duo that’s playing a concert at the Athenaeum in La Jolla on 7/9. It’ll be Spiros Exaras and Elio Villafranca, one fellow from Cuba and the other from Greece, sharing their unique music, first time ever in San Diego. I can’t be there as I’m already booked but I did check out their video and they sound really good. Here’s a link to George Varga’s recent UT article about them including the concert location and other details. If you go, let me know what I missed.

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Spiros Exaras and Elio Villafranca

That’s the word up until now. Onwards and venture forth good people into the summer drizzle of coastal Cali. (I still love the place)…

adios, Peter

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