Start Out Talented If You Can!

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.

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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.

Six strings jamming in front of the big screen with Russell Malone, Anthony Wilson, Peter, Rodney Whitacre on bass and Willie Jones on drums. photo by Dan Atkinson

Six strings jamming in front of the big screen with Russell Malone, Anthony Wilson, Peter, Rodney Whitacre on bass and Willie Jones on drums.
photo by Dan Atkinson

Anthony Wilson, PS, and Russell Malone.

Anthony Wilson, PS, and Russell Malone.

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!

PS attempting transcendence in Carlsbad.

PS attempting transcendence in Carlsbad.

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…

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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.

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There it is friends! Thanks for tuning in and hope to see you in the realtime.

adios, Peter

Tubing in Toronto!

Hola Fine Folks, just back from a whirlwind, cross country, go through customs, rent the car, trip to Toronto and back and all I can say is the surf was up on Lake Superior! It was barreling!

Tubes in Toronto and if you were one foot tall this would of been an epic day!

Tubes in Toronto and if you were one foot tall this would of been an epic day!

Right off the plane I was saved from starvation but this lucky find of a falafel joint. It was killer and I forever will be grateful for garbanzo beans!

Right off the plane I was saved from starvation but this lucky find of a falafel joint. It was killer and I forever will be grateful for garbanzo beans!

I’ve got musos coming over in an hour to record so I’ll zip through the niceties and great right into what’s up for this week.

On Thursday night I’m so very fortunate to be included in an all-star jazz guitar night at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. The lineup includes me along with Russell Malone, and Anthony Wilson. These guys are six string heroes and what a joy! Look below for the deets and hope to see you there!

Jazz guitar night with PS, Anthony Wilson, and Russell Malone.

Jazz guitar night with PS, Anthony Wilson, and Russell Malone.

Next up I’m stoked to be included at the Carlsbad Music Festival and I’m playing a solo hit on Friday night at 6pm. Music in the village!

And last up, the Blurring the Edges posse is pulling together the notes and rhythms for a concert down in Liberty Station. It’s Sunday at 5pm and it’ll be Tripp, Fred, and I manipulating the sound waves. Surfs up in the aural sphere as well!

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp.

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp.

thanks friends and see you there, Peter

The Invasion of the Flutes!

Greetings! Last week the National Flute Convention took place in San Diego and I got a peripheral buzz from the event. First, a gang of flutists raided the Handlery Hotel gig to check out Bob Sheppard’s gig. He played mostly saxophone but some highlights were his beautiful flute playing and a killer duet with him and Holly Hoffman on Coltrane’s “Some Other Blues”. Soulful notes released into the sky!

Bob Sheppard Group playing for the flutists! Bob Sheppard, left, Duncan Moore, Rob Thorsen, and Peter Sprague

Bob Sheppard Group playing for the flutists!
Bob Sheppard, left, Duncan Moore, Rob Thorsen, and Peter Sprague

Next, six low end flute specialists descended upon SpragueLand to document a new commissioned piece. Low end flutes rock in case you’re wondering! The alto flute is the piccolo of the ensemble and it goes down in pitch from there. All the way to a “I’m not sure what you call it” flute that went to the floor and half way to the ceiling. Wicked! Great playing too by these folks that came all the way from Australia to the east coast to partake in the wide world of flutes.

Low end flutists getting ready to record.

Low end flutists getting ready to record.

Up for this week, a last minute booking came in for this Wednesday evening. I’m playing at the Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy and I’m told it’s a cool space for music and of course food. I have an architect friend who bought this place and he loves jazz. I’ll be playing solo and opening up the night is an old friend from Kauai, Mike Smith, who’s visiting from Kauai. He plays guitar too and I know at the end of the night we’ll both play together. Sounds fun and hope to see you there!

Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy.

Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy.

PS bringing the solo guitar improvisations to Little Italy.

PS bringing the solo guitar improvisations to Little Italy.

all best, Peter