Off the Page, Off the Script, Off the Planet!

Dear Solid Folk of the Hinterland!

The soundtrack of the Titanic movie frames this moment somehow. (The music box is on shuffle mode). Celtic flutes and some low end mysto rumbles bring back the tragic arc that was Kate and Leo’s ride on earth. 

Oh well, now let’s talk about bebop! 

Hey, last week I played a concert at the Blue Whale up in L.A. with guitarist Larry Koonse. Just the two of us and it was a mind blower. This fellow is one of the best six stringers that ever lived. Swinging, inventive, crazy good time feel, leaves space, funny fellow —all the right ingredients for magic. 

We’re doing it once again this Saturday night at Dizzy’s. It’ll be just the two of us and we’re playing some of our original tunes, a few standards, and a few free moments of going off the page, off the script, and off the planet.

Hope you can join in and look below for the details…

Larry Koonse and Peter Sprague

Also, I’ll be playing a little solo guitar gig on Friday afternoon at the Flower Hill Promenade at the midday mark. Wicked fun paid practice!

This is how I’m making my way down south to Flower Hill.
photo by Billy Stern

There it is friends and I’m heading back to fretboard, best, Peter

Plowing Through the Bureaucracy!

Hi Everyone, a quick gig blip in case you, like me, want to do some extra driving.

Me and the boys, Mack and Tripp, are heading up to LA to play at the Blue Guitar Room in South Pasadena on Thursday night. It’s a great scene and once you try and find it you might be thinking it’s not. Sort of a weird set up but wonderful people show up and they LOVE music! You can take music anywhere — shopping centers, airports, bowling allies, in the middle of the desert at Borrego Springs, it all works ‘cuz music is so cool it PLOWS through the bureaucracy. Jump up!

And then on Friday night guitar virtuoso Larry Koonse and I are teaming up for a night of Six String Explorations at the Blue Whale near downtown L.A. Can’t wait!

Have double neck, will travel.
photo by Lou Roubitchek

all the best, Peter

The Fillster!

Hey Good Folks, I’m not totally sure that fillster is even a proper word. Spell check isn’t enjoying the process.

But what do you call it when a muso is so accomplished at playing fills behind a vocalist that those fills are one of the main things that you remember about the performance?

It comes to mind because the current soundtrack over here at SpragueLand is Stan Getz’s Getz Au Go Go. Check out his playing behind Astrid Gilberto on “It Might As Well Be Spring”. That’s some beautiful playing!

Stef and I had a great time last week visiting our daughter Kylie up in Portland. What a good kid, doing super well after her college stint. She has a full time job working at a psych clinic for kids. She’s got mega hip friends and housemates and as a tribe they rule the organic positiveness that is Portland. And, she even digs her parents too!

Ky and the left and Stef on the right. We had a wonderful afternoon taking a garden walk in the super sunny Portland spring. We lucked out on the weather!

We even made it down to the Willamette River and went swimming. COLD! And then I defrosted on the sand and got lost in building this stick sculpture.

Live music this week for us includes a Friday night hit at Grossmont College with maestro Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp on sax and flute, and I’ll be guitar-ing it. We are Blurring the Edges and we specialize in sonic flavors from jazz, blues, Beatles, flamenco, and folk. Join us if you can and look below for the details.

Fred and I at a recent show.
photo by Rick Sokol

It’ll be a lazy Flower Hill Promenade Saturday with live solo guitar music from me starting at 1pm right in front of the Starbucks. Whole Foods is right there too so possibly liven up your organic self and join in the music!

The good news of solo guitar!

Bending around towards the top of next week it’ll be a free Monday noontime concert at the Lyceum Theatre next to Horton Plaza with Tripp on sax, Mack on bass, and me on the guitar. We’ve got 4 new compositions that we’re working on so come on down and see if we’re holding up our end of the bargain. Details below.

The trio with PS, Tripp, and Mack.

There you go folks and time for me to move on and listen to more of Stan the man….adios, Peter