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.

Paula and Jaques Morelenbaum

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

Evacuate the House!

Good on ‘ya folks, writing from the end of the day at SpragueLand. I’ve been in the studio (surfing early in the morning) for hours and now I’m running off to dinner. Just thought I’d get the word out about this week’s live performances.

I’ve got relatives in the area visiting from Arizona and the Bay Area. We all got together today for a brunch and tomorrow night they’re all coming to the Roxy for dinner and music. They wanted to hear Tripp too so the gig on Thursday night will be mostly Tripp and I and then young Kate Sprague will sing too. Maybe my sister Terry will join in for the second set and you never know what else will go down. Should be a lot of fun. Evacuate the house with the wide screen TV for some real live sonic mayhem in Encintas! See you there!

The relatives all lining up and taking it the magic feeling of summertime in Cali. Live is fantastic! Back left to right: Peter holding Rocky, Kylie, Tripp, Stefanie, Frankie, Drew, Ian, Janet, Kate, Sam, Carol holding Cici, Jackie, and Sandy. Front: Chuck, Joe, and Judith. photo by Jada

The relatives all lining up and taking in the magic feeling of summertime in Cali. Life is fantastic!
Back left to right: Peter holding Rocky, Kylie, Tripp, Stefanie, Frankie, Drew, Ian, Janet, Kate, Sam, Carol holding Cici, Jackie, and Sandy. Front: Chuck, Joe, and Judith.
photo by Jada

And at end of the week I’m playing a Sunday afternoon free solo guitar concert at the Vista Library. They’ve got a good spot for music and folks really listen and take it all in. Check below for the fine print and hope to see you there…

Still playing music after so many years! Sprague Brothers way back in Hawaii. Tripp on the left and Peter on the right.

Still playing music after so many years! Sprague Brothers way back in Hawaii. Tripp on the left and Peter on the right.

adios, Peter

Tale of the Torque!

Hi Friends, stripped bolts, power supply mayhem, torque screws, hard drive raid run rampant, complex computer alliterations, it’s all going on over here at SpragueLand. It’s been an iron out tech few days and sometimes that’s the price you pay to run your own recording studio. Reluctantly you put the guitar down and you pick up a wrench instead. A Silicon Valley sage muso once said, “it’s all music.” And the beat and the backups go on…

If it's really just "all music" then this box of torque bits and wacky wrench sockets is a classical composition waiting to happen.

If it’s really just “all music” then this box of torque bits and wacky wrench sockets is a classical composition waiting to happen.

It’s coming right up and tonight we’re playing a show at the Saville Theatre at San Diego City College. It’s part of the Jazz Live series and it’ll also come over live on the radio at 88.1 KSDS. The group is led by vocalist and trombone player Lizzi Trumbore and Leonard Patton is playing percussion, Justin Grinnell on bass and me on guitar. Lizzi’s a super talented young player and tonight we’re also playing some tunes that she’s composed. It’ll be a fun night of music and I hope you can tune in either via the radio or come to the theatre to take it in live.

Lizzi Trumbore

Lizzi Trumbore

On Thursday night I’m enthusiastically returning to the Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas for a night of solo guitar. It’s one of my favorite weekly moments getting to play the music I love, getting to hang with creative friends, and taking in some delightful food—it’s a solid combination of all the right things. Hope to see you there and add your vibe into the mix.

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Last up for the week will be a Friday night of music at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff, looking over the ocean. It’ll be my trio providing the soundtrack and for this evening vocalist Lisa Hightower along with bassist Harley Magsino will be my guests. Lisa has a fantastic angle on music and when we lean into a blues influenced tune you know you’re in the right place. Great food here too!

Lisa Hightower and Peter. photo by Michael Oletta

Lisa Hightower and Peter.
photo by Michael Oletta

That’s the word for this week and hope to see you in real time.

adios, Peter