Gettin’ Right To It!


Good People, today we’re gettin’ right to it!

New vids from the Christmas Eve Concert in Del Mar have arrived!

Girl into Strawberry Fields Forever

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Drive My Car 

Let It Be

Lots of live music coming this week starting off with a free noontime concert in La Jolla at the Athenaeum. It’s on Monday (tomorrow) and it’ll be Tripp and I traversing through Keith Jarrett, American, calypso, Brazil, PS Originals, and The Beatles. It’s a supreme listening experience over there at the Athenaeum and can’t wait to see you all!

Coat and ties with Tripp and Peter.
photo by Beth Ross-Buckley

The magic flute of Beth Ross Buckley comes to life as the two of us take the stage (it’s just a term, at this library there’s only a floor) at the Balboa Public Library on Wednesday night. Big fun folks! Beth and I have a neat program worked out and can’t wait to share it with you. Look below for the details.

Beth Ross Buckley and Peter Sprague

The trio (PS, Leonard, and Tripp) rides again in Fallbrook on Thursday night. We’ll be at the library telling good sonic stories of love, loss, bebop, Stevieland, and this gal named Lucy whose tripping in the sky. Let’s do it and see you there!

Shapeshifting at the Fallbrook Library with Tripp, Leonard and Peter.
photo by Steve Grant

It’s Ki’s in Cardiff on Friday night with Mack on bass, Tripp on sax, flute, and percussion, and me on the double neck guitar. Have some great food and sample a slice of good north county living spiced up with live music. Together we’ll figure out the world’s woes and lead the way to a better life. Hah! See you then…

PS, Tripp, and Mack!

The last hit of the week finds Leonard and I playing one of our favorite house concerts. It’s called Casa Tortooga and the good folks there set up an amazing spread of food and drink and then usher us musos into the loop to enliven the air waves. It’s happening on Saturday afternoon and if you can make it you’ll be so happy you did. Look below for the fine print.

Leonard and Peter living the good life!
Photo by Steve Wood

That’s the news of this upcoming busy week! Thanks for reading.

best, Peter

Traveling the Acoustic Airwaves!

Hi Good People!

New year, new positive prospects, new lease, new options. It’s all looking up, mostly! Hah!

I’ve been coughing like a mad man since I last saw you. We left off leading right up until Christmas and we had our big concert. It was so much fun and a huge success!

That’s a lot of people and if you look by the base of the tree you’ll see us.

Later today I’ll upload a few videos from the show and I’ll let you know when they arrive at YouTube. It was a Beatles fest and Day Tripper levitated the whole place!

On the way back from the concert, all the gear was loaded up and I felt that bummer feeling in your throat when you know a mega cold is starting it’s whirlwind. From there, it took hold and I was at the throes of a full on congested upper part of my body. Clogged ears, clogged nose, you know the drill.

It lasted until now! The full 2 week version.

Although, it might of gone away a little sooner had I not ventured out into the surf. Urgghhh!

I couldn’t resist. Look at these waves!

Heading up!
photo by Jeff Rose

You can’t tell from the photo that I have a cold, right?
photo by Mark Francoise

While we’re on the surfing subject, this just in:
My favorite surf magazine by a long shot is the Surfer’s Journal and this month they used one of my tunes for an online video segment called “A Moment of Reflection for 2017.”

Check it out. 

Our daughter Kylie’s birthday lands on the day after Christmas and thankfully she was in town over the holidays. We managed to walk to the waters edge:

and here’s Stef and her smile:

I’m back on the gig wagon and coming up tomorrow night, Tripp and I head out to Julian to play a concert at the library. It’s a wonderful space for music and the good people of the mountains always make it a special moment.

Next up, on Thursday night I travel to Ramona and play a solo show at their library. I’m telling you, LIBRARIES are the new frontier. Folks listen, the sound is good, kids crawl the floors all the while I’m up there aspiring to be the Einstein of the acoustic airways. Never will I make it but alas, the process of the whole deal is magic. Come and join me!

Working it out on the floor.
photo by Barbara Rix

For the final gig of the week, it’s a real joy to connect once again with Mary Fettig. She’s a wonderful saxophone and flautist from the Bay Area and years ago, we both were recording for Concord Records. We were the new up and comers and had the opportunity to make a record with some big jazz legends.

I’ve run into Mary a few times since then but we haven’t played together since.

Until now!

She’s flying down and together along with Duncan on drums and Justin Grinnell on bass, we’re playing a show at the Handlery on Friday night. It’ll be a special night of music and I know Mary’s playing up a storm! Hope to see you there…

That’s the plan for now folks and it’s good to be connected once again.

all best, Peter

Ready the Revolution For Prime Time!

Hi Friends, it’s a great time to be living and breathing in clean, fresh, (it rained a little a couple of nights ago) air. Also, how wonderful to have a good set of ears to take in music.

Grateful, I guess that’s what I’m feeling. The year is bending towards the end and we all tend to take measure of how it went. Thumbs up from SpragueLand!

Yesterday morning at 9 o’clock (sounds a lot like the Beatles lyric from “She’s Leaving Home” — Wednesday morning at five o’clock, as the day begins ). Jeez, I’m going crazy! Everything is turning into Beatle related material…

Anyway, back to my story. Yesterday morning we got this amazing crew of musos to assemble over here for a Beatles music rundown:

Congregation of the Liverpool Four Devotees! With (left to right, upper row) Duncan, Gunnar, Leonard, PS, Rebecca, Nina, and Lizzi. (Lower row) Danny Green, Tripp, Kate Sprague, and Fred Benedetti.
photo by Auni

Our mission was to tackle those new arrangements that I dreamt up and get them under our fingers and vocal chords, all the while ready the revolution for prime time. And the prime time that I’m talking about is our annual Christmas Eve Concert in Del Mar.

Some say it’s been going on for 39 years and that seems about right. Can you believe it, 39 years straight taking the music to the streets! I do remember one year bailing ‘cuz the rain was coming down and we at that point weren’t grown up enough to have a contingency plan in place. Other than that, straight ahead and striving for tone!

This year we’re calling it a Beatles Christmas and we’ve got the rad band:

Peter Sprague
Tripp Sprague
Leonard Patton
Rebecca Jade
Danny Green
Lizzi Trumbore
Kate Sprague
Nina Francis
Allison Adams Tucker
Duncan Moore
Fred Benedetti
Gunnar Biggs
John Leftwich
The Benedetti’s
John Minchin
Auni Biggs

and a gorgeous set of songs:

Strawberry Fields Forever 
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Day Tripper 
Lucy in the Sky 
Drive My Car 
And I Love Her 
I’ve Just Seen a Face 
Can’t Buy Me Love 
If I Fell 
Martha My Dear 
Rocky Racoon
Across the Universe
Come Together 
Let it Be 
All You Need is Love

All that’s missing is YOU. Please join us if you can make it and look below for the details.

Our man George Varga from the SD Union Tribune paper is helping get the word out and we thank him for this! Read about it HERE.

And here’s some history on the event from a long time Del Mar devotee.

See you soon folks and thanks for reading along, best, Peter