Total Hollywood Move

Hi Folks, coming to you on this Tuesday evening and setting the environment in the office to try and optimize good words flowing. First off I’ve been experimenting with this computer stand that holds the computer up high so you stand as you compute. I like it so far and I sit enough as it is at the studio control board during my regular work day. It’s kind of nice to vary my posture. Next, music coming out of the speakers to make the airwaves liven up. Tonight it’s John Mayer’s new CD and I’m digging it. The windows are open and the air is circulating.

OK words, it’s time for you to circulate…

We’ve had a few cool gigs since we last spoke. The Ki’s hit was already a treat and then it magnified when young Kate Sprague showed up and added her wonderful vocals to a couple of tunes. There were two notable moments—this gig was a first for Kate to sing in rubato (without tempo) and she was a true natural. The tune was “Summertime”, the tempo was warping as it should, and the outcome was pure music! The other magic moment was at the end of the night, we were vamping on a turnaround and I encouraged Kate to announce who was in the band. You ever heard Leonard do this? He really plays it up and Kate’s never done it before. It’s a total Holllywood move, but it’s a laugh! Heck, James Brown had a lot of this going on and it was cool. So Kate ventured forth, suppressing a laugh, and grabbed a hold of a small slice of show biz. Great night of fun!

Exploring rubato at Ki’s with Tripp, Kate, and Peter.
photo by James Kaspar

The Ki’s after the gig hang with Sophia (Tripp’s wife and Kate’s proud Mom), Tripp, Kate, the Great Gretchen of 29 Palms, Peter, and Johnny “Harp” Minchin.
photo by James Kaspar

The next night we took off for LA with Rebecca, Tripp, Gunnar, and Duncan to play at a new spot in downtown called Au Lac. It’s a great high end vegan restaurant with this side room perfectly set up for live music. They have a stage, super cool lighting, just enough chairs to make it feel close and to make you feel like you’re a success, and paramount to the whole setup, really good sound. We launched into the Planet Cole Porter music and the ultra enthused audience cheered us on. What a fun night!

At the end of the gig the fellow that’s the chef for the restaurant (Chef Ito) came up to me and pointed at his camera and tried to convey a story without words. I asked him some questions but he didn’t speak and instead motioned some things with his hands. I figured he was deaf and we smiled and I got that he had some pics from the night and he gave me his card and maybe this was a way to see the photos. It was all confusing but still a neat moment. Then, we’re in the parking garage loading the last of the gear, getting ready to make the late night drive back to SD, along comes three cool folks that were at the gig and we started in on a wild conversation that touched into music, the insane heat of the day, and then finally into a spiraling vegan activism rant. It wasn’t bad, in fact it was cool but it just kept fanning outwards. It was the young gal Robin at the helm and she was passionate about her work saving animals. Then she talked a little about Chef Ito. It turns out he’s on purpose not speaking and somehow he’s able to do this and still run a big time LA restaurant. I can dig it! When I was younger I did a few week long silent yoga retreats and once you get into the flow, talking clogs things up. Good on ya’ Chef Ito and we dig your food and photos and search for truth sans words! Check out his emoji at the lower right of the photos. It’s a face with a zipper over it’s mouth. What a great LA adventure!

Planet Cole Porter in Purple! The look was fantastic at Au Lac with Tripp, Rebecca, and Peter.
photo by Chef Ito

The whole band framed in the wild visual world of Chef Ito! With Gunnar, Tripp, Rebecca, Duncan, and Peter.
photo by Chef Ito

Good newspaper news! In this month’s San Diego Troubadour a super positive CD review of my Lucy in the Sky album surfaced. The author is Ted Burke and he took the disc for a spin and thankfully liked what he heard. Thanks Ted!

Click here for the review.

Coming to you live for this week, first up is a Saturday night gig with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, percussionist Tommy Aros, and me on guitar. We’re playing at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego. The music theme for the night is INDEPENDENCIA! Jazz on the Latin side celebrating Mexican & Brazilian Independence Day. It’ll be a hoot and hope to see you there!

Allison Adams Tucker

On Sunday afternoon at 4pm Leonard Patton and I will play an hour concert at the First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista. We played their music series a couple of years back and it’s a wonderful listening setting for music. Silence is an option and we’ll be thinking of Chef Ito at certain moments, letting the notes float in the air and dissipate gently into silence. It’ll be fun and come and join us if you can. Look below for the details.

Leonard and Peter jammin’ under the purple moon.

On Friday night, I’m not playing but I’m going to hear this truly AMAZING guitarist and vocalist named Raul Midon. He’s playing a concert at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. I first heard him on his debut record and LOVED IT! Next, I was in Telluride, CO playing with Dianne Reeves and we had just finished our show and next up was Raul playing solo. Oh my, totally blown away! And then the next year we we’re in Paris on tour with Dianne and Raul joined us for the last song of the set and did a trumpet solo with only his mouth and again, totally mind melt! This guy sings kind of like Stevie Wonder and has this guitar style all is own that combines chords and a percussive tapping quality. He writes great tunes and also does some clever covers. He’s a true gem and I urge you to venture forth into the mysterious night and make your way to hear his music. I just called over to MOMM and they have loads of tickets still left. I’ll see you there and I’m pretty sure you’ll be knocked out.

Here are the details:

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Friday, September 15 @ 7:00 PM
Call (760) 304-5844 or order tickets online.  
Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount!

Raul Midon

There it is folks, fun with words and thanks for the visit…

all best, Peter

Doing the Laundry!

Solid Folks!

We’re just back from a great trip to Madison, Wisconsin for the Jazz at Five Festival. It was Leonard, Tripp, and I and we took in the town and had two concerts. Loads of folks came out and it was neat to meet the natives who LOVE their town. I can see why!

A wide view of the good folks of Madison who came out to hear the music.

I took my single neck guitar to Madison and it sounded great. Wish I had the twin neck though but the airlines razz me and take all my money when I fly with that guitar.

Leonard and Tripp sharing the sound waves.

And then fly home and slide into the Carlsbad Music Festival!

Enjoying the music ride in Carlsbad.
photo by James Kaspar

We love to travel for music but it’s also transcendental playing for a few friends a few blocks from home. 

Basic rocks true!
After enlightenment, the laundry!
Tune ‘em up and launch!

If we had the volume turned up you’d notice that she’s playing ‘Trane’s solo to “Giant Steps” on that washboard!

For this week on Friday night it’s the Return of the Sprague Brothers! With Tripp on sax and flute and me on guitar we’re planning on a fun night of music at Ki’s in Cardiff. Tripp’s daughter Kate will join in for a few tunes and it promises to be an evening of good sounds and good vibes. Come on out if you can!

The Sprague Brothers back in the day, when water time slightly overshadowed music time. Tripp on the left and Peter on the right.

We’re all sharpened up for a Saturday night show in Los Angeles at a new venue for us called Au Lac Restaurant. It’ll be me, Rebecca, Tripp, Gunnar, and Duncan exploring the Planet Cole Porter music. We’ve never played there but we’re told it’s a great environment for music with good listening and good food. I know it’s a mega drive for our San Diego friends but this note is also going out to our LA fans too and hoping a few of you can check out our trip. Should be good!

Planet Cole Porter with (left to right) Gunnar Biggs, Tripp Sprague, Rebecca Jade, Peter, and Duncan Moore.

There it is, good vibes from SpragueLand…

best, Peter

Converting Garbage?

Good People!

Who do you know in Madison, Wisconsin? Turns out next week we’re braving it once again with that volatile mix of guitars and airplanes and it’ll be me, Leonard, and Tripp flying east to share the good news of jazz with the Madisonites. We’ve got two concerts lined up and one of them is outdoors and I’m told that the humidity gauge will most definitely be turned up along with the bug factor. Bring it on home and if you’ve got friends there, maybe share the gig details below and let ‘em know we’ll do our best to represent. 

Cool Madison fact: the band Garbage formed in Madison in 1994. I was never a fan but I’ll bet once I’m there I’ll convert!

Up for this week, two hits on Friday! First up, a rare visit to the Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar to join in on their on going noontime concerts. Look for Leonard and I in front of Starbucks doing what we do best. Hope to see you there!

Leonard and Peter.

And then in the evening on Friday we’re returning to Ki’s in Cardiff to share the sound with great food and great ocean views. In the loop with me will be vocalist and guitarist Nina Francis along with Gunnar Biggs playing the big wood bass. Folk music, jazz, blues, and originals will be the sonic direction and we might even work in a tune by Garbage for dramatic effect. Snap!

Peter and Nina rehearsing at SpragueLand

There it is friends and thanks for shuffling along with the revolution, best, Peter