|Good Day to you all, it’s a short little dance this week for the gig email. Reason being, I’ve got only one public gig slated. The week is populated with a few private events and slew of studio work, but all of this under the radar to you, dear attentive gig email readers.
But first, this just came through.
Back in August the cool magazine Just Jazz Guitar (out of Atlanta, Georgia) decided my trip was worthy enough to conduct an extensive interview complete with stories of days of old mixed in with where it might all be headed. The fellow that conducted the interview (Joe Sullivan) is himself, a fine guitarist and writer and I think he asked good questions and led the discussion into some interesting areas. I had fun and if you want to see what lies we tossed around, follow this link.
Gearing it up for this week’s only Sprague public hit option, I’m hoping you might join us on Thursday for a night at the Oceanside Museum of Art. It’ll be music paired with gourmet appetizers, desserts and specialty wines served throughout the evening. In the loop for the music making is vocalist Leonard Patton, Tripp Sprague on the sax and flute, and me holding down the chords and the bass lines. We’ll explore jazz, samba, Hendrix, The Beatles, Hogey Charmichael, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Marley. Sounds fun to me!
That’s all she wrote for today and have a good one as we spin freely around the sun.
all best, Peter
|Abundant Friends! It’s a pristine morning with a crisp offshore breeze, the music fills the air and it’s a good time to be alive. I’ve got a full studio day ahead but the night is free and we’ll hunt down dinner with friends and comb over the week’s details and then set the vision for what’s ahead.
Last week we had a wonderful final Road Work Ahead chapter, first at the Merc in Temecula with a sold out house and then a standing room only hit at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach. Both shows had the band leaning into the music full on and then picking up the mic to tell the rest of the story. Bob Magnusson is retiring from music situations that strain his arthritic wrists and unfortunately our band fits that description. We don’t play all up tempos nor is every tune tricky and complicated but enough are to make it a stressful ride for him. We sure had a great run of 30 plus years of music and friendship and I’ll really miss it. I know I’ll still see Bob out in the water, surfing is infinite!
Painted skull faces took over Old Town over the weekend as I played two nights at the Dia de los Muertos festival. It was great to see all of the painted faces and kids dominating the streets. I think my music, just as it is, is scary enough without me altering my approach or dressing up in costume. You know how it is, play a 13b9 chord for a young rocker’s ear and it’s akin to that scene where the girl’s head spins out of control in The Exorcist. Jazz music is mad!
You ever been to the Mission Trails Park in San Diego? What a beautiful setting and yesterday afternoon I got to play a solo concert in the theater at the visitors center. It’s a great setup with an enthusiastic audience and supreme acoustics. And best of all, SILENCE was our friend and companion. Heavens that was fun!
Gearing up for this week, I’ve got a show on Wednesday night at Dizzy’s with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Toronto based vocalist Gillian Margot. Out of the gate, the instrumentation is unique and this alone ought to lead us into new sonic vistas. Keezer is an avatar of music and getting to be in his loop alone is worth the price of admission. Add in the beautiful vocals of Gillian and the night is illuminating as we speak. We’re meeting up tomorrow at SpragueLand to chart the course and we hope you can join us at Dizzy’s for some magic. Look below for the deets…
Last up for this week is a Sprague Family Roxy hit on Friday night. Young Kate Sprague (Tripp’s daughter) has some new tunes and Tripp and I’ll will tag along for the adventure. Should be great!
There it is friends and keep the sky in your head!
|Widespread Friends! It’s a good week to be alive and making music. I’m just back from a little spin up to Santa Barbara with Leonard and we had an inspired concert at the SB City College. What a neat town and it’s a whole lot like here. Maybe that’s why I felt right at home. Can’t wait to go back!
The news for this week is that we’re doing two concerts with our group Road Work Ahead. A semi sad slant on things is that this may be our last little bebop romp with the boys. It turns out that Bob’s been having pain in his hands and wants to slow down his playing activities and he’s the sole reason that this group exists in the first place. So without him, we wouldn’t really be Cal Trans’ favorite sons. The music writer for the San Diego Union Tribune George Varga aptly called it “The Road Less Traveled” in his article in this week’s art section. Click here to read it for yourself.
We’re playing two concerts this week with the first one taking place on Thursday night at The Merc in Temecula. It’s a first rate listening venue and has all of the right elements to help the music lift off.
Halloween is a night off and then on Saturday evening we’ll be at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach. Here again, it’s a great sounding room and it’s all about the music. Plenty of free parking is available and it’s a great vibe.
Please come on down and we’ll celebrate some of the best things in life, friendship and music!
Peeking around the bend, looking to next week on November 5th I’m joining up with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot for a night of music at Dizzy’s. Big fun and I’ll be back with you at the top of the week with more info about this concert.
There it is folks and thanks for following along and being part of our quiet revolution. Life is precious, life is sweet!
all best, Peter