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:

Girl
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 
Something 
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

Busy With Beatles!

 

Friends!

It’s a good world and I’m happy to rejoin civilization. I’ve been marathoning it in the studio with my good friends John, Paul, George and Ringo. We’ve been brewing up arrangements of their classic tunes for a big ALL BEATLES concert on Christmas Eve in Del Mar. You’re all invited and more details will follow.

The most current news is tomorrow (Wednesday at 7pm) I’m bringing my solo guitar circus to a spot in Solana Beach called Crush. I’ve never played there before but I did cruise the locale and it looks like a neat setup for music. The sound is good and I hear the food rocks the house too! I’ve been looking for a new place to kick start the solo guitar escapades ever since the Roxy changed hands and the fit no longer worked for me. Maybe this place will work out. Come and support the revolution if you can break away from the Christmas whirlwind. I’ve got Beatles, I’ve got one Christmas song, and I’ve got jazz coming out of my fingers. Hope to see you soon!

And look below for the deets on the Christmas eve hit!

adios, Peter

Deviation Mode — ON!

Big wind folks and it’s in the right direction!

I’m writing you, then into the studio for a string session, and then a zip to the ocean to see how the wind looks there. Offshore breeze, grooms the waves to perfection, if nothing more, Cali doing what she does best!

And last night, oh my gosh, Peter Bernstein on guitar! We played a house concert up here close to my house and the sound was supreme and the music coming out, big time jazz guitar with Bernstein at the helm. I loved it and for a long time he’s been one of my touchstones of classic jazz guitar. To mold into his orb, interacting with chord stabs and blankets of harmonics, it was a dream come true for me. Nicest fellow you’d ever meet too — humble down to the core. I’m inspired and renewed and fueled to keep learning and launching out. The Peter git-bros ride again!

From the concert last night, that’s Peter B. on the right, sax friend Mark Isbell in the middle and me on the left. What an inspiring musical moment!

Hey, look at the wild photo that Jill Badonsky took of me at the El Cajon solo guitar concert I played over the weekend. At this moment I think I was playing Lucy in the Sky and with the wild backdrop and the fact that she pushed the colors a little, dude I’m thinking superpsychedelized!

Lucy in the Sky in El Cajon!
photo by Jill Badonsky

Live music for this week begins tomorrow night at the Oceanside Museum of Art. It’ll be trio time with Tripp on sax and flute, Mack on the bass, and me double neck guitaring it. Have you ever been to one of their concert events? It’s a good setup for music and I’m pretty sure food and drink is included. Look below for the details and hopefully we’ll see you there at 6pm!

I couldn’t find a trio photo of me, Tripp, and Mack so this will have to do. That’s me dealing with gear, Mack on the left looking over the charts, and Duncan adjusting the drums. Men at work!

Blurring the Edges, our super group with maestro Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp on everything, and me too, the six strings, play a show at Grossmont College on Friday night. We’ve been at it forever and we’ll pull out an inventive setlist and from there go right into deviation mode, meaning improvise our way into new vistas and new planets — occasionally improvising into harmless peril. Chime in good people and together we’ll take over the world!

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp.

There it is, the gig email launches and soon I’ll be at the waters edge taking in the plus angle of the fire eating Santa Ana winds…

best, P