Holiday On Saltwater!


Hola Bien Amigos y Amigas!

The ocean has been virtually flat but that doesn’t hold back the creative flow over here at SpragueLand.

Last week we had an under the radar concert at the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla and we had a chance to play with Indian bansuri (flute) virtuoso Rasika Shekar. Wow, what music! She carved the coolest melodic lines on her tunes as well as launching into the stratosphere on Tania Maria’s “Yatra Ta” and Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things.” It was like Coltrane in India! Can’t wait to do it again and many thanks to Subhashis who pulled this event together…

Rasika plays La Jolla with (left to right) John Opferkuch, Rasika Shekar, Duncan, Harley Magsino, Tripp, and Peter

Coming up, we’re working on two upcoming shows — one as a livestream, the other as a live in realtime gig like they used to do it back in prepandemic times. Hopefully you can attend and it’ll be great to reconnect.

Here’s the lead up:

Back in December of 1942, Emery Gilbert of Toledo, Ohio figured the best way to celebrate the holidays was to bring the whole hurricane to the ice rink and skate off happily into the new year. Great concept and thus Holiday On Ice was born.

I figured for us out here in Cali, we need a west coast version of Emery’s sub zero grand vision. So folks, I bring you Holiday On Saltwater.

Tuesday December 21, 2021 at 7pm
Peter Sprague Plays the Holidays LIVESTREAM
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Friday December 24, 2021 at 1pm
Peter Sprague Plays the Holidays live gig
L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

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The idea is we gather our muso friends, put on a livestream show plus a live concert, touch down on a few holiday classics mixed in with songs by Joni Mitchell; Miles Davis; Chick Corea; The Beatles; Cole Porter; Alison Krauss; Paul Simon; and Peter Sprague originals, and finally rally with you, good people both far and wide, in the lofty life of a California Christmas with zero snow but tons of good vibes and buckets full of saltwater.

It’s a long lasting tradition of ours to present these shows (it all started in 1978, over 40 years ago!) If you’re so inclined, click here to read a story about the early days in Del Mar when we played our first holiday concert. This article is from the Del Mar Sandpiper Newspaper.

Here’s the muso lineup for the concerts:
Peter Sprague – guitar
Pamela Pendrell – vocals
Lisa Hightower – vocals
Nina Francis – vocals
Kate Sprague – vocals
Tripp Sprague – sax, flute, and harmonica
Danny Green – piano
Fred Benedetti – guitar
Duncan Moore -drums
Justin Grinnell – bass
Johnny Minchin – harmonica
The Benedetti’s -vocals

You can bring the whole gang, bring the relatives, meet strangers that are friendly and meet musicians that are strange. This is how we do Christmas in Cali! Holiday On Saltwater! See you there!

Price of admission? Actually the concert is free but we will have a “virtual tip jar” complete with PayPal, Zelle and Venmo info for you to donate whatever you feel good about. Also, old reliable snail mailing checks works too. You folks have been super generous with this and it makes us happy.
(It’ll show up as Satyam Music, that’s my music company)
Be sure when asked “Paying for an item or service” to hit the Change button and select the “family or friends” option to bypass the fees.
Venmo: @PeterSprague
Zelle: Peter Sprague
mail checks via snail mail to: Peter Sprague
311 East Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024

That’s the word for now and I’ll be back further downwind with any further developments, all best, Peter