Life on the Sand with a Zillion College Kids!

Friends, smooth Brazilian music flowing out of the speakers now filling the air with lush harmony and subtle syncopation. Cello and voice, the Morelenbaum’s from Brazil, good company to keep and setting up this morning perfectly.

Paula and Jaques Morelenbaum

Paula and Jaques Morelenbaum

We’ve been living the good life on the beach in Oceanside for the last week. It’s our annual family reunion, life on the sand, 4 times a day in the water, a zillion college kids sharing their philosophy on life, wicked plastic blow up rafts warping in the ebb and flow of the mighty pacific — a fantastic time and a great way to celebrate summer…

Peter scooting on some mini blue ocean.

Peter scooting on some mini blue ocean.

Up for this week for live music, on Thursday I’m returning to The Roxy in Encinitas for a night of solo guitar explorations. All of the cool elements come together, Encinitas at night, great folks into concentrated listening, tasty food items zipping out of the Roxy kitchen, interesting sit-ins for the 2nd set. Make it if you can!

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Friday it’ll be a Roxy night too and for this one we’re featuring Kate Sprague on vocals and guitar along with my brother Tripp on sax, flute, EWI and percussion, and me on guitar. Kate’s really into music and always works up some new songs and it’s a wild blend of straight up jazz and Avril Lavene, Paramore, and Nickel Creek. Eclecticity if you ask me!

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Live at the Roxy with Tripp, Kate and Peter Sprague.

Last week I went up to LA (broke away for an afternoon from the beach house whirlwind) to rehearse with my string playing friends Bridget, Jeanne, Pam, and Rudy. We ran over the music for our upcoming Idyllwild Jazz Festival gig and this week we’re adding Duncan and Mack into the mix too. On Sunday we’re playing a show at the Jazz Festival and it’s a rare treat for us to be together. It’s a tricky band to organize on the account of everyone being so busy plus three of the string players live in LA. It’s a holiday on ice when we get together — killer music, a neat blending of classical music and jazz, music that we explore usually only a couple times a year. For this show I’ve written two new pieces and it’s always a thrill to hear it come to life with fantastic musos illuminating it in real time. (I listen to the computer play it as I compose which just isn’t the same). Can’t wait and hope you can join us! Look below for the details and if you’ve never been to the festival, it’s a great scene, music everywhere, food, and art all taking place in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings imaginable.

PS String Consort with Mack, Peter, Bridget, Pam, Jeanne, Lars, and Duncan.

PS String Consort with Mack, Peter, Bridget, Pam, Jeanne, Lars, and Duncan.

There you go folks and thanks for following along. Keep the sky in your head, Peter