Live From SpragueLand: Ep.4 The Tribute Rebels
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Encinitas, CA, U.S.A 92024
Peter Sprague and The Tribute Rebels
Songs From the Virus Vacuum
The YouTube link for this livestream concert is: https://youtu.be/-QacgkLm5HM
Currently there exists a movement all over the country for bands to put on “themed” concerts focusing on the music of some famous artist. Many wonderful things come from this—you learn the fine details of the artist’s music at a level that’s much deeper than you would from just listening to it, plus it’s a cool ride playing a tune you’ve only heard on record and then taking it live. For the audience there’s an added attraction and interest, “how are they going to pull off bringing Stevie Wonder’s songs into the jazz realm?” A lot of us do it for both the musical enrichment and the hope of getting a good turnout at the box office.
The downsides of this movement is that it’s a lot of work getting the program together to be played for one show. Think Chick Corea complicated music, multiple rehearsals for all of the musos plus loads of personal prep time, get to the gig and play that badass phrase one time. You only get one chance and then it’s over. The next day you’re on to another rehearsal prepping for another tribute concert.
For us composers, what about furthering our own songwriting abilities and shaping our band’s creative direction?
To address this current state of affairs we’re bringing together the Tribute Rebels for a night of music that has its own “themed framework” at play. The idea is for the composers within the band to write new music for the concert. Guiding the direction of those compositions for this episode will be Songs From the Virus Vacuum —songs floating to the surface during life in the thick of it with the pandemic.
The band includes some of the best with Danny Green on piano, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Mack Leighton on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and me on guitar. We’ll also have a guest appearance from a true shredmeister Dave Curtis flying in a bass solo from Ireland.
Price of admission? Actually the concert is free but we will have a “virtual tip jar” complete with my PayPal and Venmo info for you to donate whatever you feel good about. We’d love for this to work out too.
311 E. Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Fill the world with new music!
Every gig is a world premier!
The Tribute Rebels!
See you in outer space!