Friends, it’s a bright morning and Metheny’s Bright Size Life is supplying the soundtrack. Life is good at SpragueLand and the summer is here!

Last week was an absolute whirlwind. I played a solo show at a library near UTC and it had the added effect of a bunch of small kids rustling in their seats. I call it “butt percussion” and it really added a lot, especially on the Brazilian tunes. Hah!

Next up was a concert with vocalist Denise Donatelli and the wizard avatar muso Geoffrey Keezer on piano. Also in the mix was Hamilton Price on bass, Bob Sheppard on woodwinds and Duncan Moore on drums. Killer band and we had a great time playing Keezer’s creative arrangements. Denise has a new CD coming out in August and I'll let you know when it surfaces.

The whirlwind continued with a night of music at The Athenaeum featuring Billy Childs and saxophonist Steve Wilson. They played a few standards, some of Billy’s tunes from his Lyric recording and some of Steve’s compositions. A real magic point was their version of an obscure Laura Nyro tune that incorporated amazing dynamics and an accelerando from hell. Brilliant!

Peter and Billy Childs at the Athenaeum.
Photo by Michael Oletta.

The fellow that’s in charge of organizing the concerts at the Athenaeum, and who also puts on the UCSD Jazz Camp is Dan Atkinson. He’s a true beacon of light for bringing unique and creative music programs to San Diego and also happens to be a kind and gentle soul. He turned 50 last week and had a cool party in PB to celebrate. He invited guitarist Larry Koonse and myself to play music for it. That alone was a treat! What a great time we had mixing it up in a beautiful wooden room, filled with wonderful creative people, looking out the window to the San Diego Bay and eating killer food. Thanks Dan and I know the good life continues on!

Music in a surf shop? Yeah man, that’s what I’m talking about! The gig at the PB Surf Shop last week was a hoot! We had a great turnout and the music travelled to some whacked out places. Hearing Leonard and Kevyn sing together was fantastic and we can’t wait to do it again. We’ll be back, so keep those boards waxed and ready!

To end out last week Leonard and I hightailed it to Bonsall and played a duo house concert hit. From all of the week’s playing our chops were up and we transcended easily to that space where the beginner’s mind takes hold. We ended up playing only nursery rhymes and the theme to Barney looped over and over again. Hah! Beginner's mind or not, it still was a cool concert!

Last night we rehearsed the string group and checked out my new piece. It’s all working and it’s thrilling to hear it live in 3D. We tweaked a few notes but man, its all there, ready to take the stage. On Sunday at 4PM we’re bringing the group to Encinitas for a special house concert at Lauren Golden’s place and there are still some tickets left if you want to go. The admission price includes a wonderful food and drink hang plus sitting in her beautiful garden and checking out the band. Hope you can make it and look below for details.

This is the setting for the String Consort gig coming up. We did the show last year with Tripp and Gunnar. The whole setup is perfecto!
The string group sounding it out within a hurricane.
Photo by Mark Keller.

Tonight I was supposed to be playing in L.A. with vocalist Kate Fuller but the gig got swirled into a Hollywood rescheduling moment. So, instead I was able to reinstate my favorite Roxy solo gig and that’ll be TONIGHT at 7PM. It’d be great to see you there for a ride along nylon string alley….

There you go and thanks for reading. See you on the next loop, Peter


Thursday July 15, 2010   Peter Sprague
Plays Solo
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   The LA gig with Kate got moved so I'm happy to be able to play the Roxy instead. Solo guitar is one of my favorite musical vehicles to ride in. All aboard!

Sunday July 18, 2010   Peter Sprague String Consort House Concert in Encinitas
Home of Lauren Golden
249 Sunset Drive, Encinitas
For Tickets:
Peter Sprague — guitar
Bridget Dolkas — violin
Jeanne Skrocki — violin
Pam Jacobsen — viola
Carter Dewberry — cello
Duncan Moore — drums
Bob Magnusson — bass
  4 PM   I've played the house concert series at Lauren's house before and it was an amazing event. Incredible food and the outdoor setting for music is perfect. We'd love to have you and you'd need to contact Lauren for tickets.

Thursday July 22, 2010   Peter Sprague Trio Quail Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA
(760) 436-3036
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
  5:30 PM   Playing some trio music in a magical spot!

Saturday July 24, 2010   Peter Sprague
and Kevyn Lettau
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
  7 PM   Connecting up with jazz vocalist Kevyn Lettau for a magic evening at the world famous Roxy.

Thursday July 29, 2010   Peter Sprague
Plays Solo
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   Solo guitar is one of my favorite musical vehicles to ride in. All aboard!

Friday July 30, 2010   Peter Sprague
Fred Benedetti
House Concert in Encinitas
Home of Julie Chippendale
more details to follow
Peter Sprague — guitar
Fred Benedetti — guitar

  7:30 PM   It'll be great to connect with maestro Benedetti for a magical concert in the lovely home of Julie Chippendale. We'll have intermission desserts too.


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