Friends, it’s an amazing time and the holiday hurricane is in full gale force. Loving it!

Yesterday we harnessed in the fantastic energy of eight gifted musos to navigate some new music. Fred and his girls were in the house as well as Bro' Tripp and Kate the cool one, low end guru Gunnar and the precision hits of Duncan. We we’re trancing through the details for the annual Christmas Eve concert scheduled to be held at the amphitheatre next to the Inn L' Auberge in Del Mar. And this is all for the show 2 days from now. The only trick is that the weather is turning. I couldn’t believe it yesterday, I zipped to the ocean for a dip around sundown and it was a perfect end of the day—zero clouds and sun as far as I could see. Today it's different and according to the weather visionary folks, it might be raining on Christmas Eve. Ouch!

Anyone out there have some alternate ideas on how we can pull this off? An enlightened PLAN B?

Please let me know if you have a spare indoor auditorium in your back pocket willing to house a spirited gang of musos along with 200 fans sporting good behavior and holiday cheer. Maybe we can pull this off if it does rain. I’m open…

Otherwise, it’s all good. I’ll send out another email if the plans are bending so check in with your email if it’s rainy on Christmas eve morning. We’re still thinking it’s going to work out for the outdoor show in Del Mar…

See ya then, fingers crossed, Peter

Hanging in front of the Christmas tree after the rehearsal. From the left, Regina Benedetti, Julia Benedetti, Fred Benedetti, Gunnar Biggs, and Peter. Lower row from left, Kate Sprague and Tripp Sprague. Cool photo by Kylie Sprague.
Wednesday December 24, 2008   Peter Sprague Group
Christmas Eve Concert!

Inn L' Auberge Amphitheatre
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA

Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Hall Sprague — percussion
Fred Benedetti — guitar
Duncan Moore — drums
Coral McFarland Thuet — vocals
Regina Benedetti — vocals
Julia Benedetti — vocals
Kate Sprague — vocals
Riley Fleck — drums
Anna — vocals
  1 PM to 4 PM   This is our annual show where we set up in the outdoor amphitheatre at the corner of 15th Street and the Coast Highway in Del Mar. Unbelievable fun complete with jazzed up Christmas tunes and creative excursions involving musos that are in town for a visit and young musos that might be related to us. I hope you can make it to this free event.

Sunday January 4, 2009 Leonard Patton and
Peter Sprague In Concert
9938 Via Pasar
San Diego, CA 92126
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
7 PM Here's a duo show at a new venue that Leonard is drumming up. More info to come.

Sunday January 11, 2009   Denise Donatelli Group Dizzy's
where the music matters most
The San Diego Wine & Culinary Center ground floor of the Harbor Club Towers, directly facing the Convention Center. The entrance is on the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade & can be accessed from either side of the Harbor Club Towers at 2nd & J Street or 3rd & K Street.
Denise Donatelli — vocals
Geoffrey Keezer — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Hamilton Price — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
Bob Sheppard — woodwinds
Carl Saunders — trumpet
  8 PM   I was fortunate to play on Denise's newest CD release "What Lies Within" and had a great time. Keezer wrote some amazing arrangements!

Sunday January 18, 2009   Peter Sprague
featuring Leonard Patton


Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library
9005 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123-2312
(858) 573-1396

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
  2 PM   Bringing it together with the ultra creative Leonard Patton on vocals.

Monday January 19, 2009   Peter Sprague Trio  
New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 729-8747
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
  7:30 PM   Playing trio music in a new setting for us in Carlsbad.

Saturday January 31, 2009   Peter Sprague Plays Solo  
The Fret House
309 N Citrus
Covina 91723
Peter Sprague — guitar
  8 PM   I'm stoked to play a solo show at this famed guitar store in L.A.

Sunday February 1, 2009   Peter Sprague Trio Encinitas Community Library
540 Cornish Avenue
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
  2 PM   Playing a trio set in one of my favorite settings for live music...

Tuesday February 10, 2009   Peter Sprague String Consort  

Saville Theatre
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 388-3400

Peter Sprague — guitar
Bridget Dolkas — violin
Jeanne Skrocki — violin
Pam Jacobsen — viola
Carter Dewberry — cello
Duncan Moore — drums
Bob Magnusson — bass
  8 PM   I'm thrilled to bring the group together for a show in downtown San Diego. It's part of the Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live Series and will also be available both over the air on Jazz 88.3 and on the web at

Saturday February 14, 2009 Peter Sprague Trio
featuring Leonard Patton
Founders Hall UUFSD
1036 Solana Drive
Solana Beach, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Bob Magnusson — bass
7 PM We've done this concert almost every year and it doesn't get any better than this. Paramount acoustics, no clinking glasses and espresso machine but just a special environment for a live music moment. Add in the ever creative Leonard on voice and Bob's low end mastery of the bass—good times ahead!

Thursday March 5, 2009   Peter Sprague String Consort  

Del Mar Powerhouse Park
The Del Mar Foundation
1442 Camino Del Mar, Suite 202
Del Mar, CA 92014

Peter Sprague — guitar
Bridget Dolkas — violin
Jeanne Skrocki — violin
Pam Jacobsen — viola
Carter Dewberry — cello
Duncan Moore — drums
Bob Magnusson — bass
  7 PM   Returning to my favorite town and thrilled to be presenting the String Consort group.


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