Greetings Good People, I missed you! Stef and I just returned from a week in the alternate universe of the U.S. also know as New Orleans — where the music flows until 4 in the morning, the whiskey flows to all that are old enough to hold a cup upright, the politics happily flows left and the mighty Mississippi flows freely to the Gulf. It was a great time. I played the first night at the University of New Orleans with the guitar ensemble — all great players including a real stand out fellow from Brazil that played some great lines and a mean samba groove. The next day I taught a master class at the University with the students and then made my way to the gig at Snug Harbor. Snug is a well-known club for jazz in the city and I met up with a fantastic drummer named Wayne Maureau and an ace bassist named Matt Perrine. We whisked through a survival rehearsal and then proceeded to throw it down —big fun in NOLA! The next day Stef and I explored the French Quarter including some killer African food for lunch. Later that night I did a gig with a phenomenal guitarist from New Orleans named Phil DeGruy. This dude is a funny cat and it comes out in his music. He plays solo guitar and has an insane angle on harmony, chords, harmonics, and medleys — a real mindblower! I loved it and I’m hoping to introduce him to you all sometime in the summer if he can make it out west —he’s a hero! After the Phil gig I stayed up late checking out other music in the city and then we flew home at the crack of dawn the next day — zero sleep factor, floating in an airplane, drifting home with a head full of cool memories. Keep ‘em coming friends…

Me and the trio stirring it up...
It was cool that my wife Stef got to come on the trip. Here we are before the Snug gig snugglin'...
That's Phil on the left and you've got to hear what comes out of his guitar. Brilliant!

Here’s some good news — I just got this photo from Kevyn Lettau and it’s of a record store in the Philippines that has the cover of our CD displayed along with El Divo and The Fray. Our “What Is Enough?” CD has been released over there on Sony Records and is apparently doing pretty well. Kevyn is heading over in a week or so to do a promo tour and we’re hoping the next time Stef and I can join her and we’ll play some live shows. I think the Philippines has surf and you gotta know I’m thinking of how to include that into the loop. Hah!

Look up at the 4th CD on the wall from the left. It'd be cool to be big in the Phillippines and even cooler to be big in Bali. Surf's up!

Have you seen this month’s issue of the San Diego Troubadour newspaper? There is a cool review of our “What Is Enough?” recording and check here if you want to listen in on the propaganda...

On for this week is a duo house concert set for Friday with master Benedetti and myself. We had one of our best shows ever a couple weeks back and we’re inspired and eager to do it again. We just learned 3 new tunes and also polished off the epic “Width of the World” piece which, if you don’t keep on top of it, will buck you off and kick dust in your eyes. This kind of happened on the last show and the audience probably thought that all of the dissonance was intentional. Little did they know that we were frantically searching for a common chord and an agreed upon downbeat. Help us oh guru of proficiency! 

We’d love to have you be part of the concert. It’s being held at Rod and Erin’s art studio in Leucadia and it’s a soulful spot to the hilt. We’ll play a set, take a break to hang and eat desserts, and then play one more set. There are still tickets available and look below for details to order them online. We hope to see you there!

Peter and Fred thinking about the dessert tray at the upcoming house concert. We like cookies!
That’s the rap for today, stay well and keep the sky in your head.

adios, Peter
 
Wednesday April 8, 2009   Peter Sprague Group
San Diego State University
Smith Recital Hall
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  6:00 PM   Short little concert with the gang at SDSU...

Thursday April 9, 2009   Peter Sprague Plays Solo  
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
760-436-5001
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   I'll play 2 sets of solo guitar music at this classic North County hangout. Bohemia reigns!

Friday April 10, 2009   Peter Sprague and
Fred Benedetti
 
Concert in Encinitas Art Studio
Studio Zero
details
Look for Concert Tickets link on the left
Peter Sprague — guitar
Fred Benedetti — guitar
  7:30 PM   Have you ever been to a house concert? It's a great experience and for this one we're making music at Rod and Erin's Art Studio in Encinitas. We can fit 60 people and we'll have a lot of fun. Dessert included!

Tuesday April 14, 2009 Peter Sprague Trio
Solana Beach Library
57 Stevens Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-1404
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax, flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
6:30 PM Playing music in the building where I went to Junior High School. It'll be fantastic on a bunch of different levels...

Thursday April 16, 2009   Peter Sprague & Kevyn Lettau
Jazz At The Merc
Old Town Temecula Community Theatre
42051 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590

details
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
  7:30 PM   Heading inland for a jazz show at the classic old theatre in Temecula.

Saturday April 18, 2009   Peter Sprague Plays Solo  
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
760-436-5001
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   I'll play 2 sets of solo guitar music at this classic North County hangout. Bohemia reigns!

Thursday April 23, 2009   Peter Sprague &
Leonard Patton
PianoSd.com
1233 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 298-5313
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
  7:30 PM   Playing at a new spot in Mission Valley...

Thursday April 30, 2009   Peter Sprague Plays Solo  
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
760-436-5001
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   I'll play 2 sets of solo guitar music at this classic North County hangout. Bohemia reigns!

Friday May 1, 2009   Gunnar Biggs
CD Release Concert
 
New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 729-8747
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Peter Sprague — guitar
David Borgo — sax and flute
Duncan Moore — drums
John Opferkuch — piano
Lisa Hightower — vocals
  7:30 PM   Gunnar has made a new CD and we're celebrating and playing the music from recording. Fantastic and many congratulations from the guardian of the low end.

 

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