Dear Friends, it’s a good day and it’s starting out with the music from Bobby McFerrin’s new release “Vocabularies” as the soundtrack. Wow! This is amazing music with the lean coming from pretty much an all-vocal ensemble. Voices in perfect harmony traveling all over the globe—modulations, tempo changes, super in tune chord clusters, whistles, high voices balancing with Bobby’s patented low bass notes. I love this music and it’s so UP! See if you can listen to it without smiling. It’s a good sonic day in SoCal!

Last week’s show with Emily at the Tango was a hoot. What a great vocalist she is and thanks to all of you who came out and took it all in. There is a video on YouTube of our version of “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” that has just surfaced. The video quality is fairly rustic and grindy but you can still hear Emily through it all.

Emily Elbert singing last week at the Tango del Rey. Peter on the left, Emily in the middle and Gunnar on the right.

For this week I’m playing a solo guitar concert on Saturday afternoon at the Encinitas Library. It’s a free event and we’re celebrating the book release of a novel by my friend A. Paul Bergen. His book is called “Naked in the Tub With Vera” and it’s a unique, comic morality play of farce and hilarity, plus philosophical, religious and social perspectives. Sounds fun and I hope to see you there.

Immediately following the library gig I’m hightailing it up to L.A. to play a show that night with pianist Billy Childs’ Jazz Chamber Ensemble plus The Eclipse Quartet. Have you heard his music? It’s incredible and is a true source of inspiration for my composing and leading my own String Consort Group. It’s this idea of blending elements of classical music with jazz and experiencing where they meet up in a new sound. I’ve been practicing diligently for this concert and I’ve got the tunes up to tempo and the kinks worked out. Can’t wait!

Billy Childs and I hanging for a second after his Athenaeum concert at the beginning of last summer.
Photo by Michael Oletta.

After the Childs hit I’m driving home late at night to set it up for a Sunday afternoon outside gig in Solana Beach. The occasion is the celebration of the “Rail Trail” which is this cool walking trail along the west side of the railroad tracks. They’re having a bunch of different performers along the way and I’m not exactly sure where I’m setting up but consider walking the whole trail and you’ll find me eventually. It’ll be outside music and I’ll be sure to play Metheny’s “Last Train Home.” With luck, maybe I can time it just right to get the train’s mournful cry in the right spot in the song. Hope to see you there!

adios, Peter


Saturday October 16, 2010   Peter Sprague, Solo Guitar
with book release of author A. Paul Bergen's Novel
Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Peter Sprague — guitar
  1:30 PM   Free concert, Peter Sprague, Solo Guitar
with book release of novel by A. Paul Bergen
Sponsored by 101 Artists Colony
Concert, Door Prizes, Art Sale, Libations
A Celebration of Creativity!

Saturday October 16, 2010   Billy Childs
Jazz Chamber Ensemble
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Bill Childs — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Carol Robbins — harp
Gary Meek — flute, sax
Hamilton Price — bass
Marvin Smitty Smith — drums
and the Eclipse String Quartet
  8 PM   Amazing music from his new recording.

Sunday October 17, 2010   Peter Sprague
Plays Solo
Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail
Solana Beach, CA
more details to follow
Peter Sprague — guitar
  12 PM   The City of Solana Beach will present an outdoor art, dance, & musical performance event for residents & visitors as they stroll along Highway 101 and experience the character of the Coastal Rail Trail. This cultural affair promotes walking in Solana Beach via the bridges and the Coastal Rail Trail to access Cedros shops, Hwy. 101 restaurants, and stores as well as beach destinations. The celebration will gather the community on the north half of the CRT to enjoy world class artists, entertainment and activities.

Thursday October 21, 2010   Denise Donatelli Group Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
Denise Donatelli — vocals
Geoffrey Keezer — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Hamilton Price — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
Bob Sheppard — woodwinds
  8 PM   Denise has a new CD that we tracked here at SpragueLand and we're gathering the tribe to rip it up realtime!

Saturday October 23, 2010   Peter Sprague
and Kevyn Lettau
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
  7 PM   Playing some duo jazz with Kevyn Lettau.

Thursday October 28, 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 October 29, 2010   Peter Sprague and
Blurring the Edges
featuring Fred Benedetti

Grossmont College
Fine Arts Hall room 220
Grossmont College, San Diego

Peter Sprague — guitar
Fred Benedetti — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax, flute, harmonica
  8 PM Gathering the BlurFolks for a night of good tunes.


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