Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Strike Up The Band": A fundraiser for Amador County school music programs

IONE, CA—This year’s BIG RED BARN, sponsored by Rancho Arroyo Seco, will support all Amador County school music programs. Proceeds will benefit all schools from 5th grade through high school. This is the 10th annual event, and is planned for Saturday, September 24th at 6:00 PM, at the BIG RED BARN in Ione. The goal is to raise $25K or more.
Rancho Arroyo Seco will once again match up to $7,500.

There are over 300 students currently participating in the county music program that are directed by two instructors, Heather Walkover and John Burns. Like many districts, music and art program funding has been drastically reduced. Most band related expenses are self-funded, including instruments—both repairs and purchases—uniforms, transportation to, and participation in competitive events. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning, a mastery of memorization, increased coordination, and helps students stay engaged in school and gain better self-confidence.

So—mark your calendars and save the date. There will be a special musical presentation by the combined Argonaut and Amador bands during the event, live and silent auction, and raffle. Dinner will include a marinated beef tri-tip, sides, salads and bread, prepared by Pat and Lisa Thomas of Amador Catering. Tickets can be purchased at $25 each online at amadormusic.eventbrite.com.

If you cannot attend, consider a donation. Checks are made payable to BIG RED BARN 2016 Fundraiser and can be mailed to Rancho Arroyo Seco, P.O. Box 1730, Ione, CA. All donations are tax deductible through the Community Foundation of Amador County; tax ID
68-0447992. For more information, call 209-304-5118 or 209-274-2777.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

September 3 is the next 1st Saturday Amador Art Trek

The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be September 3, a free self-guided walk or drive-and-walk tour that provides easy public access to where art is located, whether in galleries or businesses that hang unique art on their walls.  Part of Art Trek is the monthly “1st Saturday” when many participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon to kick-off their new shows.

Within Amador County and just across the Mokelumne River is a thriving creative art community, and this is the best time to experience it, even meet artists. Can’t make Saturdays? You can enjoy the Art Trek ANYTIME that the galleries are open. Go to www.amadorarts.org to find the details about each month’s specific gallery events. The 2016 brochure is in circulation that acts at a quick reference guide --a map, names, addresses, and hours of the participants.

Here is a brief listing in alphabetical order of participating galleries and if they have featured art in September:

Acme Art – Moke Hill  “A Creative Playground” in historic Mokelumne Hill. ACME ART be offering limited classes for September and October while owners Will and Anne pursue long-planned) travel across America. The studio will be well tended by local artists Deborah Marlene and Marchand Heimann including Wednesday evening "Schnickle Art". Visit http://www.acmeartmokehill.com/for more details.

Add Art- Jackson.  Fine art framing services and the colorful original work of the late John Johannsen  are featured.  This world renowned artist’s vibrant and whimsical canvases are sought after by many collectors. We are saddened that his home/studio where he once lived and stored his work in Jackson burned to the ground last year, but here, you can still see and buy Johannsen’s rare works.

AmadorArts Gallery-  Sutter Creek.  For September:  Preview Show of all 43 artists participating in the Amador Open Studio Tour. Come and see examples of work before you take the free self-guided tour on September 17-18 organized by the Amador County Artists Association.  The gallery also offers items such as jewelry, art cards and small works of local scenes.  On September 3, the gallery opens at 11 am, reception at 3-6 pm.  Normal hours are Sats. and Suns. 11 am to 4 pm.  Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours.

Chaos Glass Works- Sutter Creek. Art Glass Gallery and Hot Shop: David and Heather Hopman make a wide variety of art glass items. Live glassblowing demonstrations happen all day on weekends. Their unique work created in the studio/gallery was recently spotlighted in a multi-page cover story article in a regional newspaper.

Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery- Plymouth.  The tasting room includes one of Northern California's largest wildlife art galleries with original watercolors, sculpture, pottery, and hundreds of framed prints.  Sip wine while you gaze at this amazing collection.

Fine Eye Gallery- Sutter Creek. Unexpected wonderment awaits you here in this spacious gallery where the collection of works reflect the innovative talents of artists and fit with today’s lifestyles.Don’t miss the art of Debo Groover, Adix sculptures, lamps by Mark Taylor, and trash to treasures assemblages by Anne Cook. Also featured are the vibrant functional fused glass bowls, plates and centerpieces of Me2U. Browse the many other artistic gifts, perfect for weddings, and other popular items like artsy fashions.

Full Circle Trading Company – Jackson.  Check out the art among the gifts, toys, and more.

Gallery 10- Sutter Creek.  For September: Opals in several of their varieties--Crystalline, Ethiopian, and Boulder to name a few, will be jeweler Marie Martz-Mort’s  focus as the featured artist. She will also be showing some of her photographs with a theme of native birds, including Ravens, Stellar Jays, and Pileated Woodpeckers.  A reception in honor of Marie will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2-5 P.M. at the gallery on Eureka St, Sutter Creek.  Marie's show may be seen all of September.  Gallery hours: Thurs.-Monday, 11-5.

Gifted –Jackson.  Locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. They help customers find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City. As always at this gallery shop, you'll find a great choice of artworks by local artists including Gwen Starrett, Bruce Peccianti, Katherine Venturelli and so many more. Owner Carol Sethre just finished weaving the most colorful rug of her life - from fuchsia to blues and greens! Jewelry by Kris Boro, Edie Beady, and Karen Chrysiliou. Left Coast Sea Glass offers lovely earrings and necklaces that Gail matches individually from her scavenging on California coastlines. Pottery, scarves, and a nice collection of consignment clothing awaits your perusal! "Beautiful handmade things at very reasonable prices." Main Street, Amador City  Hours: F,S,S 10-5.

Petroglyphe Gallery- Mokelumne Hill. For September: See the gallery’s new gift corner “Copper and Willow.” These inspired gifts are exclusively from the USA, each with unique qualities. This month we are introducing decorative pillows with giclee prints on canvas with luxurious down-filled inserts from USA artists. Petroglyphe Gallery represents contemporary North American artists, many from California, who have impressive credentials working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, copper, encaustic, mixed-media, ceramic and jewelry. Open Thursdays through Sundays.www.gallerypetroglyphe.com

Shenandoah Gallery at  Shenandoah Vineyards- Plymouth.  Tasting room boasts an art gallery.

Sutter Creek Gallery- Sutter Creek. For September, the theme is, appropriately, Fall Splendor.  Some of the gallery’s newer art cooperative members—Andrea Morris, Ruthie Sexton, and Vickie Chew—will be participating in the show.  The reception for this show will take place on September 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.  Beverages and appetizers will be offered and many of the member artists will be on hand to greet visitors.  Come see this splendid show on the 3rd or during the month of September. The gallery is normally open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.

Volcano Gallery – Volcano. This gallery, right across from the historic St. George Hotel, features an eclectic mix of contemporary local art, including works by Bob Benker and many others.
These are the businesses on the Art Trek which also offer on their walls a glimpse of the art found in the region: Amador 360 Collective – Plymouth; Union Inn and Pub- Volcano; Sina’s Back Roads Café - Sutter Creek;  Rosebud’s Café- Jackson.; and Uphill Vineyards Tasting Room- Amador City.

To obtain the addresses and hours of all the locations listed above go to www.amadorarts.org and click on Art Trek.

Variety is the focus at Little City Studio & Gallery in Amador City
In AmadorArts Gallery for September, Karen Hale is one of 43 artists in the Preview Show for this year's Open Studios
The jewelry of Marie Marz-Mort is featured in Gallery 10.


Andrea Morris is one of the member of Sutter Creek Gallery who is exhibiting in the Fall theme show in September. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Lowest Pair closes Summer Music Series at Feist Wines - Fri Sept 9

More Talent plays Sutter Creek
August, 2016-Sutter Creek, CA:  Friday, September 9 at 7 pm Feist Wines presents rootsy, bluegrass band, The Lowest Pair.  This is the last in a summer music series that hosted Grammy award winner Sean Watkins, Smooth Hound Smith who are on tour with the Dixie Chicks and LA band The Americans.

The Lowest Pair is made up of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Winter was born in Arkansas and moved to Olympia, Washington after high school, drawn to the evergreen forests and the lively and thriving music scene. She put three solo records out on Olympia’s indie label, K Records, and performed in nationally touring northwest string bands before starting The Lowest Pair in 2013.

Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. Shortly after deciding songwriting would be the most effective and enjoyable medium for his musings, he began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl met, on the banks of the Mississippi.

“Both of us studied roots music and traditional banjo techniques. We started there and then from our understanding of them have diverged. We approach our instruments as vehicles to explore poetry, song, and melody and have been making up our own sounds in the places where we couldn’t find ones that seemed to fit or make sense to us.” says Winter.

Fans know that the chemistry between Palmer’s Midwestern charm, Kendl’s poetic and playful way with words, her unique approach to the banjo, and her barefoot-in- the-cool-river-water mystique combine to make a powerful sound. They have added harmonica, drum, bass, violin and thus an incredible expansion of their songbook. Rooted in truth, they capture the juxtaposition of the ups and downs that are experiences in a day, in a year, in a minute.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the tasting room or at http://www.feistwines.com/. Feist will offer wood fired pizza and wine for the evening.
Susan Feist Feist Wines 209.267.8020 209.256.3779 cell

Antique Musical Organ Rally Comes to Jackson’s Main Street Sept 24-25

(Jackson, CA)  The annual antique Musical Organ Rally comes to historic Jackson the weekend of September 24 – 25, 2016. Strolling Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday, this free musical treat features beautiful vintage organs ranging from “monkey grinder” size to majestic. The mechanical  instruments play a variety of melodies, from dance tunes and marches to carousel and classical pieces.

On Sunday at 1 pm, the musical organs will assemble for a free indoor concert at Jackson United Methodist Church, just two blocks from Main Street at 120 Church Street, Jackson.
Thanks to Jackson antiques dealer and organizer John MottoRos, and the Automatic Musical Collectors’ Association, music lovers of all ages and fans of all things antique have a chance to see, hear, and learn about these mechanical instruments that have entertained people for centuries. Their colorful musician-operators are always happy to answer questions about the music and the instruments.

The organs heard today are based on instruments produced in France, but more popularly thought to have originated in Holland or Germany. In the eighteenth century, the first mechanical organs, turned by a crank, were invented to teach canaries to sing. Soon owners realized they could earn money playing outside. That was the beginning of organ grinders.

In the U.S., Wurlitzer Co. manufactured player organs for merry-go-rounds that are still a favorite in parks and at county fairs.

For more information, visit www.VisitJacksonCA.com, www.VisitAmador.com or call Amador County Chamber of Commerce, 209-22-0350.

The Musical Organ Rally will assemble on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 pm for a free indoor concert at Jackson United Methodist Church, just two blocks from Main Street at 120 Church Street, Jackson.
The 1929 Tangley Caliophone (and its 1929 truck transportation) will play on Main Street, Jackson, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25 at the annual AMICA Musical Organ Rally.

Friday, August 12, 2016

14th Annual Sutter Creek Jug Band Festival - Sat Aug 20

Saturday August 20th, 2016, on the grounds of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, the International Jug Band Festival will be celebrating its 14th year! This year’s FREE festival, starting at 11am and running until 9pm, will feature old favorites and new bands showcasing the variety and exuberance that is Jug Band Music. This festival is a "Kick in the Pants" fun time, with music that will get your feet tapping and set your soul free. Dance the day away or just sit under the shade tents on the lawn and enjoy the most unusual and wonderful music, performed by bands from near and far.
What is Jug Band Music? It is the grass roots of blues, played with any item that will produce music...spoons, saws, fiddles, banjos, wash boards, acoustic guitars, upright bass, homemade bass, and obviously...Jugs.

This annual gathering of Jug Bands began in 2002 when Andy Fahrenwald and Wayne Hagen brought a variety of Jug Bands from Northern and Southern California together in Minnie Provis Park, in Sutter Creek. It was the first time jug bands in California were able to gather, hear, and meet other jug bands. Over the years the Festival grew and the California Jug Band Association (CJBA) was born.


Jug Band Festivals now happen in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and a network of jug band musicians grew. CJBA depends on contributions to The International Jug Band Festival in Sutter Creek to keep this a free event.

Set in a beautiful outdoor venue, on the lawn of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, (the first Bed & Breakfast Inn in California) right on Main Street, Sutter Creek....the heart of the Gold Country. This little Gold Rush Town is the setting for many events, but the International Jug Band Festival is one of the most unusual. It is a day you will enjoy and remember for a very long time.

This year’s festival brings back the Free Badge Serenaders, last seen hereabouts in 2011. Other Festival favorites:  the South Sac Jukes will rip things up. Local favorites nJr & Jug will be joined by Jugmaster Wayne Hagen, and Willie Norton will solo. Jailhouse String Band will feature their unique “wall of ukes” sound, Festival stalwarts The Babar Jug Band from San Francisco, will again, put a smile on your face. Be sure to see (and hear) the many more acts that will join in on the fun.
CJBA would like to thank the people of Sutter Creek for their support over the years. Andy passed away, but his dream of a free festival celebrating and spreading the joy of jug band music lives on.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy a day of unusual and fun music!

For more information call 267-1344 the Sutter Creek Visitor Center.




Thursday, August 4, 2016

Coyote Hill will be the band at the next free T.G.I.F. concert on August 5

New-to-Amador band, Coyote Hill, performs at the next T.G.I.F concert in Jackson on Saturday, August 5, from 6:00-8 pm at the Kennedy Gold Mine (not the Kennedy Amphitheatre). In Jackson, turn east off Hwys 49/88 opposite the Vista Point. Drive down to the historic gold mine.

Bring your picnics and chairs to enjoy this very fine rootsy and jazzy bluegrass music, also folk blues with a few Brazilian beats thrown in.

​Coyote Hill is not to be missed. They're all excellent musicians​; most are from Tuolumne County. Give them a warm Amador welcome!



PHOTO, L to R: Stan Emmons, Bass, Steve McArthur, Keyboard, Rick Barlow, Fiddle, Coyote Bob Lehmann, Drums, Keith Evans, Banjo, mandolin and guitar, Richard Sholer, guitar, dobro, mandolin.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Grammy Award Winner Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek comes to Feist Wines on July 22 & 23

Wine and Music in Amador County
July 2016 – Sutter Creek, CA: Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 Grammy Award winner Sean Watkins of the band Nickel Creek will play Feist Wines in Sutter Creek. The show begins at 7 p.m. both nights.

Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was 12 years old, kick starting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. Along the way, he’s become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter and one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana.

Folk fans are familiar with Nickel Creek’s story. Formed decades ago as a bluegrass trio, the group expanded its sound and its popularity with albums like the Grammy winning This Side, which became a crossover hit on the bluegrass, country and pop charts in 2002.  Meanwhile, Watkins played with musicians from many genres, even joining the touring bands of legendary songwriters like Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett.

Working with those icons felt like going to music school, and Watkins learned all the lessons he could. By 2012, he’d grown into a considerably different player. His songwriting, too, had grown. It was time to do something new, something that redefined him by showcasing his skills not only as a player, but as a songwriter and singer.

“It’s always good to learn new ways of playing and new ways of looking at music,” he says. “I started with bluegrass, at this point, I’m a musician who has taken on influences from the people I’ve been around over the years. I’ve finally got a sound that I feel like I can own. I can put my finger on it. I want to keep myself honest with who I really am, and despite the title, that’s what my album All I Do Is Lie is all about.”

Feist will offer artisan cheeses, charcuterie and their newly added wood fired pizza both evenings.
Tickets are $25 and are available at the tasting room or at feistwines.com.