Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
It has been a Summer tradition 17 years strong - going to outdoor concerts every Friday evening somewhere in Amador. “TGIF” was created by AmadorArts to be a community-oriented concert series, and that value remains true today, even though many other summer concerts have come on the scene. One of the most important facets of TGIF is that admission is free to all. The 10 consecutive weekly concerts, each at a different outdoor setting, provide a place for locals and visitors to unite around the family-friendly experience of music and picnicking enjoyed in a variety beautiful environments without the price of a ticket or pressure to buy anything.
For the past four years the number of attendees has grown dramatically. To pay the musicians and the other costs, the 33-year-old non-profit AmadorArts relies on sponsorships, such as the one this year from Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel; grants; and from individuals when the “buckets are passed” at each concert. Here is the schedule of the AmadorArts 2015 TGIF Free Summer Music Series:
AmadorArts TGIF Schedule 2015
Free Friday Concerts 6:00 pm to dusk. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs
June 12 Slade Rivers Band at Detert Park, Jackson
June 19 After Dark at Minnie Provis Park, Sutter Creek
June 26 30 Years After at Mollie Joyce Park, Pioneer
July 10 Full Circle at Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth
July 17 Mister Pinstripe at Castle Oaks, Ione
July 31 Hot Dark at Volcano Amphitheater
August 7 Black Irish at Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Hill
August 14 Route 88 at Sierra Ridge Winery, Sutter Creek
August 21 Second Wind at Preston Castle, Ione
August 28 Groove Union at Terra d’Oro Winery, Plymouth Patron of the Arts Awards
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Blazing hot Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys are scheduled to play Feist Wines in Amador City, Sunday, May 17 at 4 pm. They are a band uncommonly attuned to each other, the product of near-constant touring and live shows made legend by their infectious, high-energy performances.
Performing live, the Flatbellys delight in swapping instruments back and forth. There’s a great sense of play and warmth in their music, the fantastically sarcastic “Criminal Style or the lovely housewarming song “House Together” prove this. The bands camaraderie has no doubt been bolstered by long car rides while on tour. Much of the power of this interplay comes from the impressive mastery each member shows over their instruments.
|Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys|
Leading the group, Lindsay Lou has a remarkable voice. One part jazz singer, effortlessly transitioning octaves, one part blues, soaring over the band like a clarion call, and one part folk singer, rousing them all together in song. Mandolinist Joshua Rilko picks with a careful precision that turns surprising when he slams into speedy power chords, dobro player Mark Lavengood is remarkably deft at matching melody lines with quick responses, and bassist PJ George creates bass lines cleverly crafted to uphold the whole structure of the songs.
The instruments and the bedrock of the band may come from bluegrass, but the music that Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys present on their new album Ionia can best be described as Americana. This is music that’s caught between the pull of the past and the push of the beckoning future, ready to leap forward bursting with new ideas and youthful energy.
Feist has become a hot new venue for folk and Americana music with sold out shows like Mandolin Orange and Willie Watson. What pairs better with wine than music?
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015