Monday, August 13, 2018

AmadorArts TGIF features Primitivo - Fri Aug 17

The AmadorArts’ free TGIF summer concerts have been a huge hit throughout this summer. Don’t miss the final one on August 17 when “Primitivo” starts playing at 6:00 pm on the large shady patio at the Terra d’Oro Winery outside Plymouth. As usual, at this last concert, the annual Patron of the Arts Awards will also be announced.

Who is Primitivo? According to a band member, "There are only two kinds of music, the kind that’s from the heart and the kind that's not."  Primitivo is the epitome of music from the heart. With William Russell on guitar, Dave Holob on electric violin, and artist-musician Carlos Lopez on percussion and vocals, the Latin jazz styles of Primitivo will set the perfect tone for this lovely summer evening at the beautiful Terra d’Oro Winery. The expert entertainment of Primitivo along with the award-winning wines of Terra d’Oro will get your toes tappin’ and make this a last summer TGIF concert to remember.

Also on tap this evening will be the presentation of the annual Patron of the Arts Award by members of the Board of Directors of AmadorArts.  We know that this year it’s a solo winner whose artistic vision and volunteer work has made one of the county’s major events a huge success throughout recent years. This name is a secret until this TGIF concert.  Be present to see who receives this year’s Golden Star for the Arts, kind of like an Oscar.

There are plenty of picnic tables to settle into at Terra d’Oro for your picnics. But outside alcohol is not permitted. It doesn’t hurt to throw some chairs into your car, in case others get there before you.

To reach the venue, in Plymouth, from Highway 49, turn east onto Fiddletown /Shenandoah Road.  Proceed a quarter mile to where the road splits. Bear to the left and continue out towards the Shenandoah Valley. Less than two miles, turn right on Shenandoah School Road. Terra d’Oro Winery is two miles out on the right side at 20680. There’s plenty of convenient free parking. 

The next major arts event is the “ArtMix Amador” on Saturday September 15 in the Grand Oak Ballroom and on the Garden Terrace of the Jackson Rancheria.  Details and tickets at only $10 will be available at this TGIF concert. ArtMix Amador will celebrate 36 years of bringing the arts to the county, and is being called, “the greatest family party of the year.” Visit for arts-related information. Phone 209-267-9038, AmadorArts office.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

16th Annual Sutter Creek Jug Band Festival - Sat Aug 18

Saturday August 18, 2018, on the grounds of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, the International Jug Band Festival will be celebrating its 16th 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  Festival favorites:  the South Sac Jooks , Jailhouse String Band, Paul Emery and Friends, 5 Cent Coffee,  Yo Pitzy Jug band, Rivertown Skifflers, 2 Bit Jug Band, Carmichael Philharmonic Jug Band, Porter Road Jug band, and Chief Priest, who will all 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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Iron Hub Winery Events in September

September 2018

Iron Hub Tunes with James Harkins
September 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (new country) with James Harkins on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Jesse Hendricks
September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (Spanish guitar) with Jesse Hendricks on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Karl
September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (acoustic guitar and classic oldies) on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Tom Power
September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (fun rock and roll and oldies) with Tom Power on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Steven Lowrey
September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (rock and roll) on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with ShecallshimWilson
October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (fresh take on rock and roll and oldies) on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Monday, August 6, 2018

AmadorArts TGIF Concert: The Black Irish Band - Fri Aug 10

AmadorArts’ TGIF free concert August 10 will feature the renowned Black Irish Band, who hail from Tuolumne County but who, for 28 years, have been around the world sharing their special music of Celtic and Americana.  The concert begins at 6:00 pm in the Mollie Joyce Park in Pioneer. Bring your chairs or blankets and picnics

Count them: The Black Irish Band has made 700 musical performances, and released 25 recorded albums. Featuring historic songs of the Celts, miners, cowboys, railroaders, sailors, and firefighters, Black Irish Band is: Patrick Michael Karnahan on banjo, melodeon, octave mandolin, trumpet, guitar, concertina, vocals; Steve McArthur on accordion, guitar, piano, vocals; James Dean Nelson on  banjo, guitar, vocals; and Stan Emmons on bass, vocals; and Tobin Denton on drums.

Performing both traditional and original music the band is focused on presenting acoustic music in a very exciting, upbeat way that appeals to all ages. Their style is a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. Totally relevant to today, their songs capture the effervescent spirit of immigrants.

Venue location:  From Highway 88 in Pioneer, turn on Carson Drive opposite the Post Office. Then turn on Woodfern, and Mollie Joyce Park Park will be on your left. Plenty of free convenient parking.  After this concert, there will be only one more concert of the season. That will be the finale at Terra d’Oro Winery outside Plymouth when the annual Patron of the Arts presentation will be made. Visit for more info about TGIF and other upcoming arts events.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Presents ‘A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper’ - Wed Aug 15

With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images.

The Alice Cooper band formed while in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album “Love It to Death” which hit the charts in 1971, followed by “Killer,” “School’s Out,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” and “Muscle of Love.”

Will Call opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Full bar and food will be available for purchase. 

Tickets are on sale now starting at $65 for Dreamcatcher’s Club® members, available only at the Casino Cashier Cage, and starting at $70 for non-Dreamcatcher’s Club® members, available at the Casino Cashier Cage or online at

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

AmadorArts' Open Mic moves to larger space in Sutter Creek, held weekly starting Aug 16

AmadorArts Open Mic has grown to the point of needing a larger venue due to the tremendous artistic talents residing in Amador County. Scott Coleman, AmadorArts Events Manager and Open Mic M.C., has revamped Open Mic and announced that starting on August 16 AmadorArts Open Mic will be at the Hotel Sutter’s banquet hall at 53 Main St. in Sutter Creek. The event will now be held weekly; every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm. But come early to have a great dinner or enjoy happy hour at the adjoining Hotel Sutter Restaurant.

The AmadorArts Open Mic is free fun for the whole family, so come and be a part of the all-important audience or sign-up to perform.

Coleman will implement a pre-sign-up system through FaceBook for those who want to perform. Says Coleman, “We are all making strong efforts to get more involvement from musicians. We are further developing our relationships with the Amador County Artists Association to ensure that ‘Group Art Analysis’ remains an integral part of our program.”

Scott Coleman, AmadorArts Events Manager, will be hosting the new, improved Open Mic Nights
at the Hotel Sutter every Thursday.
Continued involvement of writers and poets of all ages is vital as well. A bigger space means dancers, musical theatre, improv, stand- up, and actors will find an accommodating performance space to showcase their skills. Plus, there is a lovely piano for jamming and an amp for your instruments!

AmadorArts looks forward to the continuous growth of this Open Mic program because it offers an equitable platform by which artists of all kinds can engage in a community setting. AmadorArts thanks The Hotel Sutter for its helpfulness and generosity in supplying the space for this expansion of community self-expression. Open Mic Thursday nights are fun to watch and to participate in.

Need more info? Call 209-267-9038.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

AmadorArts TGIF Concert features Orquesta Taino - Fri Aug 3

AmadorArts’ TGIF free concert August 3 will feature the “Orquesta Taino,” a top northern California salsa band. The concert begins at 6:00 pm in Jackson at the Kennedy Gold Mine, the upper area off of Highway 49/88. Bring your salsa spirit, chairs or blankets and picnics to the large shady lawn area. Tacos and snacks will be available for purchase, thanks to the hosts of the venue, the Kennedy Gold Mine Foundation. And for our major donors & TGIF sponsors, a VIP event in the Change House will occur before the concert begins. There is still time to become a major donor of AmadorArts and receive your invitation to this special pre-concert mixer. Donations support our many arts education programs.

Orquesta Taino began in 2010 as a project to deliver salsa and latin jazz and has developed into one of the most solid, hard-hitting Salsa bands in the area. The group is led by Percussionist and Lead Vocalist, Aaron Routtenberg, who has toured and performed with some of the biggest names in Salsa including Jerry Rivera, Tito Nieves, Tito Rojas, Tony Vega, and more.

The percussion section features three of the most talented drummers in Northern California, with Aaron Routtenberg on timbal chair; Jonathon Colo, tumbao on congas; and Jeri Quinones and his tasty "repiques" on bongo. On bass there’s the veteran band leader Gilbert Roman, along with the extremely talented Jason Moen on piano. The sizzling horn section is proud to have Abel Figueroa and Charly Aguilar on trombone, while Amelia Catalano dazzles audiences with her baritone sax.
With strong vocals, swinging rhythm, and a blazing horn section that will make you move, we invite you to experience a musical pleasure that you won't soon forget. Put on your dancin’ shoes for ORQUESTA TAINO!

Venue location:  Opposite Jon’s Pit Stop on Highway 49/88, and near the Linda Vista Motel, turn down the hill and follow the well-maintained gravel road for half mile to the Kennedy Gold Mine. Plenty of free convenient parking. Visit for more info about TGIF concerts.