Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dave Thomas Roberts in Concert - Sat May 30

Greetings, friends; this is an early reminder that the incomparable David Thomas Roberts will be returning for another fantastic concert on the 30th of May @ 2 p.m.!  Jack Rummel refers to him as "A multi-faceted genius... one of the 20th century's outstanding young composers--", with over 200 compositions including the classic Roberto Clemente, Through the Bottomlands, The Family Lines System, and many others.
The following pieces which will definitely be on the program:  Nancy's Library, Washington County Breakdown, The Window, sections of the Suite MAP DREAMS, Mississippi Brown Eyes, Intermezzo No. 1, The Threshold, Maria Antonieta Pons, and Roberto Clemente.
Our usual concert format is: the first half of the concert, an intermission with my SKUNK HOLLOW VICTORIAN GARDENS wine featuring DAVID THOMAS ROBERTS on the label and various nibbles, followed by the second half of the concert.  We finish the evening with our traditional pot luck dinner; bring a favorite dish to share and I keep pouring the wine.  If you choose, you can purchase a bottle for David to autograph as a memento of the wonderful concert!
Early purchase is $20, and $25 at the door.  Call or email me for reservations; 209-267-8193 or   Hope to see you here!


Dave Thomas Roberts Bio
I am above all a Romantic artist. Not only have my musical heroes been Romantic, but the tenets of Romanticism –– faith in the imagination as turnstile to transcendence and preference for the subjective, the non-rational and the mysterious –– are central to my practice. Among recordings, Discovery is the clearest testament to my Romantic core as well as the one most indicative of the breadth of my interests as composer and pianist.
Whether I'm combining the influence of Schubert with reminders of cowboy songs ('Mariana's Waltz'), pursuing departures from the world of Liszt and Wagner ('Chorale-Prelude,' 'Chorale No. 2') or ushering Mediterranean elements and reminiscences of jazz pioneer Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton into the same salon ('Cynthia'), all is at the service of the same Romantic intention.
Imaginative relationships with places are at the heart of much of my work. Referring to myself as a 'terrain wrangler' and a 'topographical rowdy bent upon revelation-through-landscape,' I entertain intrigue with lands from the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains to the North woods to the Upper Midwest; from the Piney Woods of southern Mississippi and Alabama to the Intermountain West, and from the northern Great Plains to central and southern Appalachia. Landscape is the dependable home of my imagination.
"A multi-faceted genius... one of the 20th century's outstanding young composers--"~ Jack Rummel, The Rag Times
"David Thomas Roberts brings a very special voice to American music -- as composer, as pianist, as historian and critic. I have long valued his work in all its various facets..."~ Joshua Rifkin
"David Thomas Roberts' playing gets deeper, more profound ... as time progresses--"~ George Winston
"David Thomas Roberts is the most important composer of this half-century in America--"~ Al Rose, Author of I Remember Jazz
"Our foremost composer of contemporary ragtime--"~ Trebor Tichenor, Co-author of Rags and Ragtime

"In other words, David Thomas Roberts is a remarkable and gifted man, and it's always a pleasure to attend a concert by someone in that category--"~ Jeff Hudson, The Register -- Pajaronian, Watsonville, California

Kick-Off Summer Party at the St. George Hotel - Sun June 21

Thursday, May 14, 2015

(The New) Wicked Sisters: A New Chapter

(the new) Wicked Sisters

Hey there!

As you can see, there's been a few changes to the band.  Ken has stepped out, Kevin has stepped back for a bit, and Harry and Tami have stepped in!   Our friends, also known as Mrs. Joe,  bring a fun new energy, as well as fabulous musical talents AND two more harmony parts!!!  I am now playing a fun new instrument, a bass ukulele!!! and we are all taking turns on the percussion.   We are continuing to play many sista favorites in addition to songs Tami and Harry have brought to the band.  We are also adding lots of exciting new songs to our playlist.  We miss our old friends, but we are excited about this new chapter for our band, and we hope you are too!
Here are a few places we will be playin' this season...a few more may be added later

-Hotel Sutter "The Cellar", Sutter Creek   no charge
- Roaring Camp SaNight BBQ and evening on the River
- Reservations are required.  Call Kim at 296-4100 for more info.
- Bella Grace's 73 Main, Sutter Creek  6-9pm  cost:TBA
- Pickle Patch Wednesday Night Music and BBQ  5-8pm  
- A Union Gig... more info later
- Camp Out for Cancer  Fairgrounds in Plymouth  Times TBA

That's it for now!  Hope to see ya'll at one (or more!) of our gigs!  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AmadorArts announces free Summer TGIF Concert Line-up

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
Contact AmadorArts Executive Director Terra Forgette to find out more information at 209-267-9038 or by emailing