Friday, June 30, 2017

Special 4th of July Piano Concert & Dinner - Tues July 4

FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT AND DINNER: Tuesday, July 4, 4 pm. West Point pianist Ron Brickman performs a program of concert paraphrases of patriotic music and highlights from America’s musical history.  Works by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Stephen Foster, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Samuel Barber, Beethoven and others. Followed by an open-air buffet dinner featuring regional American specialties. $30 adult, $15 children under 18.  22021 Highway 26,West Point. Advance reservations required. Call (209) 293-4227.

First Sunday Concerts at the National Hotel: Boston Guitar Duo - Sun July 2

First Sunday Concerts presents the Boston Guitar Duo
at the National Hotel, 2 Water Street in Jackson, Sunday July 2 at 3pm.
Tickets are $20 at the door.

Aaron Caplan and Peter Jensen

Guitarist Biographies

Noted for his “astounding technical skill and artistic delicacy” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), classical-world guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international touring and recording artist. He has performed solo and chamber music in Russia, Europe and across the United States.  At the age of 16, he made his debut at the Tabor Opera House and has since premiered over 65 solo and chamber compositions.  A gifted performer and speaker, he is sought for his deft programming of new and standard repertoire while connecting with audiences with a Bernstein-esque ease.

Peter Janson is an award-winning contemporary fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, composer, and music educator. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, among others.  He has had three albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts, and his recordings have over one-million BMI verified broadcasts across all media. His contemporary solo guitar music fuses jazz, classical, and world-folk styles, and blends passion, artistry, and technical mastery as he weaves songs about heat and life.

Aaron Caplan and Peter Jensen


The concert will be held at National Hotel, 2 Water Street in Jackson, Sunday July 2 at 3pm.  Tickets are $20 at the door. This intimate (40 seats) acoustic show will be just off the lobby.
For other details or to help out, please call:  (415)297 3542 or (209)256-9906
  www.guitarwork.comA schedule of concerts is shown at 


First Sunday Community Concerts would like to thank:

The National Hotel for donating space at 2 Water Street in Jackson, providing a no host wine bar, and keeping a crew available to serve you.  209-223-0500

Highway House Restaurant and Conference Center 627 S. State Hwy 49, Jackson. For donating comfortable chairs from their Conference center.  209-257-0800

Chip Lusby and Victorian Gardens for furnishing lodging and meals for our musicians at his large Victorian house in Sutter Creek.

You for forwarding emails and telling friends (this saves advertising cost)!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LA-based Americana duo in concert at Feist Wines - Sat July 1

Feist Wines Summer Music Continues

SUTTER CREEK, CA - On Saturday, July 1 At 7 p.m. Feist Wines concert series continues with LA-based Americana duo, Freddy and Francine.  The shows are on the patio of the avant–garde tasting room in downtown Sutter Creek.

Freddy & Francine are an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris. Their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages. Of the pair music magazine​ No Depression says, “Freddy & Francine currently top my list.  There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.”

They have released 2 EPs & 3 full length records since 2008.  Their latest, “Gung Ho” was produced by renowned producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell) and featured members of Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird’s touring bands.
With featured sets scheduled this year at the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and past headlining performances at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and Madison Square Park, the duo is welcomed to Sutter Creek.

Wood fired pizza and wine will be available.

Tickets are $15 and are available at or at the tasting room.
Susan Feist
Feist Wines 209.267.8020
15 Eureka Street Sutter Creek CA

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bella Grace "Sounds in the Vineyard" Music Festival - Sat July 15

Bella Grace Vineyards Hosts Summer Music Festival

PLYMOUTH, CA — Bella Grace Vineyards will host “Sounds in the Vineyard” on Saturday, July 15 at their wine cave tasting location in Amador County. Three Sacramento area bands will play at the festival spanning from jazz to folk.

“Our vineyard is the perfect backdrop for a music and wine festival,” said Dewey Allan, manager of Bella Grace Vineyards. “We have a rare view of the Sierra Mountains from our vineyard. It is so tranquil. Between the scenery and music, people will definitely enjoy themselves.”

Bill Walsh and Danielle Walsh
His music influences span from early country rock to jazz-fusion. He has opened for Tim McGraw, Kenney Chesney, Wynona Judd and many other big names. He’ll be accompanied by Sacramento artist Danielle Walsh. Her vocal style is likened to Adele and Stevie Nicks. Visit

Random Strangers
Recognized for their eclectic sound, the Americana band fuses elements of country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass and classic rock. Visit

Aaron Gayden Band
The band includes some of Sacramento’s best musicians who share a desire to play new music inspired by the sounds of Santana and funk bands of the ‘70s. Visit

Admission is $25 and includes a complimentary glass of wine. The festival will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 5pm to 9pm. Pizza, wine and beer will be available for sale. Lawn chairs are welcome. Seating is limited. Bella Grace Vineyards is located at 22715 Upton Road in Plymouth.

Located in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, Bella Grace Vineyards has earned prestigious awards and accolades for more than a decade. Visit for more information.

Amador County Library "Maker Fair" - Sat July 15

Reserve your space now for the Maker Fair on Saturday July 15, 10am to 2pm at the Main library Jackson.
Meet local artists and crafters, learn, connect, discover!
Open to children ages 7-up and their caregivers.
Registration is required. For more information contact the library: 209-223-6400.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

City of Trees Brass Band at July 7 TGIF Concert

City of Trees Brass Band is a group of six young musicians who perform in the tradition of New Orleans brass bands. You’ll see these enthusiastic players on horns like trumpet, trombone, saxophone, drums and even with a powerful female vocalist on Friday, July 7 at Detert Park in Jackson. It’s another new innovative band to grace this season of AmadorArts’ TGIF free concerts.

Just like many New Orleans bands, City of Trees Brass Band, over the last three years, has chalked up 1,200 hours of street performance, dozens of educational clinics, and many inspirational assemblies for K-12th graders, The Brass Band takes pride in its contribution to Sacramento culture. In the ultimate test of brass and brawn, the Trees took a two week trip to New Orleans where they discovered their sound not only holds up to the standards of the Crescent City, it belongs there. They’ve added elements of funk, hip hop and bop just like their cohorts in New Orleans.  Get them while you can, because they may be gone soon.

The concert starts at 6:00 pm, but many arrive earlier to these TGIF free events to secure their favorite spots, bringing friends, chairs and picnics.

AmadorArts, a non-profit public benefit organization in the county for 35 years, is proud to bring these free concerts to the parks of Amador County, as it has for 19 years.  Next Friday, July 14, TGIF will be featuring Four for the Road at Volcano Amphitheatre in Volcano, one of the most popular TGIF venues.  For more information, call 209-267-9038 or visit   

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bent With Honey in Concert at Feist Wines - Sat June 24

AMADOR COUNTY, CA - Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Feist Wines hosts Santa Cruz duo Bent with Honey in concert. Sheila Golden and Will Fourt have been picking, singing and songwriting together for four years. Steeped in bluegrass and old time, the pair team with various musicians to add elements of swing and new acoustic to their music.
Fourt played in his first band at the age of eight. After several San Francisco bands - such as Belle Monroe and her Bluegrass Boys, Five Dollar Suit, and the Heel Draggers - Will became a staple fixture in the Bay Area bluegrass scene.

Golden grew up singing songs in her head and eventually decided to try singing them out loud. Originally from West Virginia, Sheila writes songs about miners and other parts of West Virginia culture. She plays guitar and sings with Santa Cruz bluegrass band, the Down Beets.
The show will be held on the patio at Feist Wines in Sutter Creek.  Farm to fork wood fired pizza, small plates, dessert and Old Soul Coffee are available.

Tickets are $15 and are available at

Susan Feist
Feist Wines
209.256.3779 cell

July 1 is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

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

You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that the 13 galleries are open. Go to to find the details about each month’s specific gallery events. A new brochure is now out in the galleries that will highlight the gallery participants. It’s a quick reference guide -- map, names, addresses, and hours. Or, visit

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

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. Even though his home/studio burned to the ground last year, here is where you can still see and buy Johannsen’s rare works.

AmadorArts Gallery-  Sutter Creek.  For Juy: New mixed media works, including some interesting ink-pour pieces by Pine Grove artist Marleen Olive, and ceramic sculptures by Michele Fisher, who combines clay with different elements of re-purposed furniture and wood elements. Her exposure both to the art of European Catholicism and the art of the Middle East are strong influences. The Art Trek and opening reception is on Saturday, July 1, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Go by for refreshments and friendly conversation. Hours: Sat. and Sun 11 to 5.  Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours, Tues.- Friday.

Blue Belle Studio – Pioneer.  NEW! Deb Wright operates a Working art studio encompassing an eclectic gallery of original art, prints, beaded jewelry, vintage items and curiosities. First Saturday Art Trek: 10 -2 pm. 22594 #7, Highway 88, Pioneer Ca 95666 (209) 768-8157.  Additional information about weekly workshops and hours can be found by following on Facebook at:

Chaos Glass Works- Sutter Creek. Art Glass Gallery and Hot Shop: David and Heather Hopman offer a wide selection of art glass items. Live glassblowing demonstrations happen all-day on weekends. Using a state-of-the-art electric furnace, the artists melt glass from batch, add colors, and working the glass at over 2100 degrees, they blow and hand shape the pieces to achieve a unique array of forms.

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 – Featured for July:  Rustic Garden.  Fun and whimsical metal garden stakes, tables, sculptures and wall art. Judy and Doug Marcoe are the artists from central Oregon.  Open daily 10-5:30.

Gallery 10 - Sutter Creek.  For July: Susan Hayne, accomplished printmaker who has a BFA from The Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  Showing will be a large variety of her works, including linocut, woodcut, copper plate etching, monotype and embossing. She’s lived in El Dorado County for 38 years and finds most of her inspiration right outside her door!  A reception in Susan’s honor will be held at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, on Saturday, July 1, 2-5 pm. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Mon. 11-5.

Gifted –Local & American Made - Jackson.  Gifts and goods for everyone. They help customers find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Heart & Soul Studio – Sutter Creek. This  3,800 sq ft warehouse is the setting for a variety of fun on-going workshops and is also available to rent for public and private events. 21 Badger St. The small retail boutique is at 42 Main St.  Daily 10 – 4 pm. (209) 256-9702.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City.   July:  Go to Little City Studio & Gallery on Friday, July 21, from 5-8ish, for “a very interesting show opening!” Theme: "What Can I Do With an Old Book?" Artists have been asked to use an old book, in some form, as the basis of their new artwork -- pages, binding, the whole kit and caboodle. See what creative imaginations can come up with! Gallery/studio hours: 10-5 on Fri, Sat, and Sun. Info at 209-259-0781.

Petroglyphe Gallery - Mokelumne Hill. For July: see many works from fine artists known nationwide, and the inspired gifts in their Copper & Willow section of the gallery. Their clever greeting card selection includes cards for every occasion. Check out the unique gifts to go with the cards. Open Thursdays through Sundays at 11:30.

Shenandoah Gallery at Shenandoah Vineyards – Plymouth.  The owners and their family have created an art-filled experience in their tasting room. 12300 Steiner Rd. Daily 10-4:30.

Sutter Creek Gallery “Art for Everyone”- Sutter Creek. For July: Oil painter Vickie Chew’s show. She likes to work with a palette knife, but in addition to paintings, the artist paints murals and accepts commissions. Vickie’s show will open on July 1 with a reception starting at 2 p.m.  Visit for refreshments and conversation with the artist.  Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, but closed Tuesdays.

These businesses also have are on their walls, so drop in while you’re on the Art Trek:  Full Circle Trading Co. in Jackson; Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty – Sutter Creek. Come see a stunning variety of art at 54 Main St.;and Rosebud’s Café Farm to Fork in Jackson.

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

Amador County Arts Council
11A Randolph Street
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
209 267 9038

"Heart" - Michele Fisher

"Koi" - Susan Hayne

Metal Cat - Fine Eye Gallery

"Morning Light" - Vickie Chew MacKerriche

"Fancy Feathers" - Maureen Olive

Opens this Friday! Grab your stetson and join MSTW for a hilarious Southern Comedy, "Doublewide Texas"

OPENING WEEKEND June 23rd! Grab your Stetson and come on over to DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS, where life is double the fun, and you’ll double over with laughter! 

Come see why Big Ethel (Georgann Wallace) is in a bunny costume!

Grab your Stetson and head on over to


June 23 – July 22
Kicking off MSTW’s Summer Season is the hilarious and fast-paced
comedy, Doublewide, Texas.

The inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas—
four doublewides and a shed—are thrown for a loop when they realize
the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.
And it’s not as if they don’t already have enough to deal with...
read more

Doublewide, Texas runs Friday & Saturday, 6/23 -7/22

 August 11th - Sept 9th   Arthur Miller's The Crucible Directed by Susan McCandless

Salem, Massachusetts, 1692:  When the girls of this small, devout town, under the malign spell of their ringleader Abigail Williams, accuse countless decent people of witchcraft, fear, anger and injustice rip apart the village. Only gradually does it become clear that Abigail has her own motives for revenge. Arthur Miller’s explosive account of the famous Salem witch trials caused a sensation with its parallels to the Communist scares of the 1950s, and remains one of his most enduring classics. It has the intensity of a thriller, but is also a cautionary tale of religious fundamentalism.

The Crucible runs Friday & Saturday, 8/11 - 9/9

Location for the Summer Season:

The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre
1127 N. Main Street, Jackson

Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics,
chairs,  jackets, and bug spray.

Summer Season Tickets
available at these locations:

Online at

Hein & Company
204 Main St. | Jackson, CA

For more information, please visit our website at

No Cash Refunds
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