Wednesday, July 18, 2018

AmadorArts TGIF: "Old Soles" - Fri July 20

AmadorArts’ TGIF free concert July 20 will feature the "Old Soles”, an acoustic Americana duo. The concert begins at 6:00 pm in the City Park of Plymouth on Main Street.  Bring your own chairs or blankets and picnics to the park.

Old Soles are Masha Goodman Crawford and Geff Crawford who play fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, voices and their feet.  They blend “a twist of wry-whiskey humor into moonshine-flavored Americana.”  The repertoire has its roots in the Appalachian mountains and Irish pubs, rambling from old country blues to front-porch fiddle tunes. That means their style is a little folky and very funny.

Masha Crawford has been playing clawhammer banjo and tin-whistle since the 1970s, and dancing and singing since she was a little girl. She has taught and performed in concert halls and folk festivals across Europe and the U.S. Geff Crawford’s fiddling has won him many blue-ribbons, and his humorous songs have won him many fans. Together their music "has an intricately, intertwined sound where the accents accent each other", and their harmony vocals blend on songs from the sublime ("Give Yourself To Love") to the downright silly ("From the Indies to the Andies in his Undies").

The Plymouth City Park is at 9406 Main St., in the middle of downtown Plymouth, where the gazebo is and the weekly farmers’ market. From the Highway 49 roundabout, go west onto Main St. If you go east, you’ll be on your way to the Shenandoah Valley.

Don’t miss this free toe-tappin’ musical party for everyone!  Visit for more info about TGIF concerts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

August at Gallery 10: Amador Flower Farm En Plein Air

Paintings by the Sacramento Chapter of the California Art Club Gallery 10 is proud to host an Exhibit for the prestigious California Art Club centered around works done at Jeanne Deaver’s Amador Flower Farm.

On June 18th , 2018 twenty seven artists met at The Amador Flower Farm and painted the extraordinary color of the blooming Day Lilies which the Flower Farm is famous for. Only once a year do these gorgeous flowers put on their show, and the artists tried to capture that

Come, meet the artists, and see the results which will be on display at Gallery 10 during the month of August. The artist’s reception will be on Saturday August 4th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will coincide with the Sutter Creek Art Trek.

 "Lily Days" is an oil painting by Sabina Turner, a nationally recognized artist who lives in Fiddletown and has had paintings in national shows of the American Watercolor Society and the Oil Painters of America.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cool Off at Open Mic Night in Jackson - Thurs June 19

Everyone is welcome to perform at the Third Thursday Open Mic Night in Jackson, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Mountain Ice & Coffee at 42 Main St.  Presented by AmadorArts and MC Scotty Coleman, this family-friendly free Open Mic Night is a good way to spend the hottest part of the day, usually.  
Individuals are welcome who feel they’re ready for an audience to perform dance, singing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, oratory, instrumental music, from violins to ukuleles, ​comedy, and improv. And, they need an audience. So, come and be entertained!

Group Art Analysis also is a fun monthly part of Open Mic, in which a local visual artist brings in an artwork and guests take a stab at discussing it, all in fun.
Culinary arts will be present too, such as Temple Coffee, roasted in Sacramento, and rated one of 17 of the nation’s best small coffee makers; Dreyers Ice Cream; and Kneading Dough’s locally baked goods. Relax in the comfy couches and chairs.
Sign-ups are first-come-first-served, starting at 5:30 pm. Mountain Ice & Coffee phone number is 209-256-8005. Regular hours are: Wednesday thru Sunday from 7am to 7pm. AmadorArts is 209-267-9038, email is 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"ArtMixAmador": Celebration of 36 Years of the Arts in Amador - Sat Sept 15

ArtMix Amador” will be a celebration of Amador County’s 36 years of having the arts as a cultural catalyst in the region. Save the date of Saturday, September 15 and the location, the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Garden Terrace and Grand Oak Ballroom. Starting at 5:00 pm this will be an art party to end all parties.

Grab your friends to celebrate creativity and to see the arts from a new perspective. Showcasing Amador County’s current and future local artists, ArtMix Amador will be a unique opportunity for locals and visitors alike to celebrate, support, and learn more about the importance of the arts in schools and the community. Since 1982 the Amador County Arts Council, aka AmadorArts, has been implementing its long standing programs of Arts Education and Advocacy.  So, the Amador Council of Tourism, in partnership with Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, are presenting the Amador ArtsMix, open to the public for only $10 entry.

Interactive art exhibits will span from the Garden Terrace to the Grand Oak Ballroom, including painting, encaustic, button making, community poetry, and more, providing guests an entire scope of what the sizeable Amador County arts community has to offer.

Unexpected experiences will only be here at the ArtMix Amador. But some scheduled ones will be the performers from Amador, Argonaut, and Independence High Schools, as well as homeschools, who have amazing talents in poetry, music, theater, and dance.

ArtMix Amador, what better event to announce the first-ever Poet Laureate of Amador County. After a recent nomination and selection process, this honorary 2-term position will go to a local outstanding poet, whose task will be to integrate poetry into the community, including young people.

Wait, there’s more: the evening will continue into the Ballroom at 7:00 pm to dance the night away to local favorite, Darin Sexton and the Highway 49 Band. Enjoy tunes, food, and thirst quenchers, as concessions and bars will be available for purchase.

$10 Tickets available at or at the Cashier’s Cage in the Casino. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Amador County Arts Council.

AmadorArts TGIF: "Twilight Drifters" - Fri July 13

AmadorArts’ TGIF free concert July 13 will feature the “Twilight Drifters”, described as an ”American roots music sensation.”  Their popularity last year has brought them back to Amador! The concert begins at 6:00 pm in Sutter Creek’s Minnie Provis Park. Bring your own chairs or blankets and picnics to the park.

The Twilight Drifters is a rockabilly and roots rock ‘n roll trio based in Northern California and is comprised of Geoffrey Miller, vocals and guitar; Todd Hinton, bass; and Brad Cross, drums. They morph the familiar sounds of the 1950s into a mix of re-made classic and original songs. Performing danceable tunes spanning genres of rock ‘n roll, honkytonk, western swing, rockabilly and west coast blues, the band definitely entertains, moves, and captivates audiences, as they did in the 2017 TGIF at Hanford Courte.

The Twilight Drifters started in Sacramento, California and their fast-spreading reputation have made them regular entertainment at many Sacramento area venues, such as  Old Ironsides and the Torch Club, and to regional events from San Francisco to Lake Havasu, even to the 19th annual Viva Las Vegas Festival. The band’s second CD, ‘Paint and Primer’, recorded and produced by Deke Dickerson, is now available.

Minnie Provis Park, is located on Church Street, a half block off Main in Sutter Creek. Don’t miss this free dance-inducing musical party for everyone!  Visit for more info about TGIF concerts.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

AmadorArts July TGIF: Wicked Sisters - Fri July 6

TGIF Concert July 6 will be in Pine Grove Park with Wicked Sisters

AmadorArts’ TGIF free concert July 6 will feature “Wicked Sisters”, a fun and creative all-girl band from Up Country Amador County. The concert will be in lovely Pine Grove Park, which is on the south side of Highway 88, next to the fire station. The concert starts at 6:00 pm. Bring your own chairs or blankets and picnics to the park.

Wicked Sisters began in 2007 with good friends getting together to play music and work through some original songs. Soon they began playing their music in Amador and Calaveras Counties. This year begins their 11th year of making music together. Two original Wicked Sisters are Lynn Vasquez and Anne Jeffries.  Tami McBroom joined the band three years ago, and now they welcome newest member, Sarah Jean Hart who adds rockin' violin and mandolin playing, as well as a 4th harmony with a unique singing voice!  Named for their feisty and edgy side, Wicked Sisters play a variety of acoustic folk, rock, country, and blues with sweet four-part harmonies. With covers by artists such as Little Big Town, Lucinda Williams, Eurythmics, Prince, and Mamuse, plus original tunes, Wicked Sisters is an act to enjoy on July 6.

Don’t miss this free musical party for everyone! Visit for more info about TGIF concerts.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

AmadorArts TGIF: On Air - Fri June 29

AmadorArts’ TGIF free concert June 29 will feature “On Air”, Sacramento’s premier classic rock horn band and the 2017 winner of Best Local Band on Sacramento A-List, out of more than 200 bands. Solid rock music, tight harmony, and white hot horns characterize the “On Air” sound, with 5+ vocalists, both lead and backup.

The free concert will be in Jackson’s large shady Detert Park alongside Highway 49, starting at 6:00 pm.  Performing the best of ‘70s and ‘80s rock and motown, along with contemporary selections. “On Air” has been featured repeatedly at venues like the Sacramento Music Festival in Old Sacramento, the Old Sacramento Blues Festival, the California State Fair, Stockton Asparagus Festival, and summer concerts throughout the region. They also perform for charity events including Thanksgiving Day Run to Feed the Hungry.

The “On Air” rhythm section consists of guitarist and founding member Bob Lang who shares vocals with lead guitarist Brian Hack, bass player Tony Oddo, and vocalist Suzanne Weissenberg. Rounding out the rhythm section is Barry Reynolds on keyboards and Geno Guerere on drums. The unique sound of On Air is found in the distinctive six piece horn section: Brian Nakagawa on trombone, Craig Yamamoto and Raul Sandoval on tenor sax, Brad Tom on baritone sax, and trumpeters Greg Evans, the band’s arranger, and Vahan Kachadorian, who is also a vocalist. Members tend to remain, as nearly half of the musicians have been with the band since or near its inception more than 30 years ago. Most of the rest have been a part of the group for the better part of the last decade.

Don’t miss this free musical party for everyone! Bring your own chairs or blankets and picnics to the park. Visit for more info about TGIF concerts.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Feist Wines: Herb and Jeremy Boxhorn - Sat June 30

Local Musicians play Downtown Sutter Creek 
Live Music and Farm to Fork Wood Fired Pizza al Fresco 

 Sutter Creek, California, June 2018 - Feist wines summer music series continues Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. with local father and son duo Herb and Jeremy Boxhorn.  They play a mix of jazz, swing and blues with a set list of eclectic music from the thirties to today.

Feist offers live music and dining most weekends this summer.  The concerts are outdoors on the shaded patio at the Feist tasting room in downtown Sutter Creek. 

Wood fired pizza made from local, seasonal ingredients and small plates such as artisan cheeses ($14) charcuterie ($12) and mixed local greens ($7are available starting at 5 p.m. Small lot wines can be purchased by the bottle or glass.

In the following weeks Feist presents both local and touring bands.  The line up:  gypsy jazz with Jazz Gitan July 7, classic guitar with Gordon Rowland July 13,  singer songwriter Caleb Caudle July 15,  jazz and blues with Herb Boxhorn July 21, folk rock with Dave and Mandy July 28 and The Carolyn Sills combo August 4.

The venue is intimate and the wines are award winning. "I feel lucky for the quality of music we have been able to host" says owner Susan Feist.  "It is inspiring." 

Friday, June 22, 2018

New Executive Director Named at AmadorArts

At a recent Board of Directors meeting of AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, the group accepted the resignation of Terra Forgette as Executive Director and named Meghan O’Keefe as her replacement.  Citing her new priority to be with her family and 16-month old daughter, Forgette has stepped down after heading the non-profit organization since November of 2012. Her accomplishments have led the arts agency to become a major catalyst for community arts involvement, and through her efforts, a movement is afoot to establish an Amador Center for the Arts.  Stating at the Board meeting, “It’s been an honor and a joy to work with AmadorArts,” Forgette recommended that Meghan O’Keefe who’s been Program Coordinator for less than two years, take on the top position.

Initially O’Keefe spear-headed the continuation of TGIF Free Summer Concert Series. Then, she enthusiastically learned the ropes from Forgette, including grant writing, public relations, promotions, and community engagement. O’Keefe continues to oversee the coordination and administration of AmadorArts programs including Poetry Out Loud, Arts Around Amador weekly radio show, the Amador Alliance for Arts Education, Student Voices Campaign, Open Mic and more. Most notably, O’Keefe and the Alliance collaborated with ACUSD in 2018 to adopt the “Declaration of Equity in Arts Education” and to participate in the Arts Planning Initiative, a stakeholder workshop series aimed to develop a district-wide arts education plan for our community.

O’Keefe is a professional scientist and arts education leader for over 20 years. A graduate with honors from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, O’Keefe also holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Oberlin College. O’Keefe is a connoisseur of the literary, music, dance, theatre, broadcasting, culinary, and landscape arts. Upon accepting the position, O’Keefe stated: “I look forward to developing stronger ties with national Arts leaders as AmadorArts continues to grow. With the continued support of our donors, volunteers, and the community-at-large, AmadorArts is going to continue to create jobs, draw tourists, and provide Arts Education and  exposure to all cultures and citizens of Amador County, especially the children.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Music all Weekend at Feist Wines: Two for the Road and The Blackfoot Gypsies - June 15 & 16

Two for the Road and The Blackfoot Gypsies

Sutter Creek, California, June 2018 - Feist wines summer music series continues Friday, June 15  at 6 p.m. with Two for the Road, and then Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. with Nashville rock band The Blackfoot Gypsies.

Two for the Road is a local duo comprised of Joe Bellamy and Adam Gottstein. They play a blend of latinjazz and Americana.  
The Blackfoot Gypsies are a Nashville, Tennessee-based powerhouse quartet with raucous energy and soul playing their take on white-knuckled rock'n'roll.

The Blackfoot Gypsies fuse their influences -- swamp blues cool, downhome hillbilly funk and homegrown punk panache with sparking and spitting 21st-century fire. They learned to rock the old-fashioned way -- one sweaty, full-throttle live performance at a time.  The band's brew of rock, hillbilly and blues began in 2010 when Oregon native, guitarist and singer Matthew Paige moved to Nashville and hooked up with drummer and Music City native Zack Murphy.   
They are sure to please the most discriminating palate and send the most reluctant feet to the dance floor. 

Feist will offer live music and dining most weekends all summer. 

Wood Fired Pizza and small plates are available at the shows starting at 5 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Small lot wines can be purchased by the bottle or glass.

There is no cover charge Friday.  Blackfoot Gypsy tickets are $15 and are available at or at the tasting room. 

15 Eureka Street Sutter Creek, CA 95685 (209)267-8020  

AmadorArts Open Mic Night - Thurs June 21

Come and meet the new MC, and everyone is welcome to perform at the Third Thursday Open Mic Night in Jackson. That’s June 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Mountain Ice & Coffee at 42 Main St.  Organizers AmadorArts introduces R. Scotty Coleman tonight as the new Event Coordinator of its organization.
R. Scotty Coleman spent seven years performing Improv and Stand-up comedy in night clubs and theaters with the Improv group R.S.V.P. in Sacramento.  Over the past 10 years Scotty has been teaching Improv at Amador, Argonaut, Calaveras and Summerville High Schools.
Invited to this free Open Mic event are individuals who feel they’re ready for an audience to perform dance, singing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, oratory, instrumental music, stand-up, and improv.  Equally important are people IN the audience who appreciate seeing who have entertainment gifts to share.

Fine culinary arts will be present such as Temple Coffee, roasted in Sacramento, and rated one of 17 of the nation’s best small coffee makers; Dreyers Ice Cream; and Kneading Dough’s locally baked goods.
Group Art Analysis also is a fun monthly part of Open Mic, in which a local visual artist brings in an artwork and guests take a stab at discussing it, all in fun.

The atmosphere is relaxing with comfy couches and chairs. Sign-ups are first-come-first-served, starting at 5:30 pm. Mountain Ice & Coffee phone number is 209-256-8005. Regular hours are: Wednesday thru Sunday from 7am to 7pm. AmadorArts is 209-267-9038, email

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TGIF Concert features the Slade Rivers Band at Preston Castle - Fri June 22

The Slade Rivers Band is so popular that AmadorArts is having them back in the very same venue as two years ago. Yep, that would be the shady patio behind the imposing Preston Castle. The TGIF fun starts at 6:00 pm on June 22. Bring your chairs and picnics. Parking is free, entry is free.

A local honky tonk band, the members are;  WC Slim (Steve Doss) upright bass/vocals, Michael Bowers drums,  Bill Griffin electric mandolin/vocals, "Flying" Eugene Flowers on pedal steel guitar and Slade Rivers vocals/guitar.  The band has been together for over 10 years and has played just about every watering hole in northern California, county fairs, and cowboy festivals. Musically they're a holdover from the golden years of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and George Jones.  Currently the band has two CDs available for sale; Slade Rivers and Friends and The Songs of Slade Rivers and Beans Sousa.  Just like their hit song says, “You’ll get your head bobbin’ and your arms flapppin’/pretty soon you got the whole dance floor clappin’ to the chicken butt shuffle.”

They are presently at work on their third CD.  You can follow the band on or"

In Ione, head to the Preston Castle. Turn on Palm Drive off Hwy 104 and you’ll see the parking on the side. Concert is in the back. Visit for more info about TGIF concerts.