Friday, March 23, 2018

Amador County Concert Band Presents: "March Musical Madness" - Sun Mar 25

AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS "MARCH MUSICAL MADNESS" -  A free concert will be presented by the 45-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers on Sunday, March 25th at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Doors open at 2:30pm.
 Featured music will be a medley from “The Music Man”, by Meredith Wilson and arranged for concert band by Phillip Lang, “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph featuring the entire saxophone section of the band, “A Little Tango Music“ by Adam Gorb,  a selection of tunes of the 1920’s in a medley by William Barker called “Tin Pan Alley”, a medley of movie hits by Hans Zimmer, “That Old Hound Dog Rag”, conducted by John Lillie, and more!
Join us on March 25th for this wonderful free event. Arrive a few minutes early for best seating….ample parking…music begins promptly at 3pm. Visit the band’s website at for additional information or to find out how to join the band.

Monday, March 19, 2018

AmadorArts Announces Free Summer TGIF Concerts Line-Up

The summer tradition of going to free concerts every Friday evening in Amador County is gearing up. The 2018 TGIF Concerts Schedule has been announced. This will be the 20th anniversary of AmadorArts putting on these concerts, so expect a line-up of great music reflective of the quality and longevity of this series.  Surprises will be in store as the county celebrates this vibrant summer tradition. New bands to our community will be featured, in addition to highlighting excellence in local music. 
Starting June 8th and running until August 17th, the concerts will move each week to a different outdoor park and feature a different band each time to deliver passion and excitement to your Friday evening outings. Be sure to be there if you have a goal of making it to ALL ten of this season’s concerts. The music starts at 6:00 pm, but people of all ages start to arrive earlier to set up picnics and to meet and chat with friends. This is, after all, the weekly fun thing to do for hundreds of Amador residents.  Out-of-towners too have discovered TGIF as a great way to jump start a weekend in the foothills.  AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, is  the 36-year-old non-profit organization that also brings arts education to local schools and the community and acts as a regional catalyst for all the arts. 
The TGIF concert series relies on sponsorships and contributions to keep the concerts free. If you or your business wants to help support these family-friendly events, you can purchase affordable advertising or a listing in the colorful TGIF Magazine passed out at each concert and distributed at businesses throughout the county.  Contact TGIF Coordinator Meghan O’Keefe at AmadorArts, 209-267-9038 or  The website is .
Save the dates on your calendars. Lots of fun in store for the 20th annual summer music event. Remember to bring your low-back chairs or blankets and picnics.
Here is the schedule of the 2018 TGIF Free Summer Music Series:
  1. June 8—Volcano Amphitheatre, Four for the Road (Local Soft Rock)
  2. June 15—Hanford Courte, Big City Swing Committee (Los Angeles Swing band)
  3. June 22—Preston Castle, Slade Rivers (Local Country)
  4. June 29—Detert Park, On Air (Sacramento's #1 Band, 12 piece cover band with horn section)
  5. July 6—Pine Grove Park, Wicked Sisters (Local Folk)
  6. July 13—Minnie Provis Park, Twilight Drifters (Nationally Touring Rockabilly)
  7. July 20—Plymouth Park, Old Soles (Local Americana)
  8. August 3—Kennedy Gold Mine, Orquesta Taino (Sacramento Salsa Band)
  9. August 10—Mollie Joyce Park, Black Irish Band (Tuolumne World Music Band)
  10. August 17—Terra d’Oro, Primitivo, (Local Latin Jazz)

TGIF Concert at Volcano Amphitheater

Audience at Preston Castle

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Open Mic Night Moving to New Location in April

The last time Open Mic Night will be at Rosebud’s Café in Jackson will be March 15. Bid a thankful farewell to the Pulskamp Family for providing this unique venue for the monthly fun event sponsored by AmadorArts.
The new home for the Third Thursday event will be at the recently-opened Mountain Ice & Coffee at 42 Main St., Jackson.  This finale at Rosebud’s will start at 5:30 pm with special guests to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so bring your talent and be a part of Amador’s Open Mic history.
The April 19th Open Mic, at Jackson's newest, groovy coffee house serving Temple Coffee and Kneading Dough locally baked goods, will provide a fun a relaxing atmosphere with comfy couches for lounging as you enjoy the variety of artists who attend Open Mic. Sign-ups are first-come-first-served, starting at 5:30 pm.
One of the newer traditions at Open Mic will continue: Group Art Analysis. AmadorArts launched this unique element in September of last year. Each month the organization invites a local guest visual artist to join us for this experience. The artist brings one of his/hers pieces to Open Mic and an AmadorArts Student Director leads the group in a detailed analysis of the artwork, discussing elements of light, color, line, content, meaning, etc. The artist answers questions, informs on technique and any gallery shows or classes he/she offers.  The group element has proven to unite the crowd and make friends out of strangers.
AmadorArts is grateful to Mary Pulskamp and the Rosebud’s Café Family for their generous donation of serving as the venue during the last two years of Open Mic.
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

Two Time Grammy Award Winner Gill Landry to Play Feist Wines - Fri Mar 30

Sutter Creek Tasting Room Hosts Gill Landry On Tour 

SUTTER CREEK, CA - On Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.,  two-time Grammy award winner Gill Landry takes the stage at Feist Wines in Sutter Creek. This downtown tasting room hosts award winning musicians in an intimate venue.

Landry, is a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, self-styled record producer, storyteller; roadside photographer, dark horse painter, shade tree mechanic, and then some.

From hustling the streets of Paris to hitchhiking America on day labor and daydreams, he has slept beneath bridges with his brothers and in the beds of lord’s estates. He began his music career busking on the streets of New Orleans, cutting his teeth through the ranks, interpreting life from the curb up.  
Releasing his first solo album in 2007 and performing as a member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show, he has opened legitimately and as a stowaway for a number of tours for acts such as Mumford and Sons and Brandi Carlile.

As Jeff Tamarkinan American editor, author and historian specializing in music and popular culture put it:“Landry’s too sharp a storyteller, too tuned-in a craftsman, too real to find himself on the wrong side of suspicion.”

Landry's new album 'Love Rides A Dark Horse' breaks new ground. "Recorded in a south Nashville apartment and produced by Landry himself, the album pitches its tent in the four-way intersection between Dylan-inspired folk-rock, atmospheric Americana, dusty cowboy songs and street busker ballads" writes Rolling Stone Country.

Tickets are $18 and are available at or at the tasting room in Sutter Creek. Farm to Fork wood fired pizza and small lot wine are available for purchase.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mixed Media Art Class: Garden Labyrinth - Sat Apr 28

Need to: Relax? Re-Charge? Re-Focus?
Take a “walk” along the path of your personal garden labyrinth.

I’m Deb Wright, a self-taught mixed media artist and your guide as we magically change a blank canvas into a relaxing garden.
   Join me on April 28, 2018 at the Upcountry Wellness Center and create a lap size garden labyrinth, a beautiful piece of art that can be displayed on a wall or tabletop easel.
   Using a 12” by 12” artist canvas and mixed media your personal labyrinth will come alive before your eyes!
We will:
• Use mix media techniques
• Explore deeper meaning of color placement and symbolism as we paint
• Work with glazes for effect
• Unwind and open our creative minds
• Add texture with paper, mulberry paper flowers and jewels
Suitable for all skill levels, although less than 16 years of age requires adult supervision.
We will be painting with high pigment paints, which can stain, please wear suitable clothing.
ADA accessible
Duration 3 to 4 hours
Light snacks provided
12 seats open
All materials to complete your project are included in the cost of class.

Saturday, April 28 from 1-4pm
Upcountry Wellness Center
26590 Hwy 88, Suite 4, Pioneer
Tickets available at:
Workshop registration must be paid in full before April 21, 2018.
-----Class may be rescheduled or cancelled if below 6 students. If this happens, I will contact you on April 21st with details.
Questions? Contact me directly with any questions or concerns. (209) 768-8157

*Additional supplies may be purchased as available.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Young local musicians ask for support of Eastern Europe tour - Fundraising concert on Sun Apr 8

Dear Family & Friends,

We are excited to share the tremendous opportunity the Sacramento Youth Symphony (SYS) has, under the leadership of artistic director and conductor Michael Neumann, to tour Eastern Europe June 15 - 25, 2018.  Please look at the web site: or our Facebook page Ariana and Carlton’s European Tour Fund 2018 for more information.

We have been members of SYS for over the past 5+ years.  Currently, I, Ariana, am principal violist and I, Carlton, am principal trumpet of our respected sections of the Premier Orchestra, the highest level ensemble of the SYS organization.  We would love to join SYS on tour and we need your help to raise $9,000 for both of us to go.  As straight A students and active participants in many community events, you can imagine how rewarding this will be for both of us. 

We welcome your support to help us reach our goal.  Please choose one or more of the following ways to help:

Contribute online through ‘Go Fund Me’: 

Mail a check to:
Ariana and Carlton Leggett
PO Box 305
Jackson CA 95642

Request a 30-minute private concert by the Leggett Family for a contribution of $500 or more.  (Based on arrangement by both parties and time limits may apply).

Attend and make a donation at our “Melodious Songs of Europe” Fundraising Concert, Sunday, April 8th, 2018, 3 p.m. at Sutter Hill SDA Church, 12900 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, CA 95685

With sincere appreciation for your support towards our trip and the betterment of the arts!


Carlton & Ariana Leggett

Thursday, February 22, 2018

MSTW Presents “Plays on the Patio”, a fundraiser for the Preston Castle - Sat May 12

A combined fundraising event for The Preston Castle Foundation and Main Street Theatre Works

Plays on the Patio is a one-day only event, May 12, 2018, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, at the Preston Castle, 900 Palm Avenue in Ione, CA. Tickets are $40, which includes wine and dessert tastings from some of Amador’s best restaurants and wineries, plus a wine glass to commemorate the event. Tastings begin at 6:30, and at 7:30 guests will be treated to a series of one-acts, scenes and monologs performed by both MSTW company actors as well as local Amador high school students.  Tickets for this event can only be purchased on-line at

This fundraiser helps to set the stage for MSTW’s upcoming Summer Season at the beautiful Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, located in the heart of Jackson. Kicking off the season is the hilarious and fast-paced comedy, Mama Won’t Fly, from the same people who brought you last year’s hit, Doublewide, Texas. The show runs June 22nd – July 21st. The second show is Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight, a crazy comedy by Jeff Daniels. The show runs August 10th through September 8th.

Proceeds from Plays on the Patio also support the efforts of the Preston Castle Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, rehabilitate and utilize the historic Preston Castle.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this Limited Engagement Event, visit the MSTW website at This event is guaranteed to sell out, so get your tickets today! Please note that there will be no Castle tours during the event, and there are no refunds.

Performance Dates and Times
Saturday, May 12, 2018
6:30pm – 9:30pm

The Preston Castle
900 Palm Drive, Ione, CA

Ticket Prices
$40 per person
(includes commemortive wine glass, wine and dessert tastings, and the show)

Tickets available on-line only at:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Santa Cruz’s Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra Live in Sutter Creek - Fri Feb 9

SUTTER CREEK, CA - Feist Wines presents Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra Friday, February 9 at 7 pm.  This four-man orchestra seamlessly weaves blues based music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits’ darker works.

In addition to O’Reilly on the electrified resonator guitar and vocals, the band features Chris Lynch on the fiddle, Jeff Kissell on upright bass, and Matt Goff joining in on the drums.

The band formed in Santa Cruz California in 2012 and has been touring relentlessly ever since, from San Francisco to New Orleans to London to Seattle. 

Live performance is at the core of the O’Reilly project. The four man band goes from raw gospel blues to cinematic epics, from heavy driving grooves to delicately arranged folk songs. They leave the stage out of breath, the ground littered with broken strings and bow hairs.

SF Weekly calls their music, "Delightful... well-crafted and NPR calls them "A band true to its name: soulful" –NPR 

Tickets are $10 and are available at the tasting room or at

Susan Feist Feist Wines 209.267.8020 209.256.3779 cell

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Kennedy Gold Mine Painting Out Weekend - April 20-22

Kennedy Gold Mine Painting Out Weekend April 20 -22, 2018
Plein Art & Photography Competition
Paint or Shoot On-Site on the Historic Kennedy Gold Mine Property
Fri/Sat/Sun, April 20 - 22, 2018
Cash Prizes   •   Top Image Featured at Annual Kennedy Gold Mine Founders BBQ & Art Show Live Auction and Promotional Materials  
Entry Fee: $15, Fee waived for students 18 & under
Sabina Turner, Painting Judge   •   Larry Angier, Photography Judge   
Competition Details Coming by March 1 
Contact Sharon Hewitt at for information.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Arts Summit Amador 2018 - Sat Mar 24

Arts Summit Amador 2018
Saturday March 24th, 2018
9am to 3pm
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

"Beginning the Conversation about the future of the Arts in Amador"

AmadorArts will hold the very first annual Amador County Arts Summit on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Jackson Rancheria Conference Center. Invitations have been sent out for the event which will convene arts stakeholders, students, and business and community members to discuss topics and issues relevant to the cultural future of the county. Issues like the local arts community, education, the creative economy, tourism, a center for the arts, and more. The idea is to bring together as many thinkers, movers and shakers as possible to find strength as a group to tackle issues important to Amador County. The Summit will begin a conversation and action that will continue for years to come.

Executive Director Terra Forgette is lining up the Keynote Speaker, representatives from the California Alliance for Arts Education, local leaders, distinguished local artists, and student performances to inspire the audience to literally move ideas and concepts onto the discussion table.  Dynamic small group discussions and panel presentations will be a part of breakout sessions.

A focus will be on three topics:
  • Turning the Arts from Survive to Thrive: Building our Amador County Creative Economy
  • Planning a campaign to develop a Center for the Arts, a venue to present concerts, classes, varied events and more.
  • Partnering in Public Education
Another highlight will be the recognition of Giles Turner for his 50 years involvement in the arts, particularly in drama and music for young people.  A closing Mixer will be the celebratory time for networking with fellow colleagues.
Be a part of an important conversation about the future of the Arts in Amador County. No charge.  Please contact Terra Forgette if you’d like to receive an invitation: 209-267-9038 or  RSVP’s will be accepted until March 15.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

February 3 is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

The new year is a great time to start the habit of taking a monthly trip on the Amador Art Trek. The next First Saturday Amador Art Trek is on February 3, 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 “First Saturday”, when several participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon, 2-4 pm to kick-off their new shows.

You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that these 11 galleries are open. Just so you know, a new 2018 brochure is in the works produced by the non-profit AmadorArts that will highlight the gallery participants. It’s a quick reference guide -- map, names, addresses, and hours.

Here is a brief listing in random order of participating galleries:

Fine Eye Gallery- Sutter Creek –Open daily 10-5:30 at 71 Main St.

Gallery 10 - Sutter Creek.  - Open Thurs.- Mon. 11-4 at 15 Eureka St.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City.   After 19 years, Owner/Artist Carol Sethre has decided to close her doors so she can experience art and life like the rest of us, teach classes and rest on her laurels. Everything currently has a 20% discount and that will continue, with some items even further discounted in Feb. Also for sale are a few 'fixtures' and other art related materials, fabrics, and yarns. She plans to be completely out by Feb. 28. 14180 Main Street, Amador City 209-256-0781. Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun 10-5, or by appt.

Petroglyphe Gallery - Mokelumne Hill - Open Thursdays through Sundays at 11:30 – 5 at  8317 Main St., Moke Hill.

Sutter Creek Gallery “Art for Everyone”- Sutter Creek.  Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, but closed Tuesdays at 35 Main St.

Add Art- Jackson.  Open M-F 10:30 – 5; Sat. 10:30-4.

Chaos Glass Works- Sutter Creek. Open Wed – Fri 11-5; Sat, Sun 10-6, at 121A Hanford St.

Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery- Plymouth.  Daily 10-4:30 at 12300 Steiner Rd.

Gifted Local & American Made – Jackson. Daily 10-5 at 8 Main St.

Heart & Soul Studio – Sutter Creek. Retail boutique:  Daily 10 – 4 pm. 42 Main St. (209) 256-9702. Warehouse:  21 Badger St

Shenandoah Gallery at Shenandoah Vineyards – Plymouth. Daily 10-4:30, 12300 Steiner Rd.

Blue Belle Studio – Pioneer.  Open again in the spring. Visit

These businesses also have art on their walls, so drop in while you’re on the Art Trek:  Full Circle Trading Co. in Jackson; Amador 360 Collective on Hwy 49 in Plymouth; Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty – Sutter Creek…come see a stunning variety of art at 54 Main St.; and in Rosebud’s Café Farm to Fork at 26 Main St. in Jackson.

For more arts-related info visit: or call 209-267-9038.

"Dancing Alone" Sue Palmquist, Sutter Creek Gallery

"Snowy Perch" July Trail at Gallery 10
Doug Lawler at Petroglyphe Gallery, Mokelumne Hill