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.