Wednesday, May 23, 2018

AmadorArts Free Summer TGIF Concerts Kick-off June 8

The summer tradition of going to free concerts every Friday evening in Amador County is about to begin. The first TGIF concert will be June 8, from 6 to 8 pm, in the Volcano Amphitheatre and will feature all-time favorites “Four For the Road.” This innovative, easy to enjoy band is comprised of Adam Gottstein on guitar, Joe Bellamy on keyboard, Allan Alexopulos on percussion, and Klaudia Promessi on woodwinds. Together, their sound is original whether they perform the songs they wrote or selected cover songs.

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 8 and running until August 17, 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.

For more details, visit or you can listen to samples of each week’s TGIF bands on the Saturday before the Friday concert on KVGC Hometown Radio at 9:00 am. The show is “Arts Around Amador.”

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:

June 8—Volcano Amphitheatre, Four for the Road (Local Soft Rock)
June 15—Hanford Courte, Big City Swing Committee (Los Angeles Swing band)
June 22—Preston Castle, Slade Rivers (Local Country)
June 29—Detert Park, On Air (Sacramento's #1 Band, 12 piece cover band with horn section)
July 6—Pine Grove Park, Wicked Sisters (Local Folk)
July 13—Minnie Provis Park, Twilight Drifters (Nationally Touring Rockabilly)
July 20—Plymouth Park, Old Soles (Local Americana)
August 3—Kennedy Gold Mine, Orquesta Taino (Sacramento Salsa Band)
August 10—Mollie Joyce Park, Black Irish Band (Tuolumne World Music Band)
August 17—Terra d’Oro, Primitivo, (Local Latin Jazz)

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