Friday, August 31, 2018

Grammy award winner Willie Watson to play Feist Wines - Sept 21 & 22

On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m., Grammy award winner Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines.

For nearly two decades, Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present.

In his new album Folksinger Vol. 2 he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs. His new album arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 — his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jump start the 21st century folk revival — Vol. 2 expands Watson’s sound while consolidating his strengths.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here,” he insists, “and I’m not trying to be a purist. There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of ‘On the Road Again,’ and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place — because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”

Wood fired pizza and small plates will be available starting at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and are available at or in the tasting room.

NOTE: Watson's prior shows at Feist sold out quickly.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Feist Wines: Music all weekend in Downtown Sutter Creek - Aug 31 & Sept 1

SUTTER CREEK, CA - Feist wines summer music series continues this labor day weekend. The craft winery in downtown Sutter Creek produces award winning small lot wines.

Friday at 6 p.m.  Two for the Road perform. The duo play a mix of Latin, jazz, Americana, blues and swing as well as originals.   

Gypsy jazz trio Jazz Gitan plays Saturday evening at 6 p.m.  The band plays once a month at Feist and the music is profoundly sophisticated. All three band members are skilled and professional knocking out the French jazz of the thirties in an authentic manner. This music is reminiscent of Django Rhinehart.

“I feel humbled to be surrounded by so many excellent musicians.” says owner Susan Feist. The venue has attracted a constant stream of bands on their way up as well as top local acts. The first show at Feist was Mandolin Orange who were named to Rolling Stones list of top fifty country bands in 2017.

Both shows will be outside on the covered patio. Feist’s final summer concerts are September 21 and 22 when Grammy award winner Willie Watson again takes the stage at Feist Wines.

Wood Fired Pizza and small plates such as artisan cheeses ($14) charcuterie ($12) and mixed local greens ($7) are available starting at 5 p.m.

Small lot wines can be purchased by the bottle or glass. General admission is $5 for both shows and tickets can be purchased at or at the tasting room.


Monday, August 27, 2018

🌛 Laugh your way through "Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight"...only 2 more weeks! 🌜

Looking for something to do Labor Day weekend?
Enjoy a hilarious evening in 'da moonlight at Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, as MSTW presents Jeff Daniel's "Escabana in 'da Moonlight"
Bring your family and friends.
Only 2 weekends left! 

Get your tickets now!

Come experience Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight 
at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre
In this crazy comedy by Jeff Daniels, the Soady clan reunites at their cabin for Opening Day of deer season. Eldest brother, Rueben, has never brought home a deer, and if he doesn't this year, he'll be the oldest Soady to never "bag a buck." But Rueben's brought more than ammo with him this year. . .

Join us at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson for a beautiful evening under the stars. Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight, by Jeff Daniels, directed by Julie Anchor runs Fridayand Saturday nights through September 8th.

We first produced this show at the Amphitheatre in 2006, and it was a roaring success. Julie Anchor directed it then and she’s directing it again with a stellar cast, two of which were in the original production ~ Earl Victorine as Rueben Soady, and Anthony Scoggins as Ranger Tom.

You won't want to miss this hilarious production!

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Through September 8th
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics. Show starts at 8:00pm.

Ticket Prices
Adults - $20.00
Seniors: $17.50
Youth 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $54.00

Tickets available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson, or on-line at

Fridays & Saturdays through September 8th!

Get your tickets now!

Fall Show ~
October 20th & 21st, 2018

The 39 Steps

A live reenactment performance by the
MSTW Mercury Theatre Radio Players

Native Son's Hall, Sutter Creek

Saturday and Sunday Matinee 2:00pm (doors open 1:15)

Saturday evening 8:00pm (doors open 7:15)

This show is guaranteed to sell out so get your tickets now! 



Plan a perfect fundraiser or outing for you or your company!
We can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people.
GROUP DISCOUNTS for 20 or more.
For details or to make your reservations, contact 
Teresa Guidi or call 209-295-4499.


Gift Certificates Available

See you at the Theatre!

Copyright © 2018 Main Street Theatre Works, All rights reserved.

Local Author Meet & Greet: Kathy Allen, Modern Scot Patchwork - Sat Sept 8

Come meet Kathy Allen, author of Modern Scot Patchwork, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 11:00-3:00pm at MiY Studio in Martell, in the SaveMart Shopping Center. Scottish Tea and Treat.

C&T Publishing has recently released Modern Scot Patchwork by Kathy Allen. In her book, Kathy takes seven historic tartan patterns and turns them into modern quilts, sized from table runners to king. An eighth pattern, entitled "Amador" in honor of the foothill community Kathy calls home, is also included. Patterns are available for both beginner and expert quilters.

In your visit with Kathy, she can show you how to select fabric for modern tartan quilts. It’s all about value—lightness and darkness, rather than the color. In fact, she often selects fabrics that would be considered incompatible under normal circumstances. The math to do these quilts can be daunting. But Kathy has done ALL the math. All the quilter has to do is cut and sew—and put the pieces together in the right order. These quilts can be made fairly quickly.

Tartans are an important part of Scotland’s colorful history. Come and enjoy stories about the patterns, and experience a bit of Scotland’s culture. Kathy will be teaching classes in making these modern quilts in October at MiY Studio in Martell. Sign up sheets will be available.

Web site:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Mother Lode Friends of Music: Chamber Music Concert - Sun Sept 30

Mother Lode Friends of Music presents their first concert of the 2018-2019 season, ”Autumn Romance,” on Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Main Street, Sutter Creek.

The program will feature chamber music from the early 20th century. Works include the sensuous song cycle "Chansons Madécasses" by Maurice Ravel, and the extraordinary "Trio in C Major, Opus 29" by Croatian composer Dora Pejačević.

Featured performers include the brilliant Biljana Bojović on cello, and the Mother Lode Friends of Music (MLFM) debut of mezzo-soprano, Karen Lyman.  Returning MLFM performers are Corina Stoian, violin; Ron Brickman, piano; and Sandra Betti, flute.

“These works are quite exotic and romantic,” says MLFM Artistic Director Sandra Betti. “Both composers were inspired by indigenous music and folk tunes for these compositions. Pejačević is Croatian, and that influence is strong in her Trio in C Major.  Ravel is a well-known French composer, but this particular work uses sounds and poetry from Madagascar.”

Mezzo-soprano Karen Lyman performs with professional opera companies and orchestras; most recently in Handel's Messiahwith the Solano Chamber Orchestra and the role of Jack in Nevada Opera's production of Jack and the Beanstalk. She lives in Sutter Creek with her husband and three boys.
Mezzo-soprano Karen Lyman
Cellist Biljana Bojović is a performer, composer and music educator. A native of the Balkans, for many years she had a very active musical life in the Indianapolis area and performed in many different venues as a soloist, in chamber groups and orchestras. She and her husband now live in Jackson where she continues to play and write music.

Cellist Biljana Bojović
Pianist Ron Brickman is a long-time MLFM member who frequently performs as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist with orchestra. He has also performed in several regional concert series and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brickman lives in West Point, CA.

Flutist Sandra Betti, Sonora, has performed with major orchestras and toured Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes.  Locally, she has become a major figure in musical circles; teaching, directing the Sonora Bach Festival and playing principal flute in the Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra.

Corina Stoian was a leading concert violinist in her native Romania and in Germany before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She was for many years the concertmaster of the Folk Chamber Orchestra in Essen, Germany, and won several international prizes. Since moving to the states she has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the region.

The Sutter Creek Theatre (44 Main Street, Sutter Creek) is an intimate setting for this accomplished group of musicians to launch MLFM’s 2018-19 concert season. Admission to the concert is free.

For more information, visit the Friends of Music’s website at or call (530) 676-5396.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

AmadorArts: Diane Olsen named Patron of the Arts for 2018

Each year since 1999, the Amador County Arts Council, aka AmadorArts, has recognized community members who have contributed their time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County by awarding deserving individuals the Patron of the Arts award. On August 17th at last TGIF concert of the summer, this prestigious award was presented to Diane Olsen of Sutter Creek who has contributed to the arts in our community since 1976.

Diane’s love of the arts began when she attended Chabot College and Cal State Hayward. While there she enrolled in numerous art classes including, pen and ink drawing, stain glass and clay sculpture.

In 1976, she moved to Amador County where she continued her love of the arts by creating a studio in her home where she conducted step-by-step stain glass workshops for her friends. She soon became involved with the Volcano Theater Company and performed in several plays including Harvey, Blithe Spirit and Night of January 16th. Diane also volunteered for the FAME school program (Fine Arts Mini-Experience) where she would go into classrooms to familiarize students with well-known artists, composers, and their works.

Diane Olsen, 2018 Patron of the Arts
In 2008, Diane became an AmadorArts Director. While a director, she worked tirelessly to help raise funds for the AmadorArts programs. Diane hosted the popular Garden Party for several years, volunteered at the T.G.I.F. summer concert series, was a classroom volunteer for the Arts in Education Program, helped with registration for a Taste of the Arts, and was the decoration committee chairperson for Winefest, the annual arts fundraiser held the second Saturday of November.  Diane continues to be an active volunteer for AmadorArts. She loves to travel and enjoys the arts where ever she goes.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Feist Wines: Santa Cruz’s band returns to Amador County Wine Country - Fri Aug 24

Live Music and Wine thrive in Sutter Creek 

Feist Wines presents a night of relevant music with Santa Cruz band Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra Friday, August 24 at 7 pm.
The four-man band go 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."

The quartet’s latest album, Stereoscope, marks an evolutionary leap in a journey of artistic identity, songwriting maturity, band friendship and fiery group synergy. Here Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra hone in on their signature cosmic roots aesthetic, brimming with impressionistic lyrics, clever arrangements, telepathic ensemble interplay, and soulfully world-weary vocals. Imagine the delta blues reprised by psychedelic indie rockers.

"My whole career has been based on better understanding what’s real and important in artistry” says O’Reilly. “When you weed out all the excess, the thing that is left is you.”

Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra features O’Reilly on electrified resonator guitar and vocals, Chris Lynch on violin and keys, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff on drums and percussion. The group specializes in roots music with evocative lyrics that are conceptually cryptic, relying on imagery and symbols to convey emotion. Artistic touchstones for the group include John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, the darkly cathartic oeuvre of Tom Waits, and the experimental arrangements of Radiohead.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and are available at the tasting room or at  Wood fired pizza and small plates will be available at 5 p.m.


Monday, August 13, 2018

AmadorArts TGIF features Primitivo - Fri Aug 17

The AmadorArts’ free TGIF summer concerts have been a huge hit throughout this summer. Don’t miss the final one on August 17 when “Primitivo” starts playing at 6:00 pm on the large shady patio at the Terra d’Oro Winery outside Plymouth. As usual, at this last concert, the annual Patron of the Arts Awards will also be announced.

Who is Primitivo? According to a band member, "There are only two kinds of music, the kind that’s from the heart and the kind that's not."  Primitivo is the epitome of music from the heart. With William Russell on guitar, Dave Holob on electric violin, and artist-musician Carlos Lopez on percussion and vocals, the Latin jazz styles of Primitivo will set the perfect tone for this lovely summer evening at the beautiful Terra d’Oro Winery. The expert entertainment of Primitivo along with the award-winning wines of Terra d’Oro will get your toes tappin’ and make this a last summer TGIF concert to remember.

Also on tap this evening will be the presentation of the annual Patron of the Arts Award by members of the Board of Directors of AmadorArts.  We know that this year it’s a solo winner whose artistic vision and volunteer work has made one of the county’s major events a huge success throughout recent years. This name is a secret until this TGIF concert.  Be present to see who receives this year’s Golden Star for the Arts, kind of like an Oscar.

There are plenty of picnic tables to settle into at Terra d’Oro for your picnics. But outside alcohol is not permitted. It doesn’t hurt to throw some chairs into your car, in case others get there before you.

To reach the venue, in Plymouth, from Highway 49, turn east onto Fiddletown /Shenandoah Road.  Proceed a quarter mile to where the road splits. Bear to the left and continue out towards the Shenandoah Valley. Less than two miles, turn right on Shenandoah School Road. Terra d’Oro Winery is two miles out on the right side at 20680. There’s plenty of convenient free parking. 

The next major arts event is the “ArtMix Amador” on Saturday September 15 in the Grand Oak Ballroom and on the Garden Terrace of the Jackson Rancheria.  Details and tickets at only $10 will be available at this TGIF concert. ArtMix Amador will celebrate 36 years of bringing the arts to the county, and is being called, “the greatest family party of the year.” Visit for arts-related information. Phone 209-267-9038, AmadorArts office.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

16th Annual Sutter Creek Jug Band Festival - Sat Aug 18

Saturday August 18, 2018, on the grounds of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, the International Jug Band Festival will be celebrating its 16th year! This year’s FREE festival, starting at 11am and running until 9pm, will feature old favorites and new bands showcasing the variety and exuberance that is Jug Band Music. This festival is a "Kick in the Pants" fun time, with music that will get your feet tapping and set your soul free. Dance the day away or just sit under the shade tents on the lawn and enjoy the most unusual and wonderful music, performed by bands from near and far.
What is Jug Band Music? It is the grass roots of blues, played with any item that will produce music....spoons, saws, fiddles, banjos, wash boards, acoustic guitars, upright bass, homemade bass, and obviously... Jugs.

This annual gathering of Jug Bands began in 2002 when Andy Fahrenwald and Wayne Hagen brought a variety of Jug Bands from Northern and Southern California together in Minnie Provis Park, in Sutter Creek. It was the first time jug bands in California were able to gather, hear, and meet other jug bands. Over the years the Festival grew and the California Jug Band Association (CJBA) was born.

Jug Band Festivals now happen in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and a network of jug band musicians grew. CJBA depends on contributions to The International Jug Band Festival in Sutter Creek to keep this a free event.

Set in a beautiful outdoor venue, on the lawn of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, (the first Bed & Breakfast Inn in California) right on Main Street, Sutter Creek....the heart of the Gold Country. This little Gold Rush Town is the setting for many events, but the International Jug Band Festival is one of the most unusual. It is a day you will enjoy and remember for a very long time.

This year’s festival brings  Festival favorites:  the South Sac Jooks , Jailhouse String Band, Paul Emery and Friends, 5 Cent Coffee,  Yo Pitzy Jug band, Rivertown Skifflers, 2 Bit Jug Band, Carmichael Philharmonic Jug Band, Porter Road Jug band, and Chief Priest, who will all put a smile on your face. Be sure to see (and hear) the many more acts that will join in on the fun.

CJBA would like to thank the people of Sutter Creek for their support over the years. Andy passed away, but his dream of a free festival celebrating and spreading the joy of jug band music lives on.
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy a day of unusual and fun music!

For more information call 267-1344 the Sutter Creek Visitor Center.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Iron Hub Winery Events in September

September 2018

Iron Hub Tunes with James Harkins
September 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (new country) with James Harkins on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Jesse Hendricks
September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (Spanish guitar) with Jesse Hendricks on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Karl
September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (acoustic guitar and classic oldies) on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Tom Power
September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (fun rock and roll and oldies) with Tom Power on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with Steven Lowrey
September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (rock and roll) on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.

Iron Hub Tunes with ShecallshimWilson
October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of great wine and live music (fresh take on rock and roll and oldies) on our patio! Complimentary event. Deli items available for purchase.