It’s a summer tradition 20 years strong – going to outdoor concerts every Friday evening in Amador County is gearing up once again. “TGIF” was created by AmadorArts to be a community-oriented concert series, and that value remains true today, even though many other summer concerts have come on the scene. One of the most important positives of TGIF is that admission is free to all. The 10 weekly concerts, each at a different outdoor setting, provide an experience for locals and visitors to unite around good music and picnicking, enjoyed in a variety of beautiful environments. Being able to spread out your blanket and your chairs, eat and sip whatever you want, and invite friends and family to join you, is a real summertime joy.
Free Friday Concerts 6:00 pm to dusk.
Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and your friends.
July 7th, Detert Park, Jackson:
July 14th, Volcano Amphitheatre, Volcano:
Four For The Road combines the sensibilities of seasoned musicians in Amador County who strive to carve a different sound out of the foothills. With Joe Bellamy on keyboard, Allan Alexopulos on percussion, Klaudia Promessi on woodwinds and Adam Gottstein on guitar, the music that emanates from this ensemble is both fresh, yet built on traditional rhythms simultaneously. Borrowing from the songbook of “Over the Edge” (three members formerly played in that distinguished band), the new approach to original and selected cover songs sound truly inventive in the hands of these accomplished innovators. We hope you’ll enjoy their interpretation of the universal language … music! They hope that their artistry resonates somewhere inside of each of you.
Wicked Sisters: 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 around and about Amador County. Original band members Kevin Wever, Anne Jeffries, Lynn Vasquez and Ken Custodio played together for about 7 years. Two years ago, Ken and Kevin stepped out and Tam McBroom and Harry Briggs stepped in. They are known for their feisty and edgy side and play a variant of acoustic folk, pop, country, and blues with sweet four-part harmonies. They play both originals and covers by artists such as Little Big Town, Lucinda Williams, Miranda Lambert, and Lorde. Their songs are positive and fun, poignant and meaningful; however, they’ve been known to be irreverent! Learn more at wickedsistersband.com
August 4th, Kennedy Mine, Jackson:
Church Street Sinners: The Church Street Sinners are an Amador County band fronted by the captivating vocals of Sarah Hart with the instrumental talents of Steve Doss, Allen Frank. Playing together since 2011, The Church Street Sinners specialize in “Porch Music”, blending Americana, and Appalachian traditions with County Western Blues and Folk music. An entertaining mix of co-written original songs and covers, The Church Street Sinners will cool you off on those long, hot summer days. Steve is a hard-working bass player who loves Texas swing. Allen is a guitarist and dobro player, and the owner of Drytown Club, the best local spot for your dancin’ shoes. Both gentleman work with bands all over the U.S. Sarah Hart has a lifelong education in music and culture; intent on honoring the long tradition of rural American music because anyone can learn three chords and be a porch musician! Sarah Hart resides in Jackson and works with her family to sustain the family business, Tremaine’s Pump Service.
August 11th, Mollie Joyce Park, Pioneer:
Debbie Wolfe & Halfmoon Highway: Debbie Wolfe and Halfmoon Highway, has delighted and enchanted audiences throughout the U.S. with a distinctive blend of Americana, bluegrass, and old-time country. With vivid music and the heartfelt intimacy of Debbie’s voice, their original compositions are filled with a charm and melodic color that is reminiscent of the Appalachian tradition. Showcasing Debbie’s exceptional lead vocals, Halfmoon Highway combines years of experience, sterling harmonies, and exceptional musicianship to provide a highly entertaining show.
The band is comprised of Debbie Wolfe (lead vocals/songwriter), JW Wolfe (guitar/songwriter), Russ Abraham (mandolin/banjo/guitar), and Jesse Guerra (bass). Their, My Hometown was released early in 2015 by Wolfsong music. They are currently in the studio recording their second album, titled, “Love Don’t Come Easy”, which is scheduled for release in 2017.
August 18th, Terra d’Oro Winery:
Jeramy Norris & The Dangerous Mood is a Blues power trio from Northern California that brings you road-tested, tried and true Rhythm and Blues. This group supplies high end and high energy entertainment. Their stage presence and strong charisma find them mingling in the audience, bringing the groove to the people. You can expect an unparalleled performance from these seasoned professionals. Fun is the bottom line. Come enjoy this original, upbeat, danceable blues band – and let the adventures begin!