T.G.I.F.

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.

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TGIF

Free Friday Concerts 6:00 pm to dusk.

Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and your friends.

 

 

June 9th, Hanford Courte:
The Twilight Drifters are a rockabilly and roots rock ‘n roll trio based in Northern California. Described as an ”American roots music sensation”, the Twilight Drifters channel the sounds of the 1950s into a mix of re-made classic plus original songs. Performing danceable tunes spanning genres of rock ‘n roll, honky tonk, western swing, rockabilly and west coast blues, the Twilight Drifters offer a compelling musical experience that entertains, moves, and captivates audiences. The Twilight Drifters started in Sacramento, California and have been regular entertainment at Sacramento area venues as well as regional venues such as the Crest Theater and the Assembly Music Hall.  The Twilight Drifters’ have performed at Midnight Mass Car Show, Sacramento Swing Time Car Show and Music Festival, San Francisco’s Scarlett Fever, Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion in Arizona, and the Rockabilly Extravaganza of Riverside.   In April of 2016, The Twilight Drifters performed at the 19th annual Viva Las Vegas Festival in Las Vegas.  The Twilight Drifters have shared marquees with Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, The Blasters, Deke Dickerson, Los Straightjackets, Cherry Poppin Daddy’s, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The band’s second CD, ‘Paint and Primer’, recorded and produced by Deke Dickerson at Ecco-Fonic Studio, is now available at https://twilightdrifters.bandcamp.com/.   For shows, media, merch and information about the band, visit www.twilightdrifters.com.
 
June 16th, Minnie Provis Park, Sutter Creek:
Juke Box Gumbo: Jukebox Gumbo is a blues-based rock and roll band from Sacramento, CA. Playing a variety of cover songs from rocking blues to southern and classic rock to a little bit of soul, funk & country that will get you grooving on your feet. Jukebox Gumbo is Vocals: Ed Tracey, Lead Guitar: Paul Squyres, Rhythm Guitar: Lou Mercado, Bass: Chris Lovejoy, Drums: Vicki Pike

Vocals: Ed Tracey; Lead Guitar: Paul Squyres; Rhythm Guitar: Lou Mercado; Bass: Chris Lovejoy; Drums: Vicki Pike

 

June 23rd, Plymouth City Park:
Jonny Gold Trio: The Jonny Gold Trio swings hard through the classic tunes of the great American songbook. The trio plays jazz standards, ballads, latin jazz and blues.  In addition to original compositions, the band plays music written by artists such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

 
June 30th, Preston Castle, Ione:
Ideateam: Ideateam is a 9-piece ensemble driven to fuse a variety of influences in a fresh way; flowing in and around various genres. With founding members originally from Amador County, Ideateam Consists of two guitars, bass, drums, percussion, brass section, and a cast of featured vocalists. Their live sound brings essences of old and new, blended with a few drops of extraterrestrial soundscapes – presented by a group of people who simply love to play music. Ideateam’s self produced debut album ‘&?!’ (And What Now) was released in October 2014 and contains original instrumental groove fusion along with stellar vocals. Their second full-length album ‘Moving Still’ was released October 2016, along with a fresh batch of new live material and video releases. This high-energy jazz funk band has shared the stage with Orgone, Polyrhythmics, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, and Monophonics. Additionally, Ideateam was honored to open for Bernard Purdie and The Headhunters. Ideateam regularly plays at The BoomBoom Room in San Francisco and at Kirkwood Resort, along with touring all over the West Coast from Oregon State to Long Beach, CA. The group seeks to continue evolving the live music experience, and further cultivating a positive connection with people through music. Ideateam is: Tim Snoke- Guitar, Justin Butler- Guitar, Joe Carusi- Drums, Roibeard K. P-L- Bass, Mike Ruiz- Percussion, Aaron Smith- Trumpet, Mark Miller- Alto, Chris Ryan- Tennor/bari, Josh Cambridge- Trombone, Julian Cunningham- Vox.

July 7th, Detert Park, Jackson:
City of Trees Brass Band: Over the last three years, City of Trees Brass Band has canvassed Sacramento and San Francisco in an effort to deliver the spirit of New Orleans to the West Coast. Boasting 1,200 hours of street performance, dozens of educational clinics, and many inspirational assemblies for K-12th graders, The Brass Band takes pride in its contribution to Sacramento culture. In the ultimate test of brass and brawn, the Trees took a two week trip to New Orleans where they discovered their sound not only holds up to the standards of the Crescent City, it belongs there. Get them while you can, because they may be gone soon.
 

 

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.

July 21st, Pine Grove Community Park, Pine Grove:
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!