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Soprano Marie Bedard. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents a concert of chamber music on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m., at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, in Martell.

The concert includes the Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet of Amy Beach (1867 – 1944), America’s foremost woman composer, Four Madrigals of Love for soprano and piano of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 – 1999), and the Quintet for piano and strings of British composer Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)....

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04/03/2015 9:52 AM
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For years, there has been a gap in California public school budgets for art, music and physical education. At Sutter Creek Elementary, the Sutter Creek PTO steps in to ensure that these vital programs are offered to students who might not otherwise have access to them.

Art, music and PE are often left out of the curriculum, but as Sutter Creek principal Sean Snider attests, these classes are “critical to the education of our students.”

Art and music exercise the right side of the brain which is responsible for rhythm, spatial...

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04/03/2015 9:47 AM
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Head on down to the Amador Senior Center on Sunday, April 26, for a spin on the dance floor to the jazzy beat of Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s — The “Great Gatsby Era” and “The Swing Era” — using dance band instrumentation of six horns (saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, and trombone) and four rhythm (banjo, piano, bass, and drums).

The band will feature vocals from instrumentalists Chrissy Sleigh, Arlene White and Eric Johnson. Newest tunes added to the...

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03/26/2015 9:05 AM
Kory Gibbs, AKA “Lightning Boy.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Lightning Boy and His Thundering Blues Band will be giving a free concert with special guests Nedra & Julio, 3FT Giant and Austin Morgan, at Volcano’s St. George Hotel tomorrow, March 28. “It’s a free show to thank everybody that has supported Kory… A ‘thank you’ to Amador County,” said Kory’s dad, Mike Gibbs. The concert will take place from noon to 5 p.m., with Lightning Boy and His Thundering Blues Band playing around 2:30 p.m. The concert will be outside in the garden area of the hotel. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch,... [Read more]
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03/19/2015 10:16 AM
Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A special cameo appearance by the new 24-member Amador Community Chorus will take place on March 22, at 2 p.m., at the Amador Senior Center. Under the direction of bandleader Steve Chambers, the new group will share the stage and plans to debut four to five songs, including, “Mack the Knife” and “Blue Skies.”

Re-appearing at the Senior Center for the bulk of the program will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s — The “Great Gatsby Era” and “The...

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03/12/2015 10:19 AM
Dandelion Days is the weekend of March 21 and 22, in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Wednesdays

Senior Social Hour: Join other seniors at the community centers to meet new friends, play games or bring your lunch and come visit at noon, on Wednesdays, at the Upcountry Community Center, located at 19386 Highway 88, in Pine Grove, telephone (209) 296-2785; and at noon, on Thursdays, at the Camanche Lake Community Center, located at 4419 Camanche Parkway N., in Ione, telephone (209) 763-2720.

March 13 & 14

A Haunting At Preston Castle: Strange Escapes, a boutique paranormal event company founded by Amy Bruni, of...

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03/05/2015 1:30 PM
Willie Watson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines, in Amador City. His first show at Feist, in January, sold out two weeks ahead of time and the capacity tasting room was filled with soulful Americana music.

Watson is on tour promoting his first solo album, “Folk Singer, Volume 1.” At the recent concert at Feist, Watson told the crowd, “Everyone needs more banjo. It’s banjo therapy.”

Watson quit high school in 1997 to pursue his musical career. He is a folksinger, multi-instrume...

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03/05/2015 1:29 PM
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Kicking off their 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to the Outdoor Concert Venue Stage on Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m.

Rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo are celebrating their 35th Anniversary in the music industry in true powerhouse fashion. Together, with Benatar’s diverse vocal range and Giraldo’s superb talent as a guitarist, the duo have forged the most successful partnership in rock history. They’ve sold more than 26 million albums and have...

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03/05/2015 1:33 PM
Mother Lode Harvest Farm Tour. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

March 7

Mother Lode Harvest Farm Tour: Mother Lode Harvest, a local food and farm products association, is having its winter quarter Open House at one of its member farms, Butte Mountain Farm, in Jackson, on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Farmer Carolyn Boyd and her helpers will conduct tours of the farm, which will include the sheep barn, deluxe chicken coop, greenhouse and extensive garden, and will discuss farming using sustainable methods. Information about Mother Lode Harvest will be available and there will be light...

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02/26/2015 9:54 AM
Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band, under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding, on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music includes, “The Great Steamboat Race,” Dvorak’s “Finale from Symphony No. 5,” “The Trombone King,” “Into the Storm,” “Dueling Xylophones” (based on “Dueling Banjos) that feature two xylophones in front of the band and more. According to Chambers, “It’s a fun... [Read more]
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02/26/2015 9:47 AM
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes blues and rock icons Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer to the Grand Oak Ballroom stage on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

A child prodigy, Winter’s music encompasses multiple genres including rock, jazz, blues and pop. His 1970 album debut, “Entrance,” demonstrated his unique ability to cross genre lines. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborations, some of Winter’s hit singles include “Tobacco Road,” “Frankenstein,” “Show Your Love” and “Turn On Your Love Light.” He can also be heard on...

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02/19/2015 12:52 PM
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Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines, in Amador City. His first show at Feist, in January, sold out two weeks ahead of time and the at-capacity tasting room was filled with soulful Americana music.

Watson is on tour promoting his first solo album, “Folk Singer, Volume 1.” At the recent concert at Feist, Watson told the crowd, “Everyone needs more banjo. It’s banjo therapy.”

Watson quit high school in 1997 to pursue his music career. He is a folksinger, instrumentalist...

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02/19/2015 12:47 PM
PBA Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

February 20 - 22

2015 PBA Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship: For the 12th consecutive year, professional bowlers from all around the Western United States will compete in Sutter Creek for an estimated $2,500 first place prize in the PBA Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship, at Gold Country Lanes. The tournament is part of the Professional Bowlers Association Western Regional Tour. More than 70 professionals will begin competition at 8 a.m., Saturday morning. By Sunday, the field will be cut to16 final round...

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02/05/2015 11:58 AM
Soprano Soloist Alexis Magarò. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m., enjoy a symphony concert by the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music. In addition to Conductor Henrik Jul Hansen, Alexis Magarò, soprano soloist, will also be present. Music will include works by Richard Strauss, as well as Death and Transfiguration, Festival March, “Morgan” and “Cäcilie” for soprano and orchestra, and the Final Scene from the opera Capricco. The concert will be held at Church of the Nazarene, in Sutter Creek. Admission is $20 for adults, children under 18 are free. Tickets are... [Read more]
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02/05/2015 10:00 AM
Members of Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Amador Senior Center, at 2 p.m.

This ten-piece dance band will be playing authentic arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, “The Great Gatsby Era” and “The Swing Era,” using dance band instrumentation of six horns (saxophones, clarinets, trumpets and trombone) and four rhythm instruments (banjo, piano, bass and drums).

The band will feature vocals from instrumentalists Chrissy Sleigh, Arlene White and Eric Johnson. Newest tunes added to the repertoire...

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02/05/2015 11:42 AM
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s slots and table games paid out nearly $3 million to guests during the month of January.

“January was a great start the new year,” said Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria. “The month of February is sure to be just as rewarding with all of the exciting concerts, events and promotions that we have planned for our loyal patrons.”

Party Gras Swipe & Win: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in February, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dreamcatcher’s Club members will receive a swipe for every 750 points...

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02/05/2015 9:12 AM
Blues Traveler. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Blues Traveler to the Grand Oak Ballroom Stage tonight, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.

In the suburbs of New Jersey, four teenage boys — John, Chandler, Bobby and Brendan — banded together to create Blues Traveler. Since the days of practicing in a parents’ garage, Blues Traveler has released eleven studio albums — four gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum. The band’s hit single, “Run-Around,” had the longest charting radio single in Billboard history, which, in turn, earned them a Grammy for...

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01/29/2015 7:50 AM
Daryl Hooper during his rock and roll days with The Seeds. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger DispatcPhoto courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Daryl Hooper, music teacher at Mother Lode Music, is a former member of the popular 60s garage rock band, “The Seeds.”

The Seeds are considered one of the pioneers of punk rock. The band consisted of four members: Sky Saxon, Daryl Hooper, Jan Savage and Rick Andridge. Hooper and Andridge knew each other in Michigan, and met Saxon and Savage when they moved to Southern California, in 1964. The band’s biggest hit, “Pushin’ Too Hard,” went Top 40 nationally in early 1967. Hooper contributed to the composition of many of the songs on...

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01/29/2015 7:43 AM
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Listen to the music of the stars — or better yet, make your own — with Cooper & Kid’s newest activity kit and out-of-this-world video contest.

At Cooper & Kid, they’re inviting dads and their children to explore the vast reaches of the universe with their latest Cooper Kit entitled, “Music: A Space Odyssey.” By signing up for their unique quarterly subscription service, dads will receive this instant box of awesome right at their doorsteps. Inside are secret projects and ingredients designed to rocket dads’ coolness factor to...

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01/29/2015 7:36 AM
Konevets Quartet. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 pm, the world-renowned Konevets Quartet, of St. Petersburg, Russia, will be performing at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, in Jackson. The concert will feature liturgical music from many different Orthodox traditions, as well as Slavic folk songs.

The quartet was formed in the early 1990s. Original members were graduates and singers from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory who gathered at the Konevets Monastery of the Holy Nativity, on Konevets Island.

Only 30 tickets remain. The church is very small,...

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