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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago

Save the date: Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. for the reappearance of the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra at the Amador Senior Center on New York Ranch Road, in Jackson.

The Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra is a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920’s, 1930’s, and “1940’s” - 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 Arlene...

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2 weeks ago
Fridays After 5:00 Something new has come to downtown Sutter Creek, allowing you to shop late, sip wine and enjoy Fridays After 5:00. More than half of the town’s tasting rooms and nearly all the shops will stay open late every Friday through October. When you get off work or have guests coming for the weekend, head to Sutter Creek to get your weekend started with great live music, fine edibles and a stolen hour or two in town before heading home again. It is a great way to support local businesses and have a lot of fun. Come and... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Giorgi Khokhobashvili is from the country of Georgia (formerly, Republic of Georgia). Photo by Julie Dinsdale

Giorgi Khokhobashvili (Ghee-or-ghee ho-ho-bash-vee-lee) is a professional violinist with classical European training, and a music teacher. His music and name is known well in Amador County from his involvements in Mother Lode Friends of Music, the Volcano Theatre Company and his performances at Young’s Winery, in Plymouth. Here are some interesting facts about this skilled musician that you may not know.

Giorgi, where were you born and how/why did you come to Amador County?

I was born in the country of Georgia (formerly...

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3 weeks ago
Fridays After 5:00 Something new has hit downtown Sutter Creek allowing you to shop late, sip wine and enjoy Fridays After 5:00. More than half of the town’s tasting rooms and nearly all the shops will stay open late every Friday through October. When you get off work or have guests coming for the weekend, head to Sutter Creek to get your weekend started with great live music, fine edibles and a stolen hour or two in town before heading home again. It is a great way to support local businesses and have a lot of fun. Come and play.... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
4 weeks ago

SacSings!, the second annual Sacramento Choral Festival, returns to the Harris Center on June 13 and 14. The weekend event features 700 singers from 15 different choral groups in three separate concerts.

The three concerts will feature a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, sacred/spiritual, folk/Americana and humorous novelty songs. An additional attraction will be choral group members singing in the lobby before and after each concert.

Comments from audience members from the 2014 festival...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 weeks ago
Members of Slade Rivers Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Slade Rivers Band will bring its popular western country swing music to Detert Park, Jackson, on Friday, June 12. That’s when the nonprofit AmadorArts begins its 2015 season of free weekly TGIF concerts. Bring your folding chairs and a picnic and sit back and relax to the excellent musicianship of this crowd-engaging group. Starting at 6 p.m., The Slade Rivers Band will begin performing what it calls, “music by real people for real people.” In other words, the sound of America sung by the voices of “working folks who appreciate... [Read more]
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05/28/2015 12:05 PM

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.

May 29 & 30

Preston Castle Paracon Castle Spirits hosts Preston Castle Foundation’s inaugural Benefit Paranormal Conference....

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05/21/2015 11:27 AM

The Amador High Dance Department will present their 3rd Annual Spring Dance Concert, an evening of new works choreographed by students and faculty. Performances will be held at the Giles Turner Performing Arts Center at Amador High School on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m., and Saturday ,May 30 at 7 p.m. 19 sophomores, juniors, and senior students will share and celebrate the inspiration, manifestation, and encompassing creativity that embodies their personal experiences with the art of dance.

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05/21/2015 11:18 AM
Krista (12) Katrina (9) and Karolita (5) Jankeviciute. and Rob Kerwin. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Jankeviciute family with three home-schooled girls moved from Lithuania to Amador City last January. Their father is taking some physical therapy courses at Sac State but as the family wanted a quieter, rural place to live, they began searching for living arrangements out of Sacramento.

As Providence had it, they were thrilled to find a cute little house in Amador City. They quickly fell in love with the friendly, peaceful town. Having been in Wyoming for the first part of the winter with snow, wind and -30 degree weather,...

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05/21/2015 9:40 AM
Kids On Stage hosted its first Fundraiser Performance and Talent Show last week. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Kids On Stage hosted its Inaugural Fundraiser Performance and Talent Show at the American Legion Hall, in Sutter Hill on May 17. The Volcano Union Inn, Amador Vintage Market, Rosebud’s Café, and Safeway donated appetizers for the event, and a silent auction and bake sale were part of the fundraiser activities.

Kids On Stage was initially formed by Sue Brumet in 1984 and has been active for more than 20 years. The musical theater and dance base troupe performed in schools of Amador and Calaveras counties, the Amador County Fair,...

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05/07/2015 12:18 PM
Ted Sanchez. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador County Concert Band presents, “America the Beatiful,” a free concert to be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band, under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding, on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, located at 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.

Featured music includes a medley from the musical, “Oklahoma,” faithfully orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and transcribed for concert band by Mark Rogers. Another special medley titled, “Armed...

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Lucy Hackett
05/07/2015 1:07 PM
The Esquires Chicago Blues Party Band will play on Main Street, 11 am - 2 pm, at Shine, Wine & Dine.

Contact Lucy Hackett, Jackson Business & Community Assoc., 223-4603

SHINE, WINE & DINE ON MAIN STREET, JACKSON, SATURDAY MAY 16!

Jackson, CA -- Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, 10 am to 3 pm -- a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special “car show” discounts at Jackson restaurants – it’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!

The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts...

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04/10/2015 10:17 AM
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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Tessa Marguerite
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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