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Many local performers entertain audiences while people stroll through the shops and dance in the streets during Amador City’s Dancin’ In The Street on Saturdays during summer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Dancin’ In The Street: Dancing is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays during summer. Explore this unique Gold Rush town with interesting shops, wine tasting, a museum, plenty of food from local restaurants and cold beer and wine sold by Plymouth Rotary. Amador City is the smallest incorporated city in California and recently celebrated its centennial. There is no charge for this fun, weekly summertime event.

July 31

TGIF Summer Music Series:

Tonight, enjoy the musical stylings of Hot Dark, at the Volcano Amphitheater. This...

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Brad Wilson. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort and Harley Davidson of Folsom is sponsoring this Inaugural Wishes on Wheels Ride benefiting Make-A-Wish Northern California and Northern Nevada. Wilson and band will be performing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wilson’s new record, “Blues Thunder,” is being played around the world. This outstanding collection of studio songs follows up Wilson’s last record, “Hands On The Wheel,” which featured four chart-topping European hits, including the song, “The Ballad Of John Lee” which was played in regular...

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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, August 9, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way.

Featured music will be a medley from “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” transcribed for concert band by Alfred Reed. Another special medley from “The Pirates of Penzance” written by Gilbert and Sullivan and arranged by none other than John Philip Sousa will be on the program. Two of our outstandin...

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Rachael Wilson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Rachael Wilson is the 2014 Amador’s Got Talent Winner. She has performed at over 30 sporting events in California during the past year. Recently, Wilson was invited to sing the National Anthem at Qualcomm Stadium as the winner of the National Anthem Contest for the California State Games. More than 35,000 people were in attendance. Wilson is 12 years old and will be going into 7th grade at Ione Jr. High this year. Wilson’s dad, Rick, commented, “Since she won the Amador’s Got talent in 2014, she has been performing shows and National... [Read more]
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The Slade Rivers Band will provide the western country swing music, perfect for line-dancing, at the Boot Scootin’ BBQ For The Arts on August 22. That’s Slade Rivers in the middle, flanked by Beans Sousa, left, and WC Slim, right. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Dancin’ In The Street: There will be no Dancin’ In The Street this Saturday, July 25, due to the festivites of the Amador County Fair. Dancing is normally from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Explore this unique Gold Rush town with interesting shops, wine tasting, a museum, plenty of food from local restaurants and cold beer and wine sold by Plymouth Rotary. Amador City is the smallest incorporated city in California and recently celebrated its centennial. There is no charge for this fun, weekly summertime event.

Now through July...

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Dancin’ In The Streets: Whether your musical tastes lean to country, rock ‘n roll, classic rock or jump, jive and wail, haul out your dancing shoes and get ready for Dancin’ In The Streets. Amador City’s merchants again host this popular summer event for a few more weeks. Dancing is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, but come early to explore this unique Gold Rush town with interesting shops, wine tasting, a museum, plenty of food from local restaurants and cold beer and wine sold by Plymouth Rotary. Amador City is the smallest incorporat... [Read more]
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Pucker Power: A Pickling and Fermenting class — Pucker Power — is being offered by the UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador and Calaveras Counties. The class will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., at the Amador County GSA Building, located at 12200-B Airport Road, in Martell. No reservations are required and the class is free. Sauerkraut, beer, wine, vinegar, soy sauce, cheese and apple cider are all common fermented foods. Come for this free class and learn about the fermentation process and how it... [Read more]
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Slade Rivers Band will entertain guests at Boot Scootin’ BBQ For The Arts. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Boot Scootin’ BBQ will be a night of live perfectly-performed country western music by the unequaled Slade Rivers Band, line dancing, a full western-style dinner, a local wine and beer bar, and bocce ball. On Saturday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., herd your friends to the cool, protected outdoor area of the Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Creek in Amador County for this annual fundraiser for the arts. Expect cowboy hats and boots, red-checked tables with summertime bouquets.

Tickets, which include a BBQ dinner, one drink,...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/02/2015 1:34 PM
Mandolin Orange — Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin — bring honky tonk to Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, together Mandolin Orange, are set to return to Feist Wines on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

The Feists discovered these rising stars on NPR’s Folk Alley where they performed the iconic “Waltz About Whiskey.” The song swings like a honky-tonk and seems to apply to Amador County living. Marlin and Frantz plead, “Won’t someone dance with me to a waltz about whisky and turn my sad songs to lullabies?”

The duo was looking for stops on their “This Side of Jordan Tour,” and Feist booked them as the...

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06/25/2015 2:51 PM

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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06/18/2015 11:47 AM
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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06/18/2015 11:16 AM
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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06/11/2015 12:44 PM
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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06/04/2015 12:48 PM

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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06/04/2015 12:46 PM
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.

Dancers...

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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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