Laurie Lewis

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Dear Companions, 

Greetings from The Road. Tatiana Hargreaves, Tom Rozum and I are midway through a marathon van ride across the US, from Berkeley (where we left on June 18) to Elkins, WV (where we will arrive on Aug 11). So far, so good. Most of the time, we are being met along the way by Patrick Sauber and Max Schwartz, to play as the Right Hands at festivals and concert venues in the "flyover" parts of the country. It has been a long time since I have done a driving trip like this, and I must say I am quite enjoying myself! The only problem is that we are on a schedule, and we seem to always be whizzing past some point of interest at which I'd love to stop. Oh, well. The places we have gotten to stop at are pretty terrific. See the short video at the bottom of the newsletter for one of the road views. This one cracked the windshield!

Our first concert stop was in Colorado Springs, CO, where we played for a sold-out house at the Western Jubilee Recording Arts warehouse. Such an enthusiastic and excited crowd! I hardly know what we did to receive such a warm welcome (except that the band played with heart and soul). Next, we visited the beautiful San Luis Valley and played in Alamosa. This area of Colorado is very interesting for its long history of Spanish settlement, very beautiful and also one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the state. Not much time to check it out, though, as we had to make tracks back up to Gold Hill, CO, in time to play the Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam. That was so much fun, and brought back so many memories of time spent there with Charles. Then it was a quick, steep trip down Lick Skillet Road to Lyons and the Rocky Grass Academy, for four days of intensive teaching at one of the best-run camps around. Food was fantastic, the views were to die for, the weather was hot and sultry and prone to afternoon showers. I was pretty wiped out by the time the weekend and the Rocky Grass Festival came around, but managed to rally for our set on Friday. Then, we indulged in the very rare occasion of lolling about listening to great music and visiting with friends for the rest of the weekend. What a treat!

Tuesday found Tom, Tatiana and I in Wichita, KS, for our first-ever visit. We played for a small and enthusiastic throng of folks, and plan to make it back there again before too long. Then there was the long road to Minnesota and on to Wisconsin, where we find ourselves at the moment. So many people have opened their hearths and homes to us on this road trip, and we thank them from the bottoms of our hearts. 

Now, I am looking out at a deep green forest somewhere near Eau Claire, WI, preparing for our concert here tonight and writing this little note to you all. The residents of this gorgeous, lush area are fighting against encroaching frack sand mining, where they take down a hill and leave a hole in its place. The locals are fighting back, but they seem to have a sense that the demise of their little piece of paradise is just a matter of time. I would hate for then to have to change the name of the city to Eau Empoisonn´e.

Get out there and enjoy the summer, and support our local musicians when and where you can. Take a beater guitar to the beach. Sing your heart out. And if you are anywhere near our traveling route, please come see us if you can. And fight for our clear water, clean air, and wild places. Declare your independence!

Laurie Lewis

Here's a photo of the San Luis Valley, looking north toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
They call it puppy love!

FRI, AUG 4, 6:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
421 S Farwell St
Eau Clair, WI
sponsored by Offbeats Violin

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Lake Farm County Park 
Madison, WI

SUN, AUG 6, 4:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Towner Green
Long Grove, IL

WED, AUG 9, 7:00 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Tatiana Hargreaves
Indianapolis, IN

THU, AUG 10, 7:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Tatiana Hargreaves
The G.A.R. Hall 
1785 Main Street 
Peninsula, OH 44264

SAT AUG 12, 7:30 PM 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium
Elkins, WV

MON-WED, AUG 21-23 
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum

FRI, AUG 25, 6:30 PM 
Laurie Lewis and Friends  Jack London Square 
Oakland, CA

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
McCloud, CA
September 9, 2017
The View from the Van

Utah weather!
Hail storm, near Salida, Utah

Quicksilver Productions

We are very thrilled to announce that we have joined the terrific roster of talent with this great booking agency. 
East of the Mississippi, contact Martha Dantzig, (202) 669-3818 cell
West of the Mississippi, contact Rob Miller, (970) 260-6493

Laurie Lewis/Spruce and Maple Music
 510.548-3021/PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA 94709