Laurie Lewis

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May, 2019
Laurie Lewis
May Flyer
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Dear Companions,

I was, and am, blown away by the wildflowers this Spring. As we drove through the Mojave, we were greeted by the sight of Joshua trees in full bloom. The hills were splashed with deep orange-gold, buttery yellow, creamy whites, and all manner of purples and blues. The high desert f the Colorado Plateau was behind the curve with flowers, but the new bright green growth of the ponderosa pines was a joy to see. I didn't have such a great time with the pollen, but you have to take the bad with the good, I guess. And then there was the Sonoran Desert, followed closely by a week in the Columbia River Gorge, which is where the above photo was taken.

This weekend, we get a chance to drive across the Sierra Nevada, on our way to and from Minden, NV. I only wish we weren't on a tight schedule to make it in time to play a school concert over there, as I'm sure the dogwood blossoms will be shining in the forests.

April was full to overflowing with beauty and good tunes, and as I look forward to May and June, I see more of the same...only different, of course. This month, we have the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival to look forward to, with a great lineup (see below), lots of free workshops, rooms open for jamming during the day, a kids' concert, a sing-along, and who knows what else. Come on down! And then, the very next weekend, I will be in Grass Valley at the Strawberry Music Festival with Nina Gerber. And the weekend after that, the wonderful John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, IN, with the Right Hands. Life is full.

I was recently made aware of a really nice website, Jazz Rhythm, with oodles of information and recordings from the San Francisco Bay Area traditional jazz scene. There is a long article about Dick Oxtot's Golden Age Jazz Band, of which I was a member for much of the late 1970's and early '80's. If you care to get lost in nostalgia for awhile, check it out here.

I am overwhelmed by the Earth's ability to rebound, if we can just get out of the way and let it. Be kind and take a step back.

Thank you for taking the journey with us,
Laurie Lewis

Here's a Joshua Tree in bloom, along Highway 58 in the Mojave Desert. photo by Tom Rozum
Joshua Tree in bloom
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Brandon Godman
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Minden and Gardnerville, NV 

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Folsom Opry House 
Folsom, CA 95630
reservations at 916-990-0719 or

SUN, MAY 5, 3:00-6:00 PM
Laurie Lewis. Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Paul Knight
Petaluma, CA

Carol McComb, Keith Little, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Acoustic Music in the Round
Village Hub Guild Hall 
Woodside Village Church
3154 Woodside Rd,
Woodside, CA 94062

THU-SUN, MAY 16-19
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands w/ special guest Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester,
The Kathy Kallick Band, Blue Summit, Front Country, Hot Buttered Rum, Fog Holler,
Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton, , and many more activities and bands!
Laurie and the Right Hands play Sunday, May 19
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

SAT & SUN, MAY 26 & 26
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
Nevada County Fairgrounds 
Grass Valley, CA

FRI & SAT, MAY 31 & JUN 1 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground 
Bean Blossom, IN
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
G.A.R. Hal
Peninsula, OH

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Lexington, KY

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
402 12th Avenue
South Nashville, TN 37203
Giant saguaro
Giant saguaro cacti in Finger Rock Canyon, Sonoran Desert. They don't start growing arms until they are 75-100 years old. photo by Tom Rozum

I will be teaching at four separate and very different music camps this year. These camps are an excellent way to accelerate one's pace of learning, and to have lots of fun living the music life. Check them out!

JUNE 9-12
I will be teaching harmony vocals at the
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

I will be teaching bluegrass fiddle at
Olivebridge, NY
This camp will be hosting bluegrass week for the second year. I am excited about visiting this legendary camp, where so much incredible music has been made!

Harmony Vocals with Tom Rozum
Walker Creek Ranch
Marin County, CA
Bluegrass Whitewater

This year, Tom Rozum and I will be returning for at least the 25th time to raft one of our favorite rivers right here in California, keeping in mind that, as Heraclitus said, you cannot step into the same river twice. With this winter's snowpack reaching 160% of average, the flow should be spectacular!

JULY 23-25
Three days (and two nights) on our beautiful, steep and wild Tuolumne River here in California, with ARTA

We will spend the days exploring the river and its tributaries, eating fantastic food prepared by our most excellent guides, and playing music around the camp in the long summer evenings. We invite you to join us, the Kingfishers, American Dippers and Canyon Wrens, and sing on the river.
Flying South bandmates Peter McLaughlin, Tom Rozum, and John Zarske
From the archives: While we were in Flagstaff, we were tickled to see this 1979 photo of Flying South bandmates Peter McLaughlin, Tom Rozum, and John Zarske, Cute boys!