Laurie Lewis

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April, 2019
California Rainfall 2019
April Showers!
Ginny Gustin Quilt
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Dear Companions,

March in California was breathtakingly beautiful, and we are blessed with the unusual event of rain to kick off the first day of April. Generally—and especially in the recent drought years—the rains cease by the time April rolls around. The hills are startlingly green, and the snow pack in the Sierra is 160% of "normal," whatever that is. Looks like I won't be able to hit the high country earlier than July this year. That suits me just fine.

After our Grass Valley concert in mid-March, Hasee Ciaccio and I got up early to visit the Yuba River. I snapped the photo (above) at the swimming hole just above Bridgeport. The water was bracingly cold, and running fast. I have been there many, many times and have never seen it so high. I can't imagine what will happen when the snows start to melt! It started me thinking what an incredible year it will be on the Tuolumne River, where we will be rafting in late July. There are still spaces available to join us. See below for details.

On March 31 at the Roaring Donkey, we were treated to the unveiling of a magnificent quilt, designed and executed by our friend Ginny Gustin. She combined some 15 versions of Tom Rozum's t-shirt art with quilt squares called "the Right Hands of Friendship" for this beautiful and happy piece of usable art. We are going to try and display it at the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival next month.

The Right Hands and I had a terrific time playing up all over Northern California and Southern Oregon last month. Trees were in bloom, people's spirits were lifted by the spectacle of abundant growth all around, and the band was a joy to play with. I felt so gratified to be able to lead the life I live.

This month, Brandon Godman, Tom Rozum and I will be playing in New Mexico and Arizona, as a trio, before we fly up to Portland, OR, to spend four days at the Menucha Retreat Center, playing and teaching at Bluegrass in the Gorge. I understand that registration was held open for fiddlers, so if you are a fiddler and want to learn from a master, come spend a few days with Brandon! Information is below.

Thank you for taking the journey with us,
Laurie Lewis
UPCOMING APPEARANCES
SOUTHWEST TRIO TOUR
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Brandon Godman:

FRI, APR 5
401 Old Santa Fe Trail  
Santa Fe, NM 87501

SAT, APR 6
210 Yale SE PO box 4543
Albuquerque, NM 87196

FRI, APR 12
Phoenix, AZ

SAT, APR 13 
1200 West Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85745

SUN, APR 14  
2300 N. Fort Valley Road  
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

YEAR TWO OF BLUEGRASS IN THE GORGE,
IN GORGEOUS CORBETT, WA:
APR 17-20 
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Justin Hiltner, and Patrick Connell
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center 
Corbett, OR (near Portland)

LAURIE LEWIS AND THE RIGHT HANDS
FRI, MAY 3
Minden and Gardnerville, NV 

SAT, MAY 4
Folsom Opry House 
Folsom, CA 95630
reservations at 916-990-0719 or bluegrass@shaunv.com

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!
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

LAURIE LEWIS AND NINA GERBER
SAT & SUN, MAY 26 & 26
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
L-R: Haselden Ciaccio, Patrick Sauber, Laurie Lewis, Brandon Godman, Tom Rozum
photo by Jessica Eve Rattner
MUSIC CAMPS 2019
Bluegrass in the Gorge 2019
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!

APRIL 17-20
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
Corbett, OR (near Portland)
Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, and Justin Hiltner will be joining the staff again this year. Last year (our first here) we had such a wonderful time, and are looking forward to making music in this beautiful, relaxed atmosphere again this year.

NEWS FLASH: we still have some spaces available for fiddle and banjo. I must say, from personal experience, that both Brandon and Justin are exceptional teachers. You can't go wrong learning from either of them!

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

AUGUST 5-9
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!

NOVEMBER 1-4
Harmony Vocals with Tom Rozum
Walker Creek Ranch
Marin County, CA
Tuolumne River Trip 2019
The TUOLUMNE RIVER 2019

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.

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

On each trip, we will spend the days exploring the river and it's 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.