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Every month or so we email a newsletter to our fan base/mailing list with news and to give a perspective from traveling musicians. The archieved newsletters are available from the drop-down menu.

Poppies in California
View from the Berkeley hills, May 26, 2018.

Dear Companions, 

Springtime here in the Bay Area has been glorious. Much of California, in its natural state, has a very limited growing season, spurred on by rains which start around November and generally end in March. I feel like the plants know that there is this one little window where they can flourish-when its warm enough, before the rains stop and the dry heat begins. And flourish they do! This year, the rains continued a little later in the season, and we are rewarded with late May wildflowers and blossoming trees everywhere. The little silver buckeyes are richly adorned with their flower spikes, the lupines and poppies are everywhere in the hills. It is a beautiful time, when the fog clears
(which this year seems pretty infrequently).

A little surprise at the zoo!
The month of May started out with a day off in San Diego, CA, so we decided to go to the world-famous zoo. It was both difficult and wonderful, to see so many amazing creatures from all over the Earth in one place. Difficult, because every exhibit explains the dangers to those particular animals and their threat level (Stable, At Risk, Endangered). It was heartbreaking to see so many endangered animals. There were fewer "stable" populations than any others. I ping-ponged back between wonder and despair all day, and it was exhausting. Still, I'm glad I went...

Also this last month, I attended California River Day at the State Capitol, where I spent the day walking the Halls of Power and meeting congressional staffers in order to talk about upcoming water-related bills making their way through the system. It was my first visit to the Capitol Building (which is quite beautiful), and a great experience of civic engagement, and helped me to overcome my reluctance/fear of talking to strangers. I highly recommend deepening your citizen involvement in whatever issues you are passionate about. And come out to our River of Song concerts in Berkeley and Fresno!

We ended the month with the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, held at the Freight and Salvage for three days. I w
as so happy to be instrumental (pardon the pun) in pulling together the Saturday night set of The Phantoms of the High Country, including members of both the Phantoms of the Opry and High Country, from the Bay Area bluegrass heyday of the 1970's. 

Phantoms of the High Country
L-R: Laurie Lewis, Paul Shelasky, Pat Enright, Gene Tortora, Larry Cohea, and Butch Waller. Also included in the reunion and not pictured, were Ed Neff and Robbie Macdonald. Very nostalgic!

Speaking of nostalgia, here's something that was just brought to my attention. It's from the Strawberry Music Festival, either in Fall 1986 or Spring 1987. It was freezing cold, and I remember putting on every item of clothing I had with me for this impromptu "tweener" on the main stage, with Tim O'Brien, Nick Forster, and Tom Rozum:

"The Cowgirl's Song" and "I'm Gonna Be the Wind", Strawberry Music Festival 1986 or 87.

Enjoy the beautiful Springtime, and support live music whenever/wherever you can. Sing! We hope to see you a little farther on down the road!
Laurie Lewis


SAT, JUN 2  
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Thompsonia (Suzy, Eric and Allegra Thompson), Jenner Fox, and Lark, 
plus special guest Gail Dreifus
River of Song A Celebration of the San Joaquin River   
benefitting Friends of the River and Revive the San Joaquin
Sponsored by the Fresno Folklore Society and UU Green Sanctuary Team     
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
2672 E Alluvial Ave
Fresno, CA

THU, JUN 7  
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Blame Sally, Thompsonia,
 and Jenner Fox 
River of Song A Musical Celebration of California's Life-Giving Waters
benefitting The Foothill Conservancy and Friends of the River
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

FRI & SAT, JUN 15 & 16 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Wasatch Mountain Music Festival
Midway, UT

THU & FRI, JUN 28 & 29
Tommy and the Rozumatics: 
Tom Rozum, Brittany Haas, Tristan Clarridge, and Simon Chrisman 

Kate Wolf Memorial Music FestivalLaytonville, CA

SAT, JUN 30 
Hills to Hollers: Laurie Lewis, Barbara Higbie and Linda Tillery 
Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
Laytonville, CA

SUN, JUL 1Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber 
Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
Laytonville, CA


Come and join Tom Rozum and me as we spend five nights and six days on the
Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho this summer. The Middle Fork is considered the "Champagne of Whitewater Rafting." Noted for its generally crystal-clear waters, abundant wildlife sightings, hot springs, fishing opportunities, and excellent campsites, this six-day, five-night trip is not to be missed. If you have been contemplating joining us on a trip for years, this is the one! If you have been on our trips in the past, we welcome you back.

August 20-25, 2018
Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Click below for details 
and reservations:
AND because I love this river so much, and can't stand a year to go by without exploring it:
The Tuolumne River!
July 24-26
Click here for information 
Tom and I have been rafting the mighty "T" for at least 25 years, seeing it through drought and flood. 
This year looks like it is going to be another good one! 
May Lake and Mt. Hoffmann
May Lake and Mt Hoffmann, July 2017


My sometimes-blog about my Sierra  hiking trips has been reactivated. I am so antsy to get up into the mountains again, but won't be able to until mid-July. So I am revisiting a couple of days that I hiked in July 2017. It has made me quiver with anticipation of this year's hikes to write about this past one, from my long-neglected notes and photos. Here's a link to my most recent missive:

Tom Rozum's Jubilee CD

It has been a long time since Tom's critically-acclaimed solo CD has been available for sale. We are happy to announce that it is once again in stock. You can order your very own copy here.

If you didn't have a chance to hear Tommy and the Rozumatics this last December, make your plans now to hear them at the Kate Wolf Music Festival, Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29.

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are represented by

Interested in tracking us down to play for you? Please inquire through Quicksilver.
East of the Mississippi, contact Martha Dantzic, (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

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