Laurie Lewis

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February, 2019
Snow in Berkeley
February Rambles
Dear Companions,

We woke this morning to snow in Berkeley! This happens about once every decade, so I immediately drove up to Grizzly Peak (1759' elevation) to take a look. By the time I got there, the snow was only lingering on the fallen logs, but here ya go: first-hand photographic evidence. My heart goes out to all of you who have been caught in the Polar Vortex. I am glad that things are warming up out there. Tom Rozum and I just returned to beautiful, rainy California from our annual Hawai'i Aloha Tour. We tried to soak up as much sun and warmth as we could (though it was colder in Volcano, HI, than it was in Berkeley when we were there), in anticipation of our next tour: North Carolina to Massachusetts, and points in between. We California wimps are a little worried about the weather, and our ability to weather it, so if you can please send us warm thoughts for the road, and help pack these venues along the way.

Looking ahead, I am really excited to be playing with the Right Hands again, starting this week. We will be starting our tour in Carrboro, NC, and heading north to the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, one of my favorites. The last time we were there was during the big blizzard of 2015. Everyone was a captive that weekend, with nobody able to arrive or depart, and we had a grand time. I am hoping for the same feeling, but with clear roads, this year. In between Carrboro and Framingham, we will be hitting VA, MD, PA, and CT. One of my favorite banjo players and singers, Wes Corbett, will be with us on this leg of our journey. Please help us spread the word to any family and friends who may be on our path. It's not often that we get to the Mysterious East these days.

Tom Rozum will be playing with Tommy and the Rozumatics at Wintergrass (Brittany Haas, Tristan Clarridge, and Simon Chrisman), and I will be there with the fab Hills to Hollers. Unfortunately, Linda Tillery will not be able to join us due to health issues, but Barbara Higbie and I will be joined by the amazingly talented Vicki Randle. Some of you may recognize her as the wonderful percussionist and singer in Jay Leno's Tonight Show band.

It seems I have just enough time to repack my bags, change my strings, and put on my warm winter boots, and we will be on our way. I hope to see you somewhere farther down the road.

Thank you for taking the journey with us,
Laurie Lewis
UPCOMING APPEARANCES
WINTER IN THE EAST!
LAURIE LEWIS AND THE RIGHT HANDS:
Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Wes Corbett, and Haselden Ciaccio

FRI, FEB 8
300-G East Main St. 
Carrboro, NC

SAT, FEB 9
1301 Harris St. 
Charlottesville, VA

SUN, FEB 10
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center 
2739 West Ox Road 
Herndon, VA 20171

TUE, FEB 12
House Concert 
831 West 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Please RSVP to bradkolodner@gmail.com

THU, FEB 14
All Kinds of Love Songs
7 E. 4th St
Bethlehem, PA

SAT, FEB 16
Sheraton Framingham 
1657 Worcester Rd. 
Framingham, MA 01701

SUN, FEB 17
285 Nicoll St
New Haven, CT

FRI, FEB 22 and SUN, FEB 24
Hills to Hollers:
Barbara Higbie, Vicki Randle, and Laurie Lewis, with Joshua Zucker
Hyatt Regency Hotel
900 Bellevue Way NE 
Bellevue, WA

SAT, FEB 23
Tommy and the Rozumatics:
Tom Rozum, Brittany Haas, Tristan Clarridge, Simon Chrisman
Eques Dinner Show, 4:00 and 6:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA

And then it's back to the Right Hands, for March 2019:
Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, Haselden Ciaccio

FRI, MAR 1
Pilgrim Congregational Church 
2850 Foothill Blvd. 
Oak Run, CA 96001 

SAT, MAR 2 
205 North Phoenix Rd, Suite 3
Phoenix, OR 
 
FRI, MAR 8
3850 Doris Murphy Ct  
Occidental, CA 95465

SAT, MAR 9
The Barn Concerts 
Private House Concert
Gilroy, CA 95020

FRI, MAR 15 
13 Main Street  
Winters, CA 95694

SAT, MAR 16
400 Idaho Maryland Rd.  
Grass Valley, CA 95945
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
Laurie in Oregon
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
Laurie on the River
RIVER TRIPS 2019

Tom Rozum and I will be continuing our quarter-century tradition of taking at least one musical river trip a year. This year, we have confirmed two of our favorites, keeping in mind that, as Heraclitus said, you cannot step into the same river twice.

JULY 2-6
Five days and four nights on the wild and scenic Rogue River, in southern Oregon, with Northwest Rafting Company

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 on one or both rivers this year!
 
Left photo: Chain of Craters Road, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, was hit with earthquakes during the recent eruptions. It's a might rough road these days. Right photo: I took a wonderful hike in Koke'e State Park, Kauai, high above the Napali Coast.
Road in Hawaii
Laurie in Hawaii