Laurie Lewis

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Laurie, Brandon Godman, and Hasee Ciaccio at Olmstead Point, Yosemite.
Laurie, Brandon Godman, and Hasee Ciaccio at Olmstead Point, Yosemite.  
Half Dome in the background.


Dear Companions, 

September swept by at an alarming rate for me. We started the month at the Hovander Bluegrass Festival in Ferndale, WA, and ended at Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. In between, we played the Mill Pond Music Festival in beautiful Bishop, CA, and from there headed south to San Pedro and Thousand Oaks, CA, and then east to Hickory, NC.
I arrived home a couple of days ago, completely exhausted, from the International Bluegrass Music Association's convention in Raleigh, NC. At first glance back, the past month feels like it never happened. But as I start to cast back through my memories, I recall some noteworthy moments.

Traveling to Bishop on Hwy 120 over Tioga Pass through Yosemite, we were in a bit of a hurry. But we absolutely had to stop at Olmstead Point to walk about a bit and snap some photos. The weather was glorious, and it is always a thrill to see people (in this case, Hasee Ciaccio and Brandon Godman) experience those glacier-polished granite expanses for the first time. 

Returning to the Mill Pond Festival in Bishop after a many-year absence was a treat. There were some initial sound system problems, and the audience surged forward to the front of the stage to hear better. There, they stood quietly listening to our rendition of Tom Russell's song, "Manzanar," set in the WWII Japanese-American internment camp just a ways down the road from there. From that point, we were all one big many-headed organism making music, breathing, and moving together. It felt good.

Driving down through the Owens Valley and the Mojave Desert was stark, brittle, dry, and beautiful in the way deserts are. I tried to picture what the Owens Valley looked like before Los Angeles stole the water rights and drained the valley dry. Concerts in San Pedro and Thousand Oaks were such fun, and it was wonderful to see so many old friends and familiar faces in attendance. Then it was 6 hours home to Berkeley, with only a day to prepare for the IBMA convention.

Sara Watkins and I ran into each other on the red carpet before the awards show.
Sara Watkins and I ran into each other on the red carpet before the awards show.

The convention was exhilarating and exhausting. At the awards show, my song, "Swept Away," was up for the Song of the Year. I'm sorry to say that it didn't win. BUT the First Ladies of Bluegrass won Recorded Event of the Year for their recording of that song. So I felt like a winner, anyway! Congratulations to Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Becky Buller, and Molly Tuttle!

Leftover Salmon asked me to sit in with them on Saturday night, which was a real thrill. They held the audience in the palms of their hands, and I got to experience a little of that excitement. So fun! 

Now there is much to look forward to this month, with a trip to Colorado playing with Nina Gerber, a return to the beautiful Old Steeple in Ferndale, CA, and of course Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this coming weekend.

Exercise your right to vote, and make sure your friends and family cast their ballots, too!
Laurie Lewis


UPCOMING APPEARANCES

SAT, OCT 6, 12:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Andrew Conklin
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
FREE!

THU, OCT 11, 7:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
Quinlan Cafe
Swallow Hill
71 East Yale Avenue 
Denver, CO 80210

FRI, OCT 12
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
Western Jubilee Warehouse
Colorado Springs, CO 
RSVP needed. Call (719) 635-7776

SAT, OCT 13, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
High Street Concert Series
Rogers Hall
400 High St
Lyons, CO

FRI, OCT 19, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Andrew Conklin
Sofia Tsakapolous Center for the Arts
2700 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95816
 
FRI, OCT 26, 7:30 PM 
Laurie Lewis with Brandon Godman  
Red Bluff Elks Lodge
355 Gilmore Rd
Red Bluff, CA
 
SAT, OCT 27, 7:30 PM   
Laurie Lewis with Brandon Godman 
246 Berding 
Ferndale, CA  
  
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, and Laurie Lewis, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, and Laurie Lewis, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Photo by Jay Blakesberg 
 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are represented by
QUICKSILVER PRODUCTIONS

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


Tatiana Hargreaves, Hasee Ciaccio, Laurie, and Patrick Sauber  
 Sails Original Music Series, Hickory, NC
Tatiana Hargreaves, Hasee Ciaccio, Laurie, and Patrick Sauber  
 Sails Original Music Series, Hickory, NC    (photo by Bob Sinclair)
 
Laurie Lewis/Spruce and Maple Music
 510.548-3021  PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA  94709

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