Monday, August 19, 2019

AmadorArts: Last TGIF concert features Blow Daddy - Fri Aug 23

The TGIF concert for August 23 will be the last one of the summer! Starting at 6:00 pm at Terra d’Oro Winery in Shenandoah  Valley, enjoy family picnicking and the excellent music from local band, Blow Daddy. The event will also include the annual Patron of the Arts award given to a local citizen who has gone to great lengths to support the arts in Amador County. Additionally, the evening will include the State of Arts Education Address from Amador Alliance for Arts Education,  presented  by Meghan O’Keefe and AmadorArts Student Director Emily-Ann Hopkins.

The featured band is the foremost horn-loaded dance band of Amador County, and its leader is Barry “Blow Daddy” Duncan on the tenor sax.  His group has some of the finest musicians and vocalists around. “Blow Daddy” provides a big-band sound and includes nine musicians plus vocalists. The band specializes in swing, but also plays rock, blues, soul and funk. John Ingvoldstad, will be on the keyboard. Other prominent members of the band include Chiropractor Dr. Armen Kendig on baritone sax, and winemaker Alan Kreutzer (Drytown Cellars) on drums.

The Patron of the Arts award is kept a secret until this night. So, get ready for a Party Time to celebrate this award, another successful season of TGIF concerts, and all that has recently been accomplished with making arts education a key factor in Amador County’s youth learning. 

This is AmadorArts’ 21st summer of presenting free music to bring the community together and have some fun.  Executive Director Meghan O’Keefe thanks the county and its residents for their long-lasting support.  She adds, “Many don’t realize that the musicians are always paid, and that comes from contributions, big and small. We love our musicians and are forever grateful for their talent. And we especially love the sponsors who help us pay for the bands, specifically Jackson Rancheria, Terra d'Oro Winery, and Kaur Dental Group for their significant contributions."

Please, no outside beverages here, but picnics are encouraged. There are several tables, but keep spare chairs in your car. The area is nice and shady.  To reach the venue in Plymouth, from Highway 49 at the roundabout, turn east onto Fiddletown /Shenandoah Road.  Proceed a quarter mile to where the road splits. Bear to the left and continue out towards the Shenandoah Valley. Less than two miles, turn right on Shenandoah School Road. Terra d’Oro Winery is two miles out on the right side at 20680. There’s plenty of convenient free parking.  Info 256-8166.

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