Recap of the JCGS Music Meeting April 3, 2018

We enjoyed a very full evening of excellent music and camaraderie at the beautiful Paschal Winery in Talent on Tuesday, April 3.
Joe Thompson – Lament With Cowboy Song by Joseph Thompson
Karma & Rob Rhodes – Corrento; Come With Me My Giselle (both anonymous)
Bill Graham – Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger (1982)
Brian Parris – Who Will Watch The Home Place by Laurie Lewis
Kevin McDowell – Amado Mio by Fisher and Roberts
Bob Bath – Meditation by A.C. Jobim, arr. by Jorge Nolla.
John Swinnerton – Staffordshire (original)
Grant Ruiz – Cien Años by Rubén Fuentes and Alberto Cervantes
Visiting classical guitarist Travis Johnson captivated the audience with remarkable solos:
BWV 1004 (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Giga) by J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
La Folia Folio by Bryan Johanson (1951 – present)
Sonata Op. 61 by Joaquin Turina (1882 – 1949)


The Britt Festival has opened up enrollment for their Guitar Weekend June 22-24. Seven instructors will teach seven styles for two hours each over three days. The fee also includes admission to guitar concerts that weekend. More information at Tell a guitar-loving friend! Only some beginning experience is required. There will also be a faculty concert on Saturday night, June 23 at the Britt Performance Garden.
Grant Ruiz will play solo guitar on Wednesday, April 25 at the open house art show at the Fountain Plaza retirement community at 1441 Morrow Rd. in Medford; duets with Dan Fellman on Saturday, April 28 at Belle Fiore from 6-8pm; and solo guitar on Sunday, April 29 at Paschal Winery’s happy hour from 4-6pm. 
For any guitarists interested in playing at the Grants Pass PorchFest, please contact Linda Scott starting today The event is Saturday, June 16. There are one-hour slots from 12-3pm. If a group of JCGS members or SOU students wishes to perform, they can take turns playing on an assigned porch, or play in ensemble! Linda says JCGS members are invited to come out to Grants Pass that day to visit and support the event in any case. 
The Britt Guitar Trio will be the featured artists for the May meeting. The trio just completed a residency tour of Rogue Valley schools. They combine elements of jazz, Hawaiian slack key, Americana, and flamenco guitar. 
Goh Kurosawa of Los Angeles will be our featured artist for the June meeting. 
Grant’s group Flamenco Pacifico has new merchandise: T-shirts! You can order the shirts at They cost $25 each, which includes shipping. Please specify your size at the time of order. Thank you for your support!
Treasurer Rob Rhodes reminded everyone to pay their dues, $20 for the calendar year, and they can be paid any time of year. Dues help support our ongoing expenses (state and federal fees, venue insurance, and website hosting) plus additional efforts like bringing guitarists to the area for concerts. Even though it’s voluntary, we ask that everybody who attends our meetings pays dues.
Michael Philbert has joined the JCGS Board of Directors, since a position opened up with the passing of our dear Sam Cooper. Grant will be the interim president until the next elections, and Bob Bath will take Grant’s place as secretary.
Respectfully submitted,
Grant Ruiz
President, JCGS
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