Recap of the JCGS Music Meeting June 5, 2018

We enjoyed a very full evening of excellent music and camaraderie at the beautiful Paschal Winery in Talent on Tuesday, June 5. There were over 45 people in attendance.
Due Mandolini (Milton and Laurel Bloombaum) – Samo Nemoj Ti (Croatian waltz)
Kevin McDowell – Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash,  I Think of You 
Joe Thompson – Alexandra’s Lullabye by Joseph Thompson
John Swinnerton – untitled original
Bill Graham – Besame Much by Consuelo Velasquez
Brian Parris – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
Steve Bismarck – Triste by A.C. Joabim
Matt Dorris – Leventin Suite, 4th movement by Dusan Bagdanovic
Goh Kurosawa presented a program of original music, including singing and group participation, using a variety of techniques, including “slap tap.”
Tickets for the June 10 concert with virtuoso flamenco and classical guitarist Grisha Goryachev are going fast (only 16 online tickets available as of this writing)! Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended since the venue, Paschal Winery, is small, we expect to sell out, and there will only be about 10 tickets available at the door. Visit for information and sales. You can read Grisha’s bio as well as a wonderful article written by Tom Strini of the Corvallis Guitar Society.
Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will be performing with Spanish gypsy guitarist Pedro Cortes on Saturday, June 30 at the First United Congregational Church of Christ on Morton and Siskiyou in Ashland. The currently scheduled start time is 8pm. Details will be sent later.
Grant Ruiz will play guitar duets with Dan Fellman at the Grants Pass Porchfest on Saturday, June 16 from noon to 1pm; with the Britt Guitar Trio at the OSF Green Show on Sunday, June 17 at 6:45pm; on Wednesday, June 20 at Belle Fiore with Dan Fellman from 6-8pm; and with the Britt Guitar Weekend faculty at the Britt Gardens on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm.
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.

Respectfully submitted,
Grant Ruiz
JCGS president
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