Recap of the JCGS Music Meeting February 5, 2019

We enjoyed a cozy, congenial evening of varied, local guitar playing at Paschal Winery. There were about 30 people in attendance.
Rob & Karma Rhodes • Sicilienne by Gabriel Faure
Brian Parris• Treasures Untold by Jimmy Rogers• For My Wedding by John McNally
James deProperzio• Scottish Ayre played on the lute
Grant Ruiz• Lágrima (with the obscure 3rd part) by Francisco Tárrega• Mariposa by Berto Boyd
~ Intermission ~
John Swinnerton• Sea Voyage by John Swinnerton
Matt Dorris• Variations on a Theme by Mozart by Matteo Carcassi 
Steve Berman and Arturo Ville• Along the Road (Russian)• Coach Bells Ringing (Russian)• Tumbalalaika (Yiddish)
Arturo Ville• En Los Trigales by Joaquín Rodrigo

Steve Berman and Arturo Ville play TODAY (February 9) at 5:30pm at the Fruitdale Grange in Grants Pass as part of the Russian Winterfest celebrating the sister city relationship with Rubtsovsk, Russia. See for more information.

Grant Ruiz plays with Dan Fellman Feb. 10, 3-5pm at RoxyAnn Winery in Medford for an art opening and Feb. 24, 5:30-7:30pm at Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland.

Brian Parris plays Sunday, March 3 from 5-7pm at Belle Fiore Winery for a wine blending event. 

Mark DeGroft, an employee of Cripple Creek Music in Ashland, continues to go through serious medical issues. There will be a benefit concert for him on March 10 at the Historic Ashland Armory on Oak St. from 2:30-9pm. Several local musicians (including guitarists Ed Dunsavage, Mark Nelson, Grant Ruiz, Dan Fellman, Hawkeye Herman, and Mark Turnbull) will play an acoustic set from 3-6pm, followed by three local bands (Blue Lightning, LEFT, and Frankie Hernandez) that will take the stage in turn from 6-9pm. Tickets are sliding scale, $15-$25, available at Cripple Creek or the door. Please mark your calendars. You can also visit Mark’s GoFundMe page at to help out.

Arturo noted the recent passing or Rico Stover, who was responsible for the rediscovery of the music of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, as well as the tragic passing of young, up-and-coming classical guitarist Sabrina Vlaskalic. He called for a moment of silence during the meeting to pay respect to both artists.
Respectfully submitted,Grant RuizJCGS President

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