Recap of the JCGS Music Meeting March 5, 2019

We enjoyed a cozy, congenial evening of varied, local guitar playing at Paschal Winery. There were over 40 people in attendance!

Mark Williams – Evocacion by Jose Luis Merlin, Burgalesa by F. M. Torroba
Matt Bock – Lightly Row, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Song of the Wind (Folk Songs)
Rob and Karma Rhodes – Playera by Enrique Grandos
Rob Rhodes – Danza Brasilera by Jorge Morel
Bob Bath – Autumn Leaves, arranged by Yen Lee
Mark Turnbull – Here, There, and Everywhere by the Beatles
~ Intermission ~
Joe Thompson – Romance (original)
Mark Everson and Grant Ruiz – Sevillanas and Farrucas by Juan Serrano
John Swinnerton – Flight of the Condor (original)
Brian Parris – You Don’t Know Me by Cindy Walker, The Very Thought of You by Ray Noble
Steve Berman – Prelude from Bach’s first cello suite, Yiddish folk song
Matt Dorris – Reverie Op. 53 by Napoleon Coste

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 this Sunday, 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.
Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will be joined by Pedro Cortes (Grant’s first flamenco guitar teacher) and singer/percussionist José Moreno for a flamenco concert at the Phoenix Clubhouse on Thursday, March 14 at 8pm. Tickets and information can be found at These folks are the real thing. Highly recommended! 
Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman will play guitar duets on Sunday, March 10 at the Historic Ashland Armory as part of the benefit for Mark DeGroft, and on Sunday, March 24 at Belle Fiore Winery from 5-7pm.
Board member Bob Bath announced Porchfest in Grants Pass, the third annual event of its kind, to take place on June 15 from 11am to 3pm. Funds will be used to help at-risk youths. Volunteer performers will have 2-hour sets. Bob invited anybody in the JCGS who is interested in performing with him to contact him at You can find additional information at
Effective immediately, Matt Dorris will be president of the JCGS, and Grant Ruiz will be secretary. This is to accommodate Grant’s participation in the upcoming OSF play “La Comedia of Errors.”
The guitar society has a few featured artists lined up for upcoming monthly meetings: Argentine tango guitarist Pablo Figueroa for May, the Folias Duo (flute and guitar) for August, and the Tenaya Duo (TBD). Stay tuned!
Don’t forget to pay your dues! Only $20 for the year, payable any time during the calendar year. Since we are a 501(c)3 organization, dues (and any other contributions) are tax deductible. If everybody who attended Tuesday paid dues, we’d have about $800 for the year to go not only toward operating costs (federal and state dues, website maintenance, venue and marketing fees for concerts), but we could also help provide guarantees for visiting artists. Please contact our treasurer, Rob Rhodes, at
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