NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress                                   ~  April 2011
As-Salamu Alaykum! 
 ("Peace be upon you" ... I've been reading Three Cups of Tea... SO inspiring!)
So, for those of you with really short attention spans (which I realize is most of us by now) here's it all in a nutshell:
1.) Mariposa's Art Guitar Fundraiser at the Crepe Place ROCKED!
2.) Spring Tour is in progress... a few shows down...
3.) ... more THIS Sat 4/9/2011 (Carmel Valley) and Wed 4/13/2011 (Soquel Village)
4.) Earth day is coming, and here's what I have to say about that:
5.) And if you haven't noticed by now, every email I send has some photos at the end...
And for those of you who like to break open the shell, rub between your fingers, dry roast for a while, then toss among a bed of fresh greens with avocados, tomatoes and honey-lemon-balsamic vinaigrette, here's all that:
1.) So, the Mariposa's Art Guitar Program Fundraiser at the Crepe Place was amazing. Thank you SO much to everyone who came out for it. We had SIX bands in FOUR hours and an enthusiastic & generous crowd, who all together have given the underserved students of Watsonville, CA new guitars, and many many new guitar strings! Rock on.
The musicians who played that night (Michael GaitherThe JuncosAudiafauna
The Recognition and Wubakia) were all so professional, kind, talented and wonderful. Please go to their shows, buy their CD's and love them however you can. They deserve it and ongoing gratitude for their offering towards music education.
2.) Pete Solomon & I enjoyed some lovely shows on the Central Coast last weekend playing at Linnaea's in San Luis Obispo and The Sculptera Winery in Paso Robles as part of Steve Key's Songwriters-at-Play showcases. Wonderful to see all you folks down there :-) One of my most favorite parts was driving along Highway 41 through miles & miles of avocado trees. Did you know I'm obsessed with avocados? Mmmm yum!
3.) THIS weekend I will play in Carmel Valley at the lovely Plaza Linda, and next Wednesday I'll be at the Ugly Mug in Soquel (which is actually very cute, not ugly)... details are below and of course on the website: If you live nearby, I do hope you can come! The amazing Mandalyn May opens at the Ugly Mug.
4.) Hey, did you know Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd/23rd? Yep, that's right. Time to save the world. Time to make a change. Me? I sing songs, and I believe that those words and melodies can reach through the invisible walls separating us all and remind us of our true interconnectedness, our Oneness. Earth day is You day, is Me day, is Us day. Saving our planet means saving ourselves. What do you think?  
Well, I think this means you're pretty awesome for reading through the whole email.
Let's see each other again soon. Thank you for everything!
~ with songs & ripe avocados,
Amanda|on facebook

U P C O M I N G  S H O W S :

Saturday April 9th @ 7pm
Plaza Linda| 9 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, CA
This will be our first visit to the this Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in the sweet village of Carmel Valley, but I've heard so many good things about it! Pete Solomon accompanies | $10 donation

Wednesday April 13th @ 7:30pm
The Ugly Mug| 4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA
Acoustic Music Series the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month presented by Fiddling Cricket Productions. A favorite local coffee shop that magically becomes a concert hall twice every month. Mandalyn May ( will open the evening. She is a beautiful spirit and an awesome songwriter. What a treat! | $10 cover. For more info please contact: Fiddling Cricket at 831-475-4938 or     


Saturday April 30th @ 3pm
Two Day Town Music Festival| Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Wilderness
Two Day Town is a family oriented camping and community music event held each year during the last full weekend of April at Del Valle Regional Park. This beautiful place, nestled in the hills South of Livermore, is part of the Ohlone Wilderness and provides a serene environment for getting away from the hustle of everyday life. Dive into a lovely community with three days of live on-stage music and uncountable impromptu jam sessions. Tickets are now on sale:

Saturday May 21st @ 8pm
East Village Coffee Lounge| 498 Washington St., Monterey, CA
We return to the best spot in Monterey for intimate live music, delightful food, and of course, great coffee & tea | $2 - $10 sliding scale donation

for more upcoming shows go to:

Amanda West with Pete Solomon
@ The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA ~ March 27th 2011 
Mariposa's Art Guitar Benefit Concert
photos by Ursula Mehl


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Amanda West Music
Philosophical Folk Songstress

PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061