It's me, Amanda. I know, the email looks all different. But this mailing list update has been on the to-do list for ages. I think we're just about there... Now the emails can look pretty (fine tuning still in progress) AND get to your inbox AND I will only bug you about information relevant to your area. At least, that's the idea, once I really figure out this new system. Sound good? You can still opt out at any time and of course write to me at any time. I do love hearing from you even if it does sometimes take me months to properly reply!
A week ago I returned from another Northwest adventure... The wild, wacky & wonderful Oregon Country Fair
(my first time!), the pine scented sweetness of California World Fest
in Grass Valley, and a couple shows along the way. The Secret Garden
at the Northwest Portland International Hostel & Guesthouse wooed us once again with its wonderfully supportive acoustic music scene and the homebrewed beer... not that I drink beer actually, but, it's very cool anyway. With the sunbeams cooking us up into the 90's and higher - a good excuse for not wearing much and eating plenty of watermelon - I already feel like I've had a true summertime.
Afternoons now are being spent in the studio working away on a new EP
to be released this fall. I am also booking an extensive West Coast Tour
for the release of the EP which will take me down to LA and back up to Seattle again. If you live along the way and would like to see me, let me know. I would LOVE to see you!
I am also amping up for a bona fide official show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley
!!! This was where I first grew my stage legs at the open mics when I was in high school. I wrote my college entrance essay about playing those open mics and now, here, at last, I return a "full-fledged folk songstress", according to their website. Check it out: www.thefreight.org
. The show will be a triple bill of songwriters on Friday, September 3rd. Please come and bring all your friends! It is SO so exciting!
I am also looking for someone with a camera to video that show, so if you or anyone you know might be able to help out, please let me know. I've also got some other lovely shows coming up this month including one a week from now at an art show opening for my dear friend, the amazing paintress, Shivani Rajan. Details are below.
On that note, I hope you continue to (or make some time to if you have not already) soak up sunbeams, swim in rivers, spit watermelon seeds, ride your bike and sample all the fresh fruits at your local farmers market.... Or whatever floats your boat through summertime.
Oh, and of course, attend an Amanda West show (wink wink)...
U P C O M I N G S H O W S :
Friday August 6th @ 8pm
The Moraga Barn | 925 Country Club Drive, Moraga CA
"The Value of Open Space" ~ a one woman show of plein aire paintings by my beloved friend Shivani Rajan. Vistas from Big Sur to Mendocino to the Southwest will be on display. Music will be provided by Yours Truly, and there will be plenty of wine, delectables, and a firepit outside for all to enjoy. More info: www.shivanirajan.com
Friday August 20th @ 8pm
East Village Coffee Lounge | 498 Washington St. Monterey, CA
My favorite place to play in Monterey! www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com
Saturday August 28th @ 1pm
Downtown Berkeley Music Festival| 2122 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
I'll be playing again at my name twin's restaurant - Amanda's! You must try the sweet potato fries :-) www.amandas.com. Wonderful music will be happening all over downtown Berkeley this week, so be sure to get out and see some! Learn more: www.downtownberkeleymusicfest.org
* Friday September 3rd @ 8pm * (THIS IS VERY EXCITING SHOW!)
The NEW Freight and Salvage | 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA
Playing the September slice of Dr. K's Home Grown Roots Review with JL Stiles and Dan Hubbard. I am SO honored (and totally ridiculously excited!) to be playing this legendary venue in its new home. Don't miss this exquisite show - in one of the best venues in the country | Tix: are $14.50 adv/$15.50 door www.thefreight.com
Saturday Sept 4th
Women in the Redwoods Music Festival | La Honda, CA
2010 festival details and full line-up TBA. www.myspace.com/womenintheredwoods