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Tuesday, Aug 20
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
06:00 PM The 2019 "Taco Tuesdays" Concert Series at Bistro Espresso
Wednesday, Aug 21
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Aug 22
04:00 PM CalaverasGROWN Certified Farmers Market Opens June 13th in San Andreas
07:00 PM MACBETH Continues Through August 24th at Brice Station Vineyards
Friday, Aug 23
All Day Get Your Fill of Fish & Chips Every Friday at Gooney's Bar & Grill
01:00 PM CEO Crash Course!
05:00 PM The Angels Camp Farmers Market is Every Friday Till Fall
07:00 PM MACBETH Continues Through August 24th at Brice Station Vineyards
Saturday, Aug 24
All Day The Hopper Connects You to Calaveras's Wine Country & More
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
08:00 AM Golf Tournament
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
04:00 PM The 15th Annual Hoedown For Humanity is August 24th
06:00 PM The Bistro Espresso, "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series
07:00 PM DonGato Latin Band presents “Havana Nights” with Lemaya Dancers!
07:00 PM The Sequoia Woods 2019 Music in The Mountains Summer Concert Series
07:00 PM MACBETH Continues Through August 24th at Brice Station Vineyards
Sunday, Aug 25
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
09:00 AM Murphys Farmers Market is Every Sunday From 9am - 1pm
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
Tuesday, Aug 27
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
06:00 PM The 2019 "Taco Tuesdays" Concert Series at Bistro Espresso
Wednesday, Aug 28
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
Thursday, Aug 29
04:00 PM CalaverasGROWN Certified Farmers Market Opens June 13th in San Andreas
Friday, Aug 30
All Day Get Your Fill of Fish & Chips Every Friday at Gooney's Bar & Grill
05:00 PM The Angels Camp Farmers Market is Every Friday Till Fall
Saturday, Aug 31
All Day Giant Book Sale at Arnold Library
All Day The Hopper Connects You to Calaveras's Wine Country & More
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
10:00 AM 47th Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1,Arnold
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
06:00 PM The Bistro Espresso, "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series
07:00 PM The Sequoia Woods 2019 Music in The Mountains Summer Concert Series
Sunday, Sep 1
All Day Giant Book Sale at Arnold Library
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
09:00 AM Murphys Farmers Market is Every Sunday From 9am - 1pm
Until 05:00 PM 47th Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1,Arnold
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend

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06/15/2019 - The Bistro Espresso, "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series
Arnold, CA...The Bistro Espresso Summer Concert Series will bring music to Cedar Center all summer long. The Bistro serves fresh, made-to-order American cuisine. We serve fair trade, organic espresso and coffee, a variety of beers and wines.


Bistro Espresso began in July 2005 serving coffee, smoothies and a variety of cold sandwiches. Expanding in 2016 to include live music and beer and wine. In 2018 we moved to a larger locations and venue to serve a more menu choices and live music in the park. Serving the community whenever possible, the Bistro is grateful for local loyal patrons and tourists alike.

09/15/2019 - Calaveras Wine, Cheese & Olive Festival
Wine, Cheese & Olive Tasting, $25 per ticket in advance, $30 at the door if available. Attendee receives a commemorative wine glass and glass holder plate and can taste all the food and wine they wish. There will be 3 live bands inside and out at the Metropolitan Theater in San Andreas. There will be a number of local restaurants there serving free hors d'oeuvres for all attendees. Tickets available at Gooney's Bar & Grille, Pizza Factory & the Chamber of Commerce Office all of which are in San Andreas or online at www.sanandreasrotary.com. Proceeds will benefit Calaveras Meals on Wheels.
08/04/2019 - Hank Williams Jr with Moonshine Bandits at Ironstone Amphitheatre Sunday, August 4, 2019
Murphys, CA...Thrilled to have our first show announcement of the year be the legendary Hank Williams Jr! Hank Williams Jr.'s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Marking 52 years since his first album in 1964, Hank Jr. released IT’S ABOUT TIME (Nash Icon Records) on January 15. In addition to the history making “Are You Ready for the Country,” the project includes new tunes such as “Dress Like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank,” “It’s About Time,” and “The Party’s On” as well as re-recorded versions of classics “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley on guitar. IT’S ABOUT TIME is Hank's 37th album in his five decade career. He continues to add accolades to an extremely impressive resume, which includes ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. As a touring artist, Hank was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values to country music, and he remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music, period, as generation after generation gets turned on to one of the most dynamic live performers ever to take the stage.



We are also thrilled to welcome to Ironstone for the first time, from right here in Northern California, Moonshine Bandits! Long before people figured out country and rap had a lot in common, the Moonshine Bandits released their genre-blending album, “Whiskey & Women,” and took the world of outlaw music by storm. The group’s blue-collar work ethic and unwavering persistence has led to over 60 million views on the ShinerTV YouTube channel – collectively over 80 million views on YouTube – while their video for “My Kind of Country” peaked at #1 on CMT Pure. The Bandits also charted Billboard simultaneously with a top 10 in Rap and a top 20 in Country Music and have been Recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine, CMT, Youtube Honors, MTV, AOL THE BOOT, YAHOO, and the list goes on. Connecting with fans on all levels, Moonshine Bandits have built a solid “Shiner Nation” of loyal fans, started their own 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization known as Operation Packing Company, Inc. that specializes in sending supplies to our Troops Overseas, Beef Jerky and legal Moonshine. The Bandits earned a 2018 Telly Award for their “Take This Job” music video featuring David Allan Coe.

This is going to be an outstanding night of Outlaw Country music!
07/27/2019 - Sugarland Rolls Into Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 27th
Murphys, CA...To hear Jennifer Nettles tell it, it’s a brand new day in Sugarland. Despite winning multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards—and selling more than 8 million records—the country-music duo of Nettles and Kristian Bush is embracing a creative rebirth, a musical awakening that permeates their adventurous fourth album, The Incredible Machine. “We are in a place of discovery,” Jennifer says. “It is the essence of who we are as people in this band. There is never a moment where we think, ‘This is good enough.’ There’s always a place for growth.”







A growth that Kristian says has been encouraged by their fans, their record label, and, most importantly, by the genre-bending, all-are-welcome country-music industry. “It’s as if the industry and the culture have singled out the biggest risks we’ve taken on a record, a song like ‘Stay’ for example, and celebrated those,” he says gratefully. “They’ve embraced us at those times. We’ve tried to learn from that and this is what we’ve made.”

And what they’ve created is a dynamic masterwork. Co-written and co-produced in full by Jennifer and Kristian, The Incredible Machine is a soaring album elevated by sky-high choruses, ringing guitars, and pulsing drums that recall the beating of the album’s titular engine, the human heart.

Kristian describes it as a collection of anthems—and there may be no greater understatement. If the duo was searching for the grander side of country on their last record, the double platinum Love on the Inside, they’ve obviously found it on The Incredible Machine. From the fanfare of the album’s opener “All We Are” to Jennifer’s sublime piano-ballad closer “Shine the Light,” this is an album built for stadiums.

“This record is designed to play in very large places and to communicate with a large group of people,” Kristian confirms. “When you have an instrument as powerful and as graceful as Jennifer’s voice, you don’t want to tip-toe in. You really go for it! And those types of songs are often where Jennifer and I intersect musically.”

In fact, the pair found shared inspiration in the iconic music and films of the 1980s, their growing-up years. “We allowed ourselves to play with our influences,” Jennifer admits. As such, the coming-of-age movies by director John Hughes and songs by Blondie, Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders and even The Clash all helped fire up the Machine. “When we were writing, we asked what if John Hughes were making movies now.... Who would be on the soundtrack?” Kristian says, going on to connect the dots between rebellious country and rebellious rock. “If you dig far enough you’re going to see that The Clash and Johnny Cash had a lot in common. I like to live right where those guys meet.”

In a song like the joyous “Find the Beat Again,” for instance, Jennifer reminds the heavy-hearted among us that nothing lasts forever, while Kristian’s siren-like guitar sound—a technique he adapted from The Clash, he says—pushes the song toward its climax.

Or the call-to-arms “Stand Up,” in which the band exhorts listeners to “use your voice.” A tale of personal empowerment, the track is almost heroic in its message. It’s also one of two songs on the album to showcase Kristian’s voice. “I don’t know how many people have really ever heard me sing before,” he says of his lead verse. “For fans of the band, it’s like a whole new layer is peeled back.”

“All We Are” is equally triumphant. A rallying cry of sorts, it culminates in a mass of melodies folding upon one another. The result is breathtaking, a musical equation so intricate that it solidifies the duo’s ability to write complex fare as well as breezy, winking tunes like first single “Stuck like Glue.”

“We write songs for different reasons. There are some songs that we want to change your life and there are some that we just want to change your day. That’s what ‘Stuck like Glue’ is,” Jennifer laughs. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and that’s what fans love.”

They also flock to Jennifer’s knack for finding the voice of everywoman—or even everyman. One of Sugarland’s many gifts is their ability to write lyrics that transcend gender, like in their 2004 breakout hit “Baby Girl.” On The Incredible Machine, the proof is in the acoustic “Little Miss,” a profile of a woman who tries to handle everything, all by herself. “I saw my mom as that person. I see pieces of it in my own daughter. Jennifer is certainly one of those women,” Kristian says.

Aside from the powerhouse rocker “Wide Open,” written specifically for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, “Little Miss” is one of the record’s earliest penned tracks. “We were at a festival over a year ago and I was on the bus doing my makeup while Kristian was warming up,” recalls Jennifer. “I was wearing a checkered dress and he started playing this lick and singing, ‘Little Miss checkered dress.’ I popped my head out and sang, ‘Little Miss one big mess!’ The way that song was discovered was fun and really beautiful.”

And the band is confident that fans, old and new alike, will have a similar experience as they discover the gears and cogs of The Incredible Machine—a country record, a pop record, an anthem record, a ballad record, but above all, an authentic record.

“It’s just the two of us,” says Kristian. “In the story of who we are, this album is more us than we’ve ever been.”

Jennifer agrees and says the band’s rebirth is best summed up in the gentle, searching words of the album’s title track: Feels like I’m flying, wings made of light/brand new and shinin’, like a shot rung out through the night.

“That’s a wonderful metaphor and image for this newly emerging creature that Sugarland is right now, with these vulnerable but beautiful wings. The Incredible Machine is definitely us, but at the same time, there is something very precious and new,” she says. “And we want to show it to the world!”
01/19/2019 - Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
Columbia, CA...Enjoy an hour-long walking tour of town led by a park staff member or docent. See the actual gold discovery site, learn about the buildings and early merchants of Columbia. Sponsored by The Friends Of Columbia SHP. Visit their website here for more information. Town Tours are every Saturday & Sunday starting at 11 am. Meet at the office on Main Street & State St Columbia, CA 95310

06/22/2019 - The Music & Minds Matter Benefit Concert at Twisted Oak
Murphys, CA April 19, 2019: The Mind Matters Clinic in Murphys, CA is hosting an outdoor concert and silent auction fundraiser event at Twisted Oak Winery at 4280 Red Hills Rd., Vallecito, CA on the evening of June 22, 2019. The event will feature bluegrass and folk music by the Magnolia Rhythm Trio, jazz by the Bob Eisenman Trio, and rock and roll by Bill Welles Band. Advance tickets are available online through brownpapertickets.com and at the gate on the day of the event.


Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate for adults, $10 for youth between ages 6 and 17, and children under age 5 are free. The gate opens at 5 PM and music starts at 6 PM.

Twisted Oak Winery wines and Snowshoe Brewery on-tap beer will be available for sale. Delicious food and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale by Mary’s Taco Truck, Smokin’ Hot Meats n Treats, and George and Joan’s Cookies. Outside alcohol is not permitted, but concert-goers are free to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees should also bring their own low-backed lawn chair for seating.

A silent auction will be held during the event with gift baskets and art work donated by many local businesses and individuals.

The Mind Matters Clinic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical clinic established in 2007, specializing in services for people and families affected by autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and learning disorders. All proceeds from the event will go to the Mind Matters Clinic to assist in their mission of providing services to the local community.

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05/11/2019 - Mother Lode Round-Up Parade is May 11th at 10am
Sonora, CA...On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, the City of Sonora will be hosting the 62nd annual Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse - Mother Lode Round-Up Parade. This event will bring thousands of visitors to the downtown area of Sonora.


Round-Up Parade Street Closures, Parking Zones, and Alcoholic Beverage Guidelines. Because this is a family event and the safety of all spectators is of the utmost importance, no glass alcoholic beverage containers will be allowed on the streets, sidewalks, or other public areas during this event.

Several streets will be closed before and during the parade, so people need to plan ahead if they are attending the parade or trying to get through town during the parade. Detours will be posted for those streets that will be closed. The following are the major street closures:

South Washington Street between Restano Way and Highway 108 will be closed at 7:30 am.

North Washington Street at Snell/Elkin to South Washington Street at Restano Way will be closed at 9:30 a.m.

All side streets between Stewart Street and Green Street will be closed at 9:30 a.m.
Portions of Snell Street and School Street will also be closed at this time.

Westbound Mono Way traffic will be detoured onto Stewart Street at Restano Way. Vehicle traffic seeking access to Stockton Road will need to use Highway 108.

Residents living in the Tuolumne Street, Calaveras Street, Nevada Street, and Oregon Street areas will be allowed access to their neighborhood from the Highway 108 at South Washington Street closure.

“No parking” will be allowed on Washington Street from Elkin Street to Toby Street, between 5:00 a.m. and the end of the parade. All side Streets between Green Street and Stewart Street will be no parking zones, as well as School Street, Wykoff Street and portions of Snell Street. The parking restrictions also apply to Stockton Road between Washington Street at 70 W. Stockton Road (Cazadora Restaurant). Special signs have been posted for “No parking” zones, and any vehicles parked in these will be towed.

If you are planning on attending the parade the Sonora Police Department encourages you to arrive before 9:00 a.m. to find parking and get settled. Access for participant drop-off will be South Washington Street, south of Restano Way. No access will be allowed from Mono Way after 9:00 a.m., and there will be absolutely no stopping and unloading from Mono Way once controls are in place.

Motorists traveling eastbound on Stockton Road will be detoured at Forest Road. Those who continue Stockton Road will be turned around prior to the Green Street intersection. Large tractor-trailer type vehicles which reach this point may have to remain parked until the conclusion of the parade. Motorists can expect heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic after the parade, so we ask for your patience and use of extreme caution when traveling in this area.

If you have any questions, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.
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