Twista, Mr Tornado Mouth along with opening acts Rae Rock, X-Quisyte, Jay Sicles, G-Dynasty, Von Vatton, and The Cousins will be making their appearance at Ace of Spades Nightclub this Sunday, May 26th. Tickets are still available. For more information please visit aceofspadessac.com 916.
Last Thursday, May 16, Pepper played for a sold-out show at Ace of Spades here in Sacramento. The band decided to shake things up a little bit, and played the entire show solo, with no opening acts. Pepper came to the stage with high energy and good vibes as they played some of the fan favorites, as well as four brand-new songs off their upcoming self-titled album. Though some in the crowd got a little rowdy, Pepper kept a positive attitude throughout the night, and kept the crowd entertained and lively.
This Friday I will be checking out Tyler, the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt at Ace of Spades. These rappers come from the provocative Los Angeles hip-hop collective, Odd Future. Tyler works on music, artwork, and clothing designs for for the group, clearly defining the group’s “swag.” Check out "Rusty" by Tyler, the Creator, featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis performing on Late Night with David Letterman! Tickets can be purchased online or at The Beat on J and 17th, Armadillo Music in Davis or any Dimple Records store in Sacramento. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to purchase your tickets early because this show may sell out and get excited to hear some dope beats at Ace of Spades!
Three surfing buddies band together with a common vision – making great captivating music that will have fans dancing all night. This collaborative formed Pepper in 1997 in Hawaii. Pepper is a ska punk band with an island Reggae groove. They safely blend the two into their music. Pepper calls it “mixing pure shock and awe rock with their mellow island roots.” They are playing in Sacramento this Thursday, at the world famous Ace of Spades night club 1417 R street. Last word from Ace of Spades box office is that the show has been sold out, but there might still be some lingering tewnty-dollar tickets available at these locations: Dimple Records, The Beat and Armadillo Music. Come rea
Last Thursday night, reggae band Katchafire brought their New Zealand style to the stage at Ace of Spades, bringing along with them Through the Roots, Simple Creation, and Maoli. Through the Roots is a California born band based in San Diego, they started the night off and had the early birds to the show moving to their beat and reggae sound. Moving through the set the next band Simple Creation, was a little bit more upbeat and set a great mood for the crowd to get ready for Maoli, and Katchafire. Maoli pumped up the crowd with high energy especially with their special guest Johnny T who jump around stage rocking his guitar and laying down some smooth vocals. Ending th
7 p.m. The doors to Ace of Spades are to open soon and the line of eager fans wraps the length of the R Street block, twice. Sunday’s all-ages show sold out within days after going on sale. But the venue isn’t just packed with teens dressed in Thunder Horse’s cropped shirts and jean short cut-offs. The 900-person capacity room has plenty of 21 and over attendees squeezed into its small side bars and patios. ∆ (pronounced Alt-J), first to mark mainstream media in early 2012, has shortly since been packing concert halls and music venues across the country, all the way to the other side of the pond, where they call home. Within a year of releasing its first full-length album, the British-bas
Ace of Spades will be hosting recently acclaimed alt-J this Sunday for a packed show. Recipient of the 2012 Mercury Prize – Great Britain’s selective award, appointed by music journalists and industry reps, and usually given to the quirky underdog- the quartet has roused further attention from everything like indie blog collective Hype Machine to National Public Radio’s insightful Tiny Desk Concert. Alt-J formed in 2008. Named for the triangle that appears when pressing "Alt" and "J" on a Mac, the British-based band first released singles, “Matilda” and “Fitzpleasure,” in early 2012; a full-length studio debuted later in the same year. An Awesome Wave is reflective of the group’s noted q
It was 6:45 p.m. and the crowd started to mingle in front of Ace of Spades night club. The radio station V101 was snapping up entrants for free photos. By 7:15 p.m. the little crowd had grown to almost wrap around the corner of 14th and R streets in Downtown Sacramento. With smiles on their faces, crowds of concert-goers gathered and talked about what song they wished Clinton would play. “Remember when we were at the concert in Oakland? They called your sister up on stage she ended up dancing with George! Yeah she had a great time!” I overheard one bystander say. The mood in line was nostalgic as groups of people went over their favorite Clinton memory, waiting patiently. Finally we we
Hollywood band Black Veil Brides performed at Ace of Spades on Wednesday night in support of their new album "Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones." The air was thick with anticipation as support bands Overwatch and William Control played their sets. When Black Veil Brides finally took the stage, the packed venue erupted with the defeaning squeals of teenage girls and made me very thankful I had brought hearing protection. I can say with complete confidence that it was an entertaining show. Want to see what shows are coming up at Ace of Spades? Click here.
Keytars, neon clothing and multiple wardrobe changes were just the start of a fun-themed night at Ace of Spades. From an alternative model to a professional lacrosse player and his friends, openers Diamond Dez and Con Bro Chill set the stage February 21 with a mixture of sass, attitude and entertainment for the night's headliner, Wallpaper. Poking fun at pop culture, Oakland musician/producer Wallpaper., a.k.a. Ricky Reed, started making music for a purpose. "When I started this project, the entire goal was to be a satire of pop music and pop culture. It was ultimately my music as wallpaper, background music," explains Reed. "We don't usually engage in music in the way that it deserves
Don't let the party stop after you've had your fill of beer and fashion this week, Sacramento! How do tattoos, black face paint, and tight, black leather sound? Good? Then check out Hollywood rock band Black Veil Brides at Ace of Spades next Wednesday, March 6. While seemingly more known to some for their visual aesthetics than their music, these wild-haired bad boys in eye shadow are continually refining their musical style and have seen it evolve from screaming heavy metal to a more anthemic rock sound. They're making a play for the big time with their third album, "Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones," an ambitious rock opera à la My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade.
Bay Area. Partying. Personality. All three things that describe Oakland based rapper, Wallpaper. Returning to Sacramento for a second round of fun, Eric Frederic aka Wallpaper., hit the Ace of Spades stage last December with a range of energy and excitement. With two EPs out, #STUPIDFACEDD and Doodoo Face, and new singles "Puke My Brains Out" and "Good 4 It," it is safe to say that this will be a show unlike any other. With a mixture of Bay Area flavor and a pop/electro sound, Wallpaper attracts a collection of listeners. If you're down to dance and have some fun with a laid-back and talented musician, Wallpaper. is the artist to check out. He will be taking over Ace of Spades on Thu
Two bands brought encouraging and positive vibes to Ace of Spades on Friday. The alternative rock band, The Reel, opened the night with their inspiring sound and lyrics, and was a great, positive opener for the headliner, Andrew McMahon. Formerly part of the bands, Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, singer and songwriter McMahon shared his talents with the crowd. With over seven albums worth of material, he performed a wide range of material from all of his past albums and solo projects. Taking the stage with a pink button-down, smoothed back blonde hair and a bottle of Sierra Nevada on top of his piano, McMahon was set to give an unforgettable performance. Interactive with the
If you didn't make it out to Ace of Spades last night to catch the Hot Water Music tour, you missed some great performances. Critically acclaimed group The Menzingers kicked off the night right with a set of rough, blue-collar punk. Vocalist Greg Barnett mentioned that it was the band's first time in Sacramento. Mission accomplished on making a good first impression. After finishing a set that included fierce songs like "Nice Things" and "Irish Goodbyes," the crowd hoped to hear more, chanting "One more song!" which doesn't happen very often with supporting bands that no one cares about. All signs (my past experience) pointed to second support act La Dispute putting on a passionate, en
Another week, another Top Five Fridays. Our community contributors (mostly) gave us a reason to smile during a busy week for both the Sacramento Police Department and reporter Karen Wilkinson. And let’s not forget – the Kings are still leaving. Before you dive into your weekend, take a look at The Sacramento Press’s most popular articles of the week. Community Contribution: 5. How public radio helps indie artists by Alex Cosper Weekly columnist and owner of SacTV Alex Cosper turned his attentions this week to the role public radio plays in the success of indie artists, as well as our community as a whole. 4. No injuries after RT light rail train and car collide by Kati Garner Kati Gar
From all-female rockers to an eclectic rock duo, there was a rock band for every style this past Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Ace of Spades in downtown Sacramento. If you have any doubt that all-girl rock bands no longer exist, you will be mistaken once you hear Canadian-based rock group Hunter Valentine. Not your sweet and innocent girly group, Hunter Valentine brings a masculine femininity to the rock genre. With a raspy yet distinguished voice, lead vocalist Kiyomi McCloskey, accompanied by Laura Petracca (drums), Veronica Sanchez (bass) and Aimee Bessada (guitar and keyboards) set it off with her band, making a great opening to the night of rock ‘n’ roll. As McCloskey engaged with the c
Hard work, dedication, and perseverance is no easy ride, but it eventually pays off. A group of local artists who call themselves WhoRide knows first-hand that making it big isn’t something that happens over night. Four friends from Roseville who came together on a series of coincidences are no strangers to late night recording sessions in their garage turned recording studio. With limited budgets, full-time jobs, and other responsibilities, it is truly a testimony to their passion for music that has brought them this far. WhoRide will perform on stage Sunday, December 16 for their fifth time at Ace of Spades in Downtown Sacramento. They will be opening for Snoop Dogg, the famed rapper,
It was indie night at Ace of Spades this past Wednesday, Nov. 14. From unique female vocalists to experimental post-hardcore, three bands gave Sacramento a great show. Emotion-stricken vocalist Nina Diaz and her band, Girl in a Coma (Phanie Diaz, drums and Jenn Alva, bass), were first to take the stage. All the way from San Antonio, Texas, Girl in a Coma showed a strong and fun female presence. Nina Diaz has a rockabilly style of vocals that, paired with their indie rock sound, puts Girl in a Coma in their own genre. With four studio albums, Girl in a Coma has a mixture of fast-tempo rock songs like “Say” off their first album “Both Before I'm Gone” and slower and more emotional track
Passionate and success-hungry artists swarmed the Ace of Spades stage on Tuesday. Three rappers, all with different styles of hip-hop, gave an unforgettable performance opening for headliner Chiddy Bang. Starting off the night was hip-hop artist Brodi Nicholas. Originally from Rocklin, Nicholas currently resides in Irvine. Nicholas (vocalist and guitarist) and Dustin "D" Woelk (guitarist and producer) brought the crowd a medley of genres, including reggae, hip-hop and instrumental. Their versatile performance started the night off well, and got the crowd pumped for the show. From bongos to keyboard and drums, Nicholas had plenty of talent on stage. "New Kid," a song about girls, perfo
Talib Kweli, also known as BK MC, is going to hit the stage in Sacramento with a special guest for his Prisoner of Conscious tour, and The Sacramento Press is giving away a pair of tickets for the Thursday night show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Ace of Spades, located at 1417 R St. Enter to win by tweeting at us @sacramentopress or post a comment below by 5:00 p.m. tonight. A simple comment will get you one entry to win. Rhyming your comment will get you two entries into the ticket giveaway. Please make sure you can be reached at the deadline, either through your Sacramento Press profile or through your Twitter account. If you cannot be reached, the next person will be selected. For more