Sacramento’s Source of the Avant-Garde

From 1967 to 1973, Sacramento was home to the world’s most respected journal of avant-garde music and art, called Source Magazine. The late 1960s were a period of dramatic social change in the worlds of art and music. During this era, groups of like-minded artists gathered in a few cities that became epicenters of creativity. San Francisco’s “Summer of Love” in Haight-Ashbury was one such epicenter, as was Paris during the uprisings of May 1968, or the East Village in Manhattan via Andy Warhol’s “Factory” scene. Sacramento’s epicenter of cutting-edge music was located in the basement of a Victorian home in Midtown’s Poverty Ridge neighborhood, where Source was produced. The house belonged to jazz musician Stan Lunetta, a Sacramento native who was inspired by his junior-high-school music teacher to pursue a career in music education. Lunetta worked his way through school playing in Sacramento’s jazz clubs, but found primary and secondary music education less stimulating than he envisioned. Enrolling in the graduate music program at UC Davis, his musical career took even more unusual turns. When he enrolled in the graduate music program at UC Davis, his musical career began to take some unusual turns. Formed in 1963, the New Music Ensemble, who performed at beatnik hangouts like the Belmonte Gallery and the Iron Sandal, or in conjunction with the Sacramento Symphony and California Musical […]

Continue reading

Art Bikes arrive in Sacramento

In case you didn’t already know: it’s a great weekend to be in Sacramento. In addition to the arrival of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) at the Convention Center, it’s also the finale weekend of Sacramento Beer Week. Both were epitomized at Thursday’s Art Bike Kick Off Party at Hot Italian. Hot Italian was serving their Beer Week special–a Moretti in a glass you get to keep–and Sierra Nevada was on site giving out samples of their beers. Three Art Bikes were on display (have you seen the other nine around town?): a Trike (that you were encouraged to climb on for a photo opp), a Shark Bike, and a St. Patty’s Day Bike. The crowd was asked to submit their vote for their favorite, and the St. Patty’s Day bike–complete with rainbow ending in pot of gold (that were hidden speakers)–was announced the winner. This event was certainly a teaser for the show this weekend–three great examples of creative bikes whetting the palate for NAHBS. If you want to get in on the action, attend the show (public hours are: Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm), get inspired by the vast array of creative bikes, and then decorate your own to bring to Sunday’s Avant-Garde Bike Parade, which starts at 2pm from Fremont Park. The 2.5-mile ride meanders through town, eventually ending […]

Continue reading

Avant-garde giant Oliver Lake performing Live in Sacramento

Oliver Lake is a renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. His singular alto saxophone playing has been heard in a myriad of settings, from the groundbreaking World Saxophone Quartet to performing with rapper Mos Def. He’s arranged music for Lou Reed and Björk, composing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and regularly collaborates with various musicians, poets and dancers around the world. In 1967, Lake helped establish the Black Artists Group in his native St. Louis, Mo., an organization formed to create a sense of community and to set an artistic and business example for young musicians, writers and other artists that still resonates to this day, especially in Lake’s own Passin’ Thru, his non-profit organization and record label, now in its 20th year. In addition to his status as one of the most creative jazz musicians currently playing, he is also an established painter and poet. On Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at the Jean Runyon Little Theatre (located inside of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium) Oliver Lake is making his Sacramento debut with a solo music and poetry performance entitled "Oliver Lake: Singular". Mr. Lake will also join the openers, the Tony Passerell Quintet for a couple numbers of free improvisation. The Sacramento Press caught up with Lake in the midst of rehearsals with The Trio 3, his long-standing group with bassist Reggie Workman […]

Continue reading

Sacramento’s Source of the Avant-Garde

From 1967 to 1973, Sacramento was home to the world’s most respected journal of avant-garde music and art, called Source Magazine. The late 1960s were a period of dramatic social change in the worlds of art and music. During this era, groups of like-minded artists gathered in a few cities that became epicenters of creativity. San Francisco’s “Summer of Love” in Haight-Ashbury was one such epicenter, as was Paris during the uprisings of May 1968, or the East Village in Manhattan via Andy Warhol’s “Factory” scene. Sacramento’s epicenter of cutting-edge music was located in the basement of a Victorian home in Midtown’s Poverty Ridge neighborhood, where Source was produced. The house belonged to jazz musician Stan Lunetta, a Sacramento native who was inspired by his junior-high-school music teacher to pursue a career in music education. Lunetta worked his way through school playing in Sacramento’s jazz clubs, but found primary and secondary music education less stimulating than he envisioned. Enrolling in the graduate music program at UC Davis, his musical career took even more unusual turns. When he enrolled in the graduate music program at UC Davis, his musical career began to take some unusual turns. Formed in 1963, the New Music Ensemble, who performed at beatnik hangouts like the Belmonte Gallery and the Iron Sandal, or in conjunction with the Sacramento Symphony and California Musical […]

continue reading

Art Bikes arrive in Sacramento

In case you didn’t already know: it’s a great weekend to be in Sacramento. In addition to the arrival of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) at the Convention Center, it’s also the finale weekend of Sacramento Beer Week. Both were epitomized at Thursday’s Art Bike Kick Off Party at Hot Italian. Hot Italian was serving their Beer Week special–a Moretti in a glass you get to keep–and Sierra Nevada was on site giving out samples of their beers. Three Art Bikes were on display (have you seen the other nine around town?): a Trike (that you were encouraged to climb on for a photo opp), a Shark Bike, and a St. Patty’s Day Bike. The crowd was asked to submit their vote for their favorite, and the St. Patty’s Day bike–complete with rainbow ending in pot of gold (that were hidden speakers)–was announced the winner. This event was certainly a teaser for the show this weekend–three great examples of creative bikes whetting the palate for NAHBS. If you want to get in on the action, attend the show (public hours are: Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm), get inspired by the vast array of creative bikes, and then decorate your own to bring to Sunday’s Avant-Garde Bike Parade, which starts at 2pm from Fremont Park. The 2.5-mile ride meanders through town, eventually ending […]

continue reading

Avant-garde giant Oliver Lake performing Live in Sacramento

Oliver Lake is a renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. His singular alto saxophone playing has been heard in a myriad of settings, from the groundbreaking World Saxophone Quartet to performing with rapper Mos Def. He’s arranged music for Lou Reed and Björk, composing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and regularly collaborates with various musicians, poets and dancers around the world. In 1967, Lake helped establish the Black Artists Group in his native St. Louis, Mo., an organization formed to create a sense of community and to set an artistic and business example for young musicians, writers and other artists that still resonates to this day, especially in Lake’s own Passin’ Thru, his non-profit organization and record label, now in its 20th year. In addition to his status as one of the most creative jazz musicians currently playing, he is also an established painter and poet. On Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at the Jean Runyon Little Theatre (located inside of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium) Oliver Lake is making his Sacramento debut with a solo music and poetry performance entitled "Oliver Lake: Singular". Mr. Lake will also join the openers, the Tony Passerell Quintet for a couple numbers of free improvisation. The Sacramento Press caught up with Lake in the midst of rehearsals with The Trio 3, his long-standing group with bassist Reggie Workman […]

continue reading