Summer concert series, entertainment for all!

It’s that time of year again when downtown Sacramento becomes the hub of entertainment for all party seekers and concert goers. This hub is located at Cesar Chavez Plaza, on the corner of Ninth Street and I Street. The Downtown Partnership announced on April 9 the after party locations for all concert goers to go to after Concert in the Park. The first set of bands will set up May 3, the first Friday of the concert series. Concerts begin at 5pm and go to 9pm and the last night of Concert in the Park will end on July 26.   As stated on their website there are nine official locations that are prime party spots to head to after the concert. To partake in the after party merriment check out the full list of locations on the Downtown Partnership’s website. As a previous downtown Sacramento resident, my Fridays are explicitly planned around concert in the park, but finding the best location for the after party is always a toss-up. The Downtown Partnership steps up their game every year; they do this by listening to their customers and finding out what more they can do to enhance the concert series. This time last year the concert layout was drastically changed to have an open beer garden with food trucks and vendors scattered around the perimeter of the […]

Continue reading

Sax and violins at CIP

If you haven’t made it to Concerts in the Park this year you’re missing out on some of the best music Sacramento has to offer. This past Friday was no exception as DJ X-GVNR entertained the CIP crowd in between acts. Playboy School was the first band to take the stage. The five member group includes Mackenzie Knoester and Liani Moore backing them was Steve Robinson on guitar, Ian McLachlan on bass and Alexa Golden on drums. The Sacramento based band started their set with “Chasing Rainbows.” Their original compositions and delivery were energetic, upbeat and included the use of a host of different instruments. Playboy School delivered enjoyable melodies and later went retro delighting the audience with their rendition of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin’" and with that song many more people joined other dancers who had been motivated by Playboy School tunes. For those who hadn’t heard Playboy School perform before their eyes and ears were open to a new experience. As Rick Stanley said during their performance, “They’re a terrific band. I think they’re going to make it big one of these days. I’ve never heard of them before but I’m a big fan now, they were terrific. I hope to see them again soon.” As Playboy School finished their set I asked Knoester and Moore a few questions in order […]

Continue reading

Sacramento music at Concerts in the Park

The Friday night summer concerts series returned to Cesar Chavez Plaza. Concerts in the Park returned for the first time without promoter Jerry Perry hosting the event. The music played on Friday, May 4 continues to be as entertaining as ever. Just like Fiesta en la Calle did last year this year’s CIP includes a DJ on site. DJ Shaun Slaughter supplied great music for those in attendance. Slaughter, writes and produces music under D.A.M.B., and also performed at the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival Saturday night. Concerts in the Park began on May 4 and runs every Friday until July 27. Many of last year’s bands return to the venue. Another noticeable difference this year is that the beer garden has disappeared. Customers, at least for the time being, are allowed to take their drinks and enjoy them within the park. The first band to take the stage was the Storytellers. The Sacramento based band has entertained audiences for several years. Their brand of reggae, jazz, soul and ska was shared with new and old fans. Like true storytellers they told great tales with their musical and lyrical interpretations. Dynamic sounds of reggae, jazz and ska were delivered with much enthusiasm. The audience was hypnotized by their wide arrangement and the way it was delivered. Vocals where also particularly striking as Rachelonia’s presence and delivery […]

Continue reading

Mayor spreads word about the benefits of an entertainment/sports complex

Mayor Kevin Johnson is currently in the process of visiting Sacramento’s six major counties to discuss the benefits of a future entertainment and sports complex along the stretch of what used to be the old Southern Pacific railyards downtown. At the mayor’s weekly press conference Tuesday, Johnson, who had just visited El Dorado County and the city of Folsom the day before, called his visits “authentic outreach.” Johnson is going on a bus tour Thursday to visit regions of El Dorado County, Davis, Roseville and Rancho Cordova to seek input from the communities there, he said. This city-to-city outreach is part of the the mayor’s Think Big Coalition. Johnson said the four guiding principles include putting the taxpayers first, making sure it’s about jobs, acknowledging that having an entertainment/sports complex is bigger than just sports and recognizing the need to win as a region. “It’s really about us taking the show on the road and talking about the economic impact and benefits of having a new entertainment/sports complex,” Johnson said. “It’s much broader than the city of Sacramento. People of the region love that we’re going to them.” In order to bolster community participation and support for an entertainment/sports complex, Johnson said there will be a design contest in which citizens will compete to design some part of the space outside of the proposed complex. […]

continue reading

Friday Night Concerts in the Park return May 7

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) has released the 2010 schedule for the Friday Night Concerts in the Park. The free, outdoor concert series will rock Cesar Chavez Plaza (10th and J streets) every Friday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting May 7 though August 13. For the latest concert news, visit www.downtownsac.org/concerts. 2010 CONCERT SCHEDULE* May 7 – Kepi Ghoulie The Kelps, Dog Party, Simpl3jack May 14 – Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Low Down Dirty Dogs May 21 – Dance Gavin Dance Phallucy, Con of Man, Desario May 28 – Mike Farrell Aaron King & The Imperials, One Eyed Rhyno June 4 – Method Echo The Nibblers, Live Manikin June 11 – The Nickel Slots Los Blazing Hangovers Mae McCoy & The Neon Stars June 18 – Secretions The Shruggs, The Four Eyes, The Enlows June 25 – Mumbo Gumbo Not An Airplane July 2 – The New Humans Sister Crayon, Chelsea Wolfe July 9 – Izabella Walking Spanish, Inversions July 16 – Kate Gaffney Gerald Pease, Autumn Sky, Juliana Zachariou July 23 – Lite Brite Prieta, Musical Charis July 30 – Whiskey & Stitches Final Summation, Bastards of Young August 6 – The Golden Cadillacs Light Rail, Johnny Guitar Knox & the Soothers August 13 – The Brodys The Phantom Jets, This Luxury *Schedule is subject to change. Produced by the […]

continue reading

‘End of Summer Fest’ canceled

Promoter Jerry Perry confirmed with The Sacramento Press Wednesday that the remaining three shows scheduled for End of Summer Fest have been canceled. According to Perry, the first two shows did not draw nearly enough people, resulting in a loss of money. In fact, the shows were about 2000 people short for the event to even break even, Perry said. "Attendance was about half of what I call ‘break even,’" he said. "[During Concerts in the Park] there were times when we had over three times as many people." As a last ditch effort, Perry tried to relocate Friday’s show featuring The Secretions to Old Ironsides, but the band declined the offer. The Secretions, a Sammie Lifetime Achievement Award-winning punk band who have been together since 1991, were to headline the show. Secretions’ fans, also known as "Secretins," can still catch the band this Saturday night when they will be premiering their music video for "Back in the Day Punk." Click here for information on the all-ages show at the Shire Road Club (5525 Auburn Blvd.), which also includes Aroarah, Flip the Switch, The Phantom Jets and DJ Rob Fatal. "I can’t continue to lose money [because] attendance is down," Perry said. He noted that the California State Fair is going on at the same time, but the State Fair has also been suffering from […]

continue reading

Kai Kln to headline first End of Summer Fest concert

"Unfortunately, I’m the idiot [who] came up with the world’s worst f***ing band name," said Kai Kln drummer Neil Franklin. "It comes back to haunt me when I have to explain this name and try to pronounce it." Kai Kln (pronounced "kai" as in "kaiser" and "klin, but ignore the vowel," Franklin said) formed in Carmichael and played its first gig in August 1989 at Southside Park. When the four-piece headlines the inaugural End of Summer Fest concert in Cesar Chavez Plaza, it will be the 20-year anniversary of the band’s first performance. Friday’s concert, which is a continuation of Concerts in the Park, will also feature opening band Prieta, a 2009 Sammie award winner for best rock band. Prieta plays fast-paced rock ‘n’ roll, sounding like a cross between Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden. Back in the late ’80s before Scott Anderson, Neil Franklin, Sherman Loper and Gene Smith adopted it as their band name, "Kai Kln" was a character from a story Neil Franklin wrote in detention. "I had to do something in Saturday detention every week, so I started to write these stupid stories about this character I made up," he explained. Despite having the "worst" name, in the first year that it existed, Kai Kln quickly made friends with Sacramento promoters Jerry Perry and Brian McKenna, both of whom found the band […]

continue reading

Sol Peligro to headline final Concert in the Park

"People are probably going to give me [s***] about this," said Sol Peligro lead singer Sam Miranda. "Watching John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever [at] eight years old, I thought, ‘This guy is cool.’" Though his band Sol Peligro plays reggae-influenced cumbia music — not disco — Miranda points to this moment as the first time he knew he wanted to be in a band. Friday night, Sol Peligro will be headlining a Concert in the Park that includes Retrograde Revolution and La Noche Oskura (click links for MySpace). Retrograde Revolution sounds like a Yellowman-influenced reggae/hip hop outfit, while La Noche Oskura combines punk and ska to sound like a Mexican Sublime. Miranda formed Sol Peligro in 2004, a year after leaving his previous band, Raigambre, because he was going to be a father. Raigambre had been a success, winning a Sammie, his band mates often practicing up to four times per week. As soon as Miranda found out that a baby was on the way, he left the band on good terms. It allowed the band to focus on music and allowed him to take a full-time job at a dental insurance company to prepare for the baby. After 20 years of performing as a musician, Miranda reflected on why this was the wise choice. "Now I have a family to think about," he […]

continue reading

Concerts in the Park: Rowdy Kate to headline

"Country" music means different things to different people. To Rowdy Kate lead singer Keri Carr, it means feeling at home. She recalled that during her childhood, her father was a cowboy who rode horses and bulls and listened to country music. After her parents divorced, Carr and her mother moved away, distancing her from her father. "I missed him a lot when I was growing up," she explained. "It feels like home to me when I sing country music." Friday night, Rowdy Kate will bring the "back home" country spirit to Concerts in the Park. The band will headline a show that also includes Hellbound Glory and Flounder (click links for MySpace). Hellbound Glory members describe themselves as, a "scumbag country" band that "builds on the roots of honky tonk, bluegrass, rockabilly, and outlaw country." Flounder plays a diverse style of indie rock. Keri Carr spent her youth moving around with her mother from San Francisco to Ohio, Virginia and Spain before settling in Sacramento in 1990. Her mother taught her how to sing, and was the biggest influence on her singing, Carr said. "With my mom, I sing rancheras and boleros, and those are representative of my mom’s side of the family, which I was distanced from in my upbringing as well," she explained. Ever since her childhood days, Carr’s second creative passion was […]

continue reading

Concerts in the Park: The Brodys bringing props to the plaza

The Brodys bring more than musical instruments to their Concerts in the Park shows: They also bring props. They like to up the entertainment value of their shows by bringing a little something extra. One year, they brought a fake 30-foot shark to go with a beach theme. Another year they brought in a Brodys cover band who played the band’s instruments while the group listened from the beer garden. Once, they brought the entire Cal Aggie Marching Band to play a song with them. "Every year we raise the bar for ourselves; we can’t just go back to showing up and playing," said The Brodys’ lead singer Tony Brusca. "People coming out will get good music and chuckles, too." This year they will spend a little extra money building a homemade set out of plywood and paint. "People will not be disappointed," Brusca said, though he did not add any details on what else the set included. The Brodys will play their 13th Concert in the Park on Friday and will be the headlining band. Opening will be Goodness Gracious Me and The Broken Poet (click links for MySpace). Goodness Gracious Me plays an indie-garage style rock, while The Broken Poet plays a mixture of piano-based rock. The Brodys formed in Sacramento in 1994 as a pop-punk rock band. They released their debut album […]

continue reading