Town House memories

The Town House was just one of those bars. Once every couple of years they closed for a few months–according to the rumor mill, due to another ABC violation for selling to a minor. Once a year or two their “restaurant menu” reappeared for a week or so to satisfy the requirements of their “general eating place” liquor license (which requires that half the facility’s revenue comes from sale of food) and they would sell a few wings and sliders and nachos, then the kitchen would go dormant and the only food in the place was Maraschino cherries and lime chunks. The upstairs dance floor was notoriously creaky and unstable—the best sign to the DJ that the crowd was enjoying the set was terrifying vibrations set off by dancing feet that hinted the floor was about to give way and crush everyone downstairs. And then there were the bathrooms. The best thing about living a few blocks from the Townhouse, other than being a short walk from some very interesting club nights, was being close enough that I could run home to answer nature’s call, and never had to actually touch any part of the inside of the Town House bathroom. For some reason, the best clubs in the world—CBGB, Gilman Street, the Trocadero—always have the filthiest bathrooms. But none of that mattered, because it […]

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December 13th Posada Fundraiser for Local Nonprofit Hosted by the Mexican Consulate of Sacramento

The Mexican Consulate of Sacramento is hosting a Posada party at Splash Bar on the evening of Dec. 13. This event is going to be a fantastic party as well as a fundraising opportunity for a great cause. All proceeds from this event will go to the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, a local nonprofit that has been working to improve socio-economic conditions for California’s rural poor for over 30 years. With doors opening at 7 p.m., guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres provided by Zocalo, music courtesy of Mariachi Los Gallos, the wonderful folk dancing of Folklorico Aztlan de Sacramento and all kinds of other Posada treats! Additionally, there will be a silent auction with items graciously donated by community partners and local artists, alongside an all-night raffle of fantastic prizes, including two round-trip tickets courtesy of AeroMexico. Once 8 p.m. rolls around, DJ Eddie Z will begin to spin inside, while the Posada festivities continue on the heated and covered outdoor patio, both until midnight. Tickets are available online, for only $25 in advance and for $30 at the door. VIP service, including tickets for 10 guests, your own private booth and bottle service, is also available for only $300. Come celebrate the Posada with the Mexican Consulate of Sacramento and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, and support a great cause. […]

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Owner: Townhouse Lounge to close early next year

Townhouse Lounge, the bar and nightclub located at 1517 21st St., is expected to close early next year, according to owner/operator Desi David. “We’ve been there so long – it’s been 15 years – and the landlord is going to raise the lease,” he said. “We don’t blame them, and we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.” David said the business won’t close immediately, and will likely stay open through the holidays, and possibly into next year. “We’re being completely positive about it right now,” he said. “We’ve got a nice community, and we will see what happens.” The business is open from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. every day and features multiple levels of dancing, a bar and live music shows.

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SACTOPALOOZA ’12

It’s that time of year again!                                  The time has come again!!!!! The Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento #1 is proud to announce its 44th annual Spring Party, Sactopalooza 2012. This years party is being held at a Sacramento landmark, The Sacramento Zoo, on June 16 from 5pm – 10pm. With a capacity of 2,500 party goers (21+ years old), Sactopalooza is promising to entertain with TWO top tribute bands to No Doubt and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, six bars, terrific food, mechanical bull riding, jousting, and DJ Rigatony performing on a separate dance area. – This is a Rain or Shine event and all attendee’s must be 21 and over ( MUST have valid ID ) – Check in @ WILL CALL to receive your Entrance Ticket – All Sales Final *********** ADDED BONUS *********** Thanks to one of our sponsors, PAVILION CAR WASH, each ticket stub is redeemable for a FREE car wash ($11.99 value).   Get your tickets online NOW!   http://www.sactopalooza.com http://www.facebook.com/sactopalooza twitter:  @sactopalooza   sactopalooza@gmail.com     Active 20-30 Club #1 Sacramento will host its annual Spring Party fundraising event, now known as Sactopalooza. 100% of proceeds raised go toward helping enrich the lives of special-needs children in the Sacramento Region. Disclosure: Anthony Trejo […]

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Even more Cinco de Mayo events in Sacramento

Sacramento’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations branch out this year with Mexican music, tequila tastings, full-on fiestas, of course the requisite drinking & dancing events, and even a few options for the non-drinking crowd. In addition to the events included in this article, discover even more options in the round up below, and don’t forget to head over to Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Event section to check out the whole shebang. Ay-yi-yi! Foodie focus: 5th Annual Tequila Festival: Zocalo, Thurs 6pm-9pm This year features six different tequila distilleries: Siete Leguas, Herencia Mexicana, Fortaleza, Avion, Seleccion, and Tres Agaves. Hosted by Joe Anthony, Jimmy, and Ernesto. And, for aficionados, a cigar bar hosted by Fat Man Cigars. Tequila & Beer Social: Centro, Thurs 6:30pm-8pm Tequila representatives from Partida, Tradicional, and Cazadores, along with beer representatives from Modelo Especial, Corona, and Pacifico, will be at Centro on Thursday to share tastings of their delicious tequilas and beers. Cinco de Mayo Viva la Vino: Old Sugar Mill, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Clarksburg Wine Company, located within the Old Sugar Mill. There will be complimentary tacos, a live Mariachi band, and, of course, wine! All-day Fiestas: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Centro: Centro, Fri 11:30am-11pm; Sat 3pm-1am Friday features all-day drink specials to kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend. Enjoy $1-off all Mexican draft beers […]

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Sacramento Electronic Music Festival goes big for year three

Have you seen the line-up for this year’s Sacramento Electronic Festival? It’s chock full of electronic artists of all varieties, well known and upcoming, spanning three days–May 3-May 5–taking over both Harlow’s and the Momo Lounge. Founded in 2010, SEMF’s third year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Sacramento365.com sat down with SEMF co-collaborators Adam Saake and Clay Nutting to find out the behind-the scenes scoop. How did the Sacramento Electronic Musical Festival get started? Adam: It’s a grassroots festival and even though we’re approaching year three we are in no way, shape, or form even done building the foundation of this thing. We try to keep that in mind, try to be humble about what we’re doing, and make sure we’re doing something really, really cool, but also not putting ourselves in a position where we’re going to fail so miserably we won’t be able to do it again. Clay: You know my philosophy is you do something once and pull it off, you do something twice you confirm it, and by the third year you can’t do the same thing again, so I was like, “You know what, let’s just go big. F*ck it.” We just called every big artist and were like “Hey, this could be a shot in the dark, maybe not, but we’re doing this–do you want to […]

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Hyper Crush plays Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades hosted the tour finale of the Glow Sticks for Breakfast Tour Sunday night, featuring performances by Hyper Crush, Benzi, Silver Medallion and Sacramento band Playboy School. Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz‘s DJ project with Spencer Peterson, Black Cards, was also scheduled to perform, but the duo had to pull out a few days before the show due to an ankle injury. Playboy School kicked things off in the early slot with a lukewarm set as people trickled in. Benzi livened the mood up with an electronic/Top 40 set that had a few guys raging, and a while later Silver Medallion came out and grabbed the mic, adding some organic energy to the stage as he ran around, whipping his long hair around and getting the crowd fist-pumping. Headliners Hyper Crush are an "electrohop" band from Los Angeles, working the ‘80s/’90s retro/synth/neon-clothing angle. They are rapper Donny Fontaine, vocalist Holly Valentine and keytarist Preston Moronie. They are currently promoting their album “Night Wave,” released in February. They made the most of it on a slow Sunday night with songs like "Werk Me" and "Bad Boyz," which borrows the chorus from the gem "Bad Bad Boys" from ‘90s Swedish group Midi, Maxi & Efti.  Photos by Steven Chea.

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SideTrax night club sets Labor Day weekend opening date

SideTrax, a night club being built on top of Hot Rod’s near 20th and K streets, is now on pace for a Labor Day weekend opening, and an innovative membership program may be the key to allowing 18- to 20-year-olds access despite the club having a full bar. The venue was initially scheduled to open last spring, but the date had to be pushed back due to construction delays involving design changes and the addition of an extensive patio. Owner T.J. Bruce said the club will accommodate about 300 people in a cigar bar-meets-urban lounge setting with high-quality sound and lighting systems. Bruce also owns nearby Lavender Heights night spots The Depot and Badlands, and he said SideTrax will appeal to the LGBT community, but is open to all. “We decided to add a large patio,” Bruce said Tuesday, explaining the delay in construction. “You’ve got to have outdoor area. The people with the outdoor areas are the people that are going to survive.” About one third of the 3,000-square-foot, second-floor venue will be taken up by the patios, one of which faces the street while the other is larger and on the backside. Yet to be determined: whether it will be open to those aged 18 to 20. Bruce said he hopes the city will allow him to serve alcohol and stay open to […]

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Even more St. Patrick’s Day events in Sacramento

Sacramento is coming alive this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day! To build upon the great round-up of events included in this article, here are a few more to consider for this Saturday. Block Parties & Pub Parties: -St. Paddy’s R Street Pub Crawl: R Street Corridor (14th-15th Streets), Sat Noon-1am Come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at your favorite R District bars: R15 Bar, Ace of Spades, Burgers & Brew, and the Shady Lady. Enjoy a performance by The Cheeseballs, drink specials, and Irish grub at all locations. -St. Paddy’s in The Sutter District: The Sutter District, Sat Noon-1am Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at your favorite Sutter District bars: Ink Eats & Drinks, Blue Cue, BarWest, Monkey Bar, Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar, Paragary’s Bar & Oven, Centro Cocina Mexicana, and Harlow’s. Enjoy $3 Guinness at all locations. -St. Patty’s Day at The Golden Bear: The Golden Bear, Sat 1pm-2am Watch bartenders compete in the cocktail competition; enjoy the sounds of Dusty Brown, Hot Tar Roofers, The Great Northern Divers, and Horseneck on the outdoor stage; and dance the night away when DJ Shaun Slaughter provides jams for the after party. Plus, enjoy a special Irish Food Menu including a Corn Beef Banh Mi & drink specials all night on Red Breast, Jameson, and Absolut. ———————————————————————— Nightlife: -St. Patty’s Day Party with Lynt Trap: Vega’s, […]

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Saturday: Verge Ahead into 2012

Verge Center for the Arts has remained a consistent hub of creativity for Sacramento since they first opened their doors as a private art gallery in 2009. In 2010 they expanded into their current space—a 22,000 square foot warehouse in Downtown Sacramento—and organized as a nonprofit. Now home to 30 resident studio artists, plus extensive gallery and event space, Verge continues their mission of exposing Sacramento to the contemporary art and artists of the region. 2011 was a particularly big year for Verge. Among many other achievements, they had a more-than-successful Kickstarter campaign ($9,165 raised on a $7,500 goal!), won the First Place award of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund, and Executive Director Liv Moe was named Arts Executive of the Year at the Arts & Business Council’s “Prelude to the Season” event. This Saturday, celebrate Verge’s 2011 successes and help them “Verge Ahead” into 2012 at the “Verge Ahead Success Party” (6pm-Midnight at Verge, 625 S Street, Sacramento). If you have yet to check out this innovative local arts spot, there’s no better time than this! In addition to exploring the studios of resident artists, you’ll be able to play “Art Golf” (each hole is specially designed by a Verge artist, and be sure to try for a hole-in-one at the Sac365 hole!), get your photo […]

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