Photos: Foo Fighters at Power Balance Pavilion

After an original Oct. 20 show date that had to be rescheduled, alt-rock powerhouse Foo Fighters performed at Power Balance Pavilion on Tuesday night for about 10,000 fans. Opening the show was fantastic L.A. punk band The Bronx, playing as their alter-ego Mariachi El Bronx, which is less a gimmick than you might think. What started as a lark for the punk band has grown into a love that has seen the band release two mariachi albums and gain a following, and, yes, they stay true to the authentic mariachi style of music as well as wear black charro suits. The band performs in a variety of ways, sometimes incorporating mariachi into their punk set, sometimes performing as a punk band and mariachi band on consecutive nights, and sometimes having one band open up for the other. Following Mariachi El Bronx was Cage the Elephant from Bowling Green, Ky. The band found success with their 2009 single "Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked" and have been touring constantly since then. Vocalist Matthew Schultz is known for stage diving at Cage performances, and this night was no exception. "Promise me one thing," Schultz told the crowd from the stage. "If I jump into the crowd and get knocked unconscious, I want you to promise to keep passing my body around and having a good time!" And […]

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Rock & Roll Tour and Pub Crawl

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) conducts several walking Tours in the downtown area. The walking tours introduce visitors to people, places and events that have created California history. DSP’s mission is to establish downtown Sacramento as a vibrant business, cultural and entertainment destination in Sacramento via private and public partnerships consisting of residents, visitors and investors. This Friday they conducted a Rock & Roll History Tour and Pub Crawl. The tour began at the corner of 9th and J Streets at one of the entrances to the Concerts in the Park held at Cesar Chavez Plaza. The walk began at 6 in the evening. By this time, Wahnder Lust had begun their set at the first Concerts in the Park event. This year marks the 20th year anniversity of Concerts in the Park and Jerry Perry has been promoting the event for the past 15 years. The series of walks around downtown Sacramento being offered includes one especially for kids, a Speakeasy tour, a Sacramento architecture and art tour as well as the Rock & Roll History Tour and Pub Crawl. It’s a walk that explores the history of Sacramento’s music scene. This tour is still being developed but it will run every Friday until the end of May. The day of the tour may or may not change after that depending on how it develops. The tour […]

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Dive Bar Grand Opening

On Wednesday night, Dive Bar held its grand opening. The "New K Street" has been covered ad nauseum here and (and here and here and here. . . .) and elsewhere. George Karpaty's new "entertainment complex" is big news, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I put on my press hat, my dance pants and my shiniest shirt and headed over. The block was already bumping when I arrived a little before 8 p.m. I went to Dive Bar first, but my contact was nowhere to be found, the mermaids had yet to arrive and the bar was seatless. I decided to to take my leave and begin my night with a beer at the pizza "joint" next door. Pizza Rock was bustling. The huge dining room was close to packed, and a handful of people were gathered by the host desk awaiting their tables.  There were, however, a couple open seats at the long curved bar. I chose one directly underneath the grill of the Peterbilt DJ booth and made myself comfortable. I am pleased to report that they have 24 oz PBR tallboys (In Wisconsin they call em silos!) for the relatively reasonable price of $4 apiece. Well, $4.40 with tax. Look, I ended up paying $11 for two of em with tip. Like I said, relatively. […]

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Dead Rock Stars

This Halloween night I did not buy candy for the little trick or treaters. Actually I was not even home to hand out treats instead I went over to Old Ironsides on 10th and S Streets for an evening of music. Old Ironsides hosted their annual Dead Rock Stars Show. It was billed as an evening where musical guests played selections from their favorite musicians, the dead ones. Jerry Perry, the master of ceremonies for the show, started off by attempting to perform a standup comic routine. Dressed up in Halloween costume he was assisted by his wife dressed up as Poison Ivy. Jerry was dressed up as D. Weed. In regards to his comic routine, one guest put it in perspective by saying “I hope he doesn’t give up his regular job for this.” I agreed. During the evening, and in between acts, Jerry entertained the audience and asked trivia question and also gave out fabulous prizes and introduced the acts for the evening. Ol' Cotton Dreary started off the night with a tribute to the Doors by starting off with Maggie M'Gill. This was a great starting point for the evening’s musical entertainment. They also played Don’t Stand So Close to Me by the Police. I thought they were still all alive but maybe I missed something while taking a sip of my […]

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Nirvana bassist talks politics, social networking

Before he was a political activist and lecturer, Krist Novoselic was a founding member and bassist of Seattle-based Nirvana, one of the most influential bands in history. After Nirvana ended when lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, Novoselic became proactive in politics, using his celebrity to draw attention to his causes, which include promoting election reform and increasing voter turnout. Thursday night he spoke to a group of roughly 150 in the University Union ballroom at Sacramento State. Free and open to the public, the chiefly student audience was a mix of the politically minded and curiosity-seeking. “The last I heard about Krist Novoselic was that he was fighting censorship in music,” said David Martin, a criminal justice major at Sacramento State. “I’m also a Libertarian and thought we might have some common ground. I'm open to anything and interested to see what his views are." Account manager Stephanie Stern was simply curious: “I’m 29, and Nirvana was huge to me growing up. To be able to see Krist is pretty cool.” Over the course of two hours, Novoselic touched on several topics, one of which was his past experience with music censorship. “It was up to the band and artists to challenge that,” he said. “You would have to go to court and say ‘No, (the Nirvana song) “Rape Me” […]

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Sactown Rundown – Aug. 19-25

Blast from the Past: On Friday night, local promoter Jerry Perry unveils his footage from Nirvana playing the Cattle Club 20 years ago with a free screening, here is the lowdown. The Future is Coming On: Has anyone else noticed how many concerts are locked and loaded for the next couple of months? Atmosphere, Dave Matthews, JJ Grey, Devil Makes Three, Trombone Shorty – whoa nellie, we’re going to be busy here at the Rundown in September. Stay tuned… Here and Now: A little bluegrass, a dance party, and a sultry and slightly crazy songstresses for your weekend. Here’s what’s on deck: Hot Buttered Rum – Drums in a bluegrass band? Depending on who you talk to, it can either be a welcome addition, or it will go over like herpes at a swingers party. San Francisco’s Hot Buttered Rum have recently experimented with a more electric pop sound to go with their deeply rooted bluegrass traditions, adding beefier amps and a kit to their original string band formula on their newest album “Limbs Akimbo,” produced by Mother Hips front man Tim Bluhm and featuring a guest spot from local wonderboy Jackie Greene. The results have been mostly positive to their transition, but at this Friday’s show, it’s a moot point – HBR will be doing an acoustic, string band format performance, with special guest […]

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Raw, loud concert film marks Nirvana at the Cattle Club, 20 years later

When word first hit the streets that long time local promoter Jerry Perry was sitting on a video recording of Nirvana playing at the Cattle Club 20 years ago, it didn’t take long for friends in Sacramento’s music community to begin shouting “here we are now, entertain us.” “Everyone was asking me ‘can I come over and watch it’ or ‘can you burn me a copy,’” Perry said. “Everyone under the sun was saying ‘I’ll have a BBQ and you bring the movie.’ I probably turned down the BBQ invitation about four times.” “We did not want to let bootlegs (of the performance) get out everywhere, we wanted it to be really special and we didn’t want to exploit it,” Perry added. “So I thought, why don’t we just try and make it a big movie showing?” And so it went that the dark, loud and quiveringly-raw concert performance film would be seen at the Crest on August 20, the to-the-day 20 year anniversary of Nirvana’s first performance at that venue (alongside Sonic Youth). "Nirvana: Live @ The Cattle Club Feb 12, 1990" screens on Friday night at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film beginning at 8 p.m. Perry has plans for a Q&A session with the crowd after the movie. And as Perry would only have […]

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Downtown walking tour offers snapshot of local music history

Yes, that really did happen here. The complaints and rumblings about music in Sacramento have been mounting for years: a perceived disconnect between the local music scene and the community, the glaring lack of consistent all-ages music venues in the downtown area and a debilitating middle child syndrome caused by big name touring acts that often pass the Capitol City over for gigs in the Bay Area. In the face of the retrospective on local music provided by Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s newest walking tour, it becomes hard to find anything to complain about. Entitled “Locally Grown, Internationally Known: The history of the Sacramento Music Scene,” this hour-long tour offers not only several nuggets of information on Downtown’s musical past, but a sense of where the Sacramento scene is now, and where it wants to go. The tours run every Friday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. The walk begins at Cesar Chavez Plaza at the corner of Ninth and J streets, travels east to 15th and J Street, then back up L Street, ending back at Cesar Chavez Plaza at approximately 5 p.m., right at the beginning of the Friday Night Concerts in the Park, a series that runs through Aug. 13. The cost for the tour is $10. As always, the concerts are free. “Locally Grown, Internationally Known” is the latest offering in the Downtown […]

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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 […]

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