Summertime means reggae music in Sacramento and throughout the region

It’s summertime!  The solstice has passed. The sun and heat are upon us (note: at the time of publication, it’s actually raining. Climate Change), and the sound of music is in the air.  Summer is a time for all sorts of indoor and outdoor shows featuring bands and performers from all kinds of genres and backgrounds.  A particular capital city and regional favorite is Reggae. Sacramento music lovers are no strangers to great reggae.  This past weekend alone, Fiji performed at Ace of Spades, Urbanfire performed at Swabbie’s, and Zion Roots released a new CD at Harlow’s.  All of that happened on the same night.  Tough choice for music lovers who presumably would go see all three shows if only they were at different times, on different days, or perhaps playing one after another at a festival.  Indeed, festivals are what we love.  Great lineups, great values, and a great experience for the whole family as most are all ages events. Sacramentans need not be denied.  The second annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival comes to South Shore this weekend.  Held outdoors at the Montbleu Resort, this year’s lineup features SOJA, Alpha Blondy, Stick Figure, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Passafire, Island of Black and White, J*Ras, and Sacramento’s very own Squarefield Massive who is just coming off a show with headliner Inner Circle at Harlow’s.  SOJA recently performed at […]

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Megabus: ‘We’re not your grandfather’s bus company’

Making a weekend trip to the city or Nevada will soon be much cheaper for Sacramentans. A low-cost express bus company -– Megabus.com – will start making non-stop trips from Old Sacramento to San Francisco and Sparks/Reno, Nev., starting Dec. 12. The double-decker buses can carry 81 passengers, includes a restroom, Wi-Fi capabilities and power outlets.  "We’re not your grandfather’s bus company," said Mike Alvich, vice president of marketing and public relations for Megabus. The majority of customers are young professionals, he said, followed by young women taking day or weekend trips together, seniors, families and business people. One-way tickets start at $1 and increase as the departure date approaches. But for the first week of travel, the company will offer the $1 fare to all passengers. The most someone could expect to pay for a one-way trip is $20, Alvich said. "We think people will be taking leisure trips," Alvich said. "We’ve made it possible for people to fulfill their travel dreams." That may be a stretch, bordering on Disney-style marketing, but their biggest competitor isn’t airlines or even other bus companies, says Alvich. It’s the car, followed by people’s fear that they can’t afford to travel. "So much so that we’ve changed our advertising," Alvich said. "Now we’re saying the expense of travel shouldn’t keep you from doing the things you love." But […]

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River Cats win behind Carter’s first homerun of the season

After being shut out for two straight games, including their home opener on Friday night, the Sacramento River Cats got their offense back on track Saturday as their first homestand of the 2012 season continued with the Reno Aces. Grant Green and Derek Norris collected two hits apiece while Chris Carter smacked his first homerun of the season. The River Cats held on to beat the Aces by a final score of 4-3. River Cats starting pitcher Fabio Castro and three relievers combined to record ten strikeouts on the night and Castro earned his first victory of the year. Castro recorded five of those strikeouts while walking a batter and allowing just one run on four hits by the Aces. Reno used three consecutive base hits in the first inning to jump out to a 1-0 lead after Cole Gillespie was driven home on a single to right-center field from Randy Ruiz. In the bottom half of the second inning Norris hit a one-out double to the corner in right field. He was followed by Adam Rosales, who hit into the same corner to drive Norris home and tie the game at 1-1. Green, who was 3-for-4 on Friday, recorded his second hit in Saturday’s game with a single to right field in the third inning. He was brought home on Carter’s first homerun of […]

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River Cats shut out in home opener

After opening the 2012 season on the road eight days ago, the Sacramento River Cats finally played their home opener on Friday night. The crowd of 6,189 was treated to a classic pitcher’s duel while sitting through a brief rain shower in the early innings, but in the end they saw the River Cats fall to the visiting Reno Aces by a final score of 2-0. River Cats starting pitcher Brad Peacock allowed just one hit over six innings and it was the second inning which proved to be Peacock’s only blemish on the night. Following the walk of Aces shortstop Cody Ransom, a wild pitch by Peacock allowed Ransom to advance to second base and an attempted pickoff play at first base by River Cats catcher Derek Norris resulted in an error, allowing Ransom to move to third base. A sacrifice fly by catcher Konrad Schmidt brought Ransom home giving the Aces the only run they would need. Ransom also scored Reno’s insurance run in the ninth inning after he drew a walk and was driven home on a triple by shortstop Ryan Wheeler. Peacock, who was obtained by Sacramento’s parent club in the offseason trade of all-star pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Washington, recorded eight strikeouts on the night including four consecutive K’s over the second and third innings. Peacock is now 1-1 on […]

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Winning, It’s Fundamental

 Coco Crisp started his second straight game in center field for the Sacramento River Cats Wednesday night. Everyone’s favorite nine-year major league veteran whose name is derived from a breakfast cereal led off the home half of the first with a sharply hit single to left center to extend his hitting streak to, well, two games.   The former Cleveland Indian, Boston Red Sock, and Kansas City Royal was pulled after the fifth inning, finishing his night going one for two with a strikeout. Though Crisp got all the fanfare, another former Cleveland Indian actually had more of an impact on the game.   Jamey Wright, signed as a free agent on Tuesday, combined with starter Kyle Middleton and reliever Edwar Ramirez to limit the Reno Aces to two hits in the 4-0 River Cats shutout.   I did a double take when I saw the 15-year major league vet take the mound to start the sixth inning. He was released by the Indians last week. Should he get called up by Oakland, they would be his eighth major league team.   Giants fans may remember Wright as the fifth starter on their 2006 squad that finished 76-85, otherwise known as "The Oldest Team Ever." Their youngest regular starter was 31-year old-Pedro Feliz. They once started 41-year-old Steve Finley in left, 41-year-old Barry Bonds in […]

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Cats Happy To Be Home

 WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After a much-needed three days off for the All-Star break, the Sacramento River Cats return to action at Raley Field on Thursday night to begin a four-game homestand with a PCL Pacific South Division foe, the Reno Aces. It’s Sacramento only weekend homestand this month. Sacramento hopes some home cooking will help them start the second half as the finished the first: dominating the league. The River Cats ended the first half of the season on a hard-fought road trip in which they went 5-4. Although Sacramento does enjoy a 10.5 game lead over the second-place Reno Aces in the division, Reno is hot right now. The Aces leapfrogged the struggling Fresno Grizzlies and they will look to get ever so closer to the River Cats for the division lead. Since coming off the disabled list, third baseman Jeff Baisley has been in the zone. He hit a two-out, two-strike two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning against Fresno on Sunday to help send the game into extra innings. In their 15th extra inning game, Sacramento won in 12 innings as shortstop Cliff Pennington hit a line drive to right field for an RBI-double to score the go-ahead run. The River Cats would go on to score two more times in the inning to win 10-7 heading into […]

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In The Heat Of Summer The River Cats Are In The Middle Of A Sizzling Pennant Race

 As the Sacramento River Cats finish up a four game-series with the Las Vegas 51s, the Fresno Grizzlies and Reno Aces are in Sacramento’s rear-view mirror in the PCL Pacific South Division standings. The River Cats are in the middle of a pennant race, and July will go a long way in deciding who wins the division. Sacramento plays Fresno and Reno eight times each in July. Sacramento begins the month with a three-game series at Raley Field against Fresno. As of Tuesday, the River Cats are six games ahead of the Grizzlies in the division. Sacramento then goes on the road for their longest road trip of the season, starting with four in Reno. The Aces trail the River Cats by seven games in the division. On July 8 they travel to Fresno to take on the Grizzlies in a humongous five-game series. The River Cats get a much-needed three-day break, as the All-Star break is July 13-15. The second half of the season kicks off at Raley Field when the River Cats play Reno in a quick three-game stanza before hitting the road again for eight games. Sacramento will begin their series with Fresno on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Shawn Chacon (1-1, 3.46) will take the mound for the River Cats and Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.96) will be pitching for the Grizzlies in […]

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Sacramento Artists Show at Reno Motel Art Festival in June

Two Sacramento artists, Ann Tracy and Liv Moe, will show their work in rooms at Reno’s NadaDada Motel, where over 100 artists are expected to display and create work, June 18th to the 21st, 2009 at Hotel El Cortez, 239 W 2nd St and the Town House Motor Lodge, 303 W 2nd St in downtown Reno, NV. Tracy will take up residence at the El Cortez in room 212 and Moe will exhibit at the Town House. Hours will generally be 11 am to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For Tracy’s 2nd year exhibiting at the festival, she is creating an installation involving video and blow-up dolls, as well as new work from the Motel Variations series. She will share the space with Cherie Hacker’s “Sex Sells, Art Starves” poster series and decadent jewelry from CynStones, created by local actor Cynthia Burdick. The Motel Variations are limited edition digital collages, inspired by the Dada art movement, which subvert, parody and critique mainstream cultural assumptions of motel activities. Tracy and Burdick will also perform erotic poetry and bawdy limericks at the Hotel El Cortez’s Tropicana Ballroom on Saturday, June 20th at 8 pm. Tracy’s fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City. In 2003 her work, “Stop” was included in the catalog of the “Violence […]

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