2012 Sacramento Music Festival

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The 2012 Sacramento Music Festival is all brand-new and shiny like a new penny.

2011 was the last year of the Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee.

This is the 39th Annual Festival in Sacramento.  The organizers are looking to get back on a track of growth for Festival attendees and music participants.

Attendance has been dropping the last few years and organizers and the city want to have more than 700,000 people attend this years Festival!

So what is in a name change??

Well for a music festival like the old Jaz Jubilee it signals a change in the styles of music and types of musical acts who will be showcased.

No longer is the focus on old-time traditional jubilee jazz.

Sure, that form of music will be heard.  It is traditional jazz after all and important to the development of that genre.

But this year it will be joined with reggae, American roots music, country, modern jazz, gospel and more.

The changes are key to broadening the types and numbers of music lovers who attend the four-day Music Festival.

When:             May 25th to 28th, 2012

The Festival begins at 10am each day with the last set starting at 10:30pm each day except

Monday when the last set is 2:30pm.

The Parade kicks off the Festival in Old Sacramento at 10am on Saturday May 26th

What:             Sacramento Jazz Festival

Where:           Sacramento, California

24 venues from Old Sacramento to the Sacramento Convention Center

Who:              Who will be playing at the 2012 Festival?

Acts including Johnny “Guitar” Knox, the Zydecats, Sista Monica Parker, Big Sandy & His Fly                   -Rite Boys, Jazz ‘N’ Samba, Mariachi Los Gasllos, 101st Army Dixieland Jazz Band  Uptown Lowdown   Buster Blue   Big Sam’s Funky Nation  Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band  and MORE here

Solo act Deadstring Brother makes Sacramento Music Fest debut

Prices:            You can buy adult passes, senior passes & youth passes for all four days or just for one day.

From $10 for a Senior pass on Memorial Day to $110 for a four-day Adult pass and everything in-

between.  Check out the prices and buy your tickets HERE  And you can ride shuttle buses to all

venues for just $5 for the entire weekend.  Kids 12 and under are free.

Food:  Besdes great restaurants in Old Sacramento and downtown a lot of favorite food vendors return to the festival this year including the number one seller grilled oysters, grilled sausages (the number two favorite), Cajun & Filipino food, Tri-tip, nuts & freshly picked cherries, root beer floats, Bloody Marys and more.

Schedule of events each day can be found HERE

Hotels:            For out of town visitors these hotel packages are excellent!

Do you need more information?  Check em out HERE

or Twitter    @SacMusicFest

or Facebook  SacMusicFest.com


The Festival kicked off in Old Sacramento this morning!

The opening came at 10 a.m., when Boy Scout Troop 107, from Citrus Heights, walked as honor guard onto a shortened Old Sacramento parade route this year.

The parade was moved from its traditional Friday noon time to accommodate more families, festival organizers said.”


2012 Summer Music Festival Seaon

The 2012 Summer Music Festival Season is almost upon us!!!

Are you ready?  Do you know where you will be going?  And who you will be listening to?? Do you even care this summer???

LOVE the summer music season…usually!  This year maybe not so much.

Summer outdoor music festivals offer plentiful listening opportunities, fresh air and a chance to catch up with festival-only friends.

You know, festival-only friends. They are like childhood summer camp friends, but with more facial hair.

The idea of being able to camp and share an experience, and a living environment – you end up creating these friendships that are very intense,” said Dan DeWayne, co-founder of the 16-year-old California WorldFest in Grass Valley. “You spend more time (with festival friends) than with your best friend.”

A festival friendship “is very leveling,” DeWayne added. “No one cares what you do with your outside life – what car you drive or what you do for a living.”

At festivals, musical affinity and/or discovering new acts matter more.”

Friday Night Concerts in Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento

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The lineup for the free Friday night concerts in Cesar Chavez Park downtown Sacramento has been announced.

When:               May 4 through July 27

Time:                5 pm to 9 pm

Where:             Cesar Chavez Park, across from City Hall at 9th & I Streets

The Friday Night Concerts in the Park series kick-off on May 4 is headlined by Arden Park Roots. Returning from last year are headliners Nickel Slots, Mumbo Gumbo,The Nibblers and The Brodys.”

Free all-ages concerts in the park!! Here are your headliners:

May 4: Arden Park Roots

May 11: Middle Class Rut

May 18: Nickel Slots

May 25: Zugh

June 1: Oleander

June 8: Mumbo Gumbo

June 15: Relic 45

June 29: The Nibblers

July 6: Full Blown Stone

July 13: Another Damn Disapointment

July 20:Walking Spanish

Read more here and mark your calendars!!!

Music In Sacramento, November 12th Thru November 15th, 2011

Lots of music in Sacramento

November 12th thru November 15th

Sacramento Area Concerts & Music Events

  • Running thru January 2012:  Bingo the Winning Musical at The Cosmopolitan Cabaret at 10th & K Streets, 7:30 pm—$32 to $48
  • Sunday, November 13th:  B.B. King at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 8 pm—$39 to $99
  • Sunday, November 13th:  Peter Noone at the Thunder Valley Casino, 8 pm—$20 to $30
  • Sacramento Youth Symphony Fall Concert at Rosemont High School 9594 Kiefer Blvd, 3 pm—$15 to $20
  • Tuesday, November 15th:  An Evening with Vikki Lewis at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 7:30 pm—$50 to $75
  • Tuesday, November 15th:  Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 at The Crest Theater, 8 pm—$34 to $49

The Local Music Scene

Saturday, November 12th:

  • Ten Mile Tide at Marilyn’s, 9 pm
  • Fascination 80’s New Wave Dance Party at The Ironsides, 9 pm
  • Ricky and Del Connection-Crash Thimblestat at The Fox and Goose, 9 pm
  • Wonderland at Mix Downtown, 9 pm
  • Country Music & Line Dancing with DJs on 3 Floors at Faces, $5 before 10 pm and $10 after
  • DJ Peeti-V at The Park Ultra Lounge, 9 pm
  • Crazy Ballhead-Zoo Human Project-Blaqueiste at The Distillery, 10 pm
  • Sista Monica at The Torch Club, 9 pm
  • Briertone-Picture Atlantic-Cold Eskimo at The Naked Lounge Downtown, 8 pm, $8
  • DJ Whores at The Golden Bear, 8 pm, No Cover
  • DJ Chris Harnett at District 30, 9 pm
  • Decades at The Power House Pub, 10 pm, $20
  • DJ Larry Rodriquez at The Press Club, 9 pm, $5
  • Steelin Dan at 7 pm $15 and Zuhg at 10:30 $10 at Harlowes
  • Mahtie Bush at The Blue Lamp, 9 pm
  • X-GVNR & Brian Hawk at The Townhouse Lounge, 9 pm, $5
  • Black Veil Brides-Falling in Reverse-Aiden-Drive at The Ace of Spades, 7 pm

Sunday, November 13th:

  • Dragalicious Show and DJ Hits at Faces, 9 pm, $5
  • Blues Jam, 5 pm and Bone MacDonald, 9 pm at The Torch Club
  • Powerhouse of Blues with Lydia Pense at Power House Pub, 3 pm
  • Rich Robinson of Black Crowes at Harlowes, 8:30 pm, $15
  • Industry Night at The Golden Bear, 9 pm
  • Songwriters Showcase at The Blue Lamp, 6 pm
  • Bless the Fall-The Word Alive-motionless in White-Chunk! No at The Ace of Spades, 6:30 pm
  • Sunday Night Soul Party with DJ Larry and DJ Hailey at The Press Club, 8 pm

Have fun and drive safe!!!

Hip Hop Music Video–An Anthem For The Occupy Wall Street Movement

The Hip-Hop Music Video, An Anthem for The Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Share this video & help it go viral!!!

The Grounded TV Network teamed up with  Hon. George Martinez of Ground Zero and The Global Block Collective to produce this music video.



The  Global Block harnesses the spirit of innovation, creativity and  activism at the core of the Hip-Hop movement to empower youth and  transform communities across the globe. Through its leadership,  expertise and financial support it aims to inspire individuals to become  agents of change in their communities.

2011 American River Music Festival in California, September 16 & 17

The American River Music Festival is an annual, 2-day music event held on the banks of the American River in friendly little town of Coloma about one hour east of Sacramento and two hours east of the San Francisco Bay area.

Coloma is one of the original gold rush towns in California.  in fact, gold was first discovered in Coloma.  In 1848 John Marshall, who ran John Sutter’s mill in the settlement of Coloma, noticed something sparkling in the sluices in the American River.  What sparkled turned out to be gold and sparked the biggest gold rush in history.

In 2011 the American River Music Festival will run from September 16th to 17th.

How do I get tickets and how much?

  • You can get tickets online here.
  • You can buy tickets by phone:  530-622-6044
  • You can buy tickets at the Main Stage of the event beginning at 10 am

Adult tickets are $35.00 per day plus a $2 fee.  Youth(youth are 8-17) tickets are $15 per day plus the $2 fee.  Under 8 years old are free.

Tickets for 2 days are $59 for adults and $20 for youth plus the $2 fee

There are also campground tickets which include entry for the music, you can check those prices here.

You cannot enter the campground without a music ticket.  There are three campgrounds and you can find out more about them at this link.

Check-in at the campgrounds begins at 9:30 am on Friday, September 16th.

Are you adventurous??  Check out the whitewater rafting. camping AND music package!!  This ticket includes lunch at the “gorge”.  Click here for more info on this package

How do I get there?

The map is here.

OK, so what kind of music are we talking about??

.This is the schedule of musicians on the Main Stage.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 Sunday, September 18, 2011
11:00 A.M. Jill Knight Trio   11:00 A.M. Ma Muse
  12:15 P.M.       Elliot Randall and the            Deadmen   12:15 P.M. The Brothers Comatose
  1:30 P.M. Keith Greeninger with  Dayan Kai, Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald   1:30 P.M. The Band of Heathens
   3:00 P.M. Ryan Shupe and the         RubberBand   3:00 P.M. Blame Sally
  4:30 P.M. Truth and Salvage Co.    4:30 P.M. James McMurtry

They will also have shows and workshops in the campgrounds.  Check the list here.

Here are three videos where you can check out the music.

BiPolar Pizza, Hope In The Truck

Truth And Salvage Company, Call Back


Blame Sally, Bird in the Hand


What can I bring?  What can I NOT bring?

There are lists here for what you can/cannot bring to the Main Stage concert area and into the campgrounds.

So tell me more about Coloma.

You know I am from Sacramento and that my family has been here since 1850.  Actually one relative traveled to San Francisco by ship around the Horn and tip of South America, in 1847/48 and traveled inland to Sacramento.  He returned to his home in Washington DC before gold was discovered….dammit!!

His relatives eventually made it back to California after the Civil War.  So, we have been in this area for a bit.

Coloma is an interesting site and has been preserved and restored.

The discovery of gold and the stories of James Marshall and John Sutter and the subsequent gold rush has been told in thousands of books and I could not even attempt to tell it here without boring most of you.

But, take my advice:  when you go to the American River Music Festival take some time to visit Coloma and explore the area.  Even try panning for some gold.  They say the American River still holds four times as much gold as the 49ers removed from the riverbeds.  People still find very big gold nuggets.  hard work, definitely.



Sons of Anarchy Theme Song

Sons of Anarchy

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The theme song from the Sons of Anarchy television show on the FX Channel is The Dream We Left Behind by the Los Angeles based band Pedestrian, written by Primal Scream.

Of course, it depends on what you mean by “theme song”.  The song with the show’s opening sequence?

They use a ton of music on SOA and it seems like different people believe different songs are the “theme” music for the show.  Then it depends on what season you may be watching.

I’m not a huge Sons of Anarchy fan.  I watch it sometimes, but it just seems like a soap opera in a quasi-biker setting.

But I love to see the bikes.  Just show me the bikes.  Well, plus a lot of the music.  And the chicks.  Even Katey Sagal.  She was even hot on Married With Children, but not as hot as the daughter.

But, this post is about the Sons of Anarchy theme song(s), so here is This Life, a song many call the theme for the show with the lyrics.  The song is by Curtis Stigers and the Forest Rangers.

Here is a link to download The King Is Gone EP which includes This Life (Celtic Remix)

And here is the FX Channel’s promo for season 4 of SOA with Dani California  (a lot of people just call this song California) byThe Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Here is a link to download Dani California from iTunes.

This music list is from Wikipedia:

“Three EP soundtracks have been released by 20th Century Fox Records, on iTunes, featuring songs from each series. The first five-song EP, entitled Sons of Anarchy: North Country – EP, was released on September 8, 2009 and featured the full version of the Emmy Award nominated[32] theme song “This Life“.[33] A second five-song EP, entitled Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP, was released on November 24, 2009 while a third six-song EP, entitled Sons of Anarchy: The King is Gone, was released on November 23, 2010.

Other notable songs featured in the series include Bobby’s Elvis covers, a cover version of “Son of a Preacher Man” by Katey Sagal, “Hard Row” by the Black Keys which is featured in Pilot episode (the music of the Black Keys often features in the series), along with a sample of “Plenty Strong and Plenty Wrong” by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster on the radio in the pilot episode, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” by Andy Williams, a cover of “Forever Young” by Audra Mae,”Burn This Town” by Battleme, “Comin Home” by Murder by Death, “Hell” by The Upsidedown, “Power Player” by Clutch, “Railroad Cancellation” by Don Caballero, “Dolphin Center” by The Donkeys, “Stop” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Hands in the Sky” by Straylight Run, “People, Turn Around” by Delta Spirit, and the blues song “John the Revelator” by Stigers & The Forest Rangers. The trailer for the 2009 season featured “Son’s Gonna Rise” by Citizen Cope. Several Monster Magnet songs are used: “Monolithic” (from Monolithic Baby!) are used in season one, while “Radiation Day” and “Slut Machine” (both also from Monolithic Baby!) and “Freeze and Pixelate” (from 4-Way Diablo) are used in season two, and “100 Million Miles” (from Mastermind) appears late into season three. “Lot Lizard” by the band The Glasspack is used in season 2. Another notable song is a cover of Alice Cooper‘s “I’m Eighteen” by a teenage band at the end of the episode “Giving Back“. In 2011, “Dani California” by the band Red Hot Chili Peppers was used as a promo song for season 4.”

Intrerested in SOA, but missed an episode?

Or just started watching and want to “catch up” on your SOA knowledge?

Or did you watch every show like a goddamn religion but you have forgotten some little details because your brain has slipped a fucking cog???

Well you are in luck because Rippin’ Kitten posts a real good weekly recap of each episode and who did what to what MFer, etc.  Check her site out here and make sure you subscribe or catch the RSS feed or do what you do.

And follow the Kitten on Twitter @rippinkitten.  Or do that old MySpace thingie here.

She can help you fx your SOA addiction.


Don’t Ya Be Yappin’

from http://www.born2ride.org    Twitterize @Born2Ride

Or Elvis…..

Ya’ll tryna tell me sumpthin??

The Sons of Guns Theme Song: songwriter, singer & lyrics

Buddy & Julie Miller

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You know I like  The Discovery Channel‘s show Sons of Guns a lot.

Well. I like the theme song a lot too, so here it is for ya

Tab Benoit sings Shelter Me on the version used as the theme for Sons of Guns.

Shelter Me was written by Buddy & Julie Miller.  Buddy is a well known country music songwriter, singer and guitar player.  Not only has he played on many albulms/CDs/DVDs with other country stars, he has appeared with rock stars like John Fogerty (kinda rock) and Robert Plant (definitely rock.)  Buddy & Julie wrote a lot of songs together and the Shelter Me lyrics might actually be hers.

You can listen (and purchase) to Buddy’s original song here on his MySpace site.

Buddy Miller in 2010:

Check out the large brother playing bass.  He is dancing his ass off isn’t he??  I couldn’t find anything about the inspiration for the song’s lyrics, but it  certainly fits the post-Katrina world in Louisiana.

“Shelter me Lord underneath your wings”

Benoit is from Baton Rouge where the Red Jacket Firearms shop is located.  He was born in Houma, Louisiana which is a Native American community that you may know from the History Channel’s show the Swamp People.

You can Twitter Benoit @tabbenoit

The lyrics by Buddy & Julie Miller:

the earth can shake the sky come down
the mountains all fall to the ground
 but i will fear none of these things
shelter me lord underneath your wings

dark waters rise and thunder pounds
the wheels of war are going round
and all the walls are crumbling
shelter me lord underneath your wings
shelter me lord underneath your wings

hide me underneath your wings
hide me deep inside your heart
in your refuge – cover me
the world can shake
 but lord i’m making you my hiding place

the wind can blow the rain can pour
the deluge breaks the tempest roars
but in the storm my spirit sing
 oh shelter me lord underneath your wing
shelter me lord underneath your wing

hide me underneath your wings
hide me deep inside your heart
in your refuge – cover me
the world can shake
 but lord i’m making you my hiding place

now on the day you call for me
someday when time – no more shall be
 i’ll say death where is your sting
shelter me lord underneath your wing
shelter me lord underneath your wing

hide me underneath your wings
hide me deep inside your heart
in your refuge – cover me
the world can shake
 but lord i’m making you my hiding place

now on the day you call for me
someday when time – no more shall be
 i’ll say oh death where is your sting
oh shelter me lord underneath your wings
 i say shelter me lord underneath your wing
shelter me lord underneath your wing

And here it is with (I think) a studio version and a static vid someone made of a portion of the shows opening.

And here is the actual opening from the show.

“God made man and Sam Colt made them equal”

In the show, you also hear Ten Million Slaves by Otis TaylorHere you will find Otis Taylor singing the great blues standard Baby Please Don’t Go.   Taylor was featured on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Blues set, available on Amazon and other sites.

But this post is about the song used as the theme in the opening of Sons of Guns.

Long as we are at it, here’s a Q & A with Will Hayden.

Interested in the bios of the Sons of Guns staff?  Click here.

Little kid street drums

So the street musician posts will end for now with this cute young guy on a city street showing his great skills.

“gimme a dollah, I know you gotta quartah”

This kid is on the beat, give him his dollar.