Maxwell with Common and Ledisi at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, CA 62217

Maxwell hit Golden1 for the first time this past Thursday almost exactly a year to the date he first played Sacramento June 20, 2016 for his Summers16 tour. This show is still promoting his blackSUMMERSnight album released July 1, 2016.

As I was heading out to the Golden 1 Center I was thinking if I would see any differences from last years show to tonights performance.  Last years performance seemed to be a bit loose, like they could have used more rehearsal time as far as the flow of the show is concerned.  The show then was still awesome, there was just a lot of eye contact and communication between stops and breaks during songs that took my attention from the music at times.

A lot of artists in the past have passed up our town, but now we have more than a few venues that can hold an artist of this level when a tour comes to Sacramento, CA

Ledisi at Golden1 Center in Sacramento 62217

Ledisi got the night started. She came out smiling and thanked “all three of us!” for coming out and seeing her!  Parking can be rough downtown, and Golden1 was mostly a scattering of people in the seats. Ledisi has a voice! A smooth bluesy jazz vibe that was quite refreshing to hear. I wish I could have seen her whole set because shes is a light.  When I got home from the show I went online to hear more of her music.  What I heard felt like motivational speaking through song.  When the radio is on and I am in between CDs, I do not hear any music like hers.  Im listening to the wrong stations.  She has an album coming out late this year.  Below are some more images from her set.

Ledisi setting things off 62217 at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers Tour with Maxwell and Common.

Ledisi at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, CA 62217

Grammy winning artist and actor Common from Chicago came out with the energy and frustrated me.  He was moving e v e r y w h e r e !  I took a lot of shots but he didn’t stay in one spot long before running off to another side.  I think the first song he came out to was the People, then the Corner, one of my favorite songs by him.  I forgot he had so many ill songs!

During the third song some of the artists in his band had some solo time and one member of the band was playing a flute.  If you are heavy into your current hip hop today you may notice a bit more flute in your trap.  Elena Ayodele, a very well accomplished musician at the age of 22, was on stage.  Elena was a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and has been a member of the Grammy Band and Choir.  She is also the woman behind the flute on Futures song Mask Off.

Elena Ayodele soloing during Commons set on the Summers17 Tour with Maxwell and Ledisi

As our three song photo limit was reached we had to leave the front of the stage.  Common was asking for a lady to come on stage.  He asked for a lady in yellow to come up.  It was BRANDY!  So crazy.  I got a selfie with her, just aint never post it…

Brandy enjoying the show 62217 at Golden1Center

Common at Golden1 Center 62217 in Sacramento, CA on Maxwells Summers17 Tour

Common at Golden1 Center 62217 in Sacramento, CA on Maxwells Summers17 Tour

Maxwell did the damn thing this evening.  Things were not too different from his first show in Sac but tonight had a better flow for sure.  He later thanked the people for the 20 years of support from him hair days to the long gap of silence.  Funny thing is the 90s babies he asked to shout out were louder than the 50-60s, 70-80s crowd that were there!

62217 Maxwell Setlist

Maxwell at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers17 Tour 62217

Maxwell at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers17 Tour 62217

Maxwell at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers17 Tour 62217

33017 at Family Community Church in North Highlands, CA: Lecrae

Hot 1035 presents Grammy Award winning artist Lecrae!  The stage was lit!  Havent seen such lighting at church before.  They had it all up there!  I took a couple of my nephews to their first concert.  I got their a bit late and got this one shot of BrvndonP, soaking it up before Lecrae went on.

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Lecrae

31517 First Unit/Capital Chaos TV Presents Norma Jean at Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, CA

Norma Jean always brings it.  This isnt the best venue in town but bands do their thing and it works out.  I have seen Papa Roach, Neurosis, Soulfly, Training for Utopia, Kid Rock, Incubus, Staind, Killswitch Engage, some band Logan Mader was in for a bit after he left Machinehead, and quite a few local bands play here over the years.

Comrades from Colorado played and they are quite energetic, all three of them!  They actually just hit Sac again recently in June.

 

There was another band, and I dont remember who it was!  Here are some shots of Norma Jean below.  Oh wait, He Is Legend!  There was another band though.

 

3617 at Harlows in Sacramento, CA- Ghostface Killah

I finally saw some sliver of Wu-Tang.  Rage Against the Machine had Wu-Tang as main support for one of their tours years ago.  Wu didnt make it to the SF date.  I saw the Roots instead.  This kinda makes up for it because Ghost did quite a bit of Wu-Tang material this night.  I really wanted to hear tracks from Fishscale but he gave the people what they wanted!  Listening to Wu for so long and seeing a member 15 feet in front of me had me giddy!  Back in the 90s only seeing videos and mostly listening to them they become bigger than they really are because your mind just goes places.  All you have to go by is interviews, and music and videos.  Are they really that crazy like on the album cover?  Do they all know Kung Fu?  Are they Asian?  I do NOT want asshole sewn shut.

SOOOOOOO to the show.  It was dope.  For Proteck Ya Neck, Ghostface had two dudes come up and do Method Mans and ODB, and U-Gods part.  This one dude (shown below) got the mic for Method Mans part and killed it, and this other dude got the mic late for U-God, but did ODB, and got on stage again and did about 65 percent of the whole song until his voice gave out.  He also had a hot ass Wu-Tang letterman jacket.DSC_2221DSC_2261DSC_2319DSC_2336

I finally saw some sliver of Wu-Tang.  Rage Against the Machine had Wu-Tang as main support for one of their tours years ago.  Wu didnt make it to the SF date.  I saw the Roots instead.  This kinda makes up for it because Ghost did quite a bit of Wu-Tang material this night.  I really wanted to hear tracks from Fishscale.

Horseneck CD Release show at Harlows Sacramento, CA 21717

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Horseneck at Harlows 21717

Horseneck rocked Harlows 21717 with tracks from their new album Heavy Trip.  The album came out 21617 worldwide digitally.  If you have a tape player in your 84 Datsun, or your Colt hatchback, you have been blessed because Horseneck has a cassette for ya!  No excuses not to get it!

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Horseneck at Harlows 21717

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2417 Candiria at the Blue Lamp in Sacramento, CA

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Carley Coma of Candiria

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John Lamacchia of Candiria

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Carley Coma of Candiria

I am thrilled to have a couple useful shots from this show!  It was too damn dark.  I interviewed Candiria 121199 in Roseville, CA at Big Shots.  Anyone remember that spot?  It was awesome seeing this band again, and you can read the interview on this blog here—-> Candiria Interview, 12.11.99

11517- High on Fire at Goldfields in Sacramento, CA

High on Fire came through Sacramento, CA and we all met our doom. I had never heard the band until tonight.  Its obvious everyone else knew of the band because Goldfields was packed early this evening.  Horseneck started the show off.  I have been watching the folk in this band perform for years in the Sac area in different groups.  Its awesome to see the musician itch still going strong in people!

Tonight I rented a Nikon d610 after the d750 was already rented out. I figured I should see what the newer body can do if I may buy one. I will speak on this later.

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Jess Gowrie of Horseneck

Up next was another band, and I do not remember who it was. Oh Archon! I really can’t give you a thought on them because this venue seems to have the sound behind you if you are standing at the stage. I really could not hear anything. With earplugs in and the speakers behind you, the sound is almost non existent because the bands monitors are pointed towards them. Anyways, here is a shot of Archon. It looked like they were killing it at least!
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The crowd got a bit tighter in the front before High on Fire went on.  I havent been to a show where I really dont know what I am about to hear beforehand.

One of the last times this happend was at Club Extreme in Pollock Pines?  Mr Bungle and The Dillinger Escape Plan.  A friend of mine were talking to them before the show and we asked what they sounded like.  Ben said “Dont worry, we arent death metal or anything.”  I really didnt care too much what they sounded like but I certainly was not ready for the bassist to jump from the stage during their first song and swing shit around.

Back to Oaklands own High on Fire.  Sludge, bong metal, doom metal, just slow hot bacon grease flowing downhill almost ready to solidify is what I would say they sound like, but speed it up, or well, slow it down.  Now that I am thinking of it, Id say a bit Black Sabbath and old Slayer.  Everyone was all about Matt Pike though and the dude slays on guitar.  I couldnt stay in the front any longer because folks were just coming up wiggling their hands in the air as Matt noodled on the fret board.

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Des Kenseis’ drum set

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Jeff Matz of High on Fire

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Matt Pike of High on Fire