Black Map hit Sacramento in between their tour with Chevelle with a rare all ages show!
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 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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.