ZZ Ward at The Assembly in Sacramento, CA 4814

ZZ Ward

What a turn out for ZZ Ward in Sacramento!  The Assembly was pretty packed tonight.  I had never heard of her.  I heard a song a month ago, that had a blues-rock feel to it, then it had a little hip-hop to it as well.  I figured I would go to the show try to get some photos but realized I had something going on that same night.  As the day came closer, the evening was open, and I found myself at the show.

She was surprised with the turn out, she said from stage.  I was surprised to see so many kids.  Also surprising was a lot of couples dancing in the back.  It was a party all over the place.  She had never played and has never been to Sacramento.  Her San Francisco date was sold out.

She is a good singer, and awesome lyricist.  I dont listen to lyrics a whole lot, but when its some bluesy music being played, the lyrics usually have a story to tell, so I was listening to her, and watching her guitarist kill it.  The crowd were completely receptive to her, especially when she broke out the harmonica.

When she comes back, her show just might sell out.


Karega Bailey, Marknoxx, Lake Stovall, and Ayanna Charlene @ The Assembly in Sacramento, CA. 1414

I walked into Pizza Rock to order, a pizza.  Seems like I can’t get a full day without hearing that Drake song.  Either switching stations, from someones car at the light, or you cant stop humming it, it gets you.  Well I am walking into Pizza Rock, and a man is playing his acoustic version of it inside.  Ive seen quite a few people perform at brunch there, but never him.  I gave the cashier my dough, and they gave me some dough, and I left.

This night I missed the first two artists.  Its the first R&B show, let alone local R&B show I’ve been to in a couple years.  Marknoxx comes on.  His voice, to me, is a bit John Legend, and D’ Angelo.  He has a soundcloud page with a 3 song sampler.  He performed well.  It can only get better.  His band was good, and the backup singers were on with the harmony.  His third song in the set, stuck out in the beginning.  It had a sound that none of the songs in his set had.  I would like to hear more audio and see more shows from him.

This is my first post in a long time.  Nothing really detailed, just thoughts about the show, and some stills.  It may likely be just be a few stills from now on.

The sound at the Assembly is fantastic.  It is in a great location, the inside has a lot of floor space, and the upper level is great, for venue shots.

Karega Bailey.  I saw him do some spoken word at an INDIVIZBLE function a few months ago, and was blown away.  His spoken word is like a hammer.  It maybe felt like that since I was in the front row, he was five feet from me, and he was throwing that voice to the upper level seats of the Guild Theater, without a mic.  Its heavy, solid with life experiences, and it can penetrate and pull emotion from you.   I immediately sent an artist by the name of Rasar, or you may know him by Random Abililadeze, a message speaking on what I just saw.  These two together on the same bill, or just in the same room, would be something.

His performance was awesome.  His show got turned up a notch when he brought out Lake Stovall, the dude singing Drake at Pizza Rock earlier that day.  The crowd seemed into Karega as well, although only about 7 or so people stood up to the blockade of the stage to watch him.  There is some video of his performance I am sure, so it should only be a while before some of that is posted.

Karega Bailey at the Assembly in Sacramento, CA

Karega Bailey at the Assembly in Sacramento, CA

Lake Stovall performing with Karega Bailey at the Assembly 1414

Lake Stovall performing with Karega Bailey at the Assembly 1414

Karega Bailey at the Assembly in Sacramento, CA, 1414

Karega Bailey at the Assembly in Sacramento, CA, 1414

Marknoxx, The Assembly, Sacramento, CA, 1414

Marknoxx at the Assembly in Sacramento, CA, 1414