Sol Development at Harlows in Sacramento, CA 12816

Uplifting words were spoken and sung this evening inside Harlows. Sol Development is like Northern CA todays, 90s Arrested Development. Live music is only to be expected by this group. Harmonies are a must and sometimes it seems like every person on stage is a songbird. MCing with the specific intent of giving you hope by the teacher Karega Bailey will have you walking out the club energized.

A special surprise set by this fusion jazz type group called Minoyanci ended up winning the non existent “set of the night” contest. They played two songs. Dude in the photo below is sick on the keys (Damani Rhodes) and if you get a chance to check them out, do so.

SOLution Benefit at Sol Collective in Sacramento, CA 121116

Sol Collective in Sacramento, CA had a show 121116 to raise funds to go towards the purchase of the building they currently reside. One of the artist performing that night, James Cavern put this night together.  A lot of folk came out and a lot of talent was displayed on stage. I got there while The Philharmonik was doing his thing with his keyboard bouncing all over the stand, rappin, singin, playing keys, and pushing play to start his songs because he produced and made the beats to every damn song he performed! He was on stage more than a few times with different artists and complimented each song he collaborated on. I’ve listened to a bit of his music over time and it varies in styles that are current, samples, stuff that sounds sampled but it’s not. He’s gonna have a busy 2017. dsc_8270

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Dlrn at Sol Collective 121116. I think this is my first time seeing them with live drums. The third song I think, got my attention. The drummer was banging on the ride, and musically and sonically, the sound was complete. The sound guy was on point tonight by the way. It was a good night of inspiring musicians and poets and people working to keep Sol Collective operating in its current location and to soon take ownership of it.

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3716 Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy and Absymal Dawn at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

This is a first in over a year for show reviews.  It is pretty difficult to get a photo pass now so I gotta keep this page legit in order to have a chance to shoot any shows, when I am able to get to one.

Tonight was my first time shooting at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.  I think this show was sold out or was certainly real close, it was hard to get anywhere in there.

Absymal Dawn from Los Angeles, CA started the night off and they were fantastic.  They were the only band I was able to get the set list from.  The audience was very into them and got a great response throughout their set.

Programmed to Consume

Inanimate

Perfecting Slavery

Human Obsolescence

In Service of Time

The Inevitable Return to Darkness

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Andy Nelson of Absymal Dawn

Cryptopsy, one of my favorite bands was up next.  I first heard them when …And Then You’ll Beg came out in 2000.  I went back a bit into their back catalog but it didn’t do as much for me as ATYB did.  I could listen to that album all the way through.  I havent seen them since I think 05 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA with Lord Worm on vocals, and the first time was Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA with Dimmu Borgir and Krisiun 31302 with Martin on vocals.  Tonight they came out swinging.  I do miss the extra mayhem of two guitars but Christian Donaldson and Oliver Pinard hold up the past songs quite well and the new EP The Book of Suffering is like a return in a way to ATYB and some hints of None So Vile at times.  I need to check out their self titled album because a bit of the focus on the EP has to have already been coming around within that album.  I rarely ever know song titles so just know they played nothing but hot tracks.

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Cryptopsy 3716 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

Obituary had San Francisco, CA in the palm of their hands their whole set.  I saw a lot of old metal heads singing and just smiling a lot.  The band sounded good and the people were receptive.

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Trevor Peres of Obituary in San Francisco, CA at the Fillmore 3716

When you talk death metal, Cannibal Corpse and Obituary are certainly at the top, especially when you have been around since the late 80’s and are still performing.  Cannibal Corpse turned the stage dark and red for at least the first few songs.  I then left.  I did not hear anything that grabbed my attention.  This is not to say they were not good, they are legends and have influenced many bands I listen to I am sure, I just could not get into it.  Maybe I am too old?  One thing I know is I need a new wide-angle lens.  Using my crappy 28mm 2.8 lens was frustrating, and the shots I saw from the other photographers that night were helping with my decision.

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.

 

Tel Cairo, DLRN @ Witch Room, Sacramento, CA 32814

The Witch Room is a nice new venue in Sacramento. Tonight was their second show. They have glasses next to a big metal container of water, so you can get it yourself. I like that. It sounded pretty good in there also. Thats about all you need to know. Who you see will sound great and you will stay hydrated.

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Tel Cairo and Mic Jordan