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


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.



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


Perfecting Slavery

Human Obsolescence

In Service of Time

The Inevitable Return to Darkness


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.


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.


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.



Stevie Nader

Mic Jordan

Tel Cairo and Mic Jordan

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