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

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.