Maxwell with Common and Ledisi at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, CA 62217

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 at Golden1 Center in Sacramento 62217

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.

Ledisi setting things off 62217 at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers Tour with Maxwell and Common.

Ledisi at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, CA 62217

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.

Elena Ayodele soloing during Commons set on the Summers17 Tour with Maxwell and Ledisi

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…

Brandy enjoying the show 62217 at Golden1Center

Common at Golden1 Center 62217 in Sacramento, CA on Maxwells Summers17 Tour

Common at Golden1 Center 62217 in Sacramento, CA on Maxwells Summers17 Tour

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!

62217 Maxwell Setlist

Maxwell at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers17 Tour 62217

Maxwell at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers17 Tour 62217

Maxwell at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on the Summers17 Tour 62217

31517 First Unit/Capital Chaos TV Presents Norma Jean at Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, CA

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.


3617 at Harlows in Sacramento, CA- Ghostface Killah

I finally saw some sliver of Wu-Tang.  Rage Against the Machine had Wu-Tang as main support for one of their tours years ago.  Wu didnt make it to the SF date.  I saw the Roots instead.  This kinda makes up for it because Ghost did quite a bit of Wu-Tang material this night.  I really wanted to hear tracks from Fishscale but he gave the people what they wanted!  Listening to Wu for so long and seeing a member 15 feet in front of me had me giddy!  Back in the 90s only seeing videos and mostly listening to them they become bigger than they really are because your mind just goes places.  All you have to go by is interviews, and music and videos.  Are they really that crazy like on the album cover?  Do they all know Kung Fu?  Are they Asian?  I do NOT want asshole sewn shut.

SOOOOOOO to the show.  It was dope.  For Proteck Ya Neck, Ghostface had two dudes come up and do Method Mans and ODB, and U-Gods part.  This one dude (shown below) got the mic for Method Mans part and killed it, and this other dude got the mic late for U-God, but did ODB, and got on stage again and did about 65 percent of the whole song until his voice gave out.  He also had a hot ass Wu-Tang letterman jacket.DSC_2221DSC_2261DSC_2319DSC_2336

I finally saw some sliver of Wu-Tang.  Rage Against the Machine had Wu-Tang as main support for one of their tours years ago.  Wu didnt make it to the SF date.  I saw the Roots instead.  This kinda makes up for it because Ghost did quite a bit of Wu-Tang material this night.  I really wanted to hear tracks from Fishscale.

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.

Doey Rock. Club Avalon Sacramento, CA 3.14.10

Sunday night at the Avalon in Sacramento, CA there was some live hip hop. I planned on going to this show about a month ago. One, its live hip hop, not “heres my cd,” or “nah bruh, skip that track.” There will be bands. Two, Doey Rock is performing, and is nice on the mic, and the beats he’s on have variety. If he feels the beat, he kills it. Three, I can take some photos. So anyways fast forward to Sunday night, I’m about to fall asleep, and just happen to go to some website that had a flier for the show. So back out of bed to the show. I’ve never been here. I did read a review though about the ladies room being right along the wall of the dance floor, so you can basically look inside the restroom each time the door is open. So I get there and Feva in the Funkhouse is playing. They were just finishing their last song. Wasnt a lot of folk there on a Sunday night, but if this is something they plan on doing again during the Summer, it will be twice as full. Sacramento needs it. The sound was good too during their set. Doey Rock came on next. Rocked it. I do not know any of his songs, I was just happy to hear some live hip hop.