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Discovery Park, which is near Old Sacramento and the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, hasn’t seen many concerts in its time, especially one that could hold two stages, an abundance of vendors, and thousands of fans while still leaving plenty of wiggle room. But after partaking in this bountiful music festival, we’d really like to see more outdoor events happening here. (Are you reading this, promoters?).
What We Experienced:
Traffic moving steadily and easily into and out of the venue, a speedy entrance into the festival, manageable crowds to the extent that we could actually see our favorite band members, accessible bathrooms with short lines (ok, port-a-potties, but they were spacious), “mister” tent and shade always somewhere to be found, surprisingly delicious food (where did the vendors come from?), generous drinks at relatively-decent prices, mild temperatures and soft-cloud-dowsed skies, people just looking for a rockin’ good time.
How We Did It:
We took a blanket, set it down in the shade between the two stages, and listened to the music from afar the majority of the time. When we wanted to get closer to our favorite bands, we were able to get closer than we thought possible. The rest of the time, we hung out with friends, sharing nachos and watching the crowd slowly volley back and forth from stage to stage.
What We Learned:
If one vendor is out of cranberry juice, Shocktop or chicken tenders, there is another not far away with just what the doctor ordered. Rules are not always enforced across the board (why say “no backpacks” and then let hundreds of them in?). If one port-a-potty is out of t.p. or one hand-washing station out of soap, you’re not doomed; they’re not all out. Tailgating is not encouraged, although if you’re not causing any trouble, you might be able to enjoy a little pre-concert socializing.
Hoping for an almost Woodstock-like music festival (minus the rain and mud), we pretty much found it – complete with dusty lungs, satisfied souls, and cherished memories-to-go.
The Monster Energy Aftershock Festival took place on September 23rd, 2012 in Sacramento, CA.
In the mood for something fresh, a bit different, perhaps eclectic, useful and entertaining? How about a Downtown boutique that sells vintage and second-hand clothing, jewelry and art… One that also has a mini café with treats, spirits and plenty of space in which to relax, read or ponder the state of your reality… A spacious outdoor patio with an almost other-worldly feel, straight from a whimsical dream… A creative venture-venue that hosts artists, Second Saturday parties and unique musical guests…
Bows & Arrows – It’s a one-stop-shop for things a little left of center and experiences akin to a slightly alternate dimension. Check them out for a pair of 80s jeans, a glass of Allagash White, an artist’s rendition of the atmosphere (this Friday), or a gaggle of musical groups you’ve never heard of (but likely won’t forget).
Tues – Sat, 11-11
1815 19th St., 916.822.5668
Friday, September 2nd, 5-7PM, Bogle Vineyards, FREE!
Clem’s a real nice (and talented) guy.
Bogle is beautiful, the staff is friendly, and their wine is both affordable and yummy.
It’s a great start to a holiday weekend.
It’s a great ending to the summer months.
It’s a beautiful drive.
Wine, women and song.
You can sit on a wagon.
The vineyards are breathtaking.
You can re-stock the wine rack/closet/cellar.
Didn’t you hear me say it was free?!
37783 County Road 144, Clarksburg – just 15 minutes from town, http://www.boglewinery.com
What wonderful weather we’ve been having in the greater Sacramento area! While I see back-to-school supplies and Halloween decorations in the stores, as long as it’s August, it’s still summer to me! So before school, Halloween and the nippier weather are actually upon us, here are a few things going on around town that you might like to check out:
August 17 (through the 21st) – Yolo County Fair Opens – It’s the last free fair in the state! Woodland, CA, http://www.yolocountyfair.net
Thursdays ‘til 9 – The Crocker Art Museum will remain open until 9PM on Thursdays through August and September. In addition, every third Thursday of the month the Crocker concert series continues through September 15. Sacramento, CA, http://www.crockerartmuseum.org
Mondays Added – Old Sacramento Underground Tours have added Mondays to their days of operation now through Labor Day. There’s still time to get a peek. Old Sacramento, CA, http://www.historicoldsac.org
A popular river restaurant, bar, hangout and boat dock, Crawdads is a well-known party place amongst boaters, river rats and restless after-work crowds. Featuring live music during the summer months, Thursdays through Sundays, the often-serene place gets more boisterous as the night progresses. Happy Hours feature good drink specials while weekends feature $2 Bloody Marys and Mimosas (with the former being much better than the latter). The food is hit or miss or just-missed-the-mark, probably just depending on what you order. The service is usually friendly and good, and the beers wet and sloppy. The scenery? The clencher that makes this place continue to draw them in from both land and sea.
Some friends and I wanted to check out the new ‘Dive Bar’ on K Street, as where else around these parts are we going to find mermaids dipping and diving in a gigantic tank? It’s easy to let the name fool you, since the concept of a “dive bar” tends to elicit pretty strong images of dark, dusty, sometimes dingy places. Yet while dark indeed, this particular Dive Bar creates a class all its own, with huge glowing chandeliers, large elegant mirrors, and lounge-style seating perfect for classy cocktails and conversation.
Next, we hit Shenanigans on J Street. I’d seen photos of it and was expecting a posh, club-y hangout, but Shenanigans deserves the general term “dive bar” tenfold next to the literal Dive Bar. Still, appearances can be misleading, and what kind of joint appeals to each of us depends a great deal on our individual priorities. While the bartender was refreshingly engaging, Shenanigans in the light of day was a bit too rough around the edges (ok, truthfully, grimy around the toilets) for me. There was, however, a certain energy about the place that made my male compatriots want to return the next weekend. And I can imagine that once the sun goes down and the cocktails and music start flowing, that hazy glaze could soften up the edges and cast a more magical glow. So with live music and comedy shows upstairs, thumping DJ and lounge downstairs, the entertainment options might be just what the janitor ordered.
Whether you’re just visiting Sacramento or are a long-time resident, acting like a tourist has its benefits. For one, you learn more, meet interesting people and experience new things. (Wait, that’s three, isn’t it?). Two, you can return to that fresh, innocent state of curiosity and openness. And three, you’ll find you have a lot more options when looking for things to do on, say, a lovely Friday night.
It really seems that every time I refresh my inbox or turn a literal corner, there’s something new in the area to experience. Most recently, we have the Rock & Roll History Tour and Pub Crawl on Friday nights. Running in conjunction with the Friday Night Concerts in the Park, the tour starts at the corner of 9th and J streets at 6pm. Guests learn about Sacramento’s Rock & Roll history and Downtown’s historical connection to The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Nirvana and more. Cocktail stops include The Torch Club, Tequila Museo Mayahuel, Cosmo Café and Marilyn’s on K, ending at Cesar Chavez Plaza just in time for the headlining act. Tickets are $10 and the tour lasts approximately two hours.
Brought to you by Downtown Sacramento Partnership, more details can be found at http://sacrockandrolltour.eventbrite.com/.
The storm has passed, the weekend has come and Spring is in full swing. If you’re wondering how to start your weekend in Sacramento or are looking for a reason to visit, look no further than Ten22 Restaurant in Old Sacramento.
TODAY marks the celebration and opening of their outdoor patio, starting at 11:30AM and featuring a fresh new spring menu of local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Music from NOW 100.5 FM, glorious weather and undetermined amounts of fun are included. Reservations are recommended, and valet and validated parking is available.
As for “Tomorrow”, I’m speaking metaphorically, because hey – it makes for a cute title. From April 10 through 13, Ten22 will be participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area Dine & Donate Program, where 15% of all revenue generated will be donated to the non-profit organization. Ten22 is the first restaurant in Sacramento to participate in this Program, and gives us all a reason to create a better (and more delicious) tomorrow.
And finally, Thursdays… They’re the new Friday for those affected by furloughs, and Ten22 has created TASTING THURSDAYS, a wonderland of food and beer pairings. For just $10 per person, you can experience a different theme with Executive Chef Jay Veregge at 5:30PM every Thursday. “Themes” include ‘Spring Ciders and Local Production with Seasonal Cheeses,’ ‘Warm Weather Beer “Cocktails” of the Future with Veggie Pairings,’ and ‘Trucker Hats and Bad Beer: Down Home Brews and Country Nibbles.’ Who can resist?
Also don’t miss Friday and Saturday nights at Ten22: live music all evening long performed by local talent!
Come to think of it – that’s a lot of fun for one weekend – can we camp out on your new patio, Ten22?!
They really couldn’t make it any easier.
1. Go to Rominger West just outside of Davis and off the I-80 freeway Thursdays anytime between 4 and 7PM.
2. Taste their whites and reds for a $5 flat fee
3. And/or buy a glass for about $4.50
4. Grab some free munchies
5. Take a seat in front of the live music or back a little at a high-top
6. Enjoy the wine
7. Enjoy the music
8. Enjoy the munchies
9. Mingle if you’re so inclined
10. Enjoy the artwork
11. Admire the barrels
12. Buy some wine to take home with you
13. And/or come again next week
Just don’t let the location full you. Rominger West is in a peculiar place – It’s almost like a strip mall or office building. But it’s worth the visit. Especially on a Thursday afternoon. Check their events page for more information: http://www.romingerwest.com/romingerwest/news/events.jsp
Sacramento’s Friday Night Concert series is free, sells food and beer, and serves up a nice amount of shade on those hot summer nights. It’s family-friendly, open to all ages, and hosts bands from a range of genres including rock, pop, punk, blues and folk.
Since there are only 2 shows left, all the more reason to partake in a free outdoor concert, complete with diverse people to people-watch, eclectic music as a backdrop or focal point, and special-after concert deals at nearby clubs and restaurants.
It’s a groovy urban experience with plenty of grass underfoot, blue sky above and chillax’n all around. I think they still offer $5 all-night parking at the 10th & I garage as well. And since Downtown Sac is so accessible, there aren’t a lot of legitimate excuses not to try one of the Friday Night Concerts on for size. But hurry! Or wait until next year…
August 6- The Golden Cadillacs, Light Rail, Johnny Guitar Knox & the Soothers
August 13- The Brodys, The Phantom Jets, This Luxury
Friday Nights, 5-9PM
Cesar Chavez Park, 10th & J streets