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MELISSA WELLIVER melissa@submergemag.com One of the many things I love about Sacramento is that there are so many cool places you can visit that are an hour or two away. So, when you need a break from the city and a full-fledged vacation isn’t in the cards, a day trip certainly is! I love visiting places like Coloma, Jackson, Auburn and all the little towns around the Delta. On my latest adventure, the husband and I went on a short road trip to check out a spot we had heard about called Mei Wah Beer Room. It’s located in historic downtown Isleton. If you’re a fan of fruity and/or sour beers like I am, then you’ll enjoy this spot. They had one of the best curated tap lists I’ve ever seen! While the sleepy little town wasn’t that crackin’, people were definitely welcoming as we drove in. I could have sworn at least seven people gave us a friendly wave. On this particular day trip, our mission was to visit places we haven’t been before. So while we could have opted for lunch at Ryde Hotel, The Lighthouse or Al the Wop’s, we chose to eat at a super dive, Tony’s Place in Walnut Grove, filled with regulars taking daytime shots and sharing their stories about the place. I consumed a Philly cheesesteak sandwich that hit the spot. Just down the street was the Walnut Grove Iron Works, in an old theater. If I ever had money for some iron garden sculptures, this would be the place to go! Next up we wanted to chill and enjoy some river views. We took some back roads and ended up at a spot right on the water called Wimpy’s. They had a deck with plenty of outdoor seating, an indoor and outdoor bar that also served food, and there was even a three piece cover band. They weren’t the best, nor the worst—really they were just perfect for rounding out our Delta day trip. The slower paced life is something that is easy to forget about. It’s nice to take a breather from the city life. Where are your favorite places to day trip from Sacramento? I’m always looking for new spots to check out. Please email me melissa@submergemag.com, I’d love to hear from you! Read. Learn. Do rad things. – Melissa

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Maybe you went to Bottlerock festival in Napa; maybe you’ve enjoyed some ice cream from Gunther’s on a scorching hot day; maybe you’ve even squeezed in a camping trip or quick vacation already this summer? No matter how much you feel like you’ve already packed in so far (or maybe you haven’t done shit yet, in which case this list is even more for you!), we’re here to tell you there is still a ton of rad stuff coming up in and around the Sacramento area to get pumped for this summer! Here are a few of our favorite Sacramento summer things. Rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and/or just hanging out near bodies of water! Look, Sacramento gets hot in the summer. We all know this. The best way to “beat the heat” is most definitely to head to the American River, Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake, the Delta or any of the region’s other lakes or rivers to simply dip in and cool off. We suggest renting a kayak or stand-up paddle board at Lake Natoma, where there are actually two spots to do so: the Sacramento State Aquatic Center (1901 Hazel Ave., Gold River), and Adventure Sports Kayak and SUP Rentals (9698 Greenback Lane, Folsom). No matter what you do, please wear a life vest, as there have already been a number of drownings in the region this summer due to the abnormally high flows and bone chillingly cold water from all the snow melt. Enjoy the water, just please be safe doing so.

As of this week there are still five free shows left as part of Downtown Sac Partnership’s Concerts in the Park series. This Friday, June 21, check out headliners Smith & Thell, a Swedish pop/folk group, along with locals Island of Black and White, Occupy the Trees and DJ Lady Kate. Next week, on June 28, local act So Much Light gets the headline slot, with openers me&you, Animals in the Attic, Freature and DJ Epik. Concerts in the Park events go down at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento and are always free for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs or just hang up front and dance with thousands of other live music lovers in a friendly environment.

Wide Open Walls, the premier mural festival on the West Coast, returns to Sacramento from Aug. 8–18, bringing together international talent and local artists to create new murals all around town. Submerge has it on good authority that the lineup for this year’s W.O.W. will be announced within the next two to three weeks, so keep an eye on Wideopenwalls.com or find them on socials to await the sure-to-beimpressive list of artists who will be brightening up our city. Two of my personal favorite murals from past Wide Open Walls festivals both happen to be on the same building in downtown Sacramento, the Residence Inn by Marriott (1121 15th St.), where international street-art star Shepard Fairey’s giant mural of Johnny Cash lives, as well as a massive colorful abstract mural from painting duo How and Nosm.

While technically happening the week after summer ends, this year’s Farm-to-Fork Festival, taking place Sept. 27–28, is a great way to wind down the season. Headlining this year’s concert is Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real (Lukas is not only the son of American legend Willie Nelson, but was also Bradley Cooper’s inspiration behind the film A Star is Born, and Promise of the Real also plays with Neil Young as his band!), along with performances by Samantha Fish, Barns Courtney, ZZ Ward and locals me&you. Besides the music, the Farm-to-Fork Festival also features farmers, cooking demonstrations, plenty of fresh food, plus the best wines and craft beers from across the state. Keep an eye on Farmtofork.com for details.

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Did you know the entire planet recently fell into a black hole and travelled through a time warp? When I went to sleep, it was 2019, but by the next morning, I realized that I had actually traveled back hundreds of years. My day started out normally enough; I woke up, popped open the internets and read the news. That’s when an article flashed across my screen saying that the state of Alabama had passed a law that required chemical castration of people convicted of sex acts with children under the age of 13. Now, I am no supporter of sex with kids, but it seems like removing a person’s libido after they’ve already served a prison sentence is going a little too far. I guess I can’t say I’m surprised; politicians love jumping over each other with tough-on-crime bills that mostly keep the same people trapped in the prison system for their entire lives instead of figuring out a way to help them get on the right path. That happens because the justice system in this country doesn’t care about convicts or the prisons they put them in. These prisoners aren’t human to the people running the prisons. Just look at what’s happened with the lethal injection death penalty in some states. In case you haven’t heard, none of the pharmaceutical companies want to supply the drugs that prisons previously used for executions. After that, they tried to get the old drugs from other people like a bunch of junkies. When that well dried up, they went to using whatever drugs they could put together to make it happen. Who cared if it took an inordinate amount of time to kill a few people or that they visibly suffered during the process? The prison wardens made excuses and kept on trucking. If we are going to be so callous with human lives, why stop there? There are all sorts of Byzantine and formidable ways to torture and kill people to teach them a lesson that they can keep in their heads all the way until those heads are lopped off and put on the end of a pole. Death by guillotine proved to be a head-popping good time for the folks in the Dark Ages; why would it be any different for us? Game of Thrones has been such a big part of our lives that heads on spikes wouldn’t seem so out of place, either, especially with President Trump in the White House. I’m honestly a little surprised it hasn’t happened already.

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What if the guillotine is too fast for today’s bloodthirsty mobs? Some people need to see the gore and violence of it all to make the punishment seem righteous. They want to see criminals torn to shreds, and to do that, we are going to need to get biblical. What I’m saying is: We need some lions. We’ve been forcing our lions to live in zoos, survive off scraps in the Serengeti and pose for stills at the MGM studios for too long. We should have been letting them eat those of us whom politicians, judges and prison wardens no longer deem worthy of living. It can’t be much worse than being paralyzed but awake while you suffocate to death in a room surrounded by everyone who hates you. If death by lion sounds a little too biblical, maybe we can jump forward in time a bit and borrow some of the devices made popular by our ancestors in the Middle Ages. The iron maiden could be a much better way to kill people that we don’t want anymore. An iron maiden is a big iron cabinet shaped like a human that is lined with spikes inside. The bad man or woman is placed inside the coffin and the spike-covered door is closed on them. It sounds pretty painful, but since it doesn’t have a scary animal or the slow death of a lethal injection, maybe the iron maiden should be reserved for lesser crimes like shoplifting. That will teach these kids that stealing candy is no laughing matter! The sky could be the limit. I mean that in a literal sense. If we want to come up with other cruel and unusual ways to kill, maim or permanently injure our prisoners, then let’s just start dropping them from hot air balloons. We could put GoPro cameras on their heads and sell the footage to YouTube. Those guys will let you put up almost anything. It sounds preposterous, but I’m sure the powers that be would eventually come up with something even worse if given the opportunity to do so. In their bid to stay tough on crime, many politicians are losing sight of the fact that, while these people are or were criminals, they are still people. Let’s remind the folks in charge of that before it’s too late. When we mistreat ex-cons and prisoners, we aren’t exactly setting a good example for them to follow. What kind of justice is that?

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B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Festival Winner, The Forever Question, Is Playing Now Through July 14 The B Street Theatre is continuing its promise to embrace original works. The winner of B Street’s inaugural New Comedies Festival, The Forever Question by James Christy, is the latest new play to grace the stage at the Sofia. This play centers on a couple that weighs the advantages and disadvantages to the possibility of another bun in the oven. Of course, there is plenty of feedback from their nosy parents, but flashbacks also foreshadow their decisions. After the birth of his third child, playwright Christy started to ponder how his life became full of new family and new responsibilities. For Christy, writing The Forever Question was his way of figuring out how becoming a parent comes with permanent changes and enduring duties. The official TFQ press release quoted Christy, “I realized I have no idea why I decided to have kids. I always knew I wanted to have a family in the abstract, but I never questioned why that is.” The Forever Question show will continue until July 14. For showtimes and ticket information, visit Bstreettheatre.org

From June 21-23, the annual Davis Music Fest returns for its ninth year, showcasing the best of local, regional and touring artists during the three-day music event. Audiences will hear a wide range of genres from rock to hip-hop and everything in between. Musicians like the funkadelic and personal Philharmonik will be there, along with the polka gypsy stylings of the Midnight Dip. From Ariel Wang to the West Nile Ramblers, there will be music for each member of the family to enjoy. The day one venue will be at the German influenced Sudwerk Brewing Co. Day two will happen at a number of places around Davis like the Pence Gallery and the Odd Fellows Lodge, Upper Hall, and day three will go down at Delta of Venus. Come find new music favorites while feeling excellent that the proceeds will benefit local public schools’ art, music and performing arts programs. For those interested in becoming a part of the excitement, there are options to participate in the street team. Street teamers will put up posters, pass out flyers for the event and will be pumping people up for the celebration. Depending on the numerous levels of commitment, the street team members can also earn different levels of access to Davis Music Festival activities. Tickets are $40, and if you want to snap a photo for your Instas, make sure to tag with #DMF9! For more information on the festival, visit Davismusicfest.com.

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Temple Coffee Hosts Free Public Tastings June 21 & June 28

During the month of June, Temple Coffee has treated us lucky coffee-lovers to fun and informative events at different coffee shops around the 916. Temple keeps the ball rolling on June 21 at the Temple S Street cafe in Sacramento, where visitors will learn about the effects coffee has on our health. Myths and rumors will be debunked, like whether light or dark roast has more caffeine and how much coffee can be consumed during pregnancy. Bring your possible misconceptions about that warm nectar of the gods and observe how caffeine is processed by the human body. This intriguing event starts at noon. If tasting fresh new flavors of caffeine is more your cup of coffee, come to the Temple K Street location June 28 to try their brand new Cold Brew Blend. It’s perfect for the warm weather while still getting your energy boost on. On this occasion, instructors will be brewing a flash brew iced coffee on a Clever Dripper as well as a V60 pour over. After learning some tips on making delicious iced coffee, you will then be able to take those lessons and combine them with your favorite brew methods for experimenting at home. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Temple annual sidewalk sale on June 29 at the K Street Temple from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. There will be food, past retail items, and cash and card will be accepted. For more info visit Templecoffee.com.

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Elk Grove’s Massive New Aquatics Center Is Open and Features a Lazy River and Two 30-Foot Slides! Just in time for the hot, hot heat, Elk Grove has opened their new state-of-the-art aquatics center on May 25. The facility includes various pools designed for competitive aquatics, instruction, water fitness and family recreation. Not only does the center have Elk Grove’s largest competition pool but along with a 25-yard instructional pool, the public can be assured that they are swimming in a safe and professional environment. If chilling out in the sun is more your vibe, the recreational pool also has a lazy river for those who would rather float than swim. Two 30-foot slides will surely make a splash this summer with the young ones, and snacks will be available at Grover’s Grotto concession stand. In case you’re on the hunt for rentable party space, consider the aquatics center an amusing option for the whole family. The facility is operated by the Cosumnes Community Services District and will be home to two Elk Grove swim teams; the Elk Grove Gators and the Elk Grove Piranhas. For athletes, the facility contains a meet management room, team locker rooms and a fully functional Colorado timing system with scoreboard. If you need help swimming or becoming more advanced, classes are also available. For more information and to register for classes, go to Elkgrovecity.org.

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FLOATING IN A MOST PECULIAR WAY

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hris Hadfield has gone to space, maaaaaaaan! He’s been on two different Space Shuttle missions, and has been aboard both the Russian space station Mir and the International Space Station. By his own account, he’s orbited Earth more

Joe Schmid (a two-star general and NASA Flight Surgeon) on bass, Steve Robinson on

than 2,500 times. This should be enough for any person to be satisfied with, but Hadfield

guitar (and for the Winters show, Dave Webb on keyboards) uses a mix of audio and

hasn’t stopped there. A video of him covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” recorded

video storytelling along with folk music originals and covers of standards.

on the ISS, currently has 43 million views, which is more than Bowie’s official video for

The band is coming to The Palms Playhouse in Winters July 6, and I had a wonderful

the song has. He’s written three books, recorded an album, is a guest on many popular

time talking to Hadfield over the phone. He was able to talk about his experiences in

podcasts and currently has a Master Class on “How to be an Astronaut.”

space so artfully and eloquently, I felt as if I was floating right there with him while I

Somehow, with all of this going on, Hadfield has found the time to play in a band he co-founded 14 years ago, comprised entirely of other astronauts. Bandella was formed by Hadfield while he was stationed in Star City, Russia, which

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listened on the other end of the line. When I interview comedians and musicians, I’m quick to throw in follow-up questions and throw in my own two cents, but Hadfield had me dumbstruck and in awe over the things he was able to see and experience.

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How different is playing guitar in space compared to playing on Earth? It’s quite different. There are a couple of distinct gravity driven features on a guitar. It’s got that hourglass shape so it can sit on your knee, gravity snugs it down there and it’s got that nice cut-out that’s a knee-width. The guitar will fit there securely so it frees up your hands. Or if you’re playing standing up, we attach a strap so that gravity suspends it. Without gravity, neither of those mechanisms work, so your guitar is floating free. Playing the guitar is a two-handed activity so when you move your hand up and down the fretboard, there’s nothing to hold your guitar still. So it wants to take off all over the place. You have to find a new way to stabilize your guitar to play it properly. If you watch closely at the videos of me playing guitar in orbit—I did a song with The Chieftains and The Barenaked Ladies and a cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity”—but in all three of those, I’m pinching the box of the guitar under my right bicep. It holds the guitar still, but unfortunately, it’s the reverberation of the soundbox that allows the guitar to ring, and if muffles that very slightly, but it’s the best I can do. It’s hard to play it precisely. It’s almost as if you leaped into a swimming pool and while you were lying on your back floating, you tried to play. It’s like trying to hold a wet dog. It’s also hard to sing because it’s a little bit like standing on your head for three hours, then singing. There’s nothing to drain your sinuses because we rely on gravity for that. Without gravity, your sinuses are perpetually full. The resonances that come out of the hollows in your head helps you hear the music and it also helps the tonality. Also, your lungs and your diaphragm are slightly pushed down by gravity. Try lying on your back or standing on your head and singing. It’s just mechanically different. It’s harder to get the bass reverberation. It’s not bad for hitting the high notes as I did in “Space Oddity.” You had mentioned that your tongue becomes weightless, too? Your lips and your tongue are always governed by gravity. Your tongue rests on the floor of your mouth, and I hadn’t even thought about it. When I landed back on Earth after my third spaceflight, which was the longest of the three, I remember thinking, “Oh, I need to lift up my tongue.” I forgot that even a tongue has weight. You get used to weightlessness, then you have to re-adapt to being in gravity again. When you spend time in space and come back, and you think about the time you were up there, what’s one of the things you miss the most? Weightlessness is a beautiful, liberating, magical thing. You suddenly have an undeniable super-power. You can fly. And you can effortlessly and endlessly fly. That’s a wonderful thing to use the full three dimensions of the room you’re in, where there’s no ceiling and no floor, it’s just a volume that you can move around in. Weightlessness is like a toy that never winds down. You can play with it perpetually the whole time. Another thing is going around the world every 90 minutes. You get to see the world with unfettered clarity and growing familiarity. You become very intimate with the entire world and every place on it. Every place becomes equal. It’s unbelievably beautiful. It gets even better and better looking at it over time. Just like any place, when you first walk in, you’re a little bit gobsmacked. But after you’ve been there awhile you start to see the subtlety and the nuance, and the color, and the shadows, and the textures of things. If you spend 10 minutes or 10 hours or a week looking at the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel, you’re going to see different things. The world is just more infinitely complex than any of those things. I’ve been around the world 2,650 times. I’ve become very aware of it. The last thing I miss is a combination of those two: being outside on a spacewalk. It’s the most visceral of all the experiences. You have nothing constraining you except your suit and clothing. SubmergeMag.com

There’s nothing between you and the universe except the curve of the plexiglass of your visor. You get a very frank and direct physical appreciation of being out in the universe and having the world separate from you. The world does not have any feeling of home from there. The world is just a planet. It’s like looking up at the moon. When you look up at the moon, you don’t feel like you’re on the moon. It’s the same thing doing a spacewalk. You’re looking at the world as a separate and somewhat foreign planet. While I was outside, we actually went through the aurora, through the southern lights. I had my eyes night-adapted at the time. I saw all of the colors. The greens and red of the aurora were pouring around the ship, between my legs, all around us. There are other trace colors there as the gases fluoresce, so it’s multi-spectral. It’s just beautiful. I don’t miss those things so much as I revel in being able to have experienced them. You don’t often see astronauts sharing their experiences with the love and clarity that you do. Did you find explaining this to people that have no comparable experience to be easy? Spacewalking is said to be the rarest of human experiences. Out of the hundred billion people or so that have ever lived, there’s only been about 200 that have ever walked in space. It’s as unique and privileged and rare as anything that anyone has ever done. I think it deserves some thought and effort as self-expression. I served as an astronaut for 21 years, which is about as long as anybody works as an astronaut. Neil Armstrong was an astronaut for eight years, so 21 years is a long time. And being Canadian, my opportunities to fly were fewer than my American contemporaries, because we don’t build spaceships. We’re there by the grace of international partnership. I’m also one of the few Canadian astronauts. Because there are less of us, that gives us more of a public role. I have a lot of chances to speak about my experiences. NASA set the standard by brazenly sharing the experience [of the first moon landing]. They could have kept the whole thing quiet, but they decided it was too important to keep to themselves, so they broadcast the whole thing live. It’s too magnificent of an experience to squander. That’s why I share it. Do astronauts ever play practical jokes on each other in space? Of course, all of the time. We’re just people up there. We’re as busy as can be. We’re running about 200 experiments in the space station, and there’s mission control in Houston, Munich, Moscow, Montreal and Tokyo. They all think they own you, so you have a schedule of what to do down to five-minute intervals for the whole six months you’re up there. There’s not much in the way of free time. You can get some stolen free time, but that’s about it. It’s fun to hide in unusual places and pop out at people. Because it’s such a demanding work environment, normally instead of a practical joke, we’ll play a kindness on each other. Like going around the ship and bringing each person something cool to drink, or a piece of a chocolate bar. That is so welcome because it is such an immense amount of unrelenting work, every single day for six months. We have races of how quickly you can get from one end of the space station to the other, or who can do the most somersaults without banging into the wall. You can get up into the hundreds if you do it properly. You can see Chris Hadfield and the rest of Bandella at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) Saturday, July 6. at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Palmsplayhouse.com. You can visit Chris Hadfield’s website at Chrishadfield.ca. It’s in Canada.

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Right now you’re on a “nonstop” tour. How much of your time do you spend on the road? I do half the weekends of the year, but I don’t do them all in a row. I’ll do a weekend—four shows—and then I’ll take the next week and a half off and go home. But as far as me being out on the road doing stand-up comedy, it’s basically been nonstop for many, many years. I’m always touring. Your career is unique from most comedians in that you built it entirely from doing stand-up and touring, and not from any other medium. That’s accurate. I pretty much center my career around stand-up comedy. The last few years, I’ve had an opportunity to do some other things in addition to that, but for the most part it’s the stand-up comedy that is my career, and it’s what I love. That’s by choice? I like being a stand-up comedian … until I’m on an airplane and somebody sitting next to me asks what I do for a living.

“I like being a stand-up comedian … until I’m on an airplane and somebody sitting next to me asks what I do for a living.” – Brian Regan

You reference the moon landing a lot in bits and specials throughout your career. In 2015, you recorded the first ever live comedy special for Comedy Central. Would you consider that your moon landing in a way? I was proud of that. Comedy Central had never done a live stand-up comedy show or special. I had already done stand-up specials before and I wanted to take something on. I wanted to take [on] a challenge. It’s very risky. Just like landing on the moon, you don’t know if you’re coming back. A lot of things can go wrong with a live broadcast. I don’t want to equate myself to astronauts, but it was definitely a challenge, and I’m glad I took it on. I don’t think I would ever do it again, but I’m glad I did it.

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he’s funny, it’s because he’s also done the impossible. Scaling the wall of fame is a tall task, and virtually every successful comedian in history has needed more than one foothold to do so. A sitcom, a podcast, a writing job. There’s no shame in it; that’s how it’s supposed to be done. Regan has built a career entirely on the bedrock of his stand-up, all while working clean, one hand essentially tied behind his back. Despite more than 25 appearances on Letterman, Regan eschewed the late-night-to-sitcom path most comics of his era took. Instead, for more than 30 years, he just did stand-up, started touring and never stopped. Now 61, Regan punctuates his perpetual tour by spending time at home with his family in Las Vegas, the only place he won’t perform. He wants his kids to see him as a father, not a comedian. Recently, Regan talked to me about new creative projects, cursing on television and living life in the middle.

You were kind of the perfect choice for it in that you were established and you work clean. But also, like, what happens if I hit the stage and nobody laughs for an hour? It’s going out. There’s no sweetening it, you know; there’s no nothing. And also, when you normally do a special, you usually do two shows. You can edit between the two, like if you flub a line or something like that. We didn’t have that luxury, it was just going out how it was going out. So I don’t think I’ve ever concentrated for an hour straight more in my life than during that special. I mean, I was really in the zone, if you will, just thinking about every single word, every line, every moment. I wanted to nail it as cleanly as possible.

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Have you been doing comedy so long that you see comedy like a supercomputer, like Neo seeing the Matrix? I feel like it’s a constant quest trying to figure out how to come up with comedy. I don’t ever want to feel I have it figured out. I like thinking that it’s fascinating and that it’s not easy. There are days when I don’t think of anything, and then there are days when my mind seems to be kind of popping and I’m able to come up with some stuff. I don’t know how it works, to be honest with you. It’s like when I listen to some great song. I don’t know how they came up with that. It’s like, how did they come up with that melody? Maybe they feel the same way about comedians. We’re all just wired differently, and I’m lucky that I seem to be wired in a way that can find comedy. That’s reassuring for anyone to hear that you feel that way, even at this point in your career. When I was younger, I used to kind of worry if I didn’t think of something for awhile, just thinking, “Well, is that it? Am I tapped out? Have I thought of every comedy thing I can think of?” But I just know from experience that it just means that there’s a dam in your head, and things are welling up on the other side. Usually if I go through a dry period, that means a particularly wet period is coming right around the corner. What do you do with your thoughts during the dry periods? I try to jot them down so I don’t forget them. You know, it’s nice now that with these iPhones you have the word app or whatever it is. I can just jot down a few words that I’ll remember when I see them later. I was just thinking of something last night that I forgot to write down. I want to do a sketch—if I get an opportunity to make more of these sketches—about a mad scientist. But he’s not mad like crazy, he’s mad like angry … He’s angry that his microscope isn’t where it’s supposed to be. The whole time he’s in the laboratory he’s just mad about something. It’s just really silly.

Silly and playful is a great way to characterize your comedy. Would you say that you intentionally try to stay away from darker stuff as part of your philosophy on comedy? I do on stage. I can get pretty dark and twisted off stage with my friends and people who I’m close with. But on stage, the comedy that I’m presenting to the world, I like it to be accessible to everybody. I’m not looking to divide. You can either divide or include. I like the kind of comedy that everybody in the room can enjoy. Not that I don’t think there’s a place for divisive comedy. If somebody is into that, that’s cool, too. I believe in freedom of speech. But I like the kind of stuff where everybody can feel like they’re part of it. It seems like stand-up now is trending away from that. Does that only encourage you to be sort of the last bastion of “inclusive” comedy? Or do you feel a little more pressured to maybe talk about darker stuff, or politics since it’s so pervasive? Actually in the last few years, I’ve touched on some things that would surprise people, at least subject matter-wise. I try to do the kinds of jokes that both sides would laugh at. I have this routine about being in the middle on guns. It’s about how I went to a convention for people in the middle on guns. And I was the only one in the ballroom and I just did this visual of me sipping my drink looking around like, “Where is everybody?” So it’s the kind of joke where I suppose someone who’s truly one way or the other could take offense to. I don’t mind hitting on certain subjects, but I want them to be the kind of jokes that both sides can laugh at. I guess being in the middle on stuff is kind of the funniest view right now anyway. People have hard takes and strong opinions, so if you’re just sort of ambivalent that may be where the fertile territory is at the moment. That’s a good point. Yeah. I think that’s why I get a pretty decent reaction from that bit, because it’s like, nobody says they’re in the middle on guns. People take a side on everything. “I have to pick a team! I’m over there, or I’m over there.” Very few people say “Hey, I pick the middle.” It’s not a popular place to be right now.

Nobody makes a sign that says “I’m ambivalent.” [Laughing] That’s funny. Exactly. You’re also acting in a TV show now? I’m in a TV series which is kind of against the grain from what my comedy is all about. It’s called Loudermilk. We’re shooting a third season next month. I’m actually going up to Vancouver to shoot it and it’s a dark comedy. Peter Farrelly is one of the creators and the director … The Farrelly brothers, you know, their humor is not clean. It can be dark and twisty and edgy, but it’s a show about substance abuse, so it’s going to feature the dark corners of life … My character, you know, says some rough things, includes rough language. I like it because I’m serving somebody else’s creative vision. It’s not my comedy, it’s somebody else’s comedy, but I like being a small piece of pie in some larger endeavor. Do you have any fun memories of playing Sacramento clubs when you were coming up? I actually never played a comedy club in Sacramento. I started doing theaters about 12 or 13 years ago. So I think the first time I performed in Sacramento was in a theater. The downside to theaters is you’re there for one night. You blow into town, you do the show and then you blow outta town, so you don’t really get to experience cities the way people think you would. So I don’t really have any specific local stuff [laughing]. I’ll just put that you don’t care about Sacramento. There goes that ambivalent thing [laughing]. Comedian Brian Regan: Completely ambivalent about Sacramento. He’s headed into town!

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s someone who leaves Sacramento a lot for school, it’s overwhelming how much things can change in only a few months. It feels like every time I make the drive back from the airport, there’s a new building being added to our city’s skyline. For that reason, I was pleased to learn that Brolly, a musician I hadn’t heard much from since my highschool days, would be performing at Goldfield Trading Post June 29—his first headlining concert in the area in almost six years. A Yuba City native and Sacramento resident, Brolly (Jake Ithurburn) is a singer-songwriter whose sound, much like Sacramento, has greatly changed since I last checked up on him. The first time I heard Brolly’s stuff was at one of his first concerts at the now-closed Luigi’s Pizza in the MARRS Building in 2011. Back then he, as well as his bandmates who have since departed from the project, were going by Brolly the Well, a

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name which lasted all of about three shows, according to Ithurburn. The songs he played at that concert would make up his first EP, Hollow Home Rd, released a little over a year after the show. The EP is a solid mix of mainline early ‘10s indie-alternative tracks, with a few hints of the ethereal production that would later come to the forefront of Brolly’s work. The title track of the album, though now quite distant from Brolly’s sound today, is a beautiful small-town ballad about belonging and remains his most successful cut with over a million listens on Spotify and some BBC airtime. “That single is probably the most special to me,” said Ithurburn. “I feel like it’s resonated with the most people. [The EP] was like the first five solid songs I’d written when we started the band. A friend of mine had a studio in his backyard and some pretty nice gear. We had to teach ourselves

how to record and mix, so the first two albums we released, I both produced and mixed them. We were learning, so it took way longer than it should have.” From then on, Brolly, still with the full-band setup, would tour and record their second EP, Wolfe, in 2014. Featuring lush instrumentals, Wolfe sometimes borders on the indie-pop sound that was all the rage back then, particularly on cuts like “Ghost Town” and the title track. However, songs like “Fragile” feature sparse guitar and vocals, and “Your Love Grew Legs” is a slow-but-catchy love song. Going back and listening to Brolly’s discography, I could already see the best parts of his music coming together. Even if you’re tired of the worst excesses of the “ah-ohs” and the “ho-heys” of yesteryear’s indie, you have to admit that throughout all of Brolly’s work is a commitment to interesting and excellent production. Even “Wolfe,” which begins with the now kind of clichéd (though not at the time, of course) combination of banging drums and a whooping “oh,” is elevated by a beautiful chorus and a spacey, electronic reverb fade in the track’s ending. A year after that, though, the project’s momentum would slow when the band broke up and Ithurburn moved back to Sacramento. “I didn’t write or do music for a whole year,” explained Ithurburn. “That was really weird because up to that point I was writing all the time. That was my dream, to be a songwriter, be a musician. For that whole year I was just doing other things. Even the idea of going on a hike was to ‘feed’ myself, rather than write a song.” After a while, Ithurburn slowly started writing again, although this time he focused more on solo compositions. Then, in 2016, he received an offer to go on the road with English indie-folk artist Benjamin Francis Leftwich who was touring around the United States and Canada after releasing his sophomore album, After the Rain. At that point, Ithurburn knew that he wanted to revive the Brolly project and began putting together his two latest EPs: Son, which debuted in August 2018, and Shadow and Light which came out in May. “My last two EPs came from GarageBand demos I did over that year, and just building on them,” said Ithurburn. “After I started writing again, all these songs had themes of new hopes—starting over, and starting from scratch, because that’s what I was doing … And, just where everyone was in their lives, it made sense in the moment to make it a solo thing.” Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


“I don’t know what I would call my music. It’s a mix between experimenting with sounds, mixed with simple soulful vibes. To see if I can create a sound or a song that is kind of weird but also beautiful. So: ‘weird, beautiful, catchy.’” – Jake Ithurburn aka Brolly As a result, the following two EPs—originally meant to be released as one large album with some material from earlier EPs—have a much sparser, spacier sound than his previous material. Chorus effects which were previously used only on some tracks make an appearance on almost every cut. Armed with an increased mastery of vocal layering (not to mention the purchase of a VoiceLive 3 effects pedal), the twin EPs mark a significant departure for Brolly in terms of sound. “The biggest change was when I was sitting down, I just didn’t feel as restricted to have to have a bass line, two guitar parts, you know?” explained Ithurburn. “That’s the way that I thought before because of the band situation. ‘How are we gonna do these songs live when I need these specific parts?’ But with these last two albums, I was more like ‘what do I want to do for this song?’ It felt like there was a lot less restrictions on it. I was more free.” While it might have complicated live performance, the overall effect has been a more diverse sound. One of Ithurburn’s personal favorite techniques seems to be to bookend his songs with spacey intros/outros. A personal favorite off Son is “Man with a Cup,” which begins with a highly reverbed chorus of reversed guitar, which slowly bleeds into the quiet picking melody of the album’s ending track. Ithurburn’s otherworldly lyrics match this choice in production, as he sings “All that’s good in me/ imprints of your majesty … /I think I belong to a world of some other kind/where love is a man with a cup that pours into mine.” One of Ithurburn’s main inspirations has been the music of Bon Iver, he reported, which has helped him home in on how he defines his new sound. “Definitely, Bon Iver is a big influence. Specifically, he [and Aaron Dessner] put out a project called Big Red Machine, which really

inspired me,” Ithurburn said. “I don’t know what I would call my music. It’s a mix between experimenting with sounds, mixed with simple soulful vibes. To see if I can create a sound or a song that is kind of weird but also beautiful. So: ‘weird, beautiful, catchy.’” This influence is easy to see on the two new EPs, as well as throughout Brolly’s catalogue as a whole. A lot of his vocal effects, like on Shadow and Light’s “White Out Days,” envoke the vocal style of Bon Iver drummer and vocalist S. Carey’s solo work. It’s hardly just more of the same, though. Ithurburn frequently takes this inspirational material a step further and makes it his own. The same album’s leading track, “Bed 41,” features a dreamy layering of glitchy vocal loops, and is unlike anything Brolly has put out before. The track was inspired by the highly synthed-up sounds of Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, according to Ithurburn. And it isn’t just electronic effects that get an overhaul on the EPs; Cuts like “Belafonte” showcase Ithurburn’s excellent piano composition skills, despite protesting that he “isn’t good at the piano by any means.” On the contrary: Shadow and Lights, among many other accolades, boasts a number of great piano instrumentals.

If you distantly remember seeing Brolly back in the day and are eager to hear his Sacramento comeback, or just want to hear new material from a strong local voice, head out to Goldfield Trading Post (1630 J St.) Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $15, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info, head to Goldfieldtradingpost.com.

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hat has long been considered the “golden age” of hip-hop is really a golden state of mind. Behind the exterior signifiers—a particular flow, a certain production style, whether an MC was considered “conscious” in the ‘90s or “woke” in 2016—lies the real thing: the music and how it affects us. If anything, a golden age denotes something that has been lost to us forever, that has ceased to be pertinent to our lives. But for rappers who care about how the past survives and converses with the present, how jazz and soul still feed lifeblood into the veins of modern hip-hop, who don’t mind if their style is past, present or future because the substance (and struggle) is eternal, the golden age is now. It’s the age an artist enters when they become grounded, sort out the important things, and leave the canvas of their life open to create. For Adrian Gilmore, aka Poor Majesty, that time has arrived. The Sacramento born-and-raised MC has had a series of careers; three at least. As the upstart preteen, his talents were honed early enough for him to open for Skee-Lo at the height of his fame; as Poor Majesty, Gilmore lent his voice to the triumvirate Tribe of Levi for much of the past decade, cutting records with local figures such as future experimental maestro Lee Bannon (of Dedekind Cut fame) and always pushing to elevate the vibrant, yet often underappreciated local hip-hop scene. Gilmore’s trajectory can be described as, in the words of one of his later songs, “a slow grind to the goldmine.”

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Releasing much of his early solo work in between Tribe of Levi offerings, Gilmore has only just recently begun to raise the volume and frequency of his own output. The last three years have seen Poor Majesty reaching new highs. The LP Good God Almighty, appearing early in 2017, revealed a more confident and complete character in his work, with a diverse set of solid, concise and highly replayable tracks. From the go-go jangle of “Abracadabra,” to the infectious, spiritual-jazz-inflected closer “Who is Poor?,” 2018 would answer that question, with newfound visibility, due in no small part to his single and subsequent video for “Broadway,” which lays out a highimpact insider’s view of Oak Park gentrification along the title street. All of this is leading up to Dreamer, set for release this month. In Gilmore’s words, it is a testament to optimism, to hope that never fades and the work and dedication it takes to make dreams keep coming true. On another of the album’s singles put out last summer, “Roses,” Gilmore pays tribute to his 98-year-old grandfather, who passed shortly after the song was finished. It’s in songs like this and “Broadway” that we can discern the golden age mentality: the way it links the performer to history, reaches across generations, allows them to tell stories, speak truth, provoke debate, but always in the spirit of love. For him, it’s just another dream accomplished. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


What kind of reactions have you received from “Broadway?” So far all of the reactions have been positive. The views for that video went crazy. I think we were at around 13,000 views within the first week. The most rewarding part of that whole wave was being asked to collaborate with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment [ACCE] to help get people to vote for Prop 10, the rent control initiative. Did any take you by surprise? Being asked to do a live set on Capitol Public Radio was kinda a shock. Nick Brunner, who really liked the set, helped get us placed on another show on NPR, which allowed us to hit a national market. I knew the song was powerful, but I didn’t know it would take us that far. How would you envision Broadway in a better world, in which we didn’t need this song and its message? How I envision a better Broadway consists of a whole lot of healing. There’s a lot of hurt and hopelessness in underserved communities, and I feel if the folks on Broadway felt at home instead of hunted that would be a great start. I’d also like to see more of the new businesses hire people from the neighborhood. Before getting into your forthcoming album, give me a little bit of history with your body of work. How far back is the starting point— before the early mixtapes with Tribe of Levi? I’ve been doing this forever. I started rapping when I was 8. My mother bought me a $20 keyboard from Woolworths, and I would freestyle over the preset beats. I was horrible. I got better in middle school, though, and started getting booked for concerts. My first show had a thousand people in attendance. I was so nervous I almost threw up. What is the particular mindset you had going into your latest album, and how would you describe what the title means to you? I settled on the name Dreamer because it embodies everything that I am. I’m a very optimistic person who thinks he could do anything except die. Plus a lot of guys my age quit making music and gave up on their dreams. Not me; I feel I still have something special to say to the world. I believe this attitude helped me get here, and everyday I’m working toward new exciting goals. Have your dreams/goals changed from when you first started out? Yes. What’s crazy is my dreams come true, so I’m constantly changing them. When I was in middle school, I used to lay in my bed and dream of a famous rapper coming to my school in a limousine and taking me with him to go do rap star shit. Maybe eight months later, I had booked a show with Skee-Lo. The day of the show, he instructed his limo driver to drive into the quad to meet me. It was lunchtime, and the whole school was there to witness how cool this shit was. I was the man for hella years after that. Later in life, I had the opportunity to open for Nas, which was also another lifelong goal. I’ve always wanted to rock with an MC of that caliber. Someone I had the ultimate respect for. I have new goals and dreams now, but I don’t want to share them. I don’t want to jinx myself.

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As a father and an experienced artist, what is your view on hip-hop’s importance and the role it can play on a greater level? Has it changed from when you first started out? Yes. I’m less careless in what I say. I understand the effects of your vibrations carry consequences. As a father, I want to make sure I leave a legacy my son can be proud of. I can’t do that if I’m promoting death and destruction. Although societal commentary and an emphasis on hard-hitting topics have always been a part of hip-hop, in the last five years especially, it seems like this energy has come 9:30PM to the forefront on both the underground and the pop side of things in a big way. Have you noticed this change? I actually thought it has been suppressed or watered down in the mainstream. Of course there are exceptions like Kendrick and Cole. The sad part is, every time we talk about popular artists saying something of substance, we can only use a few as examples. When I was coming up we had Mos Def, Wu Tang, Jeru the Damaja, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Dead Prez, the list goes on. I don’t see that now, especially when it comes to talking about the human rights of black people. Going back to themes brought up in “Broadway,” it seems like the issue of gentrification has come into the public consciousness more than ever in recent years, especially last year with the excellent films Sorry to Bother You and Blindspotting, which dealt with the issue in different ways in an area close to home. I was just curious if you saw those, what you thought of them, and how you think of more people from all areas of society becoming aware of the issue? I loved Sorry to Bother You. I pretty much love anything by Boots [Riley, director] because of The Coup [another conscious rap group from my era]. I relate to that film because I feel all employed black people have two or three different voices they use depending on the setting. It’s our survival technique. These films are good because they tell our story from our point of view. It allows us to humanize ourselves without exploiting racist tropes to sell tickets. Only to get laughs at our expense.

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6.19 WEDNESDAY

Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Blue Lamp Squalus, Peace Killers, Dusty Brown, 8 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. The Colony Over Motion, Problem Plays, The Baddest Beams, 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Golden Bear Thank You Come Again (EP Release), Grave Lake, Kohl Banned, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Chris Webby, Grieves, Locksmith, Ekoh, 6 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jazz Jam Hosted by Byron Colburn, 8 p.m. Momo Sacramento Bourbon & Blues feat. Bobby Radcliff, 5:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m.

6.20 THURSDAY

Armadillo Music It’s Butter, Patches, 6 p.m. Blue Lamp Vicious Rumors, Sunlord, Shadowkiller, 8 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Crest Theatre Lucinda Williams and her Band Buick 6, 6:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Goldfield Jameson Rodgers, 2 p.m. Harlow’s Bombino, Smokin’ Ziggurats, 7 p.m. Harvey’s Outdoor Arena Lee Brice, 6 p.m. Holy Diver Save That Sh!T Presents: Xxxtentacion Memorial feat. Lantern, 7 p.m. Kupros Craft House Robert Kuhlmann, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Momo Sacramento Roots of a Rebellion, Eazy Dub, 7 p.m.

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6.21 FRIDAY

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Ace of Spades Maiden USA (Iron Maiden Tribute), Hot For Teacher (Van Halen Tribute), PS Look Down, Abeyence, Samora, 6 p.m. Armadillo Music Davis Music Fest: Lillian Francis, Manzanita, Katgrüvs, Doc Tari, 3 p.m. The Auditorium at CLARA Sacto Unplugged: Justin Farren, Ben de la Cour, 8:30 p.m. Bar 101 The Clay Dogs, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Red Dirt Ruckus, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp K-Ottic (Album Release), Quen, Optimiztiq, Chris Jones, DJ Sp3kdrum, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Roswell, Graybar Hotel, Blackwater Ryzn, 7 p.m. Chandos Cantina Los Elementos De Culiacán, 8 p.m. Cooper’s ZHK, J Blaze, Kali, Don Blanco, Mi$tuhg, 9 p.m. Crawdads On The River Tribute to Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean, 3 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Karl & Karlene, 8 p.m. Davis Arts Center Classical Guitar Series Young Artist Showcase w/ Nicholas Padmanabhan, Conor Padmanabhan, Andrew Barbuta, Miyan Grasso, 7 p.m. Delta of Venus Davis Music Fest: Mojo Green, Big Sticky Mess, Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, Valo Boheme and More, 2:30 p.m.

Elk Grove Regional Park Concert in the Park w/ Dave Russell & Kyle Middlebrooks, 6:30 p.m. The Fig Tree Open Mic, 7 p.m. Fountainhead Brewing Co. Alex Vincent Band, 6 p.m. Fox & Goose DJ AA, 8 p.m. Glenn Hall Park Pops in the Park: The Count, 6 p.m. Golden 1 Center ELO, Dhani Harrison, 7 p.m. Harlow’s Dirtwire, 8 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts The Summer Soul-stice feat. Wee Willie Walker, Terri Odabi, and the Soul Orchestra, 7 p.m. Holy Diver The Catching, The Color Wild, For The Kids, For The Kids, SYNS, Nick Jordan, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau House Made w/ Chango, 10 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Alex Jenkins Quartet (CD Release), 8 p.m. Midtown BarFly Club Séance: Midsummer’s Scream! Halloween in June w/ DJ Bit, DJ Dire, DJ Chat Noir, DJ Dollhead, 9:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m. Odd Fellows Davis Music Fest: The Coffis Brothers, Boot Juice, Emily Day and the Knights, Guero and More, 2:15 p.m. Old Ironsides Halcones, Next Remedy, 8 p.m. On The Y Tigerchrist, Kryptic Memories, The Trustee Apes, 9 p.m. Opera House Saloon Unauthorized Rolling Stones, 9:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Peeti V, 9:30 p.m. Pence Gallery Davis Music Fest: Dog Party, Monster Treasure, The Gold Souls, Poor Majesty and More, 2:45 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Placerville Public House The L-dawg Band, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Skid Roses, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Thunder Cover, 10 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Encore w/ Guest DJs, 9:30 p.m. Riving Loom Erik Hanson, Jeannie Howell, 8 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Ben Rice, 4 p.m. The Shack Ray ‘Catfish’ Copeland Band, 5:30 p.m. Shady Lady The Hucklebucks, 9 p.m. Shine Small Axe, The Departures, Dough Co., 8 p.m. The Side Door David Shapireau & West of Next, 7 p.m. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts @ B Street Theatre The Chris Cain Band, 7 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Davis Music Fest: Boca do Rio, Loud Forest, The Philharmonik, John Vanderslice, Rum River Cult, Honyock, The New Crowns, 3:!5 p.m. Sutter Creek Provisions Carson McHone, 5:30 p.m. Swabbies on the River Jessie Leigh Band, 1 p.m.; Jeremy McComb, 3 p.m.; Outlaw Trail, 6 p.m. Torch Club Watt Ave Soul Giants, 5:30 p.m.; Mestizo Beat, Element Brass Band, 9 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Boys 4 Bikes Fundraiser w/ Be Brave Bold Robot, DJ Eve, 3 p.m. The Wrangler Bar Dad’s Nostalgic Car Show & Music Fest feat. Elvis Cantu, Pope Paul and the Illegals, Rory Justice, The Fortunate Few, The Blender Bombs, DJ Big Daddy Ray, 3 p.m.

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6.26 WEDNESDAY

Ace of Spades Gin Blossoms, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Snuff Redux, The Tracks, 6 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Cafe Colonial Arctic Flowers, Killer Couture, Dead is Better, Globs, 7 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. The Colony The New Trust, Buildings, Kohl Banned, Yawzea, 8 p.m. Crest Theatre The Alexander Project: A Tribute to the Music of Hamilton, 6:30 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver As Cities Burn, All Get Out, Many Rooms, Shpwrck, MoreLikeNever, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jazz Jam Hosted by Byron Colburn, 8 p.m. Momo Sacramento Bourbon & Blues feat. Vanessa Collier, 5:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m.

The Press Club Emo Night, 8 p.m. Shine The Songwriter Circle w/ Guests Jmsey, Will Derryberry & Stephen Sanchez, 7 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Michael Ray, 5:30 p.m.; The Mindful, High Pulp, 9 p.m.

6.27 THURSDAY

Armadillo Music Rooney Rackz, Chris Kash, 6 p.m. The Boardwalk Amahjra, Rio Wiley, Cardboard Ringo, 7 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Crocker Art Museum Jazz Night: Komaga Trio, 6:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Haiti Babii, 6:30 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts Todd Rundgren, 8:30 p.m. The Hideaway Bar & Grill William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5 p.m. Holy Diver Orange Sunshine, Keith Anthony Gray, The Bad Barnacles, Dead Meds, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Jenn Rogar, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Momo Sacramento The Tracks, Snuff Redux, Ember Valley, 7 p.m. Palms Playhouse Old Blind Dogs, 7:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge Wax Motif, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Megan Smith, 9:30 p.m. The Press Club Sad Girlz Club, Sarchasm, Grumpster, Melissa Schiller & the BakerMiller Pinks, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Hot City, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Theatre DeVille A Tribute To Marvin Gaye, 8 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; City of Trees Brass Band, Basi, 9 p.m. Toyota Amphitheatre Santana, The Doobie Brothers, 7 p.m.

6.28 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Blueface, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Fabulous Liars Band, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Robbie Thayer, 5 p.m. Big Sexy Brewing Co. Analog Us, 6 p.m. Blue Lamp RocDaMic Showcase feat. YB Tha Champ, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Sad Clouds #4: An Emo, Hip-hop and Trap Party w/ Refry Worldwide, Jordan Blake, 7 p.m. Cafe Colonial Flip the Switch, Bite Me Bambi, BrokeNote UnderTone, Grande Canyon, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza Concerts in the Park: So Much Light, me&you, Animals in the Attic, Freature, DJ Epik, 5 p.m. The Colony Phantom Witch, Anti-Hero, Gurschach, Hard Fail, Solanum, 7:30 p.m. Cooper’s Gallactic, Connected and More, 9 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Midnight Sun, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose Tough MOther, The O’Mally Sisters, 9 p.m. Gaslight Company The Mindful, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Goldfield Josh Ward, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Midtown Social, The Gold Souls, 8 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts 1940s Battle of the Big Bands “Benny Goodman vs. Glenn Miller,” 7 p.m. Holy Diver New Politics, Half the Animal, 7 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m.; Chop Shoppe, 9 p.m. McClellan Conference Center Boney James, Johnny Britt, 7:30 p.m. Momo Sacramento Joseph One, 10 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.

Old Ironsides Empty Wagon, Desiree, 9 p.m. Palms Playhouse Five Lost Planet Airmen Fly Again: Bill Kirchen, Bobby Black, John Tichy, Buffalo Bruce Barlow, Andy Stein w/Austin de Lone and Paul Revelli, 7:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge Lil Jon (DJ Set), DJ Eddie Edul, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Petty Theft, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Night Fever, 9:30 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Groove on Fridays w/ Guest DJs, 10 p.m. Riving Loom Jay Shaner, Joe Kojima Gray, 8 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Burning Daylight People, 6 p.m. Scribner Bend Vineyards West Grand Blvd, 6 p.m. Shady Lady Nagual, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Caravanserai, 6:30 p.m. Torch Club Jimmy Pailer, 5:30 p.m.; Deltaphonic, 9 p.m. Toyota Amphitheatre Hootie and the Blowfish, Barenaked Ladies, 7:30 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Eazy Dub & Delta Nine, 6 p.m. The Village @ Sacramento Gateway Neon Playboys, 6 p.m.

6.29 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Chase Atlantic, Lauren Sanderson, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Emily Lynn, 1 p.m. Bar 101 Turnbuckle Blues Review, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Mojo Green, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp 360 Radio Artist Appreciation Night, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk House-O-Matic w/ Franklyn Watts, Spiro, Catalano, Chango, Alexx Gold, K², 7 p.m. The Colony Regional Justice Center, Sick Burn, xTom Hanx and More, 7 p.m. Cooper’s Earles of Newton, 9 p.m. Crawdads On The River Cheeseballs, 7 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Possum, 8 p.m. The Fig Tree Open Mic, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Higher Mansions, Plastic Shoelaces, “Summer Al” Maxwell, 9 p.m. Golden 1 Center Khalid, Clairo, 7:30 p.m. Goldfield Brolly, Branches, Before the Brave, 7:30 p.m. GroundSwell Art Poor Majesty (Record Release), Sydney Ranée, Omar Barajas and More, 6 p.m. Harlow’s Jay Electronica, Bru Lei, C-Plus, Deviouz, 8 p.m. Holy Diver The Holdup, Zach Van Dyck, 7 p.m. La Cosecha David Perez Band, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe David Houston & String Theory, 8 p.m. Midtown BarFly New Wave Society: New Romantic Dance Party, 9 p.m. Momo Sacramento Imaginary Friends (Chuuwee & Imaginary Other), Sparks Across Darkness, LaTour, The Soup Boys, 6 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m. Old Ironsides Marty Taters’ Songwriters Showcase & BBQ Dinner, 7 p.m. On The Y The Odious Construct, Bavmorda, Octtobraa, William Wallace, 7:30 p.m. Opera House Saloon North Forty, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. PJ’s Roadhouse Mookatite, TheNuminous, The Countermen, LightRays, 8 p.m. Placerville Public House Dog Park Justice, 8 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino The Spazmatics, 10 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Encore w/ Guest DJs, 9 p.m. The Rink Studios The Higgs, Love Mischief, 7 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Elvis Cantú, 6 p.m. The Shack Loose Engines, 5:30 p.m. Shady Lady Current Personae, 9 p.m.

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The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Random Strangers, 1 p.m. Shady Lady Peter Petty, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Steve Wall (of The Beer Dawgs), Mark Welendorf, 12:30 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Grateful Sunday w/ Todd Gardner & Friends, 5 p.m. William Curtis Park Music in the Park: Sang Matiz, 6 p.m.

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Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s The Aristocrats, The Travis Larson Band, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jonathan Stoyanoff Quartet, A Tribe Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m.

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Crest Theatre Hot Tuna Acoustic Tour, 6:30 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase feat. Loyal for Life, Vash. TheLazer, Slowboe, KinRich, No Name Posse, Lil Jaaay, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Kyle Rowland, 5 p.m.; Open Mic, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Torch Club Jake Castillo Trio, 8 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, All Hail the Silence, 6:30 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Electric Six, Kyle Shutt, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase feat. Dead is Better, Someday Sober, Haunted by Day, Full Metal Hippies, Octtobraa, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. The Press Club FFFreak! w/ XL Middleton, Moniquea, Black Yacht Club, DJs CrookOne, Ben Johnson and Todd Shima, 10 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Skynnyn Lynnyrd, 6 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 9 p.m.

Comedy Crest Theatre Brian Regan, June 27, 7:30 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Standup Saloon Hosted by Jason Anderson, Mondays, 8 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Carlos Rodriguez, Imin Love, Hosted by Chris Smith, June 19, 8 p.m. Say It Loud Comedy: Jay Rich, Aurora Singh, Melvin Jr., Javon Whitlock, Hosted by Michael Calvin Jr., June 20, 8 p.m. Keon Polee feat. Diego Curiel, Hosted by Marcus Mangham, June 21 - 23, Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Get Frisked & Wucked! feat. Kiry Shabazz, Emma Haney, Mike Betancourt, Kristen Frisk, Jay Wuck, June 26, 7 p.m. Smile Out Loud w/ Chris Storin, Paco Romane, Reece Muniz, Hosted by Curtis Newingham, June 27, 8 p.m.

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THE SHALLOW END I heard today that there are massive power outages in Argentina and Uruguay—though I guess massive is an understatement. NPR said that Argentina and Uruguay are completely without power. How does that happen? I’d also heard that Sudan has been without internet for 13 days. The reason for this outage was more easily explained. The Sudanese government pulled the plug on the web to crack down on online activism. But as I’m writing this, I have no idea if either of these situations have been rectified (though I hope they are, truly), because I’m a bit preoccupied with my own bullshit. You see, my eye doctor just prescribed me bifocals. Glasses are nothing new for me, mind you. I’ve never been too keen on putting a piece of plastic or whatever in my eye, and I’ve been wearing glasses for so many years, that I don’t recognize my face without them (mostly because I can’t actually see my face without them). During my last eye appointment, though, my optometrist, who in addition to

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being a very capable doctor also happens to be a very attractive young woman, pointed out to me that bifocals would make my life easier. I didn’t want to believe her, of course. I never really thought myself a vain person until a pretty doctor told me, in so many words, that I’m a doddering old fool who required cokebottle specs to read the paper while I drink my decaf coffee, or to play canasta, or whatever it is that old people like me do. Of course, she didn’t put it like that. I believe she said, “They’ll help you read,” but I knew what she really meant. I declined the bifocals prescription then and just got regular lenses. She said she understood. I took her pity as kindness. But in the months since, the problem has gotten worse. I’ve had to take my glasses off to read or edit the articles you see here in these pages, or just hold the printout of each article at a particular length away from my face so I could read it … And then bring it closer so I could mark the page with corrections, which

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would make me lose my place because the letters got all blurry when I brought it back close. It was all very frustrating. So, when I got the text that it was time for me to visit the optometrist again, I knew I would have to swallow my pride. It was time for bifocals. I should stop here and mention that they’re not “bifocals” any more. At least not in the way that I remember them as a kid. They call them “progressive lenses” now. This isn’t just a politically correct term for bifocals, they’re actually different than they used to be. You can’t tell they’re bifocals if you’re not wearing them. They just look like regular eyeglasses, but for the wearer, it’s like being in The Matrix or something. You get a different lens effect depending on where you look. I haven’t gotten them yet, but the people at the office already warned me that I’ll have to change the way I look at things. “You’ll have to train yourself to point your nose at what you want to look at,” the technician told me.

“If you just point your eyes down, it’ll look like the floor is coming up to meet you,” my optometrist said. So if you ever see me trying to walk downstairs, and I just start screaming in fear for seemingly no reason, now you know why. Honestly, I’m a little freaked out by all this. I get dizzy playing video games. Now my life is basically going to be a video game. An exquisitely boring video game to be sure, but nonetheless, I just hope I don’t puke. Now I fully understand that there are worse things in the world. I have my health and my sight, for the most part. A roof over my head. A healthy marriage. These are all things to be grateful for. Sudan, Argentina, Uruguay—and we’re frighteningly close to war with Iran the last I heard—I know these are real problems far worse than simple wounded pride. But try to walk a mile in my shoes … if you can. Whatever you do, don’t look down, because it’s gonna look like the ground is trying to mug you.

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Submerge Magazine: Issue 294 (June 19 - July 3, 2019)  

Issue 294 of Submerge features Sacramento born-and-raised MC Poor Majesty, who plays Davis Music Festival on June 22 and also has an album r...

Submerge Magazine: Issue 294 (June 19 - July 3, 2019)  

Issue 294 of Submerge features Sacramento born-and-raised MC Poor Majesty, who plays Davis Music Festival on June 22 and also has an album r...

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