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MELISSA WELLIVER melissa@submergemag.com Well, damn! Here we are at the big 3-0-0! This one, frankly, just snuck up on me. It feels like it’s been just months (though it really was a year-and-a-half ago) when Submerge turned 10 years old and put on a rockin’ party at Holy Diver with Screature, Destroy Boys and Horseneck. Earlier this summer we pondered, what are we going to do for a party to celebrate our 300th issue? Then after a bit of deliberation we decided we’re not going to do one this time. I’m OK with that, because truth be told, it’s freaking super stressful throwing events because we’re always on a bi-weekly deadline, you know, just bringing you solid content issue in and issue out. And secondly, there’s already so much rad-ness that goes down in Sacramento, especially in September. Plus, it seems like a handful of our contributors are either having babies, getting married and/ or going back to school to get their master’s or bachelor’s degree this fall. If you still feel like partying with music that will not disappoint, I’d suggest going to Red Museum’s all day event Red Ex Vol. III on Sept. 14 featuring L.A. Witch, Drug Apts and the band we featured last issue Warm Drag (if you missed it in print check it out on our website Submergemag.com). Or hit up Alt 94.7’s City of Trees music festival on Sept. 21 featuring Incubus, Portugal. The Man and Hot Chip (who we featured two issues ago; their interview is also up on our website). Party on my friends this September in our honor! Milestones like hitting 300 issues and the New Year always leave me in that reflecting mindset. A lot has changed since 2008, when issue one first hit the streets. And I’m forever grateful to be one of the few print publications that are still around today. One thing that hasn’t changed, is my love for Sacramento, along with all the arts and entertainment that surrounds us. And while publishing a magazine for more than a decade has been really, really hard, I truly enjoy putting together every single issue of Submerge. I appreciate working with every single writer and photographer and have enjoyed working with at least 99.9 percent of the subjects we feature (believe it or not, only a handful of them were a pain in my ass). It’s been truly a dream to work every day alongside my husband and best friend, Jonathan, our ad sales guru and minigolfer extraordinaire (see page 8) and last but not least, I couldn’t imagine putting together a single issue, let alone 300, without bestie editing badass James Barone. Also, if it weren’t for you, our amazing readers, and especially for our regular advertisers, to whom we are eternally grateful, we wouldn’t have made it to 300 issue! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Read. Learn. Do rad things. Melissa Welliver

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PUTT-PUTT SACRAMENTO: SIX LOCAL SPOTS TO GET YOUR MINI-GOLF ON JONATHAN CARABBA

My wife and I recently completed a month-plus “non drinking” challenge, mostly just for general health reasons—you know, to feel better, sleep better, lose some weight and to save some money. “It’s always nice to dry out,” a friend so eloquently put it. During those few weeks (actually 41 days but who’s counting?), we found plenty of ways to pass the time without drinking alcohol. We watched a lot of movies, went on a ton of walks with our dog along the American River, went on a hike near South Lake Tahoe where we climbed up to a waterfall, and we also rediscovered one of our favorite things to do sans-booze: go minigolfing! So after a couple intense rounds of putt-putt action between the wife and I, we thought it’d be cool to use some space in the mag to point out to you, our readers, where you can get your mini-golf on in and around Sacramento, whether you’re looking for a date night option or something for the whole family to do. Here’s where to go, in no particular order. Now putt away, friends!

MONSTER MINI GOLF | 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova It’s Halloween 365 days a year at this monster-themed indoor mini-golf course in Rancho Cordova, located just off the Hazel Avenue exit on Highway 50 inside the historic Nimbus Winery building. The glow-in-the-dark 18-hole course is fun, challenging and is surrounded by hilarious spooky-themed artwork and animated props. They also have an arcade area, a laser maze and a cool virtual reality machine. Golf is $10 for “big monsters” and $9 for “little monsters,” with the laser maze being $3 per play and VR being $12 for 10 minutes of play. Monster Mini Golf is open seven days a week and there are a couple of nearby restaurants to make a night of it. Check out hours and more info at Monsterminigolf.com or call (916) 294-0000.

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SCANDIA FUN CENTER | 5070 Hillsdale Blvd., Sacramento Quite possibly the most popular miniature golf spot in the region, if not the most highly visible being directly next to Highway 80, Scandia Fun Center boasts two nicely landscaped Scandinavian themed outdoor mini-golf courses with impressive large props and cool water features. It’s a bit of a county fair vibe at Scandia, as they also have rides (hit up the Sky Screamer if you’re not scared of heights!), plus go-karts, bumper boats, a huge arcade, batting cages, a snack bar and more. Scandia is open seven days a week. Unlimited golf is $11.50 for adults and kids up to age 3 are free with a paying adult. Look up Scandiafun.com/sacramento or call (916) 331-5757 for hours and more info.

SACMINIGOLF 1028 Second St., Old Sacramento Located in an Old Sacramento basement, SacMiniGolf is the newest putt-putt spot on the scene, “where museum meets mini-golf.” Their historic old-timey theme includes awesome murals painted by a local artist that tell the story of Westward Expansion during the mid-1800s. The artwork, detailed handbuilt props and set design really give this place a nice touch. Closed Thursdays. Look up Sacminigolf.com or call (916) 5949795 for more info. A round is $11 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 3–12, and replays are only $5. Kids under 3 are free.

CALIGLO INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT 3443 Laguna Blvd. #130, Elk Grove If you’re in Elk Grove and you need your mini-golf fix, CaliGlo is the place to go. This indoor glow-in-the-dark 18-hole course takes you on a tour of California landmarks at each hole. They’ve also got laser tag if one round of putt-putt isn’t enough competition for you. Golf is just $8 per player (Wednesdays are only $5!), and laser tag is $16 for a 30-minute session. They’re closed Mondays. For hours and more info, check out Caliglo.com or call (916) 562-3900.

ROSEVILLE GOLFLAND SUNSPLASH 1893 Taylor Road, Roseville This place is enormous with everything from waterslides (now closed for the season) to two 18-hole mini-golf courses, one theme being “Adventure Golf” and the other “Lost Continent Golf.” Their website, Golfland.com/roseville, claims that these are “the best miniature golf courses in California,” and they might just be right. One round of 18-holes is $9.99 for adults, and $8.99 for ages 4–11 as well as 60-plus. Golfland also has laser tag, go-karts and a huge arcade with over 200 video games. Call (916) 784-1273 or check out their website for hours.

FLATSTICK PUB | 630 K St. #120, Sacramento Scheduled to open in the coming weeks at Downtown Commons near Golden 1 Center, Flatstick Pub will feature mini-golf and a huge bar with local craft beer, wine and spirits. Keep up to date with their opening at Tipsyputt.com or Facebook.com/flatstickDOCO.

Did we miss something? Let us know! Shoot us an email with your favorite mini-golf locations to info@submergemag.com. Thanks for reading!

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OUTSIDE THE 9-TO-5 UPGRADE YOUR OUTDOOR COOKING GAME WORDS ELLEN BAKER

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My Go-To Snacks: As European as snacks come—Baguette, Cheese and Cured Meat. This is not sliced bread, sliced cheese and deli meat. This is cheese straight from the local farmer of the town you are camping in. This is bread that was baked that morning by a local bakery. This is meat (or veggies if you don’t eat meat) from the farm less than 30 miles down the road. Support local, support your body, support your taste buds.

Over-medium eggs, toast and pour over coffee at camp

The scent of our camp-cooked dinner wafts into neighboring campsites as whispers of positive affirmations arise. “Mmmm, do you smell that?” Strangers become friendly and ask, “what’s for dinner?” with a hint of jealousy in their voice. Eating healthy, delicious food in the outdoors is not only a soul-thriving necessity, it is also super easy. So say no to day four of that subpar hot dog with a list of ingredients nobody can pronounce and put down the Wonder Bread buns. Bring your creative cooking mind to the camp stove and prepare to never again visit those buns. OK, maybe one or two on occasion but, come on; we are representing the farm-to-fork capital! There’s something about eating under an open sky and returning to the roots of our ancestors … it just feels good. Below is a collection of tips-for-success when cooking outdoors and a list of my favorite meals while camping, climbing in the backcountry, glamping (glamorous camping) or simply hanging at home in Sacramento.

TIPS: 1) Prepare grains and rice before your trip and pack them in a Tupperware. 2) Shop at local farm stands and markets when traveling and camping. 3) Invest in a cast iron skillet (or two!). My kit consists of one large with lid and one small. 4) Always aim to buy organic. All ingredients listed below are organic or, at the very least, local. 5) If you are a frequent winter camper, I highly suggest you get yourself a thermal cooker. Any brand will do but the Thermos/Nissan collaboration is a great one. See dinner recipe below for some inspiration! 6) Frothing wand for lattes (new addition to my glamping kit).

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Cooking up a cast iron breakfast in the desert

My Go-To Breakfast: Breakfast Tacos You will need: corn tortillas, eggs, pimento spread (any will do, but the best is Annie’s Spread, available only in Santa Cruz. Let’s change this, Sacramento Co-op!), avocado, aged cheddar cheese, salt, pepper. 1) Butter the cast iron and break some eggs. I do two tacos per person, one egg per taco. 2) Cover the cast iron with a lid and wait. 3) Butter small cast iron and add tortillas to warm them (super necessary). 4) While waiting, cut avocados and cheese. 5) Once eggs and tortillas are ready, throw all ingredients in the tacos and enjoy.

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My Go-To Breakfast Drink: While most people do coffee, I enjoy a frothed Matcha Latte. Yes, I do some glamping these days. My matcha calls for: 1) Splash of boiling water with a teaspoon of matcha. 2) One cup milk of your choice heated in a pot. 3) Froth the milk with a froth wand! 4) Add frothed milk to matcha water and enjoy.

My Go-To Dinner: Lamb and Vegetable Soup (in the thermal cooker!) This one blew my mind when I first learned about it. A thermal cooker is a crockpot without the need for power. It self-cooks. To use, boil about five cups of water for the walls of the pot, pour in and allow the walls to heat up. As you wait, prepare the soup: 1) Boil water. 2) Chop lamb into cubes, chop onion, garlic, and potatoes. 3) Add the above ingredients along with quinoa or wild rice to the boiling water. 4) Empty the walls of the thermal cooker and pour in the boiling soup water to main pot. 5) Close lid, go about your day for the next 10 hours and come back to camp for THE MOST delicious meal you have ever had in the wild. I promise, you won’t regret it.

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heads of thousands of babes. These writers laugh in the faces of wolves and dress them in sheep’s clothing for their own amusement. The rest of the world may give up and give in, but Submerge will not. Its 300 issues stand strong in the face of danger. We do not know the meaning of the word defeat, and some of us don’t know how to spell it either! Sometimes our helmets get too stifling. Sometimes our shields are too heavy, but if we drop them, let it be known that we are not giving up. This is not a sign of retreat. We are incapable of weakness. We drop our helmets and shields when they aren’t needed. We drop them to hold our spears more steadily, so that they may pierce the hearts and minds of those against us, to give them clarity in a confused world … to submerge them into ours. It’s been 300 issues since the wolf in the winter cold. And now, as then, it’s not fear that grips Submerge, only restlessness—a heightened sense of things. We know who will play at Ace of Spades in October. We have advance notice of your favorite food and art events coming this fall. We can tell you if that new burger place is any good. We will deliver that information to you, no matter the odds stacked against us; no matter how many angry letters stand against us; no matter how many ads we must sell to keep this free. It will be done for the greater glory of Sacramento and the greater glory of Submerge. We will not fail.

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Get a Behind the Curtain Look at Local Artists’ Work Spaces During the 14th Annual Sac Open Studios Sept. 14–15 & Sept. 21–22

For two weekends only, Sacramentans will have the opportunity to experience emerging and established local artists in their artistic element. More than 250 artists and 119 studios in Sacramento County and the West Sacramento areas will be featured in a self-guided art tour where you will get to meet local artists, participate in live art activities and open your horizons to the astonishing talent that Sacramento has to offer. The first weekend of Sept. 14–15 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) will focus on artists and studios west of Highway 99 and Interstate 80, and the second weekend of Sept. 21–22 (also 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) will focus on talent east of Highway 99 and Interstate 80. Verge Center for the Arts, the hosts of this special event, have curated an 86-page guidebook on their website Vergeart.com where you can explore all of the participating artists and studios so that you can plan your own tour. This event is even more special, as it is dedicated to former Sacramento mayor Burnett Miller, who passed in October 2018 and was a founding member of the Center for Contemporary Arts Sacramento. Come enjoy the beauty and vivacity that Sacramento has to offer at this awesome event. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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ON THE EDGE OF COMFORTABILITY

DUB TRIO’S LATEST ALBUM CONTINUES THE BAND’S TRADITION OF GENRE-BENDING WORDS ZACH AHERN • PHOTO WILLIAM FELCH

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ub Trio founding members Stu Brooks (bass) and DP Holmes (guitar) grew up in the Great White North of Canada, but met while attending college on the East Coast. While in their previous band, Actual Proof in New York, Brooks and Holmes were in need of a drummer and put out an ad. Drummer Joe Tomino answered the call and was the first to audition. He got the gig. Nineteen years ago. The three began playing shows all over New York and grew an admiration for dub, ambient and electronic music styles. In 2004, Brooks met the head of ROIR Records, Lucas Cooper, who released Dub Trio’s debut album Exploring the Dangers Of. As the band progressed, their musical tastes influenced their direction. Brooks states, “When we wrote New Heavy [2006], we were leaning toward a more punk style and Another Sound is Dying released a couple years later was more metal and noisy sounding. Our spectrum widened and we had no boundaries. We didn’t limit ourselves stylistically because it was a passion project.” Digesting the tunes of Dub Trio is not unlike sampling every item at a potluck and being intrigued with every flavor, not knowing which route to double back to, but being satisfied with every bite. The mood and style of their music varies at the drop of a dime from song to song or even within the same track. As displayed on their new record, The Shape of Dub to Come, opener “World of Inconvenience” forces the listener in from the starting gate with Holmes and Brooks’ heavy metal inspired sonic riffs.

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After this introduction, the song drops into an eerie, crawling landscape, with signature guest vocals supplied by Melvins legend Buzz Osborne. The song then abruptly halts when dub/reggae tones creep in with Tomino’s mystical drum beats. The band also recruited friend Troy Sanders (Mastodon) to sing on “Fought the Line.” Brooks mentions while there was an eight-year gap in between Dub Trio’s previous album, IV, and The Shape of Dub to Come, “Forget My Name Dub” was written and recorded as far back as 2014. While it appears the band was on hiatus, the members certainly were not. Brooks says, “We put out an album in Dub Trio every two years in a 10-year span, toured in Matisyahu and in Peeping Tom, amongst other projects, so it was time for a break.” It is apparent that Dub Trio is a group who believes in mastering their craft while staying in optimal physical and mental states. All three members adhere to a vegan diet and stringent exercise routines, especially making efforts to stay sharp on tour. This strong sense of self reflects in their attention to detail harmoniously throughout their catalogue. When describing their intricate live performances, Brooks states, “Years of playing together has helped us be on the same wavelength. It’s all about memorization and almost becomes second nature”. Brooks provides insight into the band’s exceptional methods of live dubbing, shares advice on staying humble and explains some tricks on maintaining a “healthy” band. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


Your music is a unique mix of dub and metal, amongst other genres. Was there a conscious effort to blend these specific styles? We spent over 10 years touring together as a rhythm section and then as a backing band for Matisyahu and would open shows for him. We were digging artists like King Tubby, Scientist, Sly and Robbie and would try to mimic them. We’d do our own live dubbing, which was a unique thing for us. Our name can be a bit confusing, because we’re stylistically more of a metal band. The mystique can work to our advantage because we can play with metal or reggae type bands. We’re doing some dates with Incubus in September, and they’re not either style. Can you further explain your execution of live dubbing? [DP] and I would get a send from the drums with a microphone on the snare or hi-hat region and have it sent to a volume pedal, which would then keep it muted. But when I’d open it to effect the drums, I’d turn up the volume pedal that would send the signal to a chain of traditional effects sounds in dub such as reverb, delay, phasers or filters on the drums. I could simply open the microphone with my foot pedal while playing the bass. Joe would do a similar thing to himself where he’d play one handed and manipulate the effects with his other hand. The live dubbing process seems pretty elaborate and atypical. Have you known of other groups to do this? It’s a pretty rare thing to do. Live shows usually have a front of house sound engineer creating the dub. With a studio recording, the dub is usually produced in the control room by the engineer. We do this live and have more control to react to each other’s effects and moves we make. The dub becomes another instrument and voice for us on stage. We are able to create a musical dialogue by using a call and response, delay on the drums or reverb. We’re able to improvise live form, arrangement and effects making each individual show unique. A certain amount of energy must be necessary to pull off these feats live. How do you stay fit and focused on tour, and does your collective lifestyle reflect this? We all adhere to vegan diets. Yoga, meditation and exercise are all part of our routines. It’s important for us to stay in shape both physically and mentally. The touring lifestyle can be taxing on body and mind. If it’s a bus tour, the driving happens at night, so there’s lots of time in the morning to go on a hike, ride a bike or do yoga. But when touring in a van or flying, you’re mostly traveling during the day and getting minimal sleep, so maybe you can exercise at a hotel, but the key is to make the best use of time while trying to stay sane. Instead of burning out, we’d like to thrive into old age. You’ve worked with an impressive mix of household names over the years. At what point did you realize you wanted to do production work? We all began playing instruments at a fairly young age. Joe followed in his father’s footsteps by learning the drums. I wanted to get involved in all aspects of the industry including production, composition, music director and band member. I wanted music to be a full time job and something that could sustain forever in my life. Maybe I won’t be able to tour into my sixties or seventies, but could still perhaps continue my studio career at that point. SubmergeMag.com

“We pay homage to The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused, which influenced us heavily early in our career, and The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman. A friend suggested the album title and we knew ‘that’s it!’ It’s a sentimental feeling and that process is there but being applied to different genres, not restricted to reggae.” – Dub Trio’s Stu Brooks on the title of his band’s latest album, The Shape of Dub to Come What changes have you noticed in the music industry in the last couple decades? The accessibility for people to make and record music at home on a computer has increased so much that the value has gone down. At the same time, more people are able to be creative and heard. AutoTune has made it easier for people to come up with a presentable vocal track with this effect and not necessarily need any training to sound in tune. Big cities have become gentrified and it’s harder for musicians to afford living in New York, hence a mass exodus of people such as myself relocating to other places like Los Angeles. People aren’t buying records but live performances seem to be on the rise, so you’ve got to hit the road as a musician. On one hand it’s more of a struggle, and on the other hand it’s less of a struggle. Where did the title for new record The Shape of Dub to Come originate? We pay homage to The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused, which influenced us heavily early in our career, and The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman. A friend suggested the album title and we knew “that’s it!” It’s a sentimental feeling and that process is there but being applied to different genres, not restricted to reggae. We love artists ranging from King Tubby to Aphex Twin to Meshuggah. Do you feel this is your best album to date? It’s an accurate representation and reflection of where we’re at now, plus a new era for us; being the first record we’ve done all living in different cities. We spent much more time together leading up to recordings in the past. This time around, we had three days prior to rehearse and dial in the song forms. Perhaps we had more nerves or apprehension. During this record we were performing on the edge of comfortability. What are some of the most valuable lessons you’ve learned? My bass mentor John Prakash who played with Lou Reed, Parliament Funkadelic, etc., said, “Stay humble and gracious.” That’s a huge lesson that stuck with me. It’s very important to keep your ego in check and be grateful to be able to live life and make music. What is the greatest compliment you’ve received? I met a fan recently that saw Dub Trio in 2006. He said him and his wife had to leave because she was going to barf because of the bass. For the uninitiated, Dub Trio is amazing live! You'll get your chance to see them in action Sunday, Sept. 22 at Blue Lamp (1400 Alhambra Blvd.). Doors are at 7 p.m. and the show kicks off at 8. Tickets are $15 for those 21 and over. For more information, visit Bluelampsacramento.com.

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LAND OF CONFUSION

SINKANE’S AHMED GALLAB CALLS FOR UNITY IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES ON HIS LATEST ALBUM WORDS MAXWELL SHUKUYA • PHOTO DANIEL DORSA

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dentity is nebulous, mutable and controversial—especially today. Even when asked to confront our own identity on a survey or application, there doesn’t always seem to be a suitable answer. Ahmed Gallab, the frontman of the eclectic band Sinkane, has lived with this uncertainty for most of his life. At age 5, Gallab sought asylum in the United States, fleeing political violence in Sudan following Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s 1989 military coup. And so began Gallab’s life as a Sudanese-American in Provo, Utah. “Everything that I’m supposed to belong to—black culture, Islam and American culture—have all told me I’m weird,” Gallab said. “So I’ve always lived in this state of confusion. What is my true identity?” Gallab sought to answer this question, to work through the ambiguities of identity, on his seventh album, Dépaysé, an uplifting rallying cry for inclusivity, which he’s touring on in the United States through October. Not only does borrowing the album’s title from French gesture toward identity and cultural mixture, the very word dépaysé means to be moved into an unfamiliar environment, to be displaced. Fans of Sinkane will know this is familiar territory for a band whose previous album, Mars, was similarly about feeling foreign, like an outright extraterrestrial. But although Dépaysé isn’t a departure from what defines Sinkane—with its political themes and eclectic medley of reggae, Afrobeat and pop— it is unquestionably Gallab’s most personal album yet. “I feel like I’ve had all these experiences and have a very unique perspective on what it is to be black, what it is to be Muslim, what it is to be Sudanese, a child of the diaspora,” Gallab said. “All of this stuff. And I feel like I needed to just talk about all of these insecurities and all of these feelings.” In a flurry of introspection, Gallab wrote Dépaysé in three months, almost entirely on his own—a departure from previous albums where he left most of the lyrics to his friend, the musician Gregory LoFaro. “I was really scared to work on my own because I would just get so vulnerable when I was making the music,” Gallab said. “I’d feel like, ‘Oh my goodness, what am I doing? Is this too much? Am I walking out naked in front of a bunch of people?’” It’s surprising to hear Gallab admit this. Not because it’s easy to write thoughtful lyrics, but because Gallab is already such

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“I feel like I’ve had all these experiences and have a very unique perspective on what it is to be black, what it is to be Muslim, what it is to be Sudanese, a child of the diaspora. All of this stuff. And I feel like I needed to just talk about all of these insecurities and all of these feelings.” – Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab “I refuse to allow [racism] to cripple me,” Gallab said. “I refuse to allow that to bring me down. And I feel like it’s my duty to speak to other people who feel the same way and to give them hope as well. Because we’re all feeling it everyday.” Touring is, therefore, an important part of the Sinkane project, even more important than the album itself, he explained. It gives him the opportunity to sell merch directly, hear from fans and to play. “When we’re up there, and we’re really hitting hard, it’s an amazing, magical thing that you can’t really describe,” Gallab said. “And it’s not just us playing together, but it’s us connecting with the people who are watching the show. We all kind of become this single living organism that’s working together to make this an amazing experience. I love it.” As much as Dépaysé is about self-discovery, it’s also about lifting up others, connecting with listeners and making a political statement about inclusivity through the act of performance. As he writes in an open-letter which accompanies the album’s release, “I want Sudanese kids to see a person like them as a positive role model in the arts. I want Sudanese people, all over the world, to know that the world accepts us even when our own leaders, such as Omar al-Bashir or Donald Trump, do not.”

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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. Golden 1 Center Cake, Ben Folds, Tall Heights, 7 p.m. Goldfield Junior Brown, Cash Prophets (Johnny Cash Tribute), 7:30 p.m. Harris Center Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra, 8 p.m. Holy Diver Morgxn, Castlecomer, National Lines, 7 p.m. Kupros 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 Pour Choice Brotherly Mud, 7 p.m. Sacramento State: Serna Plaza Nooner w/ DJ LG, 12 p.m. Shady Lady Mondei & Friends, 9 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: Howell Devine, 5:30 p.m. Torch Club Ballin’ That Jack, 5:30 p.m.; Michael Ray Trio, 9 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar Symposium Jazz Band Trio, 7 p.m.

9.12 THURSDAY

Ace of Spades Andy Grammer, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Purusa, 7 p.m. Auburn Alehouse KMC Band, 5 p.m. Blue Lamp Victor Raymond (Album Release), Jungle Boy, April Raymond, J Duffle, Philly Poitier, 9 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Dwellpoint Madman’s Factory w/ Madmanleek, Weirdoze, Igwe Aka and More, 6 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Jerry Martini & Frank Sorci, 7 p.m.; DJ Uncle Hank w/ Karaoke, 9 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Karaoke & DJ Matty B, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Justis & McLane, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Torche, Pinkish Black, SRSQ, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Grim Reaper, Trip6, Mechanizm, Full Metal Hippies, Volrahven, 7 p.m. Kupros Jay Shaner, 7 p.m. Mango’s Sacramento Ashwut and Friends, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Divine Blend, War Elephant, 7:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Cliff Huey & 27 Outlaws, 9:30 p.m. Sacramento State: University Union Mexican Independence Day Concert Celebration w/ Banda La Octava Maravilla, Alikan Musical, 7:30 p.m. Shady Lady Ice Age Jazztet, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Gene Evaro Jr., Ten Foot Tiger, 7 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Hillbilly Royale and Guests, 9 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Fozzy, Roswell, 6 p.m. Armadillo Music Gabe Lewin, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Jacob Westfall, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Painted Mandolin Duo, 5 p.m. Blue Lamp Word Wizards Showcase: Moon Magic, Theatre Mutiny, Original Man Group, InkCredible, Just Is, OooH Bay Kool and More, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza Breast Concert Ever: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Fitz and the Tantrums, MAGIC!, Marc Roberge (of O.A.R.), Maddie Poppe, Delacey, 5 p.m. City Church of Sacramento End of Summer Music & Fun Festival w/ LSB Band, 6 p.m. Coopers Death Grave, Aequoerea, Valdur, 9 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Teazer, 9 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Bobby Zoppi & The Corduroys, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Mr. P Chill, Cleeen & Oscar Goldman, Complimentary Colors, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Bilal, 8 p.m. Harris Center Life in the Fast Lane (Eagles Tribute), 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Hail the Sun, Strawberry Girls, Royal Coda, VIS, The Seafloor Cinema, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Tommy and Marion’s Kitchen, 9 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Black Knight Satellite, Bad Mother Nature, Patsy’s Dekline, 9 p.m. On The Y Headbanging with the City: Friday the 13th Show w/ Oldd English, Joogornot, Creaturous and More, 8 p.m. Palms Playhouse David Lindley, 7:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Darcie Dolce, DJ Eddie Edul, 9:30 p.m. The Pour Choice The Wild Oak, 7:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Rockology, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Riving Loom Golden Shoulders, Brett Shady, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Dey Trippers, 6 p.m. Shady Lady Turquoise, 9 p.m. Shine Travis Larson Band, 8 p.m. The Side Door Brian Ballentine, Kate Gaffney, 7 p.m. The Starlet Room Blue Oaks, Robert Jon & the Wreck, The Loose Threads, 8 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Joel The Band (Elton John Tribute), 6 p.m. Torch Club Breakers, 5:30 p.m.; Carmen Ratti Band feat. Jill Dineen, Katie Knipp, 9 p.m. Tower Brewing One Eyed Reilly, 7 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar The DTs, 7 p.m.

9.14 SATURDAY

20th & K Streets THIS Midtown Block Party Season Finale w/ Anna Lunoe, 4:30 p.m.

24th Street Theater Zimei, 6 p.m. Armadillo Music Sitting and Waiting, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Erik Childs, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Boca Do Rio, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp Judas Thieves (Judas Priest Tribute), Love Removal Machine (The Cult Tribute), Shades of Purple (Deep Purple Tribute), 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Zackthevillian, Retry Worldwide, No Name Posse, Forgotten Clique, 6 p.m. Coopers DJ Ross Parrelli, Emcee Radioactive, Unlearn the World, Raza and More, 9 p.m. Crawdads on the River Ryan Raynal Band, 3 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Sock Monkey, 9 p.m. The Fig Tree Open Mic, 7 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Mach 5, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose According to Bazooka, Natalie Cortez, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Martin Moreno, Willie Barcena, 6:30 p.m. Holy Diver Rock N’ Roll Saturdays: Head Stoned, Blue Fiction, Sparrow, Thunderdome, 3D, 6:30 p.m. King Cong Brewing Co. Love Mischief, 7 p.m. Midtown BarFly Technosaic w/ Barbuto, Haitham, Amicus, St. Anthony, 9 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele SingAlong, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m. Old Ironsides The Brangs, Cassette Idols, Commerce TX, 9 p.m. Palms Playhouse The Brother Brothers, 7:30 p.m. The Plaza Gallery Center for the Arts Presents: Golden Shoulders (Album Release), Big Whoop, 7 p.m. The Pour Choice Nathan North, 7:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Aqua Nett, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Encore w/ Guest DJs, 9:30 p.m. Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen Be Brave Bold Robot, Nice Monster, CFR, 6 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House The Mutineers, 5 p.m. The Shack Ray ‘Catfish’ Copeland Band, 5:30 p.m. Shady Lady Kings St. Giants, 9 p.m. Shine Band of Coyotes, Dive Bar Bombers, 7 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Maxx Cabello Jr., 1 p.m.; Patton Leatha Trio, 3:30 p.m.; Journey Revisited, 6:30 p.m. Torch Club The Stuff, 5:30 p.m.; Smokey the Groove, Control Z, 9 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar A Little Mayhem, 7 p.m.

9.15 SUNDAY

Berryessa Brewing Co. The Twilight Drifters, 3 p.m. Blue Note Brewing Co. Merle Jagger, 3 p.m. The Boardwalk Sea of Treachery, Aethere, Decayer, Mescauline Maniacs, Seaside Massacre, 6 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Gene Barnett, 12 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Acoustic Sundaze w/ Roni Yadao, 3 p.m. Harris Center Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2 & 7 p.m. Holy Diver Sunday Fvnday: Harlequin Rose, Chris Jordan, AirBorn, Esquire Ali, Royal Vices, The Bee, Kid London, 7 p.m.

LowBrau Throwback Jams w/ DJ Epik & Special Guests, 9:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Bryan Hawk, DJ CarnieRobber and Guests, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub AC Miles, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. The Rink Studios The Rink Jam, 3 p.m. Shady Lady Nagual, 9 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Rachel Steele Band and Friends, 1 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Johnny Mojo, 6 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar Beth Duncan, 11:30 a.m.

9.16 MONDAY

The Boardwalk Rucker, No Sympathy, PS Lookdown, The Viles, Divine Blend, 6:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Millencolin, Mest, Yankee Brutal, Knocked Down, 6 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m. The Starlet Room Phony PPL, Daisy, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Grateful Monday w/ Possum, 6 p.m.

9.17 TUESDAY

Crest Theatre Explosions in the Sky, 6:30 p.m. The Flamingo House Salt Acid Phat Beats, 9 p.m. Golden 1 Center John Mayer, 6:30 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase: Antwon Vinnie, Zeno Guitaro, Skeletxrn and Foreign Hype, Dirty Sodaaa and Jay Brad, SelfxMade Stepheezy, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Scott McConaha, 5 p.m.; Open Mic, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Pour Choice Matt Brennan, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Richard March & Friends, 5:30 p.m.; Blueberry Open Jazz Jam w/ Ice Age Jazztet, 8 p.m.

9.18 WEDNESDAY

Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Dante Club Steve & Ann Roach Quintet, 7 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver (Hed) P.E., Graybar Hotel, Blacksheep, 6:30 p.m. Kupros 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. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Earth, Wind & Fire, 8 p.m. Sacramento State: Serna Plaza Nooner w/ The Ghost Town Rebellion, 12 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: Kyle Rowland (Album Release), 5:30 p.m. Torch Club Hayez, 5:30 p.m.; The Sweet Lillies, 8 p.m.

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9.19 THURSDAY

24th Street Theatre David Bromberg Quintet, 7 p.m. Auburn Alehouse Stardust Highway, 5 p.m. Big Sexy Brewing Co. Karaoke Hosted by OneLegChuck, 4 p.m. Blue Lamp Thief, Silence in the Snow, Venetian Veil, DJ Dada, 8 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Jessica Malone, 7 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Karaoke night & DJ Matty B, 9:30 p.m. Foothills Event Center Center for the Arts Presents: Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod, Paul Emery & Peter Wilson, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Golden 1 Center Post Malone, Swae Lee, Tyla Yaweh, 7 p.m. Harlow’s Mighty Diamonds, Dubtonic Kru, 8 p.m. Holy Diver FatBoy SSE, RCG The Label, K Floh, DaVinciiHendriXX and DocSinister, Yung Jalez & Jmurdah, 7 p.m. Kupros Mike Musial, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Acoustic Jam, 8 p.m. Palms Playhouse The Tannahill Weavers, 7:30 p.m. The Press Club Sad Girlz Club, Hammerbombs, Danger Inc., Dandelion Massacre, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Harley White Jr. Orchestra, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park Sunset & Strings Jamboree feat. New World String Project, 7 p.m. The Starlet Room Night Hikes, VASAS, 6 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Matt Rainey & Dippin Sauce, Jenie Thai, 9 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar Jayson Angove, 7 p.m.

9.20 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades V101 Old School House Party Live: DJ Charlie Ramos and Big Al Sams, 6 p.m. Armadillo Music Daryel Gheni Dillon, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Jasmine Bailey, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Robbie Thayer (of the The Bottom Dwellers), 5 p.m. Blue Lamp The Mr. T Experience, Kepi Ghoulie, Motorcycle, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. The Colony Marcos Mena, Keylime, Mookatite, Benjamin Hecht, Alan Antipuesto, 7 p.m. Coopers DJ Fosil, Kronosaurus Flex, 9 p.m. Crest Theatre Ethan Bortnick, 6:30 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Press Play, 9 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Four Barrel, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Western Spies & the Kosmonaut, Kal Madsen, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Harlow’s The Purple Ones (Prince Tribute), 9 p.m. Harris Center Boleros de Noche, Los Panchos, Trio Ellas, 7:30 p.m. Highwater Cuffin’ Sacramento: All Thangs R&B Party w/ Jon Reyes, Druskee & Soosh*e!, 9 p.m. Holy Diver The Color Wild, Verno, For The Kids, Zach Van Dyke, The Honest, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Melting Pot, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Stonerokk, DJ Gabe Xavier, 9:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.

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9.21 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Lose Your Illusion (Guns N’ Roses Tribute), Nearvana (Nirvana Tribute), 6 p.m. Bar 101 Working Man Blues Band, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. The Muddy Waders, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp Villainous Temple, Tithe, Occlith, 8 p.m. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex FEVERS w/ DJ Rock Bottom, 9 p.m. Burly Beverages Burly Backyard Barbecue 6: Sparks Across Darkness, Salt Wizard, LaTour, Kohl Banned, Band of Coyotes, DJ Mutable, 2 p.m. Cafe Colonial Bat Guano Fest w/ The Four Eyes, Weird Paul, Sarchasm, The Enlows, Freature and More, 6 p.m. Crawdads on the River Long Time (Boston Tribute), 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Simms Band, 9 p.m. The Fig Tree Open Mic, 7 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Sock Monkey, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose The Higher Mansions, Dive Bar Bombers, Coast Office, 9 p.m. Harlow’s School of Rock Summer 2019 End of Season Show, 11:30 a.m.; Metalachi, 8 p.m. Historic Folsom Folsom LIVE w/ Lydia Pense, Nathan Owen Motown & Soul, Cripple Creek Band, Iriefuse, Atomic Punks (Van Halen Tribute), Killer Queens (Queen Tribute) and More, 5 p.m. Holy Diver Luicidal, Implant, Twitch Angry, Control, 6:30 p.m. The Library Of MusicLandria Sac Unplugged feat. The Bad Barnacles, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge The Fryed Brothers Band, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Hannah Jane Kile, The Musers, Jasmine Bailey, 8 p.m. McClatchy High School Camellia Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Club Necromancy: The Rapture Dance Party w/ DJ Keyz, DJ David V and More, 9 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele SingAlong, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m. Old Ironsides Lipstick! w/ DJs Roger Carpio and Shaun Slaughter, 9 p.m. Papa Murphy’s Park @ Cal Expo City of Trees: Incubus, Portugal the Man, Hot Chip, Strumbellas, Neon Trees, PVRIS, Twin XL, Wild Belle, Zephyr, Benjam, Island of Black and White, A.D.D, Amber DeLarosa, Alderty, DJ Lady Kate, 3 p.m. Powerhouse Pub 8 Track Massacre, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Encore w/ Guest DJs, 9 p.m. The Shack April Reign and the Hurricanes, 5:30 p.m. Shady Lady The Gold Souls, 9 p.m. Shine Hard Luck Daddies (Album Release), The Hey-Nows, 8 p.m.

Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Superbad, 1 p.m.; When Doves Cry (Prince Tribute), 7 p.m. Torch Club Loose Engines, 5:30 p.m.; Dennis Jones, 9 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar Devin Wright, 7 p.m.

9.22 SUNDAY

Ace of Spades Loud Luxury, 7 p.m. The Auditorium at CLARA Neo-Classic Jazz “Auctet” Presents: A Tribute to the Dave Pell Octet, 6:30 p.m. The Ballroom of Sacramento 4th Sunday Milonga: Argentine Tango Dance Party, 6:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Great American Trainwreck, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp Dub Trio, 7 p.m. Blue Note Brewing Co. The Hey-Nows, 3 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Megan T. Smith, 12 p.m. Faces Nightclub Frolic w/ Zephyr Ahern, Pumatron, Amy Roze, 3:30 p.m. The Flamingo House Banana Sundaes feat. Lovefingers, Karizma, Zebra Muscles, 3 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Acoustic Sundaze w/ Jessica Malone, 3 p.m. Freeport Wine Country Inn The Lava Pups, 4:30 p.m. Harlow’s The Garcia Project (Jerry Garcia Band Tribute), 7 p.m. Holy Diver Whitewolf, Without Hope, Until the Unknown, Down Hollow, Lucrecia, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Sugar Shack, 5 p.m. LowBrau Throwback Jams w/ DJ Epik & Special Guests, 9:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Bryan Hawk, DJ CarnieRobber and Guests, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Schoeny, DJ Gabe Xavier, 9:30 p.m. Palms Playhouse Chuchito Valdés Afro-Cuban Trio, 6:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Dennis Jones, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Roman & Will, 3 p.m. Shady Lady Elizabeth Lupingo, 9 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River The Damn Liars, 1 p.m.; Riff Raff (AC/DC Tribute), 3 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m. Wildwood Kitchen & Bar Ryan Hernandez, 11:30 a.m.

9.23 MONDAY

The Auditorium at CLARA Open Mic 916, 7:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m. On The Y Metal Monday: A//tar, Purgaterror, 8 p.m. The Press Club Monday Vibes w/ MC Ham and Friends, 9 p.m.

9.24 TUESDAY

Ace of Spades Amon Amarth, 7 p.m. Crest Theatre India.Arie, 6:30 p.m. Harlow’s Bear Call, LaTour, Pregnant, 6 p.m. Harris Center The Greatest Love of All (Whitney Houston Tribute), 7:30 p.m.

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LOOKING AT THE SQUIRRELS IN MY BACKYARD WHILE THE COOL DELTA BREEZE KISSES MY FACE The purple explosion sunsets look better than anything I’ve ever seen Always lights, from the Halloween decorations in The Fabulous Forties To the Christmas twinkles swallowing up T Street The magic of nature and the city together is everywhere Sac State Arboretum is a plant museum of delights The McKinley Park Rose Garden endures the wedding photos While every tree in this city of trees stand watch over the cool people within East Sac Nextdoor is scared of the coyotes Just leave Jimboys on your lawn so they won’t eat your cats

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THE MUSIC AND NOISE MASSAGES MY BRAIN FROM ACE OF SPADES TO HARLOW’S TO POPS AND CONCERTS IN THE PARK From Silver Orange to Blue Lamp to Drop Dead Red to Autumn Skies The sounds of joy bounce from The Red Museum to Lavender Heights Press Club, Ironsides, Café Colonial Go to Poetry Unplugged and hear the testimonial Gabriell Garcia and Lee Osh keep the punk alive While Peter Petty jumps the jive April Walker is a funky space talker and my oh my it’s Andru Defeye Come back for Seconds, Allyson and Kevin Jesus and the Dinosaurs sound like Heaven Hobo Johnson, Anton Barbeau, Tycho, CAKE and Mozzy, you know Death Grips and DJ Lady Grey rock, Warp 11 can suck my Spock Andy Laughlin, Rituals of Mine, let’s see LaTour playing at Shine Hans Eberbach and Jerry Perry, The Philharmonik and DJ Larry are rockin it

Drunk Poetry, Luna’s and AndYes are rhyming it Ross Hammond, Hoods, Michael Ray and Sparks Across Darkness Dog Party’s bite is worse than their barkness Comedy Spot, Laughs, Punch and Stab! The jokesters at A Toucha Class ain’t too shab Stephen Ferris, Dru Burks, Ngaio Bealum So many good jokes nobody can steal ‘em Shahera Hyatt, DJ Sandhu, Regina Givens, Lance Woods Make you laugh like you knew they could Parker Newman, Kiry Shabazz, Becky Lynn, Melissa McGillicuddy Throw off my meter badly and make it hard to rhyme Setnik, Jensen, Taylor, Cella, Mangham, Lewis, Luna, Portela Stigerts, Mena, Harshaw, Haney If you’re looking for comedians, you can’t complainey John Means, Duffy, Winfield and Crall Emery, Rice and that’s not all

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hen I approached the editors and said, “Hey, we should do something big for the 300th issue of Submerge,” I was shocked when they replied, “NO!” I was even more

shocked when I got a call earlier today begging me to come up with something because their big interview with some dude who shits paint onto the sidewalk while singing opera fell through. I’m a professional, and so when I was asked to come up with “The 300 Coolest Things About Sacramento,” my first reply was, “Only 300?

How can I possibly limit my choices to that?” I got out the spreadsheets, charts and seafaring navigation tools and figured it all out. I didn’t even have my computer handy and had to write this whole article on a series of Etch-A-Sketches while riding in the bed of a truck on a bumpy country road. I first moved here from San Francisco in 1990 when there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff to do after 5 p.m. Sure, America Live closed long ago, but the nightlife, art community, nature and entertainment options in this great city are better than ever! If you don’t think there’s anything to do here in Sacramento, then you aren’t even trying, and you’re just some bitter old crank who’ll never be happy. So without further ado, let’s get this party started! And because Sacramento is so lyrical and wonderful, I’ve decided to present this in poetry form.

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JACK GALLAGHER’S A STAND UP GUY, DISHES ON A 40-YEAR CAREER OF LAUGHS AND SELF-DISCOVERY

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he comedic presence of Jack Gallagher is the sort of natural charisma one gets from a beloved family member. Where one comedian might take the stage and rush to fill every inch of empty space with their self, grabbing fists and armloads of attention like a gameshow contestant in a cash cube, Gallagher shrinks the distance between him and his audience, bringing them into his experience gradually, his narrative never bearing a whiff of a set-up. When you laugh, it’s not just because he told you about a funny thing that happened; it’s funny because it happened to him, and by the end of his disarming, revelatory sets, you feel like you know him well enough to have lived it alongside him. Storytelling has been a key trademark of Gallagher’s comedy since his days on the Boston scene during the stand-up gold-rush of the 1980s, but it wasn’t until midway through his life that he worked his longform style into a series of one-man shows that have left few stones of his life unturned. The earliest of these, Letters to Declan, coming after the complicated and nerve wracking delivery of his firstborn son, tackled a newfound sense of mortality brought on by fatherhood, and the need to leave something tangible behind for posterity. The comedian’s raw vulnerability, paired with his knack for balancing gravity and levity, made a big impression. Network scouts saw in it the potential for a sitcom, which was well under way with six episodes and several years of development in 1995 before the plug was suddenly pulled—an experience later woven into another illuminating one-man project. Since then, Gallagher has rarely slowed down, appearing in everything from commercials to public television programs (where you can see him do everything from discussing personal finance to flying jet fighters) to a recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Since 1987, Sacramento has been his home base. “I’ve never been crazy about L.A.,” he admits. It’s here in Sacramento that one of his most fruitful and long-lived artistic partnerships has been forged, with The B Street Theatre. The facility has given him near free-reign over the years to explore intimate topics with a live audience, among them the trove of personal recordings his father left behind posthumously (What He Left); the emotional journey he took upon his younger son’s diagnosis of autism (A Different Kind of Cool); and grappling with recovery and newfound memory problems after a serious bike accident (Concussed). Treated as a series, the curve-balls thrown into Gallagher’s life seem to move toward a central idea, and possibly his greatest talent: that of picking up everything that life gives him and treating it with empathy and introspection, letting the heart bleed and the mind wander a bit, if only to help himself and others step back and see the greater picture. Now, the series has come full circle: The subject of Gallagher’s first show, Declan, is now in his late twenties and taking an active part in the composition of his father’s latest work, A Stand-Up Guy. The show loosely traces four decades in the business, recounting gigs high and low, from office parties to the stages of the late night pantheon. We caught up with Jack to get a preview of the journey he’s prepared for us.

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You’ve described yourself as being shy as a child. How does that translate into everything you’ve become since then? Yeah, I was really shy as a child. I’m still not incredibly social. I don’t like parties. When you’re on stage, you’re in control. There’s nobody asking you questions, there’s no awkward silences in the conversation, you don’t feel like you’re not holding up your end of the bargain … When I’m on stage, I’m in charge. Was there a specific epiphany in your youth where you found your calling? I had an uncle that was a comedian. He was part of a comic team, and I used to get to go to see him every once in a while, but I also used to love watching the comedians on Ed Sullivan. I’ve thought about it a lot … I don’t know why, as a shy person, not a good student, not a good athlete, it was a way for me to sort of step out from the crowd a little bit. I like the sound of jokes—the rhythm. I like to make people laugh. I never thought I would do it as a career. I was teaching at a boarding school, and at the same time I was doing stand-up, and it came down to me doing one or the other. I thought I’d end up doing standup for two or three years, and then the craze would be over, and I’d go back to teaching. But I just kept moving along. What’s the charge you get from a one-man show versus stand-up? Well, this one is different from other shows I’ve done. The other shows I’ve done are written to be sort of an emotional rollercoaster. With A Stand-Up Guy, this show is just a journey of my stand-up career, stories about people I’ve met on the road, how to build an act, the first time I did The Tonight Show, stuff like that. When I wrote Letters to Declan, that was the first time I’d been on a stage for that amount of time without getting any laughs— on purpose—but that was really difficult to adjust to. As a comedian, without getting too technical about it, you want to have a certain amount of laughs per minute … You want a laugh every 20 seconds, and I’m going two minutes without a laugh, because I’m talking about my sister dying! But still, in my head, there’s a part of me thinking “Shit! They’re not laughing! I gotta get ‘em back!” Once I got used to it, then I got to enjoy this other type of ride. I know I still have the audience, just on a different level. They’re not laughing, but they’re listening. Plus, I’m working in a theater—these are professionals. I’m used to working in comedy clubs where you’d literally have to beg the bartender not to run the blender during a punchline! How was the experience of cowriting your latest show with your son? I’ll write a draft and send it to Declan, and he’ll recommend moving something from one place to another, you know, improving the chronology, pointing out that one joke works better in front of another joke. He wrote the very first line of the show, which was on page three, but he insisted, “This should be the first thing they hear you say.” And it was. We just go back and forth. It worked pretty well. These shows are pretty hard to write, because you write something, you wake up the next day,

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you read it and go, “What was I thinking! That was a piece of shit!” And you delete the whole thing and start again. With Declan, I’d give it to him, and he’d be more constructive, point out what was good, what could be kept. And I’m his dad, so take it with a grain of salt, but he’s very smart. He’s very funny, he knows where the joke is, he knows where to find it. It was just a real joy to work with him. He lives in Brooklyn now. I don’t know how well it would’ve worked if we were in the room together! What’s the story behind your first one-man show becoming a sitcom and then sparking the relationship with B Street Theatre? The second show I wrote was about that experience. It was called Just the Guy. Because after the show was cancelled out of nowhere, I was in the car on the way to the airport to go to New York and be on Regis and Kathy Lee, and I got a call telling me to come back to the studio, the show had been cancelled. I couldn’t find out why. Very typical Hollywood story. There’d been some infighting, and they sort of used my show as a pawn to rectify this political situation. Just the Guy referred to something the vice president of programming said in our conversation—”I don’t know why you’re so upset about it, you’re just the guy it happened to.” Like it had nothing to do with me … So in seven days, you go from the prospect of having more money than you know what to do with, to going back to some dimly lit club in Akron, Ohio. It takes some muscle to say, “OK, fuck you. Let’s pick it up and move it forward.” Are there any particular tales of a bad gig you can recount? I did a cruise once, and they hated me. It was 30 minutes of silence and staring. I was stuck on a boat with them for the rest of the week! How would you sum up your feelings about making a home in Sacramento and having a decent career? I hate it when it’s 110 degrees, but other than that … I’m just very lucky, very happy where I am. I just turned 66, and you have a tendency to look around and think, “This isn’t gonna last forever.” You start thinking of what you’d like to do that you haven’t done, or what you’ve done wrong that you’d like to rectify. But coming to live here was not a bad decision … I’ve been doing this for 41 years now, and no one knows my name, but I’ve made a living at it. I have friends who are very well known, and it’s hard for them to keep their anonymity. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have liked to make a million dollars doing something, but I like being able to fly under the radar. As my friend Bobcat Goldthwaite would say, I’m not the kind of guy that’ll go to the opening of an envelope.

Jack Gallagher’s new show, A Stand-Up Guy, will run at B Street Theatre (2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento) now through Oct. 20. For more info and to order tickets, check out Bstreettheatre.org.

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Issue 300 • September 11 – September 25, 2019

JAMES BARONE jb@submergemag.com

I realize the mood of this space has been somewhat dour of late. This may lead you to believe that I’m a grouchy, old prick most of the time. The truth is the opposite. I’m usually disgustingly jovial. So much so that I’m surprised I haven’t written a column about how being happy most of the time pisses me off. (Don’t worry, this won’t be the subject of this issue’s column … at least not that I’m aware. I can get extremely stream-ofconscious-y on Sunday mornings, so anything is possible … uh … where was I?) This issue is a celebration, right? Issue no. 300! I believe it was my suggestion to keep a running issue count a la DC Comics, because I imagined

“The study involved nine healthy volunteers, who were given a cocktail of three common drugs for a year—growth hormone and two diabetes medications,” Malewar writes. “When scientists analysed marks on a person’s genomes, they found that the volunteers aged backwards—losing an average of 2.5 years from their biological ages.” Of course, this is a very limited sampling. I did the math, and nine out of 7 billion is, like, er, a miniscule percent. Still, it’s perhaps kind of exciting, right? I mean, I didn’t look or feel that much better than I do now when I was in my teens or whatever, but maybe you did. I guess for people like that, turning back

“special, double-sized issues” and things of that ilk. Milestones are cool. I can’t believe I managed to write nearly 300 of these columns and be mostly happy with all of them, so forgive me if I pat myself on the back. I was a young pup of a thirty-something, merely cultivating my arsenal of nonsequiturs, when Melissa and Jono started Submerge. Now I’m a long-in-the-tooth, happily married forty-something, doing my best to get into Lizzo lest I slip into blissful irrelevance. I mean, I think I’ve aged OK, but I grew a beard to be on the safe side—a thick coat of scruff covers wrinkles, right? I’d like to think that Submerge has aged well, too. As an editor, I’ve been honored to work with so many young writers who’ve passed through this publication. I love seeing voices change and evolve over the years. They’ve taught me a lot about how a younger generation views the world, which in turn, keeps me young(ish). So working on Submerge helps me feel old-young, or young-old, or something like that. Not that there’s anything wrong with getting or being older. I mean, sure, we all know where aging leads, and it’s not entirely pleasant. But that’s the way of things, unless modern science discovers the elusive Fountain of Youth … which of course is a clumsy way to segue into an article I’ve read where scientists may have done just that. In Amit Malewar’s article, “It Might Be Possible to Reverse a Person’s Biological Age,” for Techexplorist.com, Malewar reports that a recent study by a group of scientists in California yielded some remarkable and unexpected findings.

the clock a few years would be appealing. Imagine being 19-year-old you and having all the wisdom and knowledge you have now. You definitely wouldn’t have worn your hair like that, right? I’m exaggerating, of course. An average of just over two years really isn’t that much time. What does that equate to in how many more bacon cheeseburgers you could squeeze in before the inevitable happens? Seven? Hardly seems worth it (JK, it’s totally worth it). And I doubt your insurance would cover that. Aging is a pre-existing condition, right? Who knows, though—maybe this will lead to a revolution in medicine, and aging will end up being a thing of the past. We’ll all just live forever (or at least the people who could afford it would), and we’ll be stuck with people like Mitch McConnell until the end of time. Though, honestly, I think we’re going to be stuck with him forever regardless. But then I could realize my ultimate dream, of being around for Submerge no. 1 million and write a pithy column from Moonbase Sacramento about Emperor-President Donald Trump’s 50,000th term in office and how his tariffs on the Romulans are ruining the Interspace Commerce Treaty (ICT). And the cover of that issue will definitely have a hologram. Like The Amazing Spider-man 365 30th anniversary issue. Featuring Dance Gavin Dance. Make sure you put that thing in a collector’s bag. Thanks for reading! Thanks for writing! Thanks for advertising! Thanks for being rad!

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