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MELISSA WELLIVER melissa@submergemag.com I’ve been going to shows forever and one of the things I enjoy is when you hear an opening band and they absolutely crush it, and you instantly become a fan. Back when I was 18, I was obsessed with AFI. I would go see them every chance I could get. I always loved getting to shows early, not only to get a good spot on the floor, but to be sure I was able to catch the openers. And that’s how I discovered Tiger Army. Tiger Army puts on an awesome show, singer Nick 13’s voice is hypnotizing, and he always has had killer stand up bassists in the band, which I love. Early in their career I saw them perform in Chico, Berkeley, Petaluma and San Francisco. At one point in the early 2000s, a good friend of mine even became their drummer for a few years when they made the move to Los Angeles. My musical tastes have changed quite a bit over the past decade-anda-half, and admittedly I fell out of touch with their past few albums. I recently have been in talks with Tiger Army’s super rad publicist and she insisted I give the new album a listen and go to the show at Ace of Spades on March 28. I’m glad she hit me up, because I am totally feeling the new album, Retrofuture. Their self-titled album and II: Power of Moonlite will always hold a special place in my heart, but this new album is more in line with the music I have been digging these days, some surf and early rock ‘n’ roll vibes, but it’s still nice to revisit the rockabilly and punk sound that was in their core foundation. If you are a fan, or maybe you’ve never heard of them but they sound up your alley, be sure to get your tickets ASAP, because at the time of publishing this issue tickets were running low. I know I’ll be sure to get there early and hopefully discover some new music from the openers. Who knows … they may have a new fan on their hands.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sacramento’s music and art scene is full of compassionate and caring people who aren’t afraid to organize and take action to better our community through benefit concerts and other admirable efforts. A couple times a year I like to utilize this column to highlight upcoming local concerts and events that are helping raise funds (or awareness) for local charities and non-profit organizations. So without further ado, here are four upcoming local concerts where just by attending and paying the ticket price, you’re helping out in a big way. COMING TOGETHER FOR OUR FRIENDS ON THE STREET S AT U R D AY, M A R C H 14 First up is a music and comedy hybrid show being held at Louie’s Cocktail Lounge in Rancho Cordova (3030 Mather Field Road) on Saturday, March 14, where organizers are hoping to raise money and collect canned food donations in order to help the local homeless population. “People on the street and homeless are still struggling and Louie’s is doing a special event to help out people in need,” organizers write in a post on Facebook. Musical acts include Love Removal Machine: A Tribute to the Cult, Death Valley Gypsies and Jenn Rogar. Comedian Aja Mae will host the event, which kicks off at 8 p.m. with doors opening an hour before that. Donation is $10 at the door or $8 plus two cans of food. Check out Facebook.com/louiesloungesac, and head to their Events tab for more info.

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PIANO DAY BENEFIT CONCERT S AT U R D AY, M A R C H 2 8 There are 88 keys on a piano, and March 28 is the 88th day of the year, so it’s quite the fitting day to host the first-ever Sacramento Piano Day (as part of the bigger International Piano Day) at St. John’s Lutheran Church (1701 L St.). To celebrate Piano Day, organizers are hosting a concert featuring two amazing local pianists, Tanya Vegvary (founder and owner of the Sacramento Piano Conservatory School of Music) and Philip Howard (founder of Sacramento Piano Day and teacher at Natomas School of Music). Your $20 donation to attend the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will go directly toward providing piano lessons for the children at Saint John’s Program for Real Change. To learn more and to RSVP to the Piano Day Benefit Concert, visit Sacpianoday.org.

BET TER LOVE BENEFIT SHOW FOR WEAVE, INC. S AT U R D AY, M A R C H 2 8 The folks at Holy Diver (1517 21st St.) are hosting “Better Love” on Saturday, March 28, a benefit show for WEAVE, Inc. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) that will feature performances from four of Sacramento’s most exciting and talented performers: Madi Sipes, Amber DeLaRosa, Harlequin Rose and Destiny Molina. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of show, a portion of which will go to WEAVE, Inc. Organizers are also asking for household items to be donated (mattress covers, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, etc), as well as baby items (diapers, baby wipes, highchairs, car seats, etc.), hygiene products, gift cards, school/art supplies and more. Visit Holydiversac.com and click on the March 28 event listing to be redirected to an Eventbrite page that lists all of the donation items needed. Also be sure to visit Weaveinc.org to learn about all the great work they do and to get involved.

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THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST REPLACEBOOK BOCEPHUS CHIGGER bocephus@submergemag.com The presidential primaries are in full swing, and you know what that means: Everybody hates each other, and we are all hopeless for the future. At least that’s how it felt the last time we faced this decision. Last time, your Facebook newsfeed looked like there was about to be a civil war with Republicans and Democrats both screaming for each others’ heads. I know my feed looked like that the last time we voted for a president, but this year, I can’t tell you what people are talking about on Facebook. Normally, I’d be all caught up in the drama, but I’ve decided to do something different this election; I’m staying off of Facebook until the whole damn thing is over. It wasn’t a hard decision. The day-to-day features of Facebook lost their luster a long time ago. I no longer have the need to see what everyone’s children are up to, how silly their pets are or where they go when I’m not invited. These days, if I use Facebook at all, it’s more as a happy birthday reminder and delivery device than anything else. That’s just about as much as I can handle. To me, nothing sounds worse than logging on to Facebook to see what everyone thinks about the current slate of democratic candidates and their odds against the big orange monster currently residing in the White House. Guess what? I didn’t miss anything important about the election or candidates by staying off Facebook. There is almost no way to avoid hearing about this election as it is. The political ads are in heavy rotation all over television and the internet, and have been for months. Those come in addition to the three mailers a day I was getting from that rich jerk, Mike Bloomberg, before he dropped out. In light of all that, I don’t think another mechanism to receive campaign ads on Facebook is necessary; especially since they are asleep at the wheel. At least on television, there are guidelines and rules about what can be said in campaign ads. Facebook decided the best thing it could do would be to basically not monitor political ads at all. They’ve decided to let the candidates and their surrogates say whatever the hell they want. Zuckerberg et al. think the people will wade through all of the garbage they are fed on Facebook themselves to decide what’s true or false on their own. Given their history, Facebook should really know better than that, but I guess they’ve already forgotten what the problem was last time around. For those of you who chose to wipe the 2016 presidential election from memory (and I don’t

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blame you), I may need to remind you of the shitshow that went down on Facebook shortly before we installed a deranged psychopath into the highest office in the land. That year—as has been since confirmed by our country’s intelligence agencies, the Mueller investigation, our allies and common sense—the Russian government used Facebook to undertake a clandestine campaign to divide Americans and cause civil uprisings across the United States with the purpose of boosting the candidacy of one Donald J. Trump. It was a real mess for us and I’m sure our comrade, Vladimir Putin, is doing his best to make it happen again for the 2020 elections; but, this time you can count me out! The Russians weren’t alone in fucking with America’s head on Facebook during the last election. Back in 2016, several people in a small town in Macedonia were also found to be responsible for a large portion of what we’ve now come to know as “fake news” spreading across Facebook. In several interviews since then, the culprits have explained that focusing on the elections and especially on Facebook proved to be the most successful way to promote content and make money. The more outlandish the headline seemed, the more clicks they’d get and the more money they’d make. While I can certainly support creating upward mobility in economically depressed areas, it probably shouldn’t happen because you’ve invented a new and more lucrative way to lie to people. Of course, Facebook could have done more to stop this kind of behavior, but then they wouldn’t get their cut of the action. In case this isn’t clear already, Facebook doesn’t care about you. They aren’t interested in ensuring that you’re an informed voter or even if that restaurant you checked into was actually good. They just want you to give them more personal information they can sell to advertisers who will feed you more ads on Facebook. That’s how Facebook makes money, and it’s not going to stop for some election. Facebook is not going to draw a line between ads for products and ads for politics and hold the latter to a higher standard. That would cut into Facebook’s profit margin, and that’s not what corporations in this country do. Well, I say to hell with them; play all the un-vetted advertisements you want, Facebook. Just don’t count on me to be there to see them! I think I’ll be logging off for a bit. Care to join me?

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As one of the biggest fans of the Sacramento Public Library, I’m here to introduce you to one of the greatest resources—not in the city, nor the state, nor the country—in the world. Perhaps you are a library attendee yourself and the magnificence of our library system is nothing new. I thought the same until I chatted with Rivkah Sass, the Sacramento Public Library Director and Chief Executive Officer—or in her words, “the chief cook and the bottle washer.” We discussed the various programs the library provides, the recent upward-trending participation and the future of the Sacramento Public Library. In the recent primary election, you may have stopped in at a local library to cast your vote. Chances are that library is part of the Sacramento Public Library system. With approximately 4.5 million visits per year, the Sacramento Public Library works hard to create a

system that is beneficial to all visitors. This system is home to about 8,000 different programs each year. That’s 8,000 free programs created by the Sacramento Public Library designed specifically for the needs of the people of Sacramento. The programs range from early learning experiences for families with young children, to afterschool programs, to adult programs, and a popular favorite, the Let’s Talk About events. “The Let’s Talk About events are based on an old Saturday Night Live ’Coffee Talk’ [sketch],’ says Sass. “We launched the series with Let’s Talk About Racism in 2016. We’ve talked about death; we’ve talked about gender; we’re doing a civility talk and then a discussion on climate change. The whole idea is to get these difficult topics out in an environment where everyone can be heard and respected.” Panelists for the Let’s Talk About

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events are comprised of a diverse collection of professionals in the field who open the conversations up to hundreds of attendees. Another special event that Sacramento locals look forward to is the Authors Uncovered series. These events host world-renowned authors who discuss varying topics with the audience. In December 2019, Sacramento native Dr. Cornel West presented at the Sacramento Central Library. Prior to the event, Sass had contacted West requesting his attendance. “He called me about a week before Christmas and said, ‘I hear you want me to come to the library—I’ll be there the day after Christmas,’” recalls Sass. “We were bursting at the seams. Anywhere else people would pay big money to see him. I felt this was his gift to his home of Sacramento.” In 2019, about 8 billion items were checked out from the library, which is an upward trend from previous years. Many people are moving toward ebooks and audiobooks, in which the library

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circulates about 2 million virtual copies. “That’s the number one way I consume my reading these days,” says Sass. “These days I listen.” The Sacramento Public Library system sits in the top 20 libraries in the world of those that circulate ebooks with a budget significantly lower than San Francisco or Los Angeles. “Our budget is pennies on the dollar compared to many,” reports Sass. As Sacramento continues to expand as an artistic and creative city, growing a library system based on community involvement is crucial. With experience in growing a successful library system in cities such as Portland, Sass understands the needs of a creative, diverse and thriving city. “What I love about Sacramento is that there is this wonderful creative energy,” she says. “We have a lot of youth and people trying new things, and events such as Creative Mornings [a free monthly lecture for the creative community] really galvanizes that and I feel like that is how the library is as well.” As the Sacramento Public Library looks at developing a new strategic plan, they have been approaching the public to find out what the community wants. “One of the things we’ve done over the past year is sit down and have conversations with different groups in our community,” says Sass. “We ask

questions not related to the library, but broader. We have been asking, ‘what do you want from your community?’ The number one answer is, ‘we want to feel connected.’ When author Austin Kleon visited the Central Library in 2019, more Sacramentans attended the free event than those in Portland or San Francisco at a similar event. “We are establishing Sacramento as a book community and I love it,” adds Sass. Our library’s programs are nearly endless. The Library of Things rents out items such as projectors and power washers; free after-school meals are provided to youth; the seed library provides seeds for the home garden; SMUD-hosted energy conservation workshops help families save money and the environment; Zip Books offer books delivered to your door that are not available through the library; Book Club in a Box makes the next meeting that much easier; museum passes are offered for free and discounted prices throughout the state; the Makerspace is filled with tools such as a 3D printer; genealogy professionals help understand your ancestry; the list goes on and on and on. Our library system is an integral part of our community and is a building block to the future of our connectedness as a city. To find more information, visit Saclibrary.org.

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Michelle Obama is the epitome of a self-made social justice Queen! As First Lady, Obama aided the United States in all types of progress and change—socially, financially, ethically, etc.—and she continues to do so today. Among her many acts of benevolence, Obama lends her hand in the fight for women’s rights and education for girls. Part of her eight years in the White House also included “Let’s Move!”—a campaign promoting healthy nutrition and enjoyable exercise to decrease childhood obesity. In 2018, the stylish workaholic released her second book, Becoming, a memoir. Obama is also a wildly inspiring speaker. Currently, she is on a Q&A tour featuring guest moderators that will conveniently be stopping in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 1 at the Golden 1 Center. Originally only one show was listed at 8 p.m., but that sold out almost immediately! The tour then happily added another earlier show the same day at 3 p.m. (which has plenty of tickets left). Tickets start at $79.50, plus fees. There are also ticket options for the post-show VIP package, which includes private entrance and a meet-and-greet. For more information, visit Golden1center.com.

Grab your tickets and experience the 27th annual Taste of Yountville! This special one-day affair is on March 21 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and features 50-plus tasting opportunities from the most distinguished and acclaimed wineries and restaurants in and around Northern California. Enjoy plenty of food and bevvies with world-class live music entertainment and multiple superb cooking demonstrations from notable chefs like Simon Majumdar, Joy Bauer, Jessie James Decker and more! The Taste of Yountville is set in the beautiful and widely considered “culinary capital” of Napa Valley. The music will take place on two stages: the intimate NOYO at Jessup Cellars and the authentic, acoustic-ready Barrel Room at V Marketplace. The talent coming out of both venues are highly premier. This year, the performers include Bexar, Noah Guthrie, Cole Taylor, Chase McGill and more. For wine lovers, get ready for exquisite pourings from Hope and Grace, Priest Ranch, Domaine Chandon, Girard Winery, Jessup Cellars and Robert Mondavi Winery during the main tent festivities. The Grand Cru Pavilion will feature pourings by Handwritten, Hestan Vineyards, Somerston Estate and Mersenne Wines. For the foodies, they will find sample tastings by numerous highly rated establishments like Basalt, Bottega, Bounty Hunter and Blossom Catering. Tickets are $195, and for more information on the 27th annual Taste of Yountville, visit Tasteofyountville.com.

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Comedian Whitney Cummings Brings Her “How Dare You Tour” to Sacramento for One Night Only! April 10

Ready for laughs? Whitney Cummings’ “How Dare You 2020” Tour is coming to Sacramento! Whitney Cummings is a woman who takes on many roles. She’s a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. She has even launched her own podcast, titled Good For You. In October 2017, she added author to her résumé and released the auto-biographical I’m Fine … And Other Lies. Lest you forget, Cummings is no stranger to the stage. She has had specials on HBO and her fourth, most recent Netflix special, Can I Touch It?, debuted July 30, 2019. Can I Touch It? showcases the comedian’s piercing wit and thoughtful, hilarious opinions on gender and the like. Come see her in the flesh, Friday, April 10 at the Crest Theatre (1013 K St., Sacramento). Tickets are $39.50 and the show is for all ages. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Crestsacramento.com. Also, watch out for Cummings as she will star and executive produce a new half-hour comedy for Amazon, Good People.

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Brand New Tree Top Adventure Park Opens in West Sacramento Tree Top Sac is the newest amusement in the 916 for the whole family! It’s a wondrous tree top adventure park by Kletterwald, located in West Sacramento. Open Thursday–Sunday (and school holidays in March), the courses are set in the greenest of forests and will keep aerial enthusiasts challenged in the most fun way possible. This experience is meant to bring people together and off their electronics—to come back to Earth and live in the present. Expect a two-hour journey zipping through the forest canopy knowing that your fun and safety is “top” priority at Tree Top Sac. Each route (known as a parcour) starts in the bewildering trees. You will climb up into these billowing areas with a rope ladder. The instructors will then help you negotiate precarious bridges and obstacles that will challenge your balance. At Tree Top Sac, you will have an adrenaline rush and be totally satisfied with the amazing sights you’ll encounter. Adults 18 and older must sign a waiver and usually need no extra supervision. For those in need of a guide, as long as it’s in advance, one can be booked for an added fee. The establishment asks you to please call or email to make a booking. For session times, please see the availability in the booking calendar and for more information visit Treetopsac.com.

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WORDS MOLLIE HAWKINS If Stephen King is your spirit animal, watch I Am Not Okay With This. Hear me out. I was recently reading (OK, rereading) Stephen King’s book about writing. A large part of the book involves his journey to becoming, well, Stephen King—and it all starts with Carrie. You know the story; young girl is bullied, gains superpowers as she goes through puberty and then young girl proceeds to wreak absolute havoc. Sound familiar? I Am Not Okay With This stars a couple of familiar teenage faces, if you watched It: Sophia Lillis (Sydney “Syd” Novak) and Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Barber). Another Stephen King link. How exciting! If you are not OK with all my Stephen King references, then I have good news for you. This series is actually based on a graphic novel by Chris Forsman, who also wrote The End of the Fucking World—another great series that you can watch on Netflix if you enjoy extreme teenage angst.

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Adapted for the screen by Jonathan Entwistle and the producers of Stranger Things (Rand Geiger, Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy), this series provides a quick gut-punch of seven episodes at about 20 minutes each. So, like a swift explosion, the series comes and goes. You’ve been warned, fellow bingers. Syd, our hero, is a self-proclaimed “boring, white 17-year-old” with some rage issues. She’s having a rough time. Her father has just died unexpectedly, her best friend is ignoring her to hang out with the star football player, and

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the weird kid (Oleff) is all up in her business. Her mom is a workaholic trying to provide for the family, and Syd only ever argues with her. Her kid brother is annoying. It’s not looking great for Syd’s rage. So when her school counselor suggests she write down all her innermost feelings in a journal, Syd complies. As one can imagine, writing down your innermost feelings when you can make things fly and explode with your mind—that might not be the best idea. But because protagonists must make bad decisions, she does

so anyway. As Syd begins to discover that she can make things fly (quite violently) through the air whenever she gets filled with anger, she tries to wrangle it and keep the secret. Without giving too much away, let’s just say she is not successful for very long. As she struggles with the raging hormones of a teenager crushing over her two best friends, we see all the typical tropes of teenager drama—just trying to survive the cruel, cruel world of high school. Where the show falters is

characterization. Beyond Syd and Stanley, the “B” characters are incredibly one-dimensional. Her best friend (and major crush), Dina (Sofia Bryant), is a bit flakey as she ditches Syd for the football star, Brad (Richard Ellis). Brad is every stereotypical jock you ever knew, who wears his letterman jacket like it’s sewn to his skin. Imagine the cast of The Breakfast Club if they were boiled down in fivesecond descriptions. That’s basically every other character in IANOWT. It’s frustrating, but understandable considering the length of each episode. Without that limit, I would imagine these characters breaking outside the constraints of their stereotypes. Of course, it wouldn’t be a review of a supernatural teenage show without mentioning the gold standard to which I must now compare things: Stranger Things. If you love that show, you will enjoy IANOWT, as it will help tide you over until we are blessed with season four of Stranger Things—just don’t expect to love the characters as much. It’s not their fault, though—we just don’t get to know them well enough. Perhaps with season two—if there is a season two—we will get to know the kids a bit better. Season one leaves us with quite a supernatural cliffhanger, and it would be really nice to see what that’s all about. To bring it back to Stephen King, fans of Carrie will not be disappointed in the season finale. In line with the teeny-tiny sevenepisodes of I Am Not Okay With This, I will keep it short. I give this show four stars, with a future star for season two, which I hope is going to be a thing, for potential character development and yes, more explosions and flying objects.

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onday through Friday, Shane Quidachay, better known as Shane Q, gets up early in the morning, starts his day with a cup of coffee and drives a minivan for the Sacramento organization, United Cerebral Palsy, where he has worked for the last six years. This has been an average weekday for Quidachay, but in November 2018, he made a decision that changed his life for a whole year and landed him a spot on NBC’s The Voice. “When did you know you could sing, like really sing?” I ask Quidachay, as he sips on his coffee. “It was about the time when ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ came out. I used to enjoy singing when I was younger, but around 16 or 17 years old, I knew that it was more than that, it was a passion,” he says. One could say that he is a self-taught artist who has skills in playing the guitar, saxophone, drums and ukulele, but had music surrounding him throughout his life. His father—who is also a singer and musician who mostly plays classic rock— passed down some of the basic skills, but Quidachay took it upon himself to learn the rest. The Sacramento born-and-raised 29-year-old was one of 50,000 who auditioned for the show, and if you followed the 17th season closely, you would know that he made it to the top 10, two episodes short of the finale. The once shy-guy, as he describes himself, found himself singing his heart out not only in front of a live audience, but in front of the whole world week after week, fighting to keep his spot in the competition. “Out of 50,000 of those who auditioned, it is nuts to think that I made it to the top 10,” Quidachay says. “I had no expectations to even make it past the first round, so to keep making it and know people actually voted for me is tight.” After being invited to audition for the show multiple times, he finally took the chance and made a trip to Oakland where he had his private audition. Singing an assortment of songs ranging from “Tennessee Whiskey,” a country song written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove and most known for being sung by Chris Stapleton, “I’m Not the Only One” by Sam Smith and “Rude” by Magic! was enough to push him to the next round. Before he knew it, he was singing his rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey” at the Blind Auditions, which is the first appearance they make in front of the coaches. In order to make it through to the next round, at least one coach has to turn their chair, if multiple turn then the singer has a choice to choose which team to join for the season. Gwen Stefani turned her chair first, then Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton followed and with the song coming to an end, John Legend made the cut. Having four chairs turn around does not happen

too often and without any blocks from any of the coaches, Quidachay had free game to choose who he thought would be the best coach for him. “To keep the mystery, I won’t tell you who I initially wanted to go with but I’ll tell you this, I changed my mind on stage,” Quidachay says. “Kelly was not my initial choice, but I liked and agreed with everything she was saying. I felt validated, like I put in all this work and think that it’s worth it, that I am following my dreams and this is just the first step of my career—regardless of what happened in that round, I felt like people were going to know me.” After his gut told him to go with Clarkson, he benefited from her very caring and motherly handling of her team, giving them advice and pushing to advance their singing careers. At one point in the competition, the three-time Grammy Award-winner arrived bearing gifts for her team, gifting Quidachay a guitar which he now uses during his gigs.

“Kelly was not my initial choice, but I liked and agreed with everything she was saying. I felt validated, like I put in all this work and think that it’s worth it, that I am following my dreams and this is just the first step of my career—regardless of what happened in that round, I felt like people were going to know me.” —Shane Q on selecting Kelly Clarkson as his coach on The Voice “She genuinely cares for your music career and will help you with anything, even outside of the show,” Quidachay says. The singer felt a connection with Clarkson because, like him, she had to go through the process of singing in a competition, and ultimately won the first season of American Idol when it aired in 2002. “One of the reasons why I picked her was because she has won a show like this and she would have the best advice for me,” Quidachay says. “She has crossed so many genres and that is exactly how I feel about myself. I love all music and I feel like I cross barriers, cross genres and do a little bit of everything.” Like his coach, Quidachay doesn’t think his singing falls into just one genre, but if he had to pinpoint, he says his style would fall under pop, soul and R&B. After several months of preparation, vocal training and coaching, Quidachay kept making it through to the next round and found himself in the bottom

three several times where he says he had to “sing for his life” and eventually was sent home after his “Caribbean Queen” performance, where Clarkson praised him for his improvements. “You’ve improved greatly, your range is incredible and the fact that you sing any genre you want, you’re gonna be able to do this the rest of your life,” Clarkson said on the show, finishing with “I’m not worried.” The singer went into the competition with no expectations, trusting the process along the way. Before his rise to reality TV stardom, Quidachay started his singing journey by uploading covers of popular songs like “Sure Thing” by Miguel and of “Someone Like You” by Adele to his YouTube channel, which now has more than 7,000 subscribers. Quidachay plans to start uploading more covers and keeping his channel active, along with making more appearances around town for gigs. Since his weekdays are dedicated to his day job, his weekends are dedicated to singing, planning and booking studio time, as he takes the sole duty of manager under his belt. Apart from making rounds through Sacramento, he also hopes to expand to the Bay Area and Placerville, and hopes to play in Tahoe soon. In the future, he plans to travel to Nashville to play a concert there and hopes to fly to Guam, where he says he has a large fan base stemming from his Guamanian roots. Since coming home from the competition, he has sung the National Anthem at a Kings home game against the Lakers, and again recently at a Sacramento Republic game on March 7. “I did the National Anthem for the Kings when the Lakers came and that was a big honor,” Quidachay says. ”A lot of interesting things are coming at me which is cool, bigger opportunities that weren’t coming before.” Shane-gels and Shane Qties can expect at least a single to be dropped on listening platforms like Spotify and iTunes in March. If studio time allows it, he is hoping to drop an EP or an album in the near future. “I am hoping to drop music this month; I got gigs lined up and that is really all I am focusing on,” Quidachay says. “I am not waiting around for someone to find me, I am just doing my thing and doing what I love to do.” Can’t get enough of Shane Q? Catch him live at the El Dorado Fairgrounds in Placerville on Friday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Opening acts are Island of Black and White and LightRays. Tickets are available at Marsevents-shaneq. wellattended.com. Shane Q will also perform the next night at Burly Beverages (2014 Del Paso Blvd.) on Saturday, March 28 for the free Burly Backyard BBQ #7 where he will be performing along with Las Pesadillas, Drop Dead Red and Autumn Sky from 2–8 p.m. For tickets look up Burly Backyard BBQ on Eventbrite.

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THE EVERCHANGING TIGER ARMY

FRONTMAN NICK 13 ON THE POWER OF INFLUENCES WORDS ROBIN BACIOR PHOTO TRAVIS SHINN

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f you’re familiar with Tiger Army, you know they’re a group not so easily defined. Formed initially in 1996, the band got their start in Berkeley in the DIY world, and it wasn’t long before they landed on Hellcat Records and launched into touring with bands like AFI, Dropkick Murphys and Morrissey. Over the course of 24 years, six records and multiple label and lineup changes, the band’s influences have varied, and have included elements of garage rock, punk, rockabilly, dark English pop and even early rock ‘n’ roll, weaving them all into their constantly morphing sound. The thing is, it’s never all at once. For frontman and band founder Nick 13 (born Kearney Nick Jones), changing it up is intentional and vital to the project. “We have been doing it for a long time,” Nick says. “I think part of the secret for me is that I have to keep it fresh for myself to stay passionate about it, so that’s a lot of jumping around between our different influences, sometimes taking on new ones, revisiting ones in a new way. There is a lot of ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll I’ve listened to my entire life, but I wasn’t necessarily the guitar player or the singer I am now when I started the band, so I couldn’t really actualize those influences in the ways we do now.” The band’s most recent release, Retrofuture, showcases those new strengths. Recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs in Eagle Rock by Ted Hutt (known for his work with Lucero, The Gaslight Anthem and Old Crow Medicine Show), the new album yet again brings the band to new territory pulled from old influences. Whereas their 2016 LP, V, was a larger, more polished sound, Retrofuture is a more scaled-down effort, a collection of guitar-driven tracks with simpleyet-sturdy arrangements and a little grit on the edges.

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For example, singles like “Eyes of the Night” and “Devil That You Don’t Know” charge at high-speed, both clocking in at under two minutes each, though jam-packed with explosive energy. “The previous album was about imagining what if, and [also] the second wave of rock ‘n’ roll in the early ‘60s,” Nick says. “That sound had more elaborate production, strings, female choral vocals, piano, a lot of other instruments. That was the approach we took. In the interim, I’ve been listening to a lot of ‘60s surf-rock and garage. It’s more guitar-based, and that was the approach we decided to take with this album. There was still plenty of experimentation, but keeping it a little more lo-fi, and a little grittier and rawer in our approach made it fun and a little bit of an evolution from the last record. Something to keep it interesting for ourselves.”

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Oftentimes, seeking out inspiration for a record’s direction isn’t planned, it’s just what presents itself to Nick. “It stems from where I’m at musically at that time, it’s kind of an organic thing,” he says. “It might be fun to explore a certain area of influence—like I said, these influences aren’t necessarily new—but sometimes we’re going back to things that’ve been an influence for as long as decades but approaching it in a different way to do something new.” Part of keeping it new can be putting it away for a while. After 11 years of extensive touring and consistent lineup changes, the band released Music from Regions Beyond in 2007, and then didn’t release a record for another nine years. During this dormant time, Nick started a solo project and put out his self-titled debut, Nick 13. For a minute, it looked like the singer was done with his band focus, but he initially came back to his first passion.

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“I just go where the inspiration takes me,” Nick says. “At a certain point, after writing primarily on the acoustic for a few years, I kind of go back to mostly electric guitar. That’s what kind of inspired a lot of the musical turns that Tiger Army took when we came back with our fifth album after that break. I’ve aalways continued writing solo songs; I have quite a few at this point. I definitely want to do something with them in the near future. There will definitely be another solo album at some point.” For now, the focus remains on Tiger Army, and it’s not going away anytime soon, if ever. “To try and separate Tiger Army from my life overall would be pretty difficult,” Nick says. “I don’t really know what my life would consist of without what this has been. It’s been my primary artistic outlet, my creative focus for basically my adult life. The amount of years, the amount of time, it’s its own thing.” With the recent release of Retrofuture, the frontman finds himself “definitely not ready to think about going in a recording studio anytime soon.” After all, the goodies for that are still coming out, with the group gearing up to release another music video for an undisclosed track from the LP. The band (which has been a trio with Djordje Stijepovic and Mike Fasano since 2015) are heading out at the end of the month for another round of tour dates, stopping at Ace of Spades March 28. Two and a half decades in, it’s hard to predict where Tiger Army will go next, but it’s clear Nick isn’t afraid to lead the way. “The reality is if you have something you want to do in life, or something you want to create, waiting around for someone to help you do it or do it for you isn’t as good of a strategy as trying to go and make something happen on your own,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be on the grandest scale—maybe it’s just a 7-inch, or a cassette, or playing a live show in front of people. That’s the world I came up in and still something that very much informs everything I do.”

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3.11 WEDNESDAY

Ace of Spades Fitz and the Tantrums, Twin XL, 7 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Peter Yarrow, 7 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. The Colony Dopemess (Tape Release), Temptation 87, He Died, Mucid, No More, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Drake Bell, Zach Van Dyck, Rosecoloredworld, 6 p.m. Holy Diver Louis XIV, The Silent Comedy, Over Motion, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall UC Davis Concert Band, 7 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer The Albertson Duo, 6 p.m. The Russ Room at Solomon’s Sneeze Attack, The Enlows, 8 p.m. Sacramento State: University Union Redwood Room Nooner w/ Mona V, 12 p.m. Shady Lady Desmond Barrett, 9 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: Colin James, 5:30 p.m. Torch Club Ballin’ That Jack, 5:30 p.m.

3.12 THURSDAY

Ace of Spades Yacht Rock Revue, 7 p.m. Cheers Jesus and the Dinosaurs, Vinnie Guidera and the Dead Birds, Captain Cutiepie, Minor Fiasco, 9 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Crocker Art Museum ArtMix: Funk Springs Eternal feat. Ideateam, DJ Rock Bottom, Sac Dance Lab & More, 6 p.m. Fox & Goose Justis & McLane, 8 p.m. Holy Diver City Morgue, Tokyo’s Revenge, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) Kupros Jay Shaner, 7 p.m. Mondavi Center: Ann E. Pitzer Center Jazz Bands of UC Davis, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Kelly Jean Project, Samantha Henson, Dalton James, 7 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Nash Brothers, 9 p.m. The Press Club DJ Tropa and More, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Big Sticky Mess, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Dad’s Under Where, The Happys, Landline, 7 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Tropicali Flames, 9 p.m. SubmergeMag.com

3.13 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Pup, Screaming Females, The Drew Thomson Foundation, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Güero, 7 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Special EFX Feat. Chieli Minucci, 6 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Dust in My Coffee, 5 p.m. The Boardwalk Vale of Pnath, Wolf King, Nihil Futurum, Purgaterror, Nail the Casket, Seaside Massacre, 6:30 p.m. The Brick Spindrift, My Dallas Teens, Tiera May, 9 p.m. Cafe Colonial Cut Rate Druggist, Clevers, Freature, Spitting Roses, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Tinsley Ellis, 7 p.m. The Colony These Bastards, Rise and Strike, Sissy Fit, Knee Deep, Sick Burn, Duranxduran, Burial Order, 7 p.m. Crest Theatre Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, 6:30 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Two20, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Carly DuHain, Natalie Cortez, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Loose Ends Feat. Jane Eugene, 5:30 p.m. Harris Center Michael Doucet and Tom Rigney with Flambeau, 8 p.m. Highwater Vibe w/ Basi Vibe & Friends, 10 p.m. Holy Diver While She Sleeps, He Is Legend, Savage Hands, Whitewolf, 7 p.m. Kupros Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 & 9:30 p.m. Mondavi Center: Ann E. Pitzer Center Chamber Singers, 7 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Dreamers’ Circus, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Band of Coyotes, The Bad Barnacles, Jessica Malone, The Dark Whatever, 8 p.m. On the Y The Incursion, Abhorrency, Engendro Malévolo 8 p.m. Opera House Saloon The Damn Liars, Jon Emery and The Unconventionals, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge Audien, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Cheeseballs, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Neon Playboys, 9:30 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Todd Gardner and the Saints of Circumstance, 6 p.m. Shady Lady The Ghost Town Rebellion, Chrome Rose, 8:30 p.m.

Shine Bro Brocean, Nick Eng, Placeholder, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room The Stone Foxes, Strange Vine, 8 p.m. Torch Club August, 5:30 p.m.; The Gold Souls, High Pulp, 9 p.m. Tower Brewing One Eyed Riley, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Gheni, 6:30 p.m.

3.14 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Giorgos Tsalikis, Vasiliki Ntanta, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Duval Speck, 8 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Sacramento Masters Singers Presents: The Key of Life, 6 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Matt and George and their Pleasant Valley Boys, 3 p.m. The Boardwalk Thunder Cover, 6 p.m. The Brick The Ghost Town Rebellion, Balkun Brothers, Corey Wayne Band, 8:30 p.m. Cafe Colonial Disperser, Sleep/ Speak, Farooq, Whitewolf, Original State, 7:30 p.m. Clunie Community Center Empire Pop Choir Concert: Anthems, 7:30 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Lucky 7, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Gillian Underwood & the Lonesome Doves, Lovelorn, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Metalachi, Clownvis Presley, 8 p.m. Harris Center Family Concert: Musical Engine, 11 a.m.; Kerry Traditional Band, 2 p.m.; The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Knuckle Puck, Heart Attack Man, One Step Closer, Better Love, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) Laughs Unlimited Groove Deluxe Band, 3:30 p.m. Louie's Cocktail Lounge Coming Together For Our Friends On The Street: Love Removal Machine: A Tribute to The Cult, Death Valley Gypsies, Jenn Rogar & More, 8 p.m Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Dreamers’ Circus, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m. Old Ironsides 50 Watt Heavy, Sunset Canyoneers, Slatem V, 9 p.m. On the Y MC QBall916, Tent City, GB Twomp9 Representative, Noctivagent, True 2 Lyfe and More, 8 p.m. Opera House Saloon Long Time, Blackout Betty, 9:30 p.m. Palms Playhouse John Reischman & the Jaybirds, 7:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Shift, DJ Peeti-V, 9:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Midnight Players, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m.

Red Hawk Casino Gotcha Covered, 10 p.m. The Russ Room at Solomon’s The Katie Knipp Band, 9 p.m. Shady Lady Swoon, 9 p.m. Shine Miggy & Friends, 8 p.m. The Side Door The Side Dooros & Deb Smith, 7 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Lazer Funk w/ DJs Todd Shima & Rockwell, 9 p.m. Torch Club The Count, 4 p.m.; Patrick Contreras, 9 p.m.

3.15 SUNDAY

Ace of Spades Mahalia, Destiny Rogers, Harlequin Rose, Lissa Mia, 7 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Sacramento Masters Singers Presents: The Key of Life, 2 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Eric Long and the Short Tempers, 3 p.m. Center for the Arts The Allman Betts Band, Marc Ford & Jackson Stokes, 6:30 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Jessica Malone, 3 p.m. Harlow’s GayC/DC, Sheastie Boys, 8 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase: Prizefighter, Blood Oath Ritual, SEVEN23, TX3, Mean Muggers, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Voice Over, 3 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Hawk, DJ CarnieRobber and Guests, 9 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall A Celebration of Music: Emerson-Da Vinci-Harper Jr. High Orchestras, Emerson-Da Vinci-Harper and Holmes Jr. High Choir, Elementary All City Strings Orchestra and More, 2 p.m. Palms Playhouse Swimming in Bengal, 2:30 p.m.; Michael Sears, Bob Armstrong and Keith Cary, 6:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Mitch Woods, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Cash Prophets, 1 p.m. The Red Museum Sacramento Audio Waffle w/ Medicine Cabinet, Daniel Bloomquist, Fabi, Of This Earth & More, 12 - 3 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Burning Daylight People, 2 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m.

3.16 MONDAY

Harlow’s Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, 7 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Mondays w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays w/ Desmond Barrett Experience, Full Metal Jockstrap, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Grateful Monday w/ Morning Dew, 6 p.m.

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3.17 TUESDAY

Cafe Colonial No Pressure, Las Pulgas, 6:30 p.m. Cosumnes River College Recital Hall Dúlamán: A St. Patrick’s Day All Choirs Concert, 7 p.m. The Delta King Cahersiveen, 6 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Island of Black & White Duo, 6 p.m. The Flamingo House Salt Acid Phat Beats w/ Woosah, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Summer Salt, Okey Dokey, Breakup Shoes, 6:30 p.m. Harris Center Seamus Egan, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase: Love For Fire (Alkaline Trio Tribute), Salerosa, LightRays, Erik Childs, Enter: Villain, 7 p.m. Kupros Allie Marcel, 5 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Sharon Shannon, Socks in the Frying Pan, 7 p.m. North Natomas Library Sacramento Guitar Society: Strum For Fun, 3:30 p.m. On the Y DJ Alex Colbe, DJ Harpsea, 8 p.m. Pine Cove The Ghost Town Rebellion’s Annual St. Patty’s Acoustic Party, 5 p.m. Press Club Night School, 9 p.m. Shady Lady Burning Daylight People, 9 p.m. Torch Club St. Paddy’s Party w/ The Rattlin’ Boys, Mind X, Wil O’Mylar & The Langers, 8 p.m.

Sacramento State: University Union Redwood Room Nooner w/ Jahny Wallz, 12 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: Elvis Cantú, 5:30 p.m. Torch Club The Ultrasonics, Devon Galley and The Heavy Hold, West By Night, 8:30 p.m.

3.19 THURSDAY

The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Yob, Human Impact, Chrome Ghost, 7:30 p.m. Harris Center Ronnie Milsap, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Sleep On It, Bearings, Between You and Me, Hi Mom!, Love For Fire, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Joseph Kojima Gray, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Music Night Open Acoustic Jam, 8 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge Gammer, 9:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Corduroys, 9:30 p.m. The Press Club Sea Legs, Good News Club, Burning Daylight People, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Harley White Jr. Orchestra, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Ten Ten Room Liquid Love w/ Busy Gillespie, 9 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, 9 p.m.

3.18 3.20 WEDNESDAY

B Street at The Sofia CJ Chenier, 7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, 6:30 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Fantastic Negrito, 7 p.m. Holy Diver The Unlikely Candidates, Castlecomer, RH2, Verno, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jazz Jam w/ Host Josh Wisterman, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Mnozil Brass, 8 p.m. The Russ Room at Solomon’s Sneeze Attack, Oh Lonesome Ana, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Marc E. Bassy, Gianni & Kyle, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Gheni, 8 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Misner and Smith, 5 p.m. Big Sexy Brewing Co. Big Sticky Mess, 6 p.m. The Boardwalk Sparrows, Life of the Afterparty, Watermelon, 7 p.m. Cafe Colonial Demonsmoke, Yarrow, Anthracnose, Endless Yawn, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Megan T. Smith, 9:30 p.m.

Fox & Goose The Bruberries, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Goldfield Leilani Wolgramm, 7 p.m. Harlow’s Tainted Love, 9 p.m. Holy Diver Today Is The Day, Child Bite, -16-, 7 p.m. Kupros Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m. Old Ironsides For the Kids, Paper Coma, Skyliss, 8:30 p.m. Opera House Saloon Wonderbread 5, 9:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Scene, DJ Eddie Edul, 9:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Take Out, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Clean Slate, 9:30 p.m. Scottish Rite Center Sacramento Youth Symphony: Magic of Music, 6 p.m. Shady Lady Arlyn Anderson, 9 p.m. Shine Saudade, Lo & Behold, Taylor Andrews & Midnight Soul, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Potty Mouth, Sir Babygirl, Sad Girlz Club, 6 p.m.; All Things Indie Showcase w/ Chippass, Mistuh G, Dre’, Just Paid, Trap Marley, HeatGottem and More, 10 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Queen Nation (Queen Tribute), 7:30 p.m. Torch Club The Breakers, 5:30 p.m.; Ten Foot Tiger w/ Derek Brooker, Watt Ave Soul Giants, 9 p.m. Tower Brewing The Pikey’s, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Rruhb, Yo! and the Electric, 6:30 p.m.

3.21 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Crowbar, Art of Shock, 6 p.m. Armadillo Music John Thompson, 8 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Duo Quartet, 6 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, 2 p.m. The Boardwalk Led Baloon (Led Zeppelin Tribute), MethodOne, Backstage Pass, 7 p.m. Cafe Colonial Paul Collins, Tony Leventhal, Julian Never, 8 p.m.

The Colony Sacramento Anarchist Peace Gathering: Argument?, Headdress, P22, Moonbow, 6 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Lost in Suburbia, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Desario, Poly Holiday, 9 p.m. Goldfield Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Elaina Kay, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Irie Nights w/ OMG Prince, Kwammasterq, 10 p.m. Harris Center: Stage 2 Muriel Anderson, 7:30 p.m. Harris Center: Stage 3 Sacramento Baroque Soloists, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Jade Novah, Vadia Hub, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Cartunes, 3:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Lee Bob Watson & Friends, 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Mariachi Festival de Sacramento: Shaila Durcal, Mariachi Divas, Mariachi Divas, Mariachi Los Reyes, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, Dinorah and More, 4 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m. Old Ironsides Remedy Seven, 7 p.m.; Light Rays, Green Eyed Misfits, 9:30 p.m. Opera House Saloon Rock With You: The Michael Jackson Tribute, 9:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Eddie Edul, DJ Peeti-V, 9:30 p.m. PJ’s Roadhouse Hotel Books, Mookatite, Lonely Avenue & More, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Aquanett, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Rancho Cordova City Hall Symphony d’Oro Rancho Cordova: Mozart Madness Concert, 7:30 p.m. Red Hawk Casino The Wiz Kid, 10 p.m. The Red Museum Loolowningen, Gentleman Surfer, Glass Bat, 8 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Pistofferson, 6 p.m. Shady Lady Hayez Band, 9 p.m. The Side Door The Mindful, Blue Oaks, 7 p.m. The Starlet Room Kohzï, 6:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Maria Cordero, Lei Lei, 8 p.m. Torch Club Loose Engines, 5:30 p.m.; The Golden Cadillacs, 9 p.m. Tower Brewing Graybar Hotel (LP Release), The Brad Schultz Culmination, Doris, 6:30 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Ivy Queen, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Twisted Pines, 2 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. The Casual Coalition, 3 p.m. The Boardwalk Hotel Books, State Faults, Cvltvre, Predisposed, 6:30 p.m. The Brick Crypt Trip, Shotgun Sawyer, 8 p.m. Cafe Colonial Lousy Advice, Cold Wrecks, Sarchasm, Paper Airplanes, 7 p.m. Claimstake Brewing Austin Lucas, Adam Faucett, Rattlecan, Cole Hinckle and the Debauchery, Farrow and the Peach Leaves, Any Scher & Hailey Pexton, 11 a.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon The Albertson Duo, 3 p.m. Goldfield Spawnbreezie, Squarefield Massive, 7:30 p.m. Harris Center Sacramento Baroque Soloists, 2 p.m. Holy Diver Twitch Angry, Cemetery Legacy, Unprovoked, Insubordinance, Thunderdome, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Four Barrel, 3 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Hawk, DJ CarnieRobber and Guests, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Shari Puerto, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Moonshine Crazy, 1 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Jason Dea West, 3 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m.

Ace of Spades Brent Faiyaz, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) Cafe Colonial Blunderbusst, The March Divide & More, 8 p.m. The Flamingo House Salt Acid Phat Beats w/ Darby, Jesse James, Bimes Ill, 9 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Island of Black & White Duo, 6 p.m. Kupros Madeline McArthur, 5 p.m. North Natomas Library Sacramento Guitar Society: Strum For Fun, 3:30 p.m. Press Club Night School, 9 p.m. Torch Club Jereme Greene (of Mondo Deco), 5:30 p.m.; The New Crowns, DoublePlusGood, Adam Poe, 8:30 p.m.

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Holy Diver Bear Hands, 7 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Mondays w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m. Shady Lady Shady Lady Jam Session, 9 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Grouplove, Le Shiv, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Shing02, the CheeHoos, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase: Andrew Thane, Dodgiest B, Baku, Muzha, Kobex, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jessica Malone, Samantha Henson, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Vohlraven, The Haley Show, Se7en of Limbo, 8 p.m. The Russ Room at Solomon’s Sneeze Attack, Vasas, Guilly, 8 p.m. Sacramento State: University Union Redwood Room Nooner w/ Jordan McDougal, 12 p.m. Shady Lady Laryssa Birdseye, 9 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: Val Starr & the Blues Rocket, 5:30 p.m. Torch Club Jon Emery & The Unconventionals, 9 p.m.

Comedy B Street at The Sofia Chris Franjola, Daniel Humbarger, March 12, 7 p.m. Upstairs at The B Presents: Comedy Night w/ Liz Grant & Friends! feat. Joe Klocek & Parker Newman, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

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Folsom Hotel Saloon Standup Saloon Hosted by Jason Anderson, Mondays, 8 p.m. JB’s Lounge & Grill Wild’N Out Wednesday Night Open Mic Comedy, Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Laughs Unlimited Comedy Challenge, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Pre St. Paddy’s Day Parade w/ Arnie States, Edgar Granados, Saul Ramirez, Cindy King & More, March 12, 8 p.m. Thai Rivera, John Hilder, Marcus Mangham, March 13 - 15, Fri. & Sat, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m Say It Loud Comedy w/ Michael Calvin Jr., KD Ashley, Chey Bell & More, March 19, 8 p.m. Eric Blake, Ta’Vi, Regina Givens, March 20 - 22, Fri. & Sat, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m Luna’s Cafe Open Mic Comedy w/ Hosts Jaime Fernandez and Michael Cella, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival: Mike Epps, Lavell Crawford, DC Young Fly and HaHa Davis, March 13, 7 p.m. On the Y Open Mic Comedy w/ Guest Hosts, Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Punch Line Sacramento Comedy Showcase, March 11, 8 p.m. Rivest Dunlap, March 12, 8 p.m. Emo Philips, March 13 - 14, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. LoLGBT+ Presents: Queens and Comedy, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Comedy Congregation w/ Johnny Taylor, March 18, 8 p.m. Jordan Klepper, March 19 - 21, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Capitol PUNishment, March 22, 7:30 p.m. Key Lewis, March 25, 8 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Spot Open Mic, Sundays and Mondays, 8 p.m. Improv Taste Test & Harold Night, Wednesdays, 7 - 10 p.m. Thursday Scramble & Improv Jam, Thursdays, 8 - 10 p.m. Anti-Cooperation League, Saturdays, 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Sacyardigans Comedy Night Hosted by Ben Rice, March 11, 8 p.m. STAB! Comedy Theater Comedy Open Mic, Thursdays, 9 p.m. STAB! Podcast Panel Show, Fridays, 10 p.m. Late Week Leftovers Open Mic, Sundays, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Comedy Burger feat. Ngaio Bealum & Wendy Lewis, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

Misc. 1409 Del Paso Blvd. Uptown Market on the Boulevard, Saturdays, 12 - 5 p.m. 8th and W Streets Certified Farmers Market, Sundays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 20th Street (Between J and L) Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Arthouse on R Womxn’s Marketplace, March 14 - 15, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Byhalia, Mississippi, Through April 12 Big Sexy Brewing Co. St. Patrick’s Cornhole Tournament, March 14, 12 p.m. Blue Cue Trivia Night, Wednesdays, 9 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Trivia Night, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange Brazilian Carnaval Sacramento, March 21, 4 p.m. SubmergeMag.com

Cal Expo: Buildings C & D Sac Comic-Con, March 22, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. California Stage Theater Como el Aire: An Evening of Flamenco, March 17, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. Dinner and a Drag Show, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Colonial Theatre Pro Wrestling Alliance: Day of Reckoning, March 21, 7 p.m. Country Club Plaza Certified Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Crocker Art Museum Cine Soul Sunday: Claudine, March 21, 2 p.m. Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette, Through May 17 American Expressions/African Roots: Akinsanya Kambon’s Ceramic Sculpture, Through July 5 Cool Clay: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Ceramics, Through July 19 Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Trivia Night, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Fairytale Town African Storytelling Festival, March 21, 11 a.m. Florin Road & 65th Street Certified Farmers Market, Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts FLC Speaker Series: An Evening w/ Anne Lamott, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Highwater The Trivia Factory, Mondays, 7 p.m. Historic Old Folsom Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kupros Craft House Triviology, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Sac Unified Slam, March 20, 7:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Salsa Lessons, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, March 13, 8 p.m. Old Sacramento Waterfront St. Patrick’s Day Bar Hop: The River City Saloon, The Other Office, Fanny Ann’s Saloon, Brannan Manor & More, March 17, 7 p.m. Phono Select Records Vintage Spring Sale, March 22, 12 - 5 p.m. Sacramento City College: Performing Arts Center Room 106 Sacramento Mural Conversations w/ Mya Dosch, Maceo Montoya, Brett Cook, March 17, 6:30 p.m. Strikes Unlimited (Rocklin) Let’s Get Quzzical: Trivia Game Show Experience, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Sunrise Light Rail Station Certified Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sutter Health Park Sacramento River Cats vs. San Francisco Giants Exhibition Game, March 22, 5 p.m. Tower Brewing Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Cribbage Night, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Trivia Night, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Yolo Brewing Co. Trivia Night, Tuesdays, 6 p.m.

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LO/FI FOOD

NOSTALGIA FOR THE MODERN PALATE

WORDS RONNIE CLINE PHOTOS JULIA E. HEATH

y first introduction to Chef Bryan Widener came on a cold New Year’s Eve not even an hour into 2012. After ringing in the new year in Southside Park, word spread that Doughbot, the new doughnut shop down the street, was serving fresh doughnuts into the morning. I ran the handful of blocks to their storefront to find Widener and his wife pumping out doughnuts as fast as possible. For the next three years, I became a regular customer of Doughbot. Saturday mornings were made for coffee and a quick stroll over to Doughbot for a S’mores or Blueberry

Cornmeal doughnut. That was until the long hours of running a doughnut shop took its toll on Widener and his wife. “We put it on the market because we were dead tired all the time,” says Widener. “So, by the end of year three, we were just ready, and I wanted to just go and work for somebody else for a while.” After selling Doughbot, Widener wasn’t sure what he wanted to do next. During this time, his sisterin-law was looking for a roommate in Boston, so he took the opportunity to change his surroundings and grow in his profession by temporarily moving to the East Coast.

After taking the first catering job he could get, Widener found his way into a tiny Italian kitchen he’d been eyeing. “I finally ended up at a place I wanted to work at called Center Street Café,” says Widener. “It’s just this really small Italian restaurant. It was like 20, 30 seats with a real small kitchen where they made handmade pasta … the whole reason I went out there was to learn how to cook Italian food.” After being away for six months— and learning how to make damn good cannoli—Widener returned to Sacramento. “When I came back from Boston, I drove for Lyft and Uber for a couple months,” says Widener. “Then I started working for a coffee roaster, trying to learn how to roast coffee.” After learning how to roast coffee, Widener worked his way around Sacramento kitchens including Skool, OneSpeed and Revolution Wines, where he was Executive Chef. Finally, he found himself at the Barn in West Sacramento. By this time, the desire to open his own restaurant started calling again. Widener even daydreamed about a specific location. It was in a building on V Street that housed June’s Café. “I came in a lot, about once a month to get Loco Moco,” continues Widener. “When I first moved downtown, I lived down the street on 10th and T, so I’ve just always known of June’s Café. I’ve been working on a concept for this place for over three years, just hoping one day …”

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Being in the Southside Park neighborhood was important to Widener when deciding on where to open his new venture, Lo/Fi. “I like this part of town,” he says. “It hasn’t been overrun with ridiculous prices for rent yet. It’s quiet, the farmer’s market is right over there, the huge park is right there, too.” Widener knew he wanted his next restaurant to be small and casual, and was ready to take over creative control of what he cooks. “I kind of peaked with fine dining; well, not peaked, but I’m just over it,” admits Widener. “It never really made me happy to cook that kind of food.” With a vision and only 500 square feet to work with, Lo/Fi achieves small and casual. Like a broken-in baseball mitt, Lo/Fi’s atmosphere is comfortable and timeless with a sense of Americana. The counter is made of a sealed oriented strand board, which empty Spam cans sit upon in place of napkin holders. The counter is inviting and the building is surprisingly bright. I tried both ends of Lo/Fi’s menu spectrum, which included Tommy’s Cubano ($11), which comes with Griddled Spam, caramelized pineapple mustard, habanero Jack cheese and house pickles on soft roll; and the ¡Vegan Tacos! ($10), which comes with Chili Colorado mushrooms, avocado, radish, cilantro and spicy pickled veggies on corn tortillas. Though I have memories of eating Spam sandwiches as a kid, sadly they never came with a caramelized

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pineapple mustard or housemade pickles like Tommy’s Cubano. One bite of this sandwich and I quickly realized that it was a perfectly elevated version of my childhood. “Like many in my industry I grew up kind of poor, so Spam was definitely always in the pantry,” says Widener. “But really, it’s what we busted out when we went camping. It’s shelf stable, it’s easier to transport than bacon and it’s fucking good!” The chili Colorado mushrooms that come in Lo/Fi’s ¡Vegan Tacos! have an amazing depth of flavor that acts as a welcoming base for the brightness of pickled veggies and cilantro. This taco is not simply a vegan or gluten free option; it’s just a solid option. After having both dishes, I was split on which I liked more. The desserts at Lo/Fi are constantly rotating and always look incredible. So far, they have offered sweet treats like cream rolls with rhubarb jam, lemon poppy seed cake with sweet ricotta, or the cannoli pie, which is crispy cannoli shells layered with sweet ricotta, chocolate chunks and orange zest. Everything from the décor to the menu at Lo/Fi has a sense of nostalgia for the modern palate. “I just want to cook food I want to eat,” says Widener. “The food my grandma would make for me as a kid, or the food I would order when I would go out to eat with them at greasy spoons. This food, it’s just kind of disappearing, so I think that’s probably it. Most of us [chefs] are seeing this shit go away and are missing it.”

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“I just want to cook food I want to eat. The food my grandma would make for me as a kid, or the food I would order when I would go out to eat with them at greasy spoons. This food, it’s just kind of disappearing, so I think that’s probably it. Most of us [chefs] are seeing this shit go away and are missing it.” — Chef Bryan Widener Establishing roots in a neighborhood and getting to know his customers is important to Widener, too: “I might be starting to tap into the East Coast, New York thing. It’s very casual, everybody’s friends. I think the next step with Lo/Fi is to try to make it more bodega-y, where someone can grab a sandwich and hang out.” Though they have just opened their doors, Lo/Fi has already expanded their hours to include Saturdays (keep an eye out for bodega-style egg sandwiches). They will always have a few staples like Devil Made Me Do It (a deviled egg salad!) and Tommy’s Cubano, but watch for the menu to change monthly and keep on the lookout for beer and wine as well possibly coming soon. Give your hunger a place to get real at Lo/Fi, located at 921 V St. at Southside Park. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more info, visit Lofilunch.com.

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Humor is a great medicine for fear. I understand that better than anyone. My mother often marvels—which is to say, recoils—at my ability to find humor in just about any situation. I admit that this is my chief defense mechanism for situations that I can’t curl in a ball and hide from. So, I may understand the inclination to crack jokes about COVID-19 as a way to strip it of its power against us. I think that’s healthy. I’d like to add a caveat, though, which is that this is an ever-developing situation, and while it will probably (hopefully) not result in the End of Days, the cause for concern is very real. I hate to be that guy. I don’t mean to shame you for all the fun you’re having with your meme-making. I know you worked hard on that thing while you were supposed to be working. And it probably got you a bunch of likes and shares and comments like “The media is Satan” and blah blah blah. I also know that we’ve been here before. I remember when everyone was in a tizzy about SARS and more recently the fear drudged up by the most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The apocalypse didn’t happen then, so why should we be concerned about this now? I’d argue that being concerned is probably why SARS didn’t turn out to be the species-destroyer it was touted as being, and how the latest major outbreak of Ebola didn’t become the new Black Plague. It should be noted, though, that SARS took almost 800 lives, and the recent Ebola outbreak left more than 11,000 dead (including one in the United States as per the CDC).

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I also know it’s difficult to tell the difference between what you’re supposed to be concerned about and what you shouldn’t be nowadays. It’s impossible to sift through all the Trump tweets and bullshit opinion (which I realize I’m contributing to) and talking-head analysis. I’m sure it’s also easy to feel insulated from all harm with all this technology and science we have. Every other commercial on television is for some drug or another, right? Maybe Botox can cure COVID-19, and we just haven’t figured it out yet. I really hope that’s the case. What I don’t really understand is the arguments against being concerned, like, “It’s not really as bad as they say it is.” Yes, dire predictions of global pandemics keep more eyeballs glued to the screen or sell newspapers and increase site traffic, but the fact is people have died from this thing and continue to do so. It also seems to be spreading like wildfire, and given the reports about how the virus has caught our government with its pants around its ankles (no surprise since science doesn’t seem to be their “thing”), it kind of feels as though this new outbreak is only just beginning. What’s probably most important to remember is that this is a fluid situation. The novel coronavirus was only just discovered back in December. The first confirmed case in the United States had only been discovered on Feb. 26, a little under two weeks ago as of this writing. According to the live map on Nytimes. com, confirmed cases are now nearing 500 nationwide, with the majority in Washington state, New York and California.

I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t let the fact that we’ve heard about world-ending diseases a bazillion times before cause you to be flippant about this one. The reason why we’re all still here is probably because someone somewhere decided to be overly precautious and convinced others they should do the same. And if you want to make jokes about it, fine, make jokes. This virus is a fucking prick. Even if you don’t know someone who has been affected by it physically, you can be sure, at the very least, that your 401(k) or whatever is on life support as a result of it. And if you are making jokes, don’t be a fucking dick about it, OK? You can still be funny and not be a total jerk. Otherwise you’ll end up like Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), one of Congress’ Trump-iest dimwits, who thought it would be funny last Wednesday to wear a giant gas mask to work on the same day he and his colleagues were voting for a large funding bill to combat COVID-19. I’m sure he thought he was making a point about, I don’t know, Deep Liberal State Media something or other? Isn’t that all these idiots bark about? Anyway, sadly, one of his constituents died as a result of the virus just days later, forcing Gaetz’s office to scramble to issue a hasty apology. So I guess what I’m really saying is don’t be like Matt Gaetz, which I think is pretty sound advice for any situation.

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