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The Sacramento Bee
TBD Festival partners aim to build community

It only seems as though the duo of Michael Hargis and Clay Nutting burst from nowhere onto the Sacramento music and restaurant scene.

In reality, the pair – first individually – have spent years building audiences for various events separately before combining forces in 2011. Since then, their contribution to...

Alison Toon
Death metal, more death metal, and Village People in Camo Pants???

Sep 28, 2014
Death metal, more death metal, and Village People in Camo Pants???

Amon Amarth and fans, Ace of Spades, Sacramento
Celebrating Amon Amarth's headline show at the Ace of Spades, Sacramento CA
Saturday's show at the Ace of Spades was for sure a death metal night, and it was already off to a great start before 7 p.m.,...

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The Sacramento Bee
American River Parkway advocates bristle at potential expansion of Aftershock festival

Concert promoter Danny Hayes sees Discovery Park as an ideal venue for his Aftershock heavy metal rock festival. Nearly 38,000 fans attended the two-day event on the American River earlier this month, prompting Hayes to talk about adding a third day and raising the daily attendance cap.

“We’re definitely coming back,”...

Alison Toon
I still say he’s the happiest drummer on the planet :-) An interview/discussion with Brian Steele Medina

Sep 26, 2014
I still say he’s the happiest drummer on the planet :-)   An interview/discussion with Brian Steele Medina

Brian Steele Medina, Gemini Syndrome, The Alley, Sparks NV, 2013Just over a year ago, after Aftershock 2013, and the release of Gemini Syndrome's Lux, I said that this band had "the happiest drummer on the planet". Anyone who has seen Gemini Syndrome p...

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The Sacramento Bee
Saxophonist Oliver Lakes makes a Sacramento stop

The protean saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake comes back through Sacramento next week under the aegis of guitarist Ross Hammond and his Nebraska Mondays improvisational music series at Luna’s Cafe.

Lake, a co-founder of the long running World Saxophone Quartet, has always been an avant garde leaning player with multi-genre...

The Sacramento Bee
The Lone Bellow celebrates the ‘mundane’ with new record

There is nothing subtle about this scene from the Lone Bellow story. Ten years ago in Georgia, singer and main songwriter Zach Williams sprinted into a field after a horse his wife had been riding came home alone.

When he found his wife, her back was broken. At the hospital, the...

The Sacramento Bee
Musical discovery a main focus of the TBD Fest

Through name and venue changes, the TBD (formerly Launch) festival’s musical vision stayed intact.

That vision emerged from a desire to introduce new, often electronic-based acts to Sacramento. Fueling this desire is the music lover’s innate instinct to share – not in the illegal-download sense, but the purer one of wanting...

The Sacramento Bee
Design, space and architecture take center stage at TBD

Change can make people uncomfortable, but Michael Hargis and Clay Nutting find change stimulating.

The two are founders of the TBD Fest (running next Friday through Oct. 5), which might sound new to you because before this year they called it Launch. The continually evolving festival of music, art, architecture,...

The Sacramento Bee
TBD Fest signals a new and evolving Sacramento

One of the most innovative music festivals in Sacramento’s recent history comes on the heels of one of the biggest music festivals in Sacramento’s recent history.

September’s Aftershock Festival in Discovery Park, a slam-fest of hard rock and metal, drew close to 19,000 fans each day of its two-day run, serving...

Alison Toon
A penny for your mosh pit: beer bottles, mic stands, and bright-whites: Pennywise at Aftershock

Sep 23, 2014
A penny for your mosh pit: beer bottles, mic stands, and bright-whites: Pennywise at Aftershock

Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise, Aftershock 2014... and the beer-bottle mic-standJonathan Davis of Korn has a beautiful mic stand designed by the late HR Giger. Ivan Moody has a 180-pound beauty from Alchemy Studios, from my home town of Leicester, Englan...

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