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Alison Toon
Echo and the Bunnymen, Sacramento: old, new, borrowed… and very blue

Aug 9, 2015
Echo and the Bunnymen, Sacramento: old, new, borrowed… and very blue

Echo and the Bunnymen, old out at the Ace of Spades, SacramentoA sold-out show, and (I believe), the very first time for Echo and the Bunnymen in Sacramento, California: the setlist a mix of favourite Bunnymen songs from the '80's (Killing Moon, Lips L...

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Alison Toon
Street Urchinz, and I’ve missed seeing these guys. Time to buy that new CD!

Aug 8, 2015
Street Urchinz, and I’ve missed seeing these guys. Time to buy that new CD!

Tommy Norman, vocals and guitar, Street UrchinzBeen far too long since I've seen Street Urchinz, as you will see from the dates in the photo archive.The lineup has changed: still fronted by Tommy Norman, but now with Jonny Shidler on trumpet and b...

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Alison Toon
Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Jo Mersa Marley too… One Love!!!!

Aug 5, 2015
Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Jo Mersa Marley too… One Love!!!!

Stephen Marley, SacramentoI don't know anyone who doesn't recognise the Marley name. We've been really lucky here in Sacramento recently: Ky Mani Marley a couple of weeks back at the State Fair, The Wailers at the Ace of Spades next Wednesday... and th...

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Alison Toon
Why you have to listen, and then listen, again. Black Map at the Ace of Spades

Aug 5, 2015
Why you have to listen, and then listen, again. Black Map at the Ace of Spades

Ben Flanagan, vocals and bass, Black MapI like to listen to a band's music, while I'm editing photos. If I don't yet know their music very well, it helps me to pick out the images which best convey the sound, and the energy, of the performance.And if t...

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Alison Toon
Some Fear None launch new album, To Live & To Die

Aug 2, 2015
Some Fear None launch new album, To Live & To Die

Some Fear None, SacramentoLast night at the Ace of Spades, Sacramento, local hard rockers Some Fear None launched their new album, To Live & To Die. Voted "Best Hard Rock" band in this year's Sammie awards, they are well worth a listen.Nathan Gigui...

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Sac Foodies
Café Plan B

Jul 29, 2015
Café Plan B

Café Plan B, a French restaurant in midtown which opened in 2014, had caught my eye many times and recently I had just the right occasion to check it out. A colleague and I decided to venture out of the office for a rare midtown lunch outing and we were not disappointed. Right off...

Alison Toon
Chase Rice, country boy but rocking it at the California State Fair

Jul 26, 2015
Chase Rice, country boy but rocking it at the California State Fair

Chase Rice, California State FairI could tell it was going to be one of those country-girl nights; the audience was full of fresh-faced young ladies, every one busy with a cell phone; lots of cowboy boots and hats, despite the achingly-high Sacramento ...

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Alison Toon
Pacific Nations Cup, Bonney Field, Sacramento… Fiji vs. Samoa, USA vs. Japan

Jul 25, 2015
Pacific Nations Cup, Bonney Field, Sacramento… Fiji vs. Samoa, USA vs. Japan

Fiji v. Samoa, Pacific Nations Cup, SacramentoOK. This is not music. It was very, very entertaining though.Scrum! Pacific Nations Cup, Fiji v. Samoa, SacramentoThanks to California State Fair, I was allowed the opportunity to shoot my first professiona...

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Alison Toon
Queen Nation, best tribute band ever! (Yes, I say that every year).

Jul 19, 2015
Queen Nation, best tribute band ever! (Yes, I say that every year).

Three years running, I've seen Queen Nation at the California State Fair. Last night, I didn't take the cameras. Wanted to just enjoy the show... and was it fun? Of course!Thirty years ago this week, Queen rocked Live Aid. This week, Queen Nation took ...

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Alison Toon
Ky-Mani Marley at the California State Fair: Maestro indeed

Jul 19, 2015
Ky-Mani Marley at the California State Fair: Maestro indeed

Ky-Mani Marley, SacramentoThis week, Ky-Mani Marley's album, Maestro, is number one in the Billboard Reggae album charts... and this week, Ky-Mani shared his music with us here in Sacramento, at the California State Fair.And beautiful music it is, too....

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