Whether you like alternative rock, smooth jazz or Dixieland, country, rap or music geared toward your kids (and yet palatable for adults), the Sacramento region has something for you.
With the help of three writers tapped into the local contemporary music scene, we came up with a list of musicians and bands worthy of a closer look. Think of it as a smorgasbord of sounds, to whet your appetite and perhaps inspire you to check out these and other musicians on your own. (See our list of places to catch live music.)
In addition, we take a look at area children’s musicians and local acts who have gone on to make it big, and pay homage to that Sacramento institution known as the Jazz Jubilee. Finally, local blues/rock legend Mick Martin takes us on a whirlwind tour of Sacramento’s prolific musical past. So sit back, tune in and enjoy the ride.
Self Against City
Blake Abbey&emdash;bass; Justin Barnes&emdash;drums; Jeffrey LaTour&emdash;guitar, vocals; Jack Matranga&emdash;guitar, vocals; Jonathan Temkin&emdash;vocals, guitar
Playing together since: 2004
Inspiration: We are inspired by everything around us and what’s going on in our lives directly, Temkin says. We don’t write from metaphors. We write from our minds and hearts and the daily grind of living.
Catch them live at: The Underground Cafe and other all-ages venues
Kepi&emdash;lead vocals, bass; Roach&emdash;guitar, backup vocals; Scampi&emdash;drums
Playing together since: 2001
Catch them live: All around the world; next Sacramento show at Cesar Chavez Park May 25 as part of the Friday Night Concerts in the Park series
Ghosts of California
Bryce Gonzales&emdash;bass; Scott McChane&emdash;guitar, vocals; Jay Shaner&emdash;guitar, vocals; Tim Pratt&emdash;guitar, keyboards
Style: Americana-style rock ‘n’ roll
Playing together since: 2005
Inspiration: The music is a collaborative work. The inspiration comes from playing with one another and respecting each other’s playing styles, Shaner says.
Catch them live at: Fox & Goose, Old Ironsides, Blue Lamp, Marilyn’s on K Street and Fools Foundation&emdash;when they’re not on the road.
The Spillit Quikkers
Jimbo Gilbert&emdash;five-string banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, guitar; Steven Zdybel&emdash;fiddle; Jack Kemp&emdash;upright bass, mandolin; Jenny Turner&emdash;guitar, vocals
Style: Old-time string music/bluegrass
Playing together since: Here and there for 10 years, but as a quartet since 2005
Inspiration: Traditional, high-energy, rural-American music, Gilbert says.
Catch them live at: Fox & Goose, Davis Farmers Market, Hoppy Brewing Company
Drummer, percussionist, bassist for the band Isabella (formerly 4 Guys From Reno)
Style: Jam band/folk/funk
Playing since: 2001
Inspiration: Like a lot of songwriters, I get inspiration from women troubles and my own daily life. But, as I’ve been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan, I realize that it’s important to be inspired by what’s happening in the lives of others, even others on the other side of the world.
Catch him live at: Marilyn’s on K Street, Old Ironsides (solo) and Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar (with other artists such as Justin Farren)
I’d place my music in the folk-pop
category, though I’d cringe as I did it, Farren says.
Playing since: 2002
Inspiration: The everyday human experience. Things happen that make me think, and sometimes they end up in a song.
Catch him live: Most frequently at Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar and Fox & Goose
Tim White&emdash;guitar, bass, vocals; Chris Harvey&emdash;guitar, bass, vocals; Mark Miller&emdash;drums; Keith Cary&emdash;mandolin, lap steel, harmonica; Erik DeKok&emdash;electric guitar; Andy Lentz&emdash;fiddle
Style: Old-timey country
Playing together since: 2003
Inspiration: A deep-rooted dislike for slick Nashville modern country music, White says.
Catch them live at: Old Ironsides, rural dives in Nevada or, White says, on the street outside of whatever bar we’ve just been kicked out of.
Shelley Burns and Bill Dendle
Husband/wife duo and founders of the band Avalon Swing. Burns is a vocalist and vocal instructor. Dendle plays banjo and trombone and is director of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s youth and adult jazz camps.
Style: Dixieland jazz/swing
Playing since: Individually for more than 40 years; together for 10 years
Inspiration: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald or really any musician who was truly unique, who really brought something new to the music that still is being felt today, Dendle says.
Catch them live at: Earl Grey Manor Tea Salon, Zigatos Bar & Grille, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
Rick Lotter&emdash;drums; Reggy Marks&emdash;saxophone, vocals; Mike Palmer&emdash;bass; Steve Stizzo&emdash;keyboards, accordion; Tracy Walton&emdash;vocals, guitar; Chris Webster&emdash;vocals, guitar, saxophone, washboard; Jon Wood&emdash;lead guitar
Style: Eclectic Americana roots music, Lotter says.
Playing together: For about 20 years
Inspiration: The band draws inspiration from all over the world, Lotter says. For us, music is a good way to find common ground among people and just explore and take some travels.
Catch them live at: PowerHouse Pub, The Palms Playhouse, local benefits and at Cesar Chavez Plaza as part of the Friday Night Concerts in the Park series
Local musician, co-owner of True Love Coffeehouse
Style: With his band 7 Seconds, punk; with his band Ghetto Moments, which includes his wife, Allyson, soul-bearing, singer/songwriter folk rock
Playing since: 7 Seconds was formed 27 years ago, the softer stuff only about 15 years
Inspiration: Travel has always inspired me and led to diverse experiences. You really have to soak up what you can in life, Seconds says. I’ve been lucky or blessed that I’ve always found it easy to â€˜expose’ myself through music.
Catch him live at: True Love Coffeehouse every Thursday night; Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar and the Java Lounge periodically
Playing since: 1987
Inspiration: I’m inspired by the Beatles, ’70s German rock, XTC. I’ve been listening to a lot of oldies lately. Bob Dylan is a big influence.
Catch him live at: Wednesdays at True Love Coffeehouse and the Java Lounge (when he’s not in England)
Playing since: Hammond began playing guitar at age 12, at his mom’s suggestion; he wanted to play drums.
Inspiration: My wife. I like my wife a lot. She inspires me, Hammond says.
Catch him live at: Hammond hosts a jam session Wednesday nights at Fox & Goose and a live jazz series Thursday nights at the Java Lounge.
Playing since: Age 4
Inspiration: I am interested in the context and larger picture behind what we hear, she says. I get interested in the larger picture of why that music came to be.
Catch her live: Downes is an artist-in-residence at the Mondavi Center.
Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack
Rita Hosking&emdash;vocals; Bill Dakin&emdash;bass, guitar, vocals; Sean Feder&emdash;banjo, guitar, bass, vocals; Andy Lentz&emdash;fiddle
Style: Mountain country folk-grass
Playing together: For about three years
Inspiration: My childhood, people I know&emdash;pretty fascinating old mountain people, Hosking says.
Catch them live at: Delta of Venus, Marilyn’s on K Street, The Palms Playhouse
Bright Light Fever
Evan Ferro&emdash;vocals, guitar; Matt Ferro&emdash;guitar; Dan Sauve&emdash;bass; Robert Torres&emdash;drums
Playing together since: With the current lineup, the band has been together about a year.
Inspiration: With our last album, we were going for an Alfred Hitchcock-kinda theme,
says Sauve, adding that inspiration is drawn from cults, schemes and other dark imagery.
Catch them live at: Old Ironsides, The Underground Cafe
Caitlin Gutenberger&emdash;vocals, guitar; John Gutenberger&emdash;bass, vocals; Sam Coe&emdash;drums; Robert Check&emdash;guitar
Style: Indie rock/blues
Playing together: Two years
Inspiration: Most of my songs are about my family. They don’t stray too far from home, says Caitlin Gutenberger. I don’t write big, epic narratives about things I make up.
Catch them live at: Old Ironsides, Fox & Goose and Fools Foundation, although the band notes that they like to tour as much as possible
Alternative, folk, blues
Playing since: 1998
Inspiration: In the form of the least expected: overheard conversations, advertising slogans, sitcoms, etc., Greene says. Emotionally, listening to other artists and bands is a great source of inspiration and information.
Catch him live at: Marilyn’s on K Street and throughout the country
Chelsea Baker&emdash;bass, vocals; Lydia Gavin&emdash;vocals, rhythm guitar; Mackenzie Knoester&emdash;drums; Morgan Knoester&emdash;lead guitar, vocals
Style: Melodic hard rock
Playing together: 5 1/2 years
Inspiration: Classic rock
Catch them live at: The Boardwalk, Kennel Club, Club Retro, The Underground Cafe
Capital Jazz Project
Joe Gilman&emdash;piano; Rick Lotter&emdash;drums; Henry Robinett&emdash;guitar; Kerry Kashiwagi&emdash;bass; Mike McMullen&emdash;saxophones
Style: Acoustic jazz, representing the past 70 years of the genre
Playing together since: 1997
Inspiration: Making jazz music accessible to the diverse populations of Sacramento, especially those who might never otherwise hear live jazz, says Gilman, also a professor of music at American River College.
Catch them live at: Savanna’s Lounge (at the Red Lion Hotel on Arden Way), American River College, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento State, Sierra College
Folkish, Americana-style music. He sometimes plays harmonica in addition to guitar (mostly acoustic) and vocals.
Playing since: Singing since age 2, Galley picked up the guitar at 15 and gave his first solo performance&emdash;a charity benefit&emdash;in 1995 at the age of 18. After his popular local band, Victory Gin, broke up three years ago, Galley went solo.
Inspiration: Anything can spark a song, from seeing someone with a sad look on their face to playing with my kids . . . maybe really nice weather . . . maybe really s—– weather.
Catch him live at: The Java Cafe and Fox & Goose
Bryski describes it as straight-ahead, guitar-crunching, big-voiced, vintage-inspired rock
Playing since: Age 14 professionally, but with her current project since 2002
Inspiration: The simple emotions and situations that I feel and see every day. Sonically, I’m inspired by bands like Aerosmith, Foo Fighters and ELO, and singers like Annie Lennox, Ani DiFranco, Daryl Hall and Etta James&emdash;that’s my short, weird list.
Catch her live at: The Boardwalk, Fox & Goose, Marilyn’s on K Street and Old Ironsides
Although jazz is his forte, Pineda plays all styles of music&emdash;even polkas while wearing
Playing since: Age 8&emdash;if you count his early, bumpy start on piano, followed by experiments on the guitar and electric bass. At 18, Pineda got his first acoustic upright bass and has been playing the bass ever since.
Inspiration: People who are proficient and serious about their art but also are interested in more than their art. There’s nothing worse than a musician who can only talk about music.
Catch him live at: Any place where there’s food and drink, including restaurants (La Provence, Town Lounge, Fox & Goose, etc.), office cocktail parties and weddings
Everything from West Coast bossa nova to garage rock and European pop, depending on the band. Farrell currently performs in three&emdash;Daisy Spot, Th’ Losin’ Streaks and Persephone’s Bees.
Playing since: A quick study, Farrell began guitar lessons at 11, joined his first junior-high school garage band at 13 and was playing in clubs soon after.
Inspiration: A lot of songs I’ve written have been inspired by adversities. I find if I’m dealing with a bad situation and can write about it, it’s not only therapeutic but artistically rewarding to be able to yield a product out of it.
Catch him live at: Old Ironsides, Blue Lamp and The Distillery
U. Utah Phillips
Acoustic folk. I’m not an â€˜electric’ person. I’ve always been a solo act, on a chair with my guitar.
Playing since: Around 1969, when I left Utah . . . I’ve been playing professionally pretty much nonstop since then.
Inspiration: Walking around the community [Nevada City], seeing what’s going on and trying to help community causes. There is a great deal of negative thought and feeling going on in the world, but if you go into your community and do something useful, it’s inspiring and uplifting, says Phillips, winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Folk Alliance.
Catch him live at: Benefit concerts, plus an annual concert (typically in April) at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley
A Local Tradition: The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
Put away those images of blue-haired, parasol-wielding ladies&emdash;things are about to get funky at
the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee!
With its heavy brass/funk style, the Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans will headline the 34th annual Jubilee this Memorial Day weekend. The group has shared the stage with The Grateful Dead, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Dr. John and the Ohio Players. And in 2005, they joined other New Orleans musical legends for a benefit concert when Madison Square Garden hosted From the Big Apple to the Big Easy&emdash;New York City’s Concert for The Gulf Coast to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
The Jubilee also brings more blues and swing to Sacramento this time around, including the second-annual Lindy Hop Extravaganza at the Sacramento Convention Center’s main exhibit hall. Dancers from throughout the country will perform to live music and compete for a $1,000 prize. Preliminaries take place Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the finals on Sunday evening. Last year, more than 1,200 spectators filled the room shoulder-to-shoulder, so check the schedule and grab an early seat for this two-day acrobatic dancing fest.
And if you like to party, do not miss the Zydeco bands at the Freeway Gardens during the Friday Night Parties (located beneath Interstate 5 at the east entrance of Old Sacramento near the tunnel). Several venues throughout this area will feature a different style of music for the evening, but with seating available for 1,400-plus and enough room to form what could very well be Sacramento’s largest conga line, the Freeway Gardens will be the place to jump-start the weekend.
More than 100 bands from across the country (and for some, the ocean) will congregate May 25â€“28 in downtown Sacramento, Old Sacramento and (for the second year in a row) Raley Field. For more information on Jazz Jubilee schedules, venues and to purchase tickets online, swing on over to sacjazz.org. &emdash;Laura Martin
Music Through the Years
Legendary local blues musician and writer Mick Martin free-associates on Sacramento’s recent musical past.
From the time of surf bands and the British invasion, Sacramento garages have been filled with music. The first success of this era was the New Breed, who scored local hits with Green-Eyed Woman, Want Ad Reader and I’ve Been Wrong Before. A national release as Glad, which made them anything but, resulted in the band members going their separate ways. A stint with country-rock band Poco led to singer/bass player Timothy B. Schmit grabbing the brass ring with the Eagles. Tom Phillips, Ron Floegel and George Hullin went on to become the critically acclaimed Redwing.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the Beau Brummels racked up hit after hit. Singer Sal Valentino is now part of our local music scene thanks, in part, to a 1974 reunion at Fair Oaks Village’s Shire Road Pub. Just the year before, Valentino’s second band, Stoneground, played its last gig live on Sacramento’s rock radio station, KZAP. Both shows are on CD. Founded by guitarist Tim Barnes, Stoneground put out four more LPs without Valentino. Barnes settled here, as did drummers Sammy Piazza, also known for Hot Tuna, and Steve Price, now reunited with Stoneground’s hit-making spinoff, Pablo Cruise.
The Sound Factory, Sacramento’s answer to The Fillmore in San Francisco, brought together Mark Pearson of Sanpaku and Reed Nielsen of Big Foot. Joining forces to create The Nielsen-Pearson Band, they released three LPs. Guitar player Jeff Watson achieved heavy metal success with Night Ranger.
Roger Voudouris became a teen idol with Get Used to It before starting his own label. Steelwind launched the career of Craig Chaquico who later joined Jefferson Starship. The Runners brought Henry Robinett into the spotlight. Both guitarists moved on to jazz, while Roger Smith, keyboardist for Tower of Power, topped the smooth-jazz charts. Jazz pianist Jessica Williams excelled in her field, a tradition being carried on by Joe Gilman of Capital Jazz Project.
Blues guitarist Charlie Baty and singer/songwriter Rick Estrin are known worldwide as Little Charlie and The Nightcats. Johnny Heartsman was our Godfather of the Blues when he wasn’t touring Europe. Sacramentans first learned of Hammond B-3 jazz giant Jimmy Smith’s residency when he sat in on a Heartsman set, and soul singer Frankie Lee, another Heartsman collaborator, also moved here. Jimmy Witherspoon’s family calls our city home; daughter Angila records and performs with husband, Rusty Zinn, locally and abroad. And, when Mark St. Mary plays zydeco, the house rocks.
The groundbreaking Sly and the Family Stone, with Sacramento trumpeter Cynthia Robinson and sax man Jerry Martini, made us Dance to the Music. Club Nouveau’s Lean on Me put producer Jay King on the charts and a gold record on the wall of singer/songwriter David Houston’s studio, where demos were recorded by Bob Cheevers, Brent Bourgeois and Charlie Peacock (a Christian-music icon).
It was Bourgeois Tagg who caught the ears of Ian Samwell, credited with writing the first British rocker, Move It, for Cliff Richard in the pre-Beatles days. His last projects included two CDs for the Beer Dawgs.
Several local country artists have crossed over to major pop success, including Lynn Anderson (Rose Garden) and Lee Greenwood (God Bless the USA). Perhaps it all goes back to 1947, when country swing giant Bob Wills built the Wills Point nightclub here. Featured in Wills’ Texas Playboys was mandolin great Tiny Moore. The man who carried on the swing tradition, the late Bill Rase, had a studio whose vaults yielded up The Sound of Young Sacramento CD compilation. Check it out, along with more local music memorabilia, at The Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum, located inside Nakamoto Productions, 20th and I streets, during Second Saturday Art Walks. &emdash;Mick Martin
Just for Kids
If your toddler’s music collection consists solely of hits by a large purple dinosaur, you are undoubtedly spending way too much money on Motrin. It’s time to broaden her (and your) musical horizons. This is a surprisingly easy task in Sacramento: The local music scene includes a variety of performers who specialize in music for children&emdash;musicians who are not only fun to see live, but sell CDs of their catchy, original songs that both you and your kids will enjoy. In fact, Piano Man, a performer from Roseville with three children of his own, bills his recordings as music the kids will love but won’t make you drive the minivan off the road. Here are a few suggestions that fit these (refreshing) parameters:
â€¢ Francie Dillon is a regular at Borders bookstores and other local venues. Her most recent CD, The Toy Box, won the National Parents’ Choice Approval Award. She appears with the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Academic Youth Orchestra&emdash;which will be accompanying Dillon in her performance of The Toy Box&emdash;at both its spring concert May 5 and again at the Sacramento County Fair May 26.
â€¢ Piano Man, aka Tim Williams, performs regularly at area preschools and has three locally produced CDs. His single Flat Stanley recently became the official song for the Flat Stanley website. See him perform in June and August at Pottery Barn Kids stores in the Roseville Galleria and Arden Fair mall.
â€¢ Music Matt’s hit CD is titled Good Day, and he
performs live at the US Bank AAA School Days for the River Cats May 23 and June 5, and at Fairytale Town Aug. 6â€“10.
â€¢ Music Mike (not to be confused with Music Matt), billed as the Raffi of Sacramento, has released two CDs and performs sell-out family concerts. Catch him at the Folsom Community Center July 24.
â€¢ Felipe Ferraz, a local kindergarten teacher, released the CD Alphabet Party, sung in English to Latin rhythms. He will perform throughout the summer at various branches of the Sacramento Public Library.
â€¢ Bev Bos, an educator and speaker, has several CDs available, and teaches parents how to use music with their kids. She will be presenting a seminar, Good Stuff for Kids, in Roseville July 31â€“Aug. 5.&emdash;Thea Marie Rood
Sacramento on the National Stage: Local Musicians Who’ve Made It Big
When people across the country think of cities that spawn great musicians, Sacramento is not usually the first place that comes to mind.
This perception is slowly changing, however, as popular rock groups such as the Deftones and Papa Roach have come out of the region to fill stadiums, sell millions of albums and create passionate fans throughout the world. It turns out, musicians and bands from the Sacramento area have been making a national impact for the past several decades.
For most music fans, the two bands most directly associated with Sacramento are Tesla and Cake. In almost no musical conversations will these two bands ever be mentioned in the same breath, their musical styles and attitudes on opposite sides of the spectrum: Tesla is known for its â€˜80s hard rock, hair-band style while Cake is known for its intellectual, quirky tunes and deadpan delivery. But when talking about Sacramento music, these two groups will always be held up as trailblazers, clearing the path for other groups coming from Sacramento to take the national stage.
Tesla and Cake are not the only ones to have made the leap. For the past 30 years, individual musicians have been cutting their teeth in the Sacramento area and going on to play with some of the country’s biggest acts. Timothy B. Schmit went from playing the clubs of Sacramento to playing drums for the Eagles. Area native Roger Smith is the keyboardist for Tower of Power. Former Sacramento State professor Uri Wassertzug is now a performer with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in New York. Another local, Steve Price, is the drummer for Pablo Cruise. And Carmichael’s own Craig Chaquico was not only the lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship, but remains a successful smooth jazz/New Age artist to this day.
So Sacramento, keep your eyes and ears open when you’re out at your favorite local clubs. The artists you see here today may very well be the superstars of tomorrow.&emdash;Greg Sabin
Places to Hear Live Music
1 Sports Parkway
Place to see: big-name acts in all genres
ASUCD Coffee House
347 Memorial Union
UC Davis campus
Place to see: a variety aimed at a college-age crowd
The Beat Cafe
114 W. Main St.
Place to see: local singer/songwriters
1400 Alhambra Blvd.
Place to see: all genres in an intimate setting
9426 Greenback Lane
Place to see: a variety, from rock ‘n’ rollers to up-and-comers
Capitol Garage Coffee
1500 K St.
Place to see: DJs spin, rock, hip-hop and more
The Center for the Arts
314 W. Main St.
Place to see: jazz and country western
Club 88 at Cache Creek Casino Resort
14455 Highway 16 at Wintun Road
Place to see: favorite bands from yesteryear, plus bands of today
6521 Hazel Ave.
Place to see: local underground rock and alternative bands
The Colonial Theatre
3522 Stockton Blvd.
Place to see: anything from hip-hop to classical; mostly local bands
Constable Jack’s Blues Club
515 Main St.
Place to see: blues bands
1013 K St.
Place to see: touring bands in many genres
The Davis Graduate
805 Russell Blvd.
Place to see: local DJs and a variety of bands
2107 L St.
Place to see: local or touring punk bands
Elk Grove Brewery & Restaurant
9085 Elk Grove Blvd.
Place to see: local classic rock and blues musicians
Empire Events Center
1417 R St.
Place to see: a variety of touring bands
Delta of Venus
122 B St.
Place to see: touring and local bluegrass, folk, singer/songwriters and DJs
1025 19th St., Suite O
Place to see: an eclectic mix
Fox & Goose Pub and Restaurant
1001 R St.
Place to see: local American, folk, rock
UC Davis campus
Place to see: touring bands targeted at a college-age crowd
G Street Pub
228 G St.
Place to see: local DJs and a variety of musical styles
The Guild Theater
2830 35th St.
Place to see: philharmonic orchestras
Guzzetta Grove at the Radisson Hotel
500 Leisure Lane
Place to see: a large variety, including shows in the 94.7 KSSJ Smooth Jazz Concert Series
2708 J St.
Place to see: a variety of popular acts
12222 New York Ranch Road
Place to see: a variety of popular acts
The Java Cafe
11755 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Place to see: local singer/songwriters
2416 16th St.
Place to see: local and touring musicians of many varieties
5821 Auburn Blvd.
Place to see: hard rock and more
The Library Eats & Drinks
7042 Folsom Blvd.
Place to see: a variety of rock and hip-hop acts
Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar
1414 16th St.
Place to see: mostly electric-acoustic sets by local bands
Marilyn’s on K Street
908 K St.
Place to see: a variety of popular acts
1515 J St.
Place to see: a variety of popular musicians
UC Davis campus
Place to see: a wide range of national and global acts
1901 10th St.
Place to see: local DJs and bands of all types
On the Y
670 Fulton Ave.
Place to see: rock, punk and metal local and touring bands
109 Church St.
Place to see: a variety of mostly touring bands
The Palms Playhouse
13 Main St.
Place to see: an eclectic mix, from roots music to world, folk, blues, jazz and more
614 Sutter St.
Place to see: rock and blues
The Press Club
2030 P St.
Place to see: a large mix of styles
1556 Bell Ave.
Place to see: rock, punk, metal, hip-hop
(Red Lion Hotel Sacramento)
1401 Arden Way
Place to see: mainstream jazz Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sleep Train Amphitheatre
2677 Forty Mile Road
Place to see: big-name acts
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
129 E St., Suite E
Place to see: indie pop, folk,jazz, bluegrass and more
Speak Easy Lounge Under Cafe New Orleans
117 J St.
Place to see: a variety of popular acts
1320 Del Paso Blvd.
Place to see: blues and world music
The Torch Club
904 15th St.
Place to see: blues
1595 Eureka Road
Place to see: smooth jazz
True Love Coffeehouse
2315 K St.
Place to see: local artists, singer/songwriters
The Underground Cafe
Valley Springs Church
2401 Olympus Drive
Place to see: a diverse mix of bands