A new local monthly series that is aimed to “uplift and celebrate the next wave of Sacramento’s performing artists,” dubbed the Sacramento Emerging Artist Showcase, kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 17 and will run every third Saturday thereafter. The brainchild of Jay Siren of The Siren Events, the SEAS series will be hosted at The Sofia: Upstairs at the B (2700 Capitol Ave.) and welcomes performing artists from a wide range of mediums who have been at their craft for four years or less to apply to perform at an upcoming date. Circus artists, musicians, drag performers, comedians, burlesque performers, variety acts, singers, dancers, slam poets—all are urged to visit Thesirenevents.com/seas to apply.
There are perks to these gigs, too! The SEAS artist participation package includes a professional headshot and performance photos, web-ready video of your set, feedback provided anonymously by the audience from your performance and connections with other local blossoming performers.
“Reception has been great so far!” Siren recently told Submerge. “The Nov. 17 SEAS event is about half full. So far we have a burlesquer, a stand-up, a singer-songwriter, a rapper and a Bharatanatyam fusion dancer signed up,” she said. “Hoping word spreads enough to fill it up with as diverse a mix as possible. I’ve been reaching out to community leaders in all genres, asking them to push their newbies this way.”
Doors open for these events at 6 p.m. with a vending bazaar by local artists, then the showcase starts at 7 p.m. The cover is just $7 for general public, or $5 for students or local performers. These are 21-plus events.
As a bonus, directly following the Emerging Artist Showcase, stick around to see another new event concept by The Siren called “BS!” which is a rapid fire game of Two Truths and a Lie played with entertainers from Sacramento and beyond. I got a brief preview of BS! at The Sirens’ recent launch party at the California Automobile Museum and it was hilarious, fun and interactive.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 6 of issue #277 (Oct. 24 – Nov. 7, 2018)**