One of the most promising young local acts in my (well-educated) opinion is a three-piece pop-punk/emo/indie band called Hi, Mom. Their songs are well-written and catchy as all hell, and their debut full-length album is being released on Thursday, Jan. 17 with a show at Holy Diver. If you check out the band online (Facebook.com/himomband) you can find videos for a number of songs off their new 11-track album, Songs for Me. Go look ‘em up, get hooked, then snag your tickets to the release show at Holydiversac.com. It’s a stacked bill, featuring sets by The Seafloor Cinema, Fake It and Paper Airplanes. Tickets are just $5, doors open at 6:30 p.m., and it is all ages. Holy Diver is located at 1517 21st St.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, check out an Author Panel of Local Writers being hosted at the Pocket-Greenhaven Library (7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento). Join three local authors, Tim Brown (Squatter’s Gold), Andy Furillo (The First Year) and Bob Sylva (The King of Karaoke and Other Stories) for a moderated discussion, readings from their books and a Q&A. Furillo and Sylva are both former writers/columnists at The Sacramento Bee, and Brown is the former director of Loaves & Fishes. The event is free and starts at 6 p.m. They’ll all have signed copies of their books on hand for purchase. Check out Saclibrary.org/events for more info on this and many other events.
Our live music loving friends across the causeway now have a new Davis Jazz Night to look forward to in 2019. On the last Friday of every month (that’s Jan. 25 this month and Feb. 22 next month), the 12-piece New Harmony Jazz Band will host the shows at John Natsoulas Gallery, located at 521 First St. The shows will always be free and run from 7–9 p.m.
The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, a local non-profit doing great work in the community for a decade, has moved into a larger space. Now located at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road in the Emerald Park Plaza shopping center, their new space is double the square footage of their old one, with two galleries and a larger classroom area, allowing for more art exhibits, more classes and more area to display gift items and other cool trinkets. Oh, and there’s plenty of parking, too—something their old space lacked. They’re open Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., so stop in to see the new digs. Their grand opening celebration is on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4–7 p.m. and is free to the public, and will also be the reception for their newest exhibit, Sights Seen: A Travel Retrospective by the award winning regional artist Sharon Gerber. Check out Elkgrovefineartscenter.org, or find them on Facebook for more info on the new space, as well as lists of upcoming events and exhibits.
Sacramento’s premier music venue Ace of Spades is celebrating their eighth anniversary with an awesome all-ages show featuring all regional bands on Saturday, Feb. 16. The lineup, just announced earlier this week, includes reggae/rock veterans Arden Park Roots, who have been packing local venues for years, plus beloved hip-hop/soul artist The Philharmonik, whose star continues to rise after releasing his well-received self-titled album in 2018. Also performing are local indie-pop quartet The Color Wild, whose infectious synthy rock sound has earned them high profile gigs like opening for Franz Ferdinand at Concerts in the Park. The show will also feature the always enjoyable reggae/rock band Riotmaker, as well as two local alternative groups, Demon In Me and Centersight. Ace is located at 1417 R St. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Hit up Aceofspadessac.com for $10 advanced tickets (price goes up to $15 at the door).
**This piece first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #283 (Jan. 16 – 30, 2019)**