The Joy Formidable @ Harlow’s

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Ritzy Bryan lead singer of the Joy Formidable performing at Harlow’s Photo by: Bryce Fraser

Bryce Fraser
Staff Writer

Harlow’s nightclub and bar in the heart of midtown Sacramento was host to the performance of the Welsh indie rock band, The Joy Formidable hit the stage at Harlow’s alongside opening band the New Regime who had performed for an ecstatically excited crowd.

The band Joy Formidable has been on their USA Spring Tour around the nation for months now since their new album Hitch was released last March.

The opening band was New Regime, their sound was a blend of electronica mixed with hard rock and the drumming was very hard rock of the 90s in style. The band did great in getting the audience pumped up.

The band, The Joy Formidable, came on stage amped up and ready to perform for their fans. After the first few songs they apologized for being a few minutes late getting on stage and informed the crowd that the reason involved the dog that travels with them. They informed the audience the dog was ok and now enjoying a much needed quiet time.  They performed many songs from all of their albums, such as “Cradle” from their album The Big Roar.

The Joy Formidable played “Radio of Lips” and “Last Thing on My Mind” from their new album Hitch. The song “Radio Lips” really showed off Rhydian Dafydd versatility going from bass to keyboard while doing vocals.

The band returned on stage for an encore, they then preceded into the middle of the audience where  they  played “The Brook” from their new album acoustically without any microphones, or electric instruments. Ritzy Bryan, front-woman and lead vocalist of the band, explained how when writing their songs they are created acoustically away from usage of electric equipment.

Bryan showed off her angelic voice during the performance within the crowd while preforming “The Brook”. The band finished off the night with their hit song, and a favorite among fans, Whirling, getting the audience members got excited.

The song included a prolonged instrumental section at the end where the band jammed out as hard as they could. They invited a few audience members up on stage and even let one hold and even play guitar all while the instrumental continued, and then ended strong and with satisfied fans.

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Star of hit show ’24’ Kiefer Sutherland announces Nationwide tour and debue album ‘DOWN IN A HOLE’

‘Down In A Hole’ Set for Release This Summer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 10, 2016)

Kiefer Sutherland will bring his rich, soulful

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Photo by: Beth Elliott

vocals and guitar licks to venues across the country beginning April 14 when he performs for audiences with a set list that includes cuts from his folk-tinged album, Down In A Hole, set for release this summer.

Sutherland, known for his starring role on the Fox series “24,” will bring his debut tour as a musician to 26 venues across the country beginning April 14. More dates will be added.

A professional actor his entire adult life, Sutherland starred in movies like ‘Stand By Me’, ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Young Guns’, Flatliners’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘A Time to Kill’, ‘Dark City’, ‘Melancholia’ and most recently, a western called ‘Forsaken’ and the upcoming ABC series “Designated Survivor.”

Unknown to many during the course of his career, he has taken on other vocations with the same kind of dedication and commitment. In 2002, Sutherland, with his music partner and best friend Jude Cole, began a small record label called Ironworks. The goal of this label was to record local musicians and distribute their music at a time when the music industry was going through a monumental shift. Some of their artists included Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, HoneyHoney and Billy Boy On Poison. In 2009, Sutherland left the label to recharge and figure out what he was going to do next.

In early 2015 Sutherland played Cole two songs he had written and wanted to record as demos for other artists to record. Cole responded positively to the songs and the album grew organically from those recordings. Two songs became four and four grew into six, until Cole suggested that they make a record. Their collaboration resulted in Sutherland’s upcoming debut album: Down In A Hole.

“It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on,” Sutherland said of the 11-track album. A track listing and release date will be announced soon.

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KIEFER SUTHERLAND ON TOUR:
April 14 Milwaukee, Wis. – Shank Hall
April 15 Madison, Wis. – Majestic
April 16 Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Pyramid Scheme
April 18 Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Ark
April 19 Cleveland, Ohio – Grog Shop
April 20 Pittsburgh, Pa. – Hard Rock Cafe
April 22 Huntington, W. Va. – V Club
April 23 Cincinnati, Ohio – Ballroom at the Taft
April 24 Indianapolis, Ind – Vogue
April 26 Columbus, Ohio – A&R Music Bar
May 04 Charlotte, N.C. – Visulite Theatre
May 06 Raleigh, N.C. – Lincoln Theatre
May 08 Richmond, Va. – Capital Ale House
May 09 Annapolis, Md. – Ram’s Head Tavern
May 11 Wilmington, Del. – World Cafe Live
May 12 Teaneck, N.J. – Mexicali Live
May 14 Pawling, N.Y. – Daryl’s House
May 15 Ithaca, N.Y. – The Dock
May 16 Buffalo, N.Y. – Iron Works
May 19 Northampton, Mass. – Iron Horse
May 20 Boston, Mass. – Brighton Music Hall
May 21 Providence, R.I. – The Met
May 24 Asbury Park, N.J. – Stone Pony
May 25 Long Island, N.Y. – Founders Room
May 26 Sellersville, Pa. – Sellersville Theater
May 28 Amagansett, N.Y. – Stephen Talkhouse

Royal Blood Makes a stop at Ace Of Spades

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Mike Kerr, Vocalist and Bass for the England band Royal Blood, playing bass next the bands drum set at Ace of Spades in Sacrament Calif. Photo by: Bryce Fraser

Bryce Fraser
Shiftsync Media

Sacramento was sold out last Sunday by England band Royal Blood. It was impressive how popular they are being that they just released their first self-titled Album and already have a sold out crowd. The band will also be touring with Foo Fighters this summer.

The band started the night with “Come On Over”, “Cruel”, then Mike Kerr talked to the crowd and said “in England we have an old saying” and then began to play Figure It Out. During Little Monster the crowd amped up and the first moshing of the night started once the song began. The crowd cheered loudly afterward. The crowd then started chanting for the song “Blood Hands” and got what they asked for.

Fans started bobbing their heads up and down during the song “Ten Tonne Skeleton”. It was one of my favorite songs of the night, it was really a sight to see it performed live. Half way through the song Kerr raised his glass to the crowd and took a drink, then continued on. They picked up their energy during the song “Loose Change” they really started to move across the stage. After the song Kerr wished everyone a Merry Christmas this was an ironic joke by the front man because it was in the middle of April.

Kerr moved to the right side of the stage and played the first cords of “Out of the Black” then moved to the left side and played some cords to work up the audience. Kerr had fans raise their hands right before they went full blown into their song. The crowd went wild. Both Kerr and Drummer, Ben Thathcher, gave the most energy all night for “Out of the Black”. During the song Thathcher touched some hands of the audience right before he himself went crowd surfing. After this, fans stared to crowd surf as well and the audience went crazy. Kerr himself walked down into the crowd while playing.

Kerr raised his guitar to fans, threw his pick and even showed off a T shirt that a fan had thrown up on stage earlier then walked off. Thathcher came up and bowed and shot a kiss to fans.

The crowd shouted for an encore but the venue light came on and it was time to leave. Royal Blood left Sacramento with fans loving them and wanting all they can get from the band.

MONSTER ENERGY’S AFTERSHOCK RETURNS TO SACRAMENTO’S DISCOVERY PARK SEPTEMBER 13 & 14

WITH MASSIVE LINEUP INCLUDING
GODSMACK, WEEZER, THE OFFSPRING, ROB ZOMBIE,
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, LIMP BIZKIT, RISE AGAINST,
CHEVELLE, AWOLNATION, SEETHER, MASTODON,
PENNYWISE, BAD RELIGION AND MANY MORE

“PRE-SHOCK” DISCOUNT TICKET PRE-SALE STARTS JUNE 3

REGULARLY PRICED TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 6

The third annual Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival returns to Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento September 13 & 14, 2014 bigger than ever with a massive lineup including Godsmack, Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch (back by popular demand), Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Chevelle, AWOLNATION, Seether, Mastodon,Pennywise, Bad Religion and many more.

After the major success of last year’s festival (sold-out with 32,000 in attendance), California’s biggest rock festival is expanding to four stages in 2014, offering more bands than ever.

The daily band lineup for Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival is as follows, with more bands to be announced on July 1:

  • Saturday, September 13

    Weezer, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, AWOLNATION, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Pepper, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Memphis May Fire, Fuel, Dead Sara, Nothing More, The Last Internationale, Butcher Babies, Emmure, Sleepwave, Anti-Mortem, Eyes Set To Kill, Viza, Dig The Kid

  • Sunday, September 14

    Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Black Stone Cherry, KYNG, Otherwise, Lacuna Coil, Redlight King, We Are Harlot, Burn Halo, Crossfaith, New Medicine, Cilver

The Offspring‘s Dexter Holland says, “We’re thrilled to cap off our summer tour at AFTERSHOCK 2014 and play our Smashalbum in its entirety for NorCal music fans. It’s going to be an epic weekend.”

A special “Pre-Shock” discounted Weekend Ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival will take place from June 3-5 at www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com/Tickets. During the pre-sale—which begins at 10:00 AM PT on Tuesday, June 3—a limited number of discounted Weekend General Admission tickets will be available for purchase. In addition, Weekend VIP tickets will be available at a reduced price during all three days of the Pre-Shock. The Pre-Shock ticket prices are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 3-Thursday, June 5: $199.50 (Pre-Shock Weekend VIP)
  • Tuesday, June 3: $69.50 (Weekend GA)
  • Wednesday, June 4: $79.50 (Weekend GA)
  • Thursday, June 5: $89.50 (Weekend GA)

Hotel packages will also be available for purchase during the Pre-Shock pre-sale.

Regularly priced weekend and single day tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 at 10:00 AM PT atwww.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com/Tickets, www.Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices will be as follows until June 9, when prices will increase:

  • 2-Day General Admission: $99.50
  • 2-Day VIP: $209.50
  • GA Ticket 4-Pack: $360.00
  • Single Day General Admission: $59.50
  • Single Day VIP: $109.50

Monster Energy's AFTERSHOCK Festival 2014 flyer with daily band lineup

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities; a VIP commemorative guest laminate, and more.

As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military through AFTERSHOCK partner GovX.

For full details about all tickets, military ticket discounts, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com.

“After a sold out 2013, I’m excited to bring a more diverse lineup toAFTERSHOCK with many of the top artists of the last two decades in rock, alternative, punk and metal,” says festival creator/producer Danny Wimmerof Danny Wimmer Presents. “The addition of a third main stage this year and the expanded rock genres will only add to the excitement of what makesMonster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK a one of a kind experience.”

Discovery Park is a 160-acre park conveniently located near downtown Sacramento, where the American and Sacramento Rivers meet. Gates forMonster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival open at 11:00 AM each day.

The third annual Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival is produced byDanny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy’s Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, Epicenter—Southern California’s Rock Festival, Rockwave, The Big Ticket, Chill On The Hill, and Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour.

The festival is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2014 sponsors include: Coors Light, The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, F*ck Cancer, U.S. Army, and more to be announced.

OK Go’s performance at The Assembly was a go

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Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser From left, Tim Nordwind, Damian Kulash, and Andy Ross,preforming at the Assembly Music Hall , in Sacramento, CA

 

 

Lester Robancho, writer
Shiftsync Media

Alternative rock band OK Go launched their 2014 tour at the Assembly Music Hall in Sacramento, CA this past Tuesday after not having been on tour for quite some time. Lead singer, guitarist, and frontman Damian Kulash enthusiastically makes note of this to the crowd after their opening song “Upside Down and Inside Out.” The crowd responds with their own enthusiasm for OK Go’s return with cheering and screaming as they stand elbow to elbow in the relatively small venue.

This enthusiasm only grows as OK Go continues their overall excellent show Tuesday night.
Before the set even officially begins, the audience is treated with brief clips of different characters from various films and television shows yelling either “okay” or “go,” or a combination of the two; The clips were being projected onto a screen. Finally, Kermit the Frog formally introduces OK Go, revealing the band behind the screen, which was actually transparent. The opening song “Upside Down and Inside Out” is from their upcoming album and was just what was needed to pump some energy into the crowd, most of whom have been waiting for hours. As they play, a disembodied floating head of Kulash is displayed singing along with the band.
Immediately afterwards, the band delivers some nostalgia to fans with the catchy “You’re So Damn Hot.” This is followed up with a mixture of synth, bass, and violins with the more recently released “I Won’t Let You Down.” As they play, the screens both in front and behind them displayed abstract patterns, colors, images, and words that complimented the band’s brand of poppy, catchy, instrumental-driven rock music.
After a few songs, Kulash takes a short break to thank the crowd, telling them it was a pleasure being back on tour.

He then asks the audience to sing seven, easy to remember words for him. The entire venue knew what this meant. After a few tries with the audience, OK Go performs the ever-so-enlivening “This Too Shall Pass.” From the first boom of the bass drum to the confetti-filled finale, “This Too Shall Pass” was easily the highlight of the show.
At one point during the show, Kulash and the audience have a campfire moment, with Kulash jumping off the stage to stand in the middle of the crowd, playing “Last Leaf” with his acoustic guitar. It was a nice break from their previous songs, and no doubt had some of the fans going crazy since they were in such close proximity of each other. Kulash made sure to include the whole venue, turning around 180 degrees to sing to the “drunk” side of the venue as well.
The band leaves the stage after playing “Turn Up the Radio,” leaving the crowd wanting an encore. Of course, the band returns and finishes the night off with “The One Moment” and Here it Goes Again.”
If there is one thing OK Go’s show wasn’t Tuesday night, it’s dull. Almost all of the songs during the set were colored with the two projection screen trick, and several times the band launched different colored confetti into the crowd. A double-cowbell-instrument-thing was also utilized a few times.

The music itself proved that night that OK Go is still a force to be reckoned with, with great performances by all of the band members. There was a particularly terrific guitar solo during “White Knuckles” by Andy Duncan. Overall OK Go gave an enjoyable and surprisingly spectacular show at the Assembly. It is certain that all who were in attendance that night would agree that it’s good to have them back.

Judith Hill Opens For Josh Groban at the Sleep Train Arena

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Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser
Judith Hill opens for Josh Groban at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA

Jessica Maynard, writer
Shiftsync Media

Judith Hill was one of the popular contestants on NBCs “The Voice” season four. Hill was dubbed the winner by many but after her shocking elimination from the show she signed a record deal with Sony. The newest chapter in her career has given her the opportunity to go on tour with Josh Groban for his In the Round tour. The tour landed in Sacramento Oct. 6 at Sleep Train Arena. In addition to opening the show for Groban, Hill also had the pleasure of accompanying Groban during his set for two songs “The Prayer,” which Groban originally sung with Celine Dion at the 1999 Grammys and “Remember When it Rains.” On Groban’s latest record “All That Echoes,” Hill provided her voice on three of the tracks. Hill took to the stage sitting at a piano with a single spot light hitting her, she began her performance with a mashup of Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good” and Michael Jacksons “I’ll Be There.” The songs transitioned smoothly into her original song “Beautiful Life.” Hill’s soulful voice and passion made her performance unforgettable. Every word she utters sends chills down your spine, you end up hooked on every single word she is singing because you believe she means every word she is saying. Towards the end of the song the lights were dimly lit and the band and her background singers appeared on stage. The tempo suddenly picked up and the group started playing towards the crowd. Hills set included four songs and loads of personality at one point one of the members of her band brought out an inflatable trumpet and pretended to play it. Hill and members of her group also did a chain around the stage showcasing their instruments to the crowd and dancing. Her personality really showed when she and her two background singers during an instrumental solo started doing the dance “kid ‘n play” and the robot. The last song in Hills set was her original “Taken” which brought the tempo in the building down a notch. The ballad was written about professing your love to someone who you will love forever. During this song she had a beautiful range and tone and you could hear all the distinguishing characteristics that make her voice so soulful and mesmerizing. A portion of the song Hill decides to sing in French and she mashed it up with “Beautiful Life.” The strong soulful voice of Hill was even more impressive in person. A gorgeous tone and hypnotizing range make her performance unforgettable.

Josh Groban Preforms at the Sleep Train Arena

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Josh Groban preforming in front of the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA

Jessica Maynard, writer
Shiftsync Media

Josh Grobans enchanting performance at Sleep Train Arena Oct. 6 included high ranging vocals, charm and a set list filled with fan favorites.

Josh Groban has a voice that most people would appreciate but his playful attitude during concerts takes fan appreciation to a whole new level.

When he’s not wowing the audience with his enchanting voice, he reminisces on the past, tells jokes and interacts with the audience.

His In the Round tour stopped at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento Oct. 7, with opening act Judith Hill (The Voice and 20 Feet From Stardom) who sings multiple songs with Groban, he showcased a seven-piece band, orchestra musicians and backup singers, was a relaxed show full of memories mixed with an elegant and mesmerizing performance.
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Fitz & The Tantrums Sell Out The House At The Ace OF Spades

Fitz & The Tantrums Sell Out The House At The Ace OF Spades

Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser
Noelle Scaggs co-vocalist left, and Michael Fitzpatrick lead vocalist for Fitz & The Tanrums, performing at the Ace Of Spades venue in Sacramento, CA

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James King, saxophone and flute player for Fitz & The Tanrums performing at the Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, CA

Bryce Fraser, writer
Shiftsync Media

Tuesday night down on R Street it was hard to find a parking spot, and on the inside of the Ace Of Spades almost every space was filled with adoring fans waiting for Fits & The Tanrums to take the stage.
The venue went dark and after the buildup of anticipation, everyone’s favorite alternative soul music band, Fitz & The Tanrums, took the stage and the audience cheered with excitement. They started the night with “Keeping Our Eyes Out” followed by “Don’t Gotta”. The band played “Sweet Dreams” the popular song from the 80’s created by Eurythmics, the song fit very well to Fitz And the Tantrums style of music and they performed like their own. Near the middle of the show they performed “Out Of My league”, their recent hit that has been playing on the radio almost everywhere, the song was even better live.
Michael Fitzpatrick lead vocalist, with a wide vocal range and alternative sound, combined with Noelle Scaggs’ own vocal power and soul music signing really is what makes the band so unique. Noelle Scaggs dancing while up stage really added to seeing them live and made an even better experience for fans.
James King, saxophone and flute player, really showed his skills and even had three solo’s with the saxophone during the night, the most notable was when he played his performance at the end of their set. He played right before they came out again for the encore. The first song they played was their original big hit “MoneyGrabber”, during which they told fans to crouch down, no one was exempt not even the VIP ticket holders. They then shot back up and started cheering and raising and waving their hands during the rest of the song.
Fitz & The Tanrums sold out the box office at The Ace Of Spades that night and gave fans everything they could imagine.