Local Love at TBD

By Ashley Atilano

Support local has been a longstanding tradition in Downtown Sacramento.  From shopping at locally owned stores, to buying at the farmer’s market, to eating and drinking at locally owned restaurants or bars, Sacramento isn’t kidding around when we say we support all things local.

Living here the past two years I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the support local movement and would dare say that the Sacramento music scene, although always having had a strong presence; within the the last couple of years has really been thriving.  This is largely in thanks to venues like Ace of Spades and Harlow’s who have been providing us with great local shows for some time.  Now, with the emergence of Assembly, Witch Room and Low Brau, Sacramento has been able to provide us with even more of a wide range of acts from indie rock to reggae.

These venues are the perfect platform for artists to display their talent and lucky for us are conveniently located on the grid.  And thanks to Clay Nutting and Michael Hargis of Low Brau/Block Butcher Bar, Sacramento will showcase some of its best local talent this weekend at the highly anticipated TBD Fest (formerly Launch Festival) in West Sacramento. Here are some of the acts I’m really looking forward to:


Comprised of Sean LaMarr on vocals and Jon Reyes behind the boards, this hip hop duo combines sweet beats with out of this world lyrics. These two have been spotted performing at Low Brau and Harlow’s. With a recent show at Assembly for Urbie (a local music showcase), there’s no stopping them.  Be on the look out for the release of Neon Noir Deluxe this October. DLRN


Stevie Nader

Stevie Nader is a singer songwriter based out of Sacramento. Rooted as an acoustic solo artist, he combines soothing melodies and a killer voice to deliver to his audiences a unique electro soulful experience. Having performed at Barfly, Witch Room and even Fox & Goose for an all acoustic set, this artist takes dedication to a new level. His album Grit is available now. Stevie nader



Autumn Sky

This 25 year old local native songstress has been singing from the age of 15. Originally a solo artist, she currently belts out her tunes with a full band, I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at Bottle Rock this past summer in Napa and she was absolutely wonderful. You can catch her performing all around downtown Sacramento and at TBD Fest this weekend!Autumn Sky Cover Art


James Cavern and the Council

James Cavern  is originally from London but now calls Sacramento home, fortunately for us, and he has been making the rounds  –  playing everywhere from Concerts in the Park to Dive Bar.  You can catch him Monday nights at Goldfield as he hosts their open mic night. James Cavern


If you’ve never had a chance to catch James or any of the aforementioned artists live, you’re in luck. As I mentioned they will all be making an appearance at this weekend’s TBD Fest!  If that isn’t Sacramento supporting local I’m not sure what is.  Tickets are available on www.tbdfest.com #supportlocal #wearetbd


In the instance you can’t make it to TBD Fest or you just want to see James Cavern and the Council again  – check them out  @ Harlows – Oct 31st



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