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Coachella 2014 lineup announced



COACHELLA, CA – Headlining this year’s Coachella Music & Art’s Festival will be Outkast, Arcade Fire and Muse.

The lineup was announced on Wednesday and the festival is to take place the second and third weekend in April. This marks the second year the festival will span two weekends.

Outkast, the popular rap duo consisting of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, have not recorded or toured together in recent years. Both have been working on solo projects and Benjamin has been pursuing an acting career.

Arcade Fire will perform just a few months after releasing their latest album “Reflektor.”

Grammy -nominated Muse is currently touring in support of their latest album ‘The 2nd Law.’

Other acts scheduled to perform are Beck, new and emerging artists Lorde and Haim, and a number of rap and electronic acts including Nas, Kid Cudi, Alesso and Duck Sauce.

The lineup has more rock and alternative acts than past years and fewer high-profile DJ’s.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 10. See the full lineup here. Protection Status

Wine Down Wednesday kicks off in Roseville

Wine Down Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday

ROSEVILLE, CA – Wine Down Wednesday came and went in Roseville yesterday with a number of wineries offering free tastings at Roseville’s new town square.


Rock Hill’s DuPont Estate Vineyard
Old Vine Zin

Placer County vintners included DuPont Estates, Fawnridge Winery, Vina Castellano Vineyards, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, and Bear River Winery. There were a handful of white wines available, but mostly reds were on display including Syrahs, Petite Syrahs, meaty Zins and a number of blends.

This is the first week for Wine Down Wednesday and attendance was a little light. As word gets out I would expect to see more people flocking to such a great event.

There’s one recommendation I have for Vintners and that’s keeping your reds cool. The temperature was around 95 degrees on Wednesday evening and warm wines just don’t taste good, especially on a hot day. Keeping the bottles in a cooler and out of the heat would go a long way in preserving the wine and improving the wine tasting experience.


Andrew Mills (R) and Shauna Anderson

The evening’s entertainment was provided by Shauna Anderson and Andrew Mills. Shauna’s vocals coupled with Andrews artistry on guitar provided wonderful background music as everyone strolled from one vintner to the next.

Done with the wine, we headed over to the farmers market featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables from Placer County. I would have liked to have seen more vendors represented in the farmers market, but the fruits and vegetables looked amazing.




Wine Down Wednesday’s continues next week, so don’t miss out.

August 28
Vintners include: Casque Wines, Rock Hill Winery
Entertainment: Giorgi Khokhobashvili


PlacerGROWN farmer

September 4

Vintners include: Ciotti Cellars, Giorgi Khokhobashvili, Popie Wines
Entertainment: Jeramy Norris & The Dangerous Mood

September 11
Vintners include: Wise Willa, Davis Dean
Entertainment: Tessie Marie & The Poor Man Band

September 18
Vintners include: Bonitata Boutique Wines
Entertainment: Dudley & The Doo-Rights

September 25
Vintners include: TBA
Entertainment: Red’s Blues

October 2
Vintners include: TBA
Entertainment: Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin



‘Wine Down Wednesday’ in Roseville

City of Roseville, CA

City of Roseville
Credit: Randy Miramontez

ROSEVILLE, CA – With Roseville’s new town square set to have their grand opening on August 24, it’s only fitting that next week the city brings you Wine Down Wednesday.

Starting August 21 and running through October 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. you can try out some of the region’s best wines – for free!

Wine Down Wednesday’s will be featuring different Placer County Vintners each week, providing five free tastings from the various varietals grown in the area including lush Barbera, floral Viognier and dark berried Temparanillo.

Award winning wines will be featured each week including Syrahs, Petite Sirahs and the always intense Zinfandels. Dessert wines will also be available for tastings.

But wait there’s more!

Wine Down Wednesday will also feature a farmers market. PlacerGROWN will be bringing the finest, freshest agricultural products and they are all locally grown and raised in Placer County.

And if that’s not enough how about a little music!

Live music will be provided each week, so make your way down to downtown Roseville next Wednesday and check out some local fare – and taste some vino.

August 21
Vintners include: Fawnridge Winery, Vina Castellano Vineyards, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Bear River Winery
Entertainment: Shauna Anderson & Andrew Mills

August 28
Vintners include: Casque Wines, Rock Hill Winery
Entertainment: Giorgi Khokhobashvili

September 4
Vintners include: Ciotti Cellars, Giorgi Khokhobashvili, Popie Wines
Entertainment: Jeramy Norris & The Dangerous Mood

September 11
Vintners include: Wise Willa, Davis Dean
Entertainment: Tessie Marie & The Poor Man Band

September 18
Vintners include: Bonitata Boutique Wines
Entertainment: Dudley & The Doo-Rights

September 25
Vintners include: TBA
Entertainment: Red’s Blues

October 2
Vintners include: TBA
Entertainment: Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

Victoria’s Secret models reveal top Valentine’s Day picks

valentines-day-2013-candice-swanepoel-dream-angels-demi-victorias-secretvalentines-day-2013-karlie-kloss-bombshell-push-up-victorias-secretYesterday Victoria’s Secret Supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge revealed their gift picks for Valentine’s Day at the Victoria’s Secret Herald Square Store in New York City.

The Supermodels shared their lingerie picks from the Very Sexy Collection including new styles with limited-edition Valentine’s Day lace and the Bombshell push-up bra – all in sexy reds and pinks for a boost of confidence and romance on the special day.

This Valentine’s Day Victoria’s Secret is offering a limited-edition Very Sexy Temptation fragrance, a mix of fruity and floral notes, with Passion Flower, Moroccan Jasmine and Blushing Orchid.

For the second year running, Victoria’s Secret has teamed up with Vosges to create a limited-edition gift box of the world’s sexiest chocolate, and this year fans have the opportunity to create their very own e-Cards for free.

A little about the supermodels:



Swanepoel has been modeling for Victoria’s Secret for a number of years and debut at the No. 10 spot on Forbes’ “The World’s Top-Earning Models” list with an estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011.


Lily Aldridge joined Victoria’s Secret in 2009 and became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and walked her second Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2010.

Thunder Valley announces Summer Concert Series

Thunder Valley Casino announces 2013 Summer Concert Series


Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame

C.J. Graham General Manager
Photo: Randy Miramontez

General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort, C.J. Graham, announced at a recent press conference the first acts of its much anticipated Summer Concert Series.

“We are thrilled to announce the first round of acts for our fourth annual summer concert series at Thunder Valley,” said Graham, “Our outdoor amphitheater is second to none in the region and as always, we will have a very well-rounded series of big name entertainers.”

Graham added that the amphitheater will be expanded to include 4,800 seats, taking two months to build. He also confirmed that their wildly popular H20 pool party on Sundays will be back and better than ever.

The Doobie Brothers Photo: Randy Miramontez Click for more images

The Doobie Brothers
Photo: Randy Miramontez
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UPDATED February 21, 2013 – in bold

The first acts announced are:

Frankie Vallie and The Four Season Saturday, June 1
Pat Benatar w/Neil Geraldo and Cheap Trick Friday, June 7
Super Summer Soul Jam click for full line up Saturday, June 8
Doobie Brothers Friday, June 14
Jeff Dunham Friday, June 21
Chicago Saturday, August 3
Bill Engvall Saturday, August 10


Thunder Valley Club Members will have the exclusive chance to purchase tickets on-site at Thunder Valley on Feb. 8. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 9.

This year Thunder Valley is introducing a “comprehensive” season pass, with Friday, or Saturday night concert passes, these will be available for purchase on Feb. 8.

You can visit Thunder Valley Casino’s website for a complete list of upcoming shows.

We will continually update this page, so check back for future shows coming to Thunder Valley this summer.


Super Summer Soul Jam W/ Cameo, Original Lakeside And More

Aftershock Hits Sacramento

Discovery Park in Sacramento, California, came alive as the first annual Monster Energy Aftershock Music Festival roared into town on Sunday as 13 hard/alternative rock bands played to over 12,000 screaming fans.

Discovery Park gone wild! Click for more crowd shots

Sponsoring the event along with Monster Energy was Sacramento’s own 98 Rock, along with Schecter Guitar Research, Jagermeister, and Arms Division.

98 Rock’s Pat Martin – Click for more images

There was a large stage for the more mainstream acts and a smaller stage for the lessor known acts, leaving very little downtime between sets, with the exception of Stone Temple Pilots, who closed the show, but more on that later.

People didn’t have far to walk since the two stages were close together, but as the day heated up many fans camped out under some shade towards the center of the park, providing them with the ability to listen to either stage. There was the occasional fan passed out in the middle of the park, but I guess that’s to be expected.

There was plenty of food and drinks to be had, including several popular food trucks from the area. Beer and mixed drinks were also available. The lines for food and drinks were constant, but not too long. The merchant’s booth had constant lines as well with the wait being a little more than for food.

Sammy Karlin of Fallrise – Click for more images

The bands included FallRise, Stepchild, Beware of Darkness, Gemini Syndrome, Theory of a Deadman, Hell or Highwater, Chevelle,  Escape the Fate, Bush, Oleander, Deftones, Hollywood Undead, and Stone Temple Pilots.

Leading off the pack was Sacramento’s own Fallrise on the main stage followed by Stepchild on the second stage. Both bands were well received and did an awesome job. They were one of the few lucky bands since there was still some cloud cover keeping the area cooled off.

As the music started ramping up with Beware of Darkness and Gemini Syndrome, so did the crowd as a couple of thousand blossomed into at least four thousand in between bands. As the crowd grew, so did the plume of smoke as many concertgoers lit up their holiest of weed, with some heading into the mosh pit for a little head-banging.

Phil Braun of Stepchild – Click for more images

By the time Chevelle hit the main stage there were at least 10,000 energized fans that were ready to rock, as a number of them started crowd surfing. As one person rode the wave into the pit (only to be escorted out) another one would follow. The constant stream of surfers kept security personnel pretty busy for the better part of the day.

Sacramento was well represented with not only Fallrise and Stepchild opening the festival, but helping closeout the event was Oleander and the Deftones. The Deftones also have a new album that will be released in November Koi No Yokan.

Kyle Nicolaides of Beware of Darkness – Click for more images

The biggest standout of the festival was by far Beware of Darkness, with lead singer Kyle Nicolaides killing it with his raspy vocals, onstage antics, and overall stage presence. They could have easily have been deeper in the lineup as Nicolaides owned the stage. He has a Lady Gaga style about him that is bound to take him to new heights.

The biggest surprise of the festival goes to Bush who kicked some major arse as lead singer Gavin Rossdale put on a very high energy show in 90+ degree weather. The 46 year old, and quite fit, Rossdale ventured out into the crowd making his way to a platform off to the side reserved for the handicap. He was constantly fist-bumping and high-fiving fans as he waded through the ever increasing number of fans. Bush still has what it takes and clearly should have been the headliner of the festival.

Aaron Nordstrom of Gemini Syndrome – Click for more images

The biggest disappointment goes to Stone Temple Pilots as their set was delayed with thousands of fans patiently waiting, but the real disappointed was once they got going. Lead singer Scott Weiland sounded a bit off at the start of their set, but was able to bring it home towards the end. However, due to the long wait and the sound being off, hundreds of fans started heading towards the exits before they even finished their first song “Sin.”

I should add that Theory of a Deadman deserved to be further in the lineup, especially after STP’s performance.

My 13 year old son Aidan said his favorite band (other than Hollywood Undead) was the one with Gandolf as the lead singer –  hmmm –  that must have been Gemini Syndrome with lead singer Aaron Nordstrom (as Gandolf).

Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman – Click for more images

Hat’s off to all the drunken fans that were totally wasted and were passed out on the grass, or on grass – as the case may be. Over fifty cabs awaited those more responsible and well behaved fans that were feeling no pain. I just hope the cabbies had barf bags for the short trip home.

The Aftershock Music Festival was a complete success with thousands of fans coming out to have a good time. This should send a message to organizers that the Sacramento region is hungry for similar events in the future. I’m looking forward to the 2ndannual Aftershock Music Festival in 2013.

Matt Pauling of Hell or Highwater



Here is a complete list of bands in order of appearance:

Fallrise (main stage)
Sammy Karlin (lead singer)
Matt Thomas (guitar)
Dave Gorman (guitar)
Anthony Grant (bass)
Isaiah Abdul-Rahman (drum)

Stepchild (2nd stage)
Jimmy Alexander – Lead Vocals
Matt Timbers – Lead Vocals
Garrett Voorhees – Guitar
Phil (Skip) Braun – Bass
Brian (Beatdown) Kelly – Drums

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle – Click for more images


Beware of Darkness (main stage)
Kyle Nicolaides (vocals, guitar)
Tony Cupito (drums)
Daniel Curcio (bass)

Gemini Syndrome (2nd stage)
Aaron Nordstrom (lead vocals)
Rich Juzwick (guitar)
Mike Salerno (guitar)
Alessandro Paveri (bass)
Brian Steele Medina (drums)

TJ Bell or Escape the Fate – Click for more images

Theory of a Deadman (main stage)
Tyler Connolly (lead singer)
Dave Brenner (guitar)
Dean Back (bass)
Joey Dandeneau (drums)

Hell or Highwater (2nd stage)
Brandon Saller (lead singer)
Matt Pauling (guitar)
Neal Tiemann (guitar)
Joey Bradford (bass)
Captain Carl (drums)

Gavin Rossdale of Bush – Click for mire images

Chevelle (main stage)
Pete Loeffler (vocals/guitar)
Sam Loeffler (vocals/drums)
Dean Bernardini (bass)

Escape the Fate (2nd stage)
Craig Mabbitt (lead singer)
Monte Money (guitar)
Michael Money
Robert Ortiz (drummer)
TJ Bell (guitar)


Thomas Flowers of Oleander – Click for more images

Bush (main stage)
Gavin Rossdale – vocals/guitar
Chris Traynor – guitar
Corey Britz – bass
Robin Goodridge – drums

Oleander (2nd stage)
Thomas Flowers (lead singer)
Doug Eldridge (bass)
Ric Ivanisevich (
Steve Brown


Chine Moreno of the Deftones – Click for more images

Deftones (main stage)
Chino Moreno
Stephen Carpenter (guitar)
Abe Cunningham (drums)
Sergio Vega (bass, vocals)
Frank Delgado (keys, turntable)

Hollywood Undead (2nd stage)
George Ragan (Johnny 3 Tears)
Jorel Decker (J-Dog)
Jordon Terrell (Charlie Scene)
Dylan Alvarez (Funny Man)
Matthew St. Claire (Da Kurlzz)
Daniel Murillo  (Danny)

Stone Temple Pilots (main)
Scott Weiland (lead singer)
Dean DeLeo (guitar)
Robert DeLeo (bass, vocals)
Eric Kretz (drums)

Hollywood Undead – Click for more images

STP – Click for more images



Everyday I’m Shuttling

Space Shuttle Endeavour over State Capital – Click for more images

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is headed for mothballs as it makes its way to its final destination in Los Angeles, where it will be on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

As Endeavour has traveled across country it has been flown at lower altitudes over various cities, including Sacramento, as it headed to the San Francisco Bay Area and then on to Los Angeles.

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The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off for the last time at 8:17 a.m. PT on Friday, leaving Edwards Air Force Base, California, atop a modified jumbo jet for a farewell tour through the state of California. It made two passes over the state capital at an altitude of approximately 1,500 feet at around 220 miles per hour. While 220 m.p.h. is relatively slow for a 747, on the ground each pass lasted only 10 to 20 seconds.



Rock band Train to play on “Rachael Ray” all next week!

rock band trainThe Grammy-winning rock band Train will celebrate the release of California 37, the group’s feverishly-awaited new album on Columbia Records, with an unprecedented week-long residency on the Emmy-winning daytime talk show “Rachael Ray,” running from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20.

Train’s landmark engagement, a first for daytime television, gives the group a chance to play old favorites while introducing viewers to new songs from California 37.  The band’s “Rachael Ray” performances will include “Hey Soul Sister”/”Bruises” (Monday), “Drive By”/”Feels Good At First” (Tuesday), “Marry Me”/”This’ll Be My Year” (Wednesday), “50 Ways To Say Goodbye”/”Meet Virginia” (Thursday) and “Drops of Jupiter”/”Mermaid” (Friday).

California 37, featuring Train’s latest hit, “Drive By,” will be available in stores and online Tuesday, April 17.

Released as a digital download in January, “Drive By” has become Train’s newest bona fide international sensation with heavy chart activity in Australia (where the single is certified platinum), Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand (where it’s been certified gold), Sweden and the US (where the record’s currently #13 on the Billboard Hot 100).  “Drive By” continues to climb the radio charts and has entered the Top 10 at both the AAA and HOT AC formats, selling more than 750,000 copies since its release. The “Drive By” video premiered on February 18 on VH1, where it has gone into rotation, with support from VEVO.

Train will preface its historic “Rachael Ray” residency with the San Francisco 2012 Tour, a special hometown run of intimate club shows starting April 10 at Cafe Du Nord and finishing up April 15 at the Fillmore.

Sucks to be John Mayer

The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has canceled his recently announced U.S. tour and will take an indefinite hiatus from performing live due to the return of a granuloma in his throat. The 34 year old Mayer was treated for the same condition just last year. This would have been his first tour in the US in two years.

He has a new album Born and Raised which is due to be released on May 22, 2012.  The album’s first single “Shadow Days,” debuted March 5.

Mayer sent a message to his fans via his tumblr blog;

“Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean nothing.  I love this band you were going to hear, I love the guys and girls I work with, and the only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it’s a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances.”

Canceled concert appearances include:

Thursday, March 15: Oklahoma City; Global Events Center at Winstar World Resort
Friday, March 16: Oklahoma City; Global Events Center at Winstar World Resort
Monday, April 9: Bloomington, IN; the IU Auditorium
Tuesday, April 10: East Lansing, MI; the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, April 12: Grand Rapids, MI; DeVos Performance Hall
Friday, April 13: West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University); Elliot Hall of Music
Saturday, April 14: Detroit, MI; Fox Theatre
Tuesday, April 17: Orono, ME (University of ME); Collins Center for the Arts
Wednesday, April 18: Providence, RI; PPAC Providence Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 19: West Point, NY; Eisenhower Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 21: Buffalo, NY; Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 22: Wallingford, CT; The Oakdale Theatre
Tuesday, April 24: Richmond, VA; Landmark Theater
Thursday, April 26: Tuscaloosa, AL; Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Sunday, April 29: New Orleans, LA; Jazz & Heritage Fest
Monday, April 30: Memphis, TN; The Orpheum Theatre
Wednesday, May 2: Kansas City, MO; Starlight Theatre
Friday, May 4: Albuquerque, NM; Sandia
Saturday, May 5: Las Vegas, NV; The Joint
Sunday, May 6: Phoenix, AZ; Comerica Theatre



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