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Early morning Christmas fire destroys Rio Linda home

Courtesy Sac Metro

Courtesy Sac Metro

RIO LINDA, CA – A fire gutted a two story home causing the roof to partially collapse at a home in Rio Linda early Christmas morning.

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, fire crews were called out to a home in the 6800 Block of 22nd Street just before 1 a.m. this morning.

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Upon arrival firefighters could see a large column of smoke with flames visible from a distance. The second story of the home was fully involved and a team was deployed to search the home for any occupants, while crews battled the flames.

Firefighters realized the structure was weakening and pulled crews down to the first floor of the home just before the roof collapsed.

The home was in the middle of being remodeled and unoccupied at the time of the fire. Thirty-one firefighters were finally able to bring the blaze under control.

Nobody was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department were both on the scene investigating shots fired in the area when the call came in. It’s unknown if the two were related.

Jingle Ball rocks Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

Fans enjoy Panic! at The Disco

Fans enjoy Panic! at The Disco
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SACRAMENTO, CA – It was quite a night Saturday as The End (Radio 107.9) brought their annual Jingle Ball to the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

The lineup for the night was headed up by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at The Disco, Emblem3, American Authors, Kalin and Myles and Sacramento’s own Cimorelli.

Sac's own Cimorelli

Sac’s own Cimorelli
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Sacramento Memorial Auditorium was at capacity as the show kicked off with Cimorelli, a group of six sisters who hail from Sacramento. They started their set with “Renegade” as fans cheered, with many girls in the audience screaming out the name of their favorite sister.

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Cimorelli

Cimorelli
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The Cimorelli’s formed as a group in 2007 with five of the oldest sisters, Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy and Lauren. In the beginning the girls would record cover songs and load them to YouTube. In 2010 younger sister Dani joined the team.

Jingle Ball 2013

Jingle Ball 2013
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In 2012 the Cimorelli’s won “The Bieber-Off”, a contest by Ryan Seacrest where contestants covered Justin Bieber songs. That same year the group was nominated for “Choice Web Star” at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

Kalin (R) helps Myles to get airborne

Kalin (R) helps Myles to get airborne

Kalin and Myles followed Cimorelli and would have been better suited starting the show. They kicked off their set with “Keep Up,” followed by a medley of songs. The San Francisco Bay Area duo consists of Kalin White & Myles Parrish.

At one point in their performance, Myles shot into the air and did a flip in mid-air as Kalin helped propel him across the stage. The two should take note of Jason Derulo’s misfortune last year when he was rehearsing for an upcoming tour. When Derulo attempted an acrobatic move he landed on his head and ended up with a broken neck.

Christopher K talks to the lucky winners who were allowed onstage

Christopher K talks to the lucky winners who were allowed onstage

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In between sets the audience was treated to some video clips of the morning crew from The End including Katie, Jason and Gavin. Ashley Nickels, Christopher K and Orphan Andrew were onstage bantering back and forth and giving away a chance to be onstage as bands performed.

Andrew and Christopher calling Katie

Andrew and Christopher calling Katie

During one of the set changes, which seemed to be taking quite a while, Christopher K and Orphan Andrew called Katie from the morning crew. They had her on speaker phone as the crowd listened in, with fans cheering excitedly as soon as they heard her voice.

American Authors

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American Authors, with their drum infused sound, jumped up onstage playing “Believer,” with lead singer Zac Barnett pounding out some tunes along with drummer Matt Sanchez. Rounding out the group was James Adam Shelley (guitar) and Dave Rublin (bass).

Zak Barnett with American Authors

Zak Barnett with American Authors

Barnett owned the stage and provided a great performance, especially when he attacked the snare drum. When the group struck up “Best Day of My Life,” fans sang along through the entire song with screams inserted for good measure.

Emblem3

Emblem3
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Sadly American Authors were held to only three songs and Emblem3 who followed American Authors didn’t fare any better as their set was cut short due to time. By the time Emblem3 took the stage the crowd was chanting ‘Emblem3.’

Keaton Stromberg with Emblem3

Keaton Stromberg with Emblem3

Emblem3 started with “Spaghetti,” followed by a couple of acoustic songs including “Just For One Day.” The band was cutoff at four songs. According to their set-list they were scheduled to perform seven songs. Band member included Wesley Stromberg (vocals/guitar), Keaton Stromberg (bass) and Drew Chadwick (lead vocals/guitar).

Panic! at The Disco

Panic! at The Disco

The crowd was re-energized as soon as Panic! At the Disco stormed the stage with “Time to Dance” and “Mona Lisa” as front man Brendon Urie pulled all the stops fully engaging fans with his vocals as well as his facial expressions. Joining Urie onstage was Dan Pawlovich (drums),  Kenneth Harris (guitar) and Dallon Weekes (bass).

Fall Out Boy

(LR) Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy

Urie really got the crowd going when the group set off on a medley of songs from the ‘80s including Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” They ended their set with “Vegas Lights” and “I Write Sins not Tragedies.”

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy
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Just when I thought the crowd couldn’t get any louder, they did. As soon as Fall Out Boy showed up onstage all hell broke loose as fans screamed in preparation of the first note.

Kicking off their set with “The Phoenix” and “I Slept With Someone,” was band member Patrick Stump (lead vocals), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar) and Andy Hurley (drums).

While their stage presence wasn’t as strong as Panic! at The Disco, they made up for it with the strong vocals of Stump. Wentz and Trohman did bounce around the stage quite a bit and took full advantage of a couple of platforms on the stage as they jumped from one to the other.

Fans enjoy Fall Out Boy

Fans enjoy Fall Out Boy

Stump announced that the band was going to forego the encore (leaving the stage and coming back out) due to time constraints, so they continue on with the two final songs, which were to be their encore, “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and “Saturday.”

Each and every band was stellar in their performance. It appeared there were some issues with sound early on, which may have attributed to the longer than desired set changes. In The End, I believe Panic! At the Disco came close to stealing the show, but Fall Out Boy came through with an outstanding performance, making a perfect ending to a great night.

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Danny Gokey’s New Eyewear Collection

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Match Eyewear teams up with Danny Gokey, American Idol Season 8 finalist and philanthropist for distribution of prescription eyewear with an “edge.” The collection highlights Danny’s personal flair with 12 styles, targeting men ages 18 to 35.

The collaboration between Match Eyewear and Danny began in 2010 sparked by his love of fashion eyewear. “It has been a dream of mine to create my own brand of fashion frames,” says Danny. “I have been impressed with Match Eyewear’s designs and quality and see them as the perfect partner.”

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The Danny Gokey Eyewear collection diversifies Match Eyewear’s brand assortment by delivering trend-setting designs influenced by Danny’s sense of style and personal brand of music. “We are excited to establish a partnership with Danny,” states Ethan Goodman, President of Match Eyewear. “It has been fun developing this collection with Danny and it’s refreshing to work with an artist with so much passion for eyewear.”

The Danny Gokey Eyewear collection joins other brand names at Match Eyewear, including Adrienne Vittadini, Helium Paris, Float Milan, Float Kids, Aero by Float and Match Eyewear.

Jingle Bells Rock Thunder Valley

Eddie Money and Mickey Thomas

Sixty-two-year-old veteran rocker Eddie Money brought his Jingle Bell Rock tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Thursday. Scheduled to appear was former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm and former Jefferson Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas.

The day before their performance at Thunder Valley, it was announced that Gramm would not be performing for the remaining tour due to acute laryngitis, so Gramm was not in attendance.

As the concert kicked off with Money and Thomas taking the stage, the audience immediately started chanting, “Lou! Lou! Lou!” Money responded by explaining the situation and said they had added a couple of songs to their setlist to make up for the missing Gramm. This was followed by more than a few polite boos ““ is there really such a thing as a polite boo?

Money exited stage left while Thomas started singing “Jane.” Thomas wore a striped shirt with a loosely worn red Christmas tie, while he banged out “Sara,” “We Built This City,” “Nothings Going to Stop Us Now.” Thomas ended his set with “It’s Christmas Time Pretty Baby,” singing in the style of Elvis Presley.

The 62-year-old Thomas’ vocals really stood out throughout his set, sounding just as good as he did all those years ago, in particular when he sang Annie Lennox’s “Winter Wonderland.”

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Backing Thomas was Money’s regular crew consisting of longtime band members Tommy Girvin (lead guitar) and Glenn Symmonds (drummer), with more recent additions Lee Beverly (bass) and Chris Groves (keyboards).

Following Thomas, Money came out singing “Baby Hold On” and “I Wanna Go Back.”  As Money sang, he shuffled back and forth across the stage and even pulled out the saxophone to show everyone he can still play.

Rounding out the show, Money and Thomas took the stage together singing “Jingle Bell Rock” and a rocking version of “Jingle Bells.” For their encore they performed John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

While Money’s vocals were not as pristine as Thomas’, he made up for it with his overall stage presence, sense of humor and kindness toward the audience, reaching out to shake hands with a few people in the front row.

Offstage, Money is extremely generous and cordial to all those around him, introducing himself to anyone standing near. His generosity doesn’t stop there.

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Money is a strong supporter of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps support families of military personnel lost in service to our nation and for severely wounded service members and veterans.

Money is hoping fans will help bring some holiday cheer to heroic members of the armed forces by going to eddiemoney.com and purchasing his single “One More Soldier Coming Home.” All the proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The Jingle Bell Rock tour was originally started by Money. This past summer, Money performed at a benefit in a Los Angeles club where Gramm and Thomas also appeared. After some discussion they decided to work with Money and tour with him in the Jingle Bell Rock tour.

While this was Money’s show and he was the headliner, Gramm’s absence was a big disappointment for many of the fans in the audience. Especially after Foreigner just came through the area a couple of months ago with their new frontman Kelly Hansen leading the charge. Hansen did an awesome job and put on a high energy show ““ check out my review. I for one, was hoping to see the real deal – maybe next year.

Yes, the audience booed after they realized Lou wasn’t going to be there, but these diehard fans enjoyed the show nonetheless. It’s these types of fans that keep the old-school bands going. And it’s these types of bands that keep the old people going ““ and a little help from Geritol.

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KNCI’s Country Christmas

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Not to be out done by 107.9 The End’s Jingle Ball, Sacramento’s country music radio station 105.1 KNCI held their own Christmas celebration at Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday.

KNCI’s Country Christmas concert was an evening packed with country greats including The JaneDear Girls, American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, Sacramento’s own Attwater, Craig Campbell, and duo Montgomery Gentry.

Leading the pack was The JaneDear Girls coming out singing “Merry Go Round” followed by “Shotgun Girl.” The duo, made up of Susie Brown (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, bass, guitar, accordion) and Danelle Leverett (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica) are well versed in a number of instruments and they were continually switching instruments.

 Brown also treated the audience to a fantastic solo piece with the fiddle. Quite impressive!

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Local country music sensation Attwater came out with both barrels blasting singing “Daydreaming” and “Runnin”. The duo, consisting of Erika Attwater and Jonathon Richards, had an extra band member. Sorry, but I wasn’t able to get her name. I will research and update this as soon as I find out. She was awesome playing the Ukulele.

 

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Craig Campbell followed Attwater. Obviously he has a lot of fans in the Sacramento area because the crowd went wild as he came out on stage. Towards the end of his set he sang his newly recorded Christmas song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Dedicating it to Specialist Ben Nichols and his girlfriend Michelle.

Michelle, Specialist Ben Nichols, Pat and Tom

The couple met at Country in the Park a couple of years ago and Nichols couldn’t make it to this years event, so he recorded a special message for everyone at this years Country in the Park. Pat and Tom brought Michelle onstage and asked her what is the one thing she wanted most for Christmas. She responded “To have Ben home,” at which point the brought Nichols onstage.

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American Idol alumni Danny Gokey kicked his set off with “Bad Timing” and “Be Somebody.” Gokey sang a couple of his songs as well as a couple of covers. He did a great job working the crowd and getting them on their feet.

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Montgomery Gentry blasted onto the stage and showed everyone in attendance why they were headlining the show. Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery were high energy with Montgomery stealing the show. He was all over the stage swinging the mic stand around like it was nothing. They started their set with “Hillbilly Shoes” and “Ever Stop Loving Me,” with the audience on their feet and cheering throughout their set and ended with “Gone.”

 

 

The JaneDear Girls:
Merry Go Round
Shotgun Girl
Goodbye Earl
Lucky You
Fiddle (instrumental)
Footloose
Wild Flower
 Danny Gokey:
Like That’s A Bad Thing
Be Somebody
What Hurts The Most
Get Away
Second Hand Heart
O Holy Night
Crazy Not To
T-R-O-U-B-L-E
My Best Days
Life is A Highway
Livin’ On A Prayer
Attwater:
Daydreaming
Runnin
New Life
You Got Away
All I want for Christmas
 Montgomery Gentry:
Hillbilly Shoes
Ever Stop Loving Me
Back When I Knew it All
Something to be Proud of
Damn Right I Am
Where I come From
Hell Yeah
Lucky Man
Roll With Me
My Town
What do You Think About That
One in Every Crowd
Gone

 

 

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Jingle Balls Rock

Hey it’s almost Christmas! How do I know? Well they just had their umpteenth annual Jingle Ball concert out at Power Balance Pavilion on Thursday, signaling the start of the Christmas season. In fact, I believe it’s their fourteenth annual Jingle Ball.

107.9 The End hosted the party with performances by JoJo, Breathe Carolina, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, and headliner Selena Gomez.

Due to the number of artists the first few were held to three songs. In between performances The End’s own Christopher K, working with many of the other on-air talent, were upgrading attendees from the nose bleed section to front row seats. These were some serious front row seats too. They were onstage and to the side within in a few feet of the actual performance.

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Opening the show was JoJo who played to a less than enthusiastic crowd. She wore her standard midriff top and jeans ““ the better to show off her fine physique. Singing a few of her hits including “A Little too Late,” she was able to engage the crowd and get most of them on their feet. However, the audience didn’t seem overly enthusiastic.

The lack of audience feedback and enthusiasm was somewhat disappointing. In between performances host Christopher K. and crew continued to work the crowd and at times was successful in getting their juices flowing. As each artist took the stage, the crowd would bounce back up on their feet to dance and sing to their favorite songs, but the crowd still appeared to be less enthusiastic than from past shows.

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David Schmitt and Kyle Even who make up Breathe Carolina got off to a rocky start and never completely recovered. Schmitt, known for his use of the auto-tune and vocoder to compliment his voice, sounded flat and off-key. While their performance was entertaining to watch, with Schmitt rocking every inch of the stage, it was also disappointing to listen to. Hopefully next time they remember to bring all their gear and double check that it’s plugged in and ready to rock. Either that, or try not to schedule a gig when mercury is in retrograde (hey it’s an astrology thing).

 

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Next up was synthpop sensation Cobra Starship with Gabe Saporta (lead singer), Ryland Blackinton (guitar), Victoria Asher (keyboards), Nate Novarro (drums), and Alex Suarez (bass). They sang a number of their hit songs including “You Make Me Feel.” Saporta had great stage presence and paid quite a bit of attention to keyboardist Asher. They played off of each other quite well and it made for a great set. Oh ““ and they sounded great too.

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Following Cobra Starship was New York’s hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes with Travie McCoy leading the charge. Singing a number of their hits including “Stereo Hearts,” featuring Adam Lavine in the background, lead singer Travie McCoy was constantly playing to the crowd.

Just prior to their third song McCoy invited the amazing Neon Hitch onstage to sing their song “Ass Back Home.” Hitch was amazing and dazzled the audience with her over the top costume complete with an Indian style headdress.

 

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Nineteen year old Selena Gomez made her way up on stage in a red sequined top and short white skirt singing “Year Without Rain.” Her singing was flawless with a solid stage presence. She interacted with members of the band throughout her performance adding to her charm.

Gomez sang a long list of hits ending her set with “Naturally” and “Who Says.”

While I believe the enthusiasm of some was lacking, there were a few fans that brought more than enough enthusiasm for everyone. One such girl won the chance to take a seat on stage and she wouldn’t stop screaming, obviously excited to be there. Another young lady, Megan Ray, won tickets and decided to write an article for her school paper at Vacaville High, and was given access to the pit area to take pictures, along with all the other photographers. Armed with her point and shoot and a whole lotta love for the bands, she was rocking all night long. She screamed on several occasions when one of the performers got close, or glanced her way.

It was quite a show packed with a lot of talent. Now that it’s over I can start planning my Christmas ““ bah humbug!

Selena’s Setlist:

A Year Without Rain
Hit the Lights
Round and Round
Bang Bang Bang
Whiplash
Love You Like a Love Song
The One That Got Away
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Naturally
Who Says

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra mesmerized the audience Saturday afternoon at Power Balance Pavilion in the first of two Christmas shows.

For those of you who may not be familiar with TSO, they are a progressive rock band that incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. They are famous for their series of rock operas and storytelling.

This was a high-energy show with a combination of lasers, lights, pyrotechnics and video screens all synchronized to TSO’s music.

Dressed in black, the orchestra made their way on stage while chimes were playing. As they were assembling onstage, there were clips of Martin Luther King Jr. from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and others, with each round of new faces drawing applause and cheers. Once onstage they started playing “Who I Am,” with video screens and lights blazing in perfect unison.

The talented storyteller Phillip Brandon started weaving a tale of an angel coming down to Earth on Christmas Eve. Brandon’s phenomenal voice, reminiscent of the famous James Earl Jones, drew the crowd into the tale as a hush came over the audience. After the introduction, the orchestra started playing “An Angel Came Down,” complete with lights and lasers.

As the orchestra began “First Snow,” it actually started to snow in the arena. OK, not really snow, but the pretend kind of snow. You know the

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one with tiny bubbles raining down? Couple that with all the video screens filled with snow added to the sensation of real snow. It was quite breathtaking, leaving the audience in complete awe as they listened to an extremely talented line-up of musicians.

One of their screens and lighting units that made a Y shape stretching out above the audience was actually a catwalk. As the show progressed the unit started to descend on top of the audience, leaving people wondering if they should get out of the way. As it slowly made its way down, members of the band ran up it. The catwalk started to rise with band members running towards the back portion of the catwalk providing everyone in the “cheap” seats a prime view of the performance. It was quite impressive.

A new comer to TSO, violinist Asha Mevlana was off the charts rocking it with her purple high tech violin. As she ended a solo routine you could hear the crowd gasp in unison as she grabbed her bow and snapped it in half over her knee, ending the song. This was so much more dramatic than smashing a guitar to smithereens, since it was completely unexpected.

As they wrapped up the story, the orchestra treated the audience to a number of different songs including a mix from one of their albums “Christmas Canon Rock,” at which point they brought out founder, composer, and producer Paul O’Neill.

This was my first exposure to TSO and I have to say they left me wanting more, even after a 2 ½ hour performance.

Armed with an arsenal of talented musicians, singers, and special effects, TSO delivers a high energy, phantasmic kaleidoscope of fun. Oh ““ and some really good music too.

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