This past weekend the Verge Center for the Arts celebrated the 2017 Sacramento Halloween show. This show has been going on for decades. It has been met with some controversy this year. But it is not the kind of controversy that too many people care about or notice, however. The city is changing in ways that are good and not so good and we have to accept that some of things are out of our control. And so can we control? Well, we can definitely control the amount of time and effort we put into creating opportunities for people to enjoy music and build a sense of community.
While, the Sacramento Halloween show has grown into a commercial spectacle that may put to shame its punk origins, the event drew hundreds of people old and very young. It has been saidthat this was the year of the most babies to have every been attendance and as a father seeking opportunities for a chill good time between the hours of 4-6 with a baby who goes to sleep at 6:30, this was no problem for me!
The Sacramento Halloween show is an opportunity for people to enjoy the year long effort of many musicians who participate in a most anticipated cover band show. There is a theme, there's mc's and there is a great deal of attention given some people who have become very well known in their own right due their marvelous talent showcased at these performances. There is a need for this sort of excitement to attract audiences to shows that are happening throughout the year and I urge these talented folks to continue to play music in bands that are not specifically focused on a cover show.
This years theme was "TRIOS." Highlights of the show include the TVPs, The Clean, The Supremes and the Beastie Boys. See here for a great re-cap of the event.
Video belongs to Dave Ninja, via Youtube
Let's create a scene in Sacramento. There are people. There are bands. There are venues. There is no reason why Sacramento can't have a vibrant music scene that invites attention from the world. We need a community that draws people together. We know, however, that not every event is great. The hope is that elevating the prominence of certain events, bands and scenes will create a buzz in the local arts culture. The more people who attend a show, the more fun we can all have. The more we can continue to create meaningful experiences for people are involved in or interested in making and appreciating music and art, the more we can draw positive energy and attention from a wider scene that doesn't have to exist in a vacuum.
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