Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival begins announcing lineup

Bettye Lavette (unconfirmed)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the unique San Francisco music fest featuring country/bluegrass/Americana bands playing free concerts every October, is set to announce confirmed artists for this year’s fest October 4-6. As in previous years, the bands are announced via medleys that encourage fans to guess the invited artists. After the artists are correctly guessed by the fans, the official announcements are made.

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“Hackathon” this weekend

Photo of last year's event
Photo of last year’s event

Hacker Lab, a Silicon valley-style tech startup incubator located in Midtown, is hosting “Cereal Hack 3” this weekend. The event will feature teams who will work together over 30 hours to create a hardware or software product. The best teams win cash prizes and you gotta think probably some attention from the Nor Cal startup scene. Oh, and I think there might be free breakfast cereals.

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Book Swap Sunday at Shine

Book Folk. by Orin Zebest. Flickr

Need a place to beat the apocalyptic beatdown we are getting from the weather? (I guess Father Sky’s furious anger has subsided a bit from earlier in the week when I started writing this post, but still.) One of Sacramento’s best alternative library blogs, alt+library, is putting on a book swap and meet & greet Sunday at Shine, a unique coffee house/restaurant/arts venue in Downtown that is just about to celebrate its 2nd anniversary.

If you’re the kind of person who would want to attend a book swap, it seems like a gathering of alt+library devotees and Shine patrons would be your ideal combination of people. If you don’t know all these people already, what better way to get to know them. Continue reading “Book Swap Sunday at Shine”

The Fair’s a-Comin’

By Flickr user alice_mercer

I share in the Sac Rag’s love of Big Fun, but heat, crowds and cost usually conspire to make me skip out on the event, if we’re being honest. For me, the real fun is the smaller but still very fun Sacramento County Fair, which comes around every Memorial Day. Squeezing all the fun of shows, exhibits, food, and midway action into just the area taken up by fried foods during the State Fair, you really get your money’s worth…especially since kids under 12 are free!

One of the main showcases at the County Fair is always the work of the schoolkids and young livestock farmers from FFA (Future Farmers) and 4-H. The livestock halls full of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs is endless awwws for all ages.

Music-wise, this year’s event has Country music from McKenna Faith and Road 88, “Shasta County Idol” Stacy Stone, indie rockers Walking Spanish and The Generals, as well as singer songwriter Clay Hawkins, Norcal bluegrass weirdos Hot Tar Roofers and of course local sensations Dog Party.

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Mythbusters coming to town!

They are not bringing their friends.

Sacramento is on the docket for the recently announced Mythbusters tour! Hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will be at the Community Center on January 9th for the “Behind the Myths” tour.

The all-new, live stage show … promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.

Super fun!

MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour
January 9, 2012
Community Center Theater
1301 L St
Tickets available online, starting at only $15!

Family art festival this weekend

Harley White Jr. Orchestra, via MySpace

Saturday afternoon at the MARRS building it’s the Midtown Modern Arts Festival, featuring performances and exhibits from a dozen local arts groups. Pretty much every artistic medium will be represented: visual artists; improv comedy by Sacramento Comedy Spot; Sacramento Ballet and B Street; even creative writing is getting in on it.

I heard about it from my old pal Jeff Musser, a local artist, who will be showing off some of his edgy work. There will be live music and dance, and hopefully wonderful weather as well. I guess Third Saturday afternoon is the new Second Saturday? It sounds fun!