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Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/29

This Week: Party On.

Elton_JohnElton John and His Band
Sleep Train Arena
Oct 1
Wed 8pm
The Rocket Man returns to perform iconic hits from his incredible five decade career.

TBD_FestTBD Fest
The Bridge District
Oct 3-5
Fri 3pm-12:30am; Sat &Sun 10am-12:30am
Music, design and food take over West Sacramento for the biggest party of the year.

Princess_Promenade2Princess Promenade
Discovery Park
Oct 5
Sun 8am
Feel like the belle of the bike trail after pedaling your way through the American River Parkway.

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Make It a TBD Night!

MIA_TBD_N2One of the biggest events to hit Sacramento this year (dare we say ever?) is upon us…TBD Fest! Formerly known as Launch, the indie festival has rebranded, revamped and relocated to bring music, art, design, fashion and now, food to West Sac’s Tower Bridge District (TBD… get it?) October 3 through 5.

While the memories you’ll make over the weekend are TBD, Sacramento365.com has gathered a few tips on how you can gear up, fuel up and rest up to make the most of your festival experience!

Here’s the lowdown on what you’ll need to survive this epic weekend.

Your open ears:
You’ll be blown away by this year’s eclectic lineup of over 70 acts — from electronic, hip hop and new wave, music lovers of any genre will NOT be disappointed! Justice, Blondie, Moby, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun and Explosions in the Sky are just some of the killer acts you can see and hear at one the 1, 2, 3…4 (!) music stages. Find a full list of performers here.

Your appetite:
The talent isn’t limited to the music. Sacramento’s food scene will be on full display at The Pit, a cooking demonstration zone that will bring our farm-to-fork restaurants to the masses. Engaging in “friendly fire,” restaurants will face off in Top Chef-esque competitions and will create bites for the craft beer garden. Over 20 food trucks will also be present to tantalize your taste buds.

Your eye for design:
Fashion and art are paramount to TBD’s ethos. So feast your eyes on boho collections by local boutiques, seek solace underneath mind-warping structures, and rethink art with a pop up gallery featuring the work of local painting phenom, David Garibaldi.

Your yoga mat:
Centering your chi will not be a problem. Every morning, yogis will help you recharge from your previous night’s debaucheries with some guided yoga flow. If you’re feeling adventurous, there will even be an “Experimental Playground” where festival goers can try out acro yoga, hooping and slacklining. Namaste.

Other festival essentials:

-Money (We recommend a safe, discreet holder as well)
-Your smartphone…or if you’re fancy, that DSL camera in your closet
-Extra phone batteries/charger for said smartphone or camera
-Your stretchy-est yoga pants and comfiest shoes
-A good attitude (There will be thousands of people at the festival. As Shakira would say, “No fighting!”)
-Pick-up lines and breath mints (You might bump into someone cute. Be prepared.)


Get lost in TBD’s creative spirit. Photo by Raoul Ortega.

Yes, there will be plenty of things to see and do within the festival’s gates, but TBD is the perfect excuse to explore the Sacramento Riverfront. (Remember, in-and-out privileges are only for three-day pass holders, so allow yourself time to scope these sights before and after the festival.)

-Stock up on sugary sweets from Candy Heaven
-Caffeine it up with a cup of joe from either Chocolate Fish or Insight Coffee Roasters.
-Grab a break”fest” of champions at West Sac’s iconic Carol’s Restaurant to get you through the next 12-hours (Best part: The portions are HUGE!)
-Snap some Instagram pics near the CA Railroad Museum and Tower Bridge. Your outfit of the day will pop in front of these Old Sacramento landmarks

-Get some post-fest eats and drinks at Broderick Roadhouse (it’s less than a mile a way!)
-Continue the party at with more live music at River City Saloon
-Get grimey at NorCal Noisefest! The annual underground electronic music event is also taking place this weekend in Midtown.

The festival’s venue, the Tower Bridge District, is exactly where you would expect it to be – near Sacramento’s golden landmark. Held on the West Sacramento side of the bridge, the grounds are easily accessible by car, train, bike and public transit. Festival multi-day pass holders may want to consider snagging a hotel room to avoid transportation headaches – and many are offering special packages throughout the weekend.

Hot hotel deals include:
-Reserve your room at Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento Old Town with promo code “TBD Fest” to get a low rate of $89 (plus tax). Deal includes a hot breakfast and parking.
-Just a quick ride on I-5, Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento South Natomas has special room rates of $109 and $119 that include parking, wifi and cook to order breakfast for up to four guests.
-If you want to live it up near the Capitol and downtown hotspots, The Hyatt Regency has rooms for only $119 per night.


Don’t miss out on your chance to be covered in confetti! Get your last minute tickets with a little help from us. Photo by Rachael Lankford.

We’ve teamed up with TBD Fest on some special offers for our fans:

Latebirds: If you haven’t bought your tickets, what are you waiting for? Get 20% off a three-day or single day pass with promo code SAC365.

Earlybirds: Attendees who purchased their tickets at the Earlybird rate can bring a friend for the same price! Use the same email address you used to buy the original ticket on the Eventbrite page and you’ll be given a special code to use for an additional three-day pass ticket at a discounted rate of $99! More details here.

Now that we’ve schooled you on ways to make it a TBD night, use this knowledge wisely…and share your experience with us! Tag your social snaps by tagging @Sacramento365 with the hashtag #Sac365xTBD. See you across the river!

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/22

This Week: Tradition, Tunes and Tractors

A_Evening_of_Sound_AdviceAn Evening with Sound Advice
Crocker Art Museum
Sept 25
Thurs 7pm
Capitol Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak will chat with Clay Nutting about artists performing at TBD Fest.

Native_American_Day47th Annual Native American Day
CA State Capitol – North Steps
Sept 26
Fri 10am-2pm
Tribes will convene at the Capitol to celebrate water, Native peoples and their cultures.

??????????????????????Farm-to-Fork Festival
Capitol Mall Greens
Sept 27
Sat 11am-6pm
The Sacramento region’s farm-to-fork offerings will take center stage at this free festival.

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Izzy Malik: Pop with Heart

Izzy MalikThe 2014 High School Nation (HSN) Tour heads to Sacramento this Friday, September 19. Over the past decade, the music tour has given up-and-coming artists the chance to perform at local middle schools and high schools, as well as providing students free entertainment at a time when school art and music program funding is at an all-time low.

We got the chance to chat with HSN artist and Northern California pop songstress Izzy Malik about her new self-titled EP, her admiration for activist Malala Yousafzai, and why we should all dream big.

1. How would you describe your new self-titled EP to our readers?
I’d say my EP is very dance-in-your-room pop with a lot of rock, country, reggae, and hip-hop influence. I took inspiration from artists of many genres and didn’t want to limit the sound, so you can get a little bit of everything in there, as I enjoy all sorts of music and wanted that to be conveyed to my listeners.

2. Your song, “Malala,” is about Pakistani women’s rights and education activist, Malala Yousufzai – definitely not your typical pop song fodder.  Why did you choose to focus on her for your first single?
When I heard Malala’s story on the news, I’d just come home from school as a senior in high school. I found it so totally nuts that someone would have to go through so much to get an education and wanted to bring awareness to the plight of girls who fight for their basic right to an education. The fact that she’s from Pakistan also had a huge impact on me. I still have most of my family there and a house in my childhood neighborhood was bombed. It’s crazy how hard life is there and I thought the more awareness I could bring to this grave injustice, the higher the chance that things could change. Also, I think it’s kind of nice for school-going kids to realize how lucky we are and how one should never take their education for granted. This is the plight of countless Muslim girls in developing countries, and Malala is a shining example and a very strong voice for this cause and I wanted to honor her and show her my support, which she will always have.

3. You often tell your fans to “DREAM BIG.” Is this motto of yours inspired by her life story?

Definitely. When I say “DREAM BIG”, Malala is one of the people I have in mind. When I say that, I’m encouraging the fans to reach for the stars and never let adversity hinder their ambition and drive to achieve their goals and not to let a single individual or organization tell you you’re not good enough or it’s impossible. Anything is possible; it just depends on how hard you are willing to work and how much you believe in your dreams. That’s the deciding factor; it’s in nobody’s hands but your own. You decide your fate and you make your own destiny. Just be persistent and work hard all day, everyday.

4. You grew up in Merced, which isn’t too far from Sacramento. Have you ever visited the Capital City? Any interesting stories from your time here?
I actually went to a Big Time Rush concert here in Sacramento when I was sixteen! It was so cool because I got to meet them and gave them a CD of my music. It was when I was first starting to get into actually recording and they were so sweet and supportive. I had an amazing time and got to see some of the city before and after the concert, which was super cool! I always found their music fun and uplifting, and they also led me to one of my other favorite bands, One Direction! The second single off my EP, “Just Another Boy” is actually dedicated to/inspired by Harry Styles. Basically, that trip to Sac was pretty life-changing.

5. How are you juggling the college grind and pop stardom? (Are you living a double life like Hanna Montana?)

It’s pretty hard managing my time between school and my music, but I think I’m making it work! I’ll be doing online courses from Berkeley and UCLA this semester since I’m touring. My family and friends are super supportive of my career, so I’m really lucky with that!

6. You’ll soon be performing at middle and high schools across the country for the 2014 High School Nation Tour. What advice do you have for tweens and teens interested in entering the music business?
My advice is to keep working at it no matter what. You’re going to get a hundred “no”s before you get one “yes”, and that’s okay, because when people find out how awesome you are, it’ll totally be worth it. You just have to keep working on making yourself better and have a positive attitude. That way, you’ll be able to accomplish anything.

Izzy will share the stage with Drake Bell, Dakota Bradley, Jacob Latimore and others this Friday, September 19 at one lucky Sacramento school (sorry, we can’t reveal the location — it’s a surprise!) For more information about the High School Nation Tour, click here.

Follow Izzy’s journey to pop stardom by visiting her website and connecting with her on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr and Instagram.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/15

This Week: Make Your Week Legendary!

??????????????????????Legends of Wine
CA State Capitol West Steps
Sept 18
Thurs 6pm-8:30pm
Join sommeliers Darrell Corti and David Berkley at this event celebrating the region’s finest vino.

United_Parking_2014Sacramento United Park(ing) 2014
MARRS Building
Sept 19
Fri 10am-6pm
See how small spaces can have a big impact on our urban fabric.

Forget_Me_KnotForget Me Knot Wreath Laying Ceremony
Rio City Cafe
Sept 20
Sat 1pm
Maritime veterans will lay wreaths along the Sacramento River to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/8

This Week: Farm to Fork…To Fun!

CA164BirthdayCalifornia’s 164th Birthday
CA State Capitol – North Steps
Sept 9
Tues 11am
Celebrate the Golden State’s birthday with cake, ice cream, and live music.

F2FRW_2Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks
Downtown Sacramento
Sept 13-28
Various Times
Restaurants around town will serve up Farm-to-Fork dishes for the next two weeks!

Sac_Open_StudiosSac Open Studios 2014
Verge Center for the Arts and Various Galleries
Sept 13-21
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
For the next two weekends, explore the works of over 125 Sacramento artists!

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Get to Know September 2014 Featured Artist Vince Horiuchi

September Featured Artist ProfileThis September Sacramento365.com breaks it down with breakdancer, videographer, and Internet phenom, Vince Horiuchi. His path to dance fame was not without obstacles. Instead of following a safe career in engineering, the bboy followed his dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Vince’s passion for making moves and inspiring others can be seen at dance competitions worldwide and on his popular YouTube channel, VincaniTV.

Read what fuels his creative spirit here.