Celebrate Mom This Weekend


Photo by Juan Galafa.

This weekend is for the hard-working ladies out there. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, this Sunday (May 10) is Mother’s Day. Why not give the mommas in your life — and maybe even yourself — a much needed day of fun and relaxation. Sacramento365.com has curated a variety of local mom-themed outings to help you celebrate and thank the wonder women in your life:

Beautiful Roses: A Celebration of Motherhood
Laughs Unlimited; Thurs 7pm-9pm
Hear poets and musicians speak from the heart about their mother or motherhood at this open mic night.

7th Annual Berry Fest
Placer County Fairgrounds and Event Center; Sat & Sun 8am-6pm
Treat your mom to the sweet life! Held every Mother’s Day weekend, the Roseville festival celebrates the strawberry harvest.

An Intimate Evening with Vivian Lee
Fire Rock Grill; Sat 7:30pm-9pm
On Mother’s Day Eve, make a toast to a special lady at this intimate jazz concert. A hearty buffet dinner precedes the concert.

Mother’s Day at Funderland
Funderland Amusement Park; Sun 10am-6pm
Who says the dragon ride is just for kids? As a “thank you” for loving and raising the park’s tiny visitors, moms can ride free all Sunday long.

Mother’s Day Picnic at the Vineyard
Scribner Bend Vineyards; Sun 11am-3:30pm
Grab a blanket, pack a basket, and sip on some of our region’s best wine along our fertile Delta.

To find even more Mom’s Day festivities, visit the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events page. However you decide to celebrate motherhood, we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 5/4

This Week: May the Fourth Be With You!

OldSacChocolateWeekOld Sacramento Chocolate Week
Old Sacramento
May 4-10
Various times

Things are getting sweet in Old Sacramento! Celebrate all things cocoa this week in the district.

FB_TemplateBIG Day of Giving 2015
Various Sacramento Region Locations
May 5

Tues Midnight-Midnight
From midnight to midnight, give to the nonprofits that make this the place we call home.

AmgenAMGEN Tour of California
CA State Capitol West Steps
May 10

Sun 10:50am
See world-class cyclists whiz through the Capitol City this Mother’s Day.

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Joe Kye: The Pizzicato Pop Prodigy

Joe Kye performing at Sacramento Has Talent.

Joe Kye performing at Sacramento Has Talent.

Joe Kye of the “Indie String Pop” band Joseph in the Well is preparing to embark on a new chapter in his already extraordinary life. On Saturday, May 9th, Kye and his band mates Casey Lipka (upright bass) and Andres Salazar (percussion) will play a special EP Release Show at Harlow’s, featuring the trio’s latest music off of their self-titled EP, with performances from local artists Ike Torres and RASAR. We spoke with violinist Joe Kye to learn more about his upbringing, his love for Sacramento, and his trio’s very busy future.


Though born in Seoul, South Korea, Joe Kye’s family immigrated to Boston when he was six. Joe spent this period of his childhood listening “to a lot of Korean music, from odd-metered folk beats to mournful pentatonic ballads.” After a few years, Joe’s family moved to Seattle; where Joe fell in love with music. Originally interested in the saxophone, Kye’s parents swayed his mind with conversations about the prestige of classical music. and ultimately took up the violin, an instrument he now considers “an extension of [his] body and soul.” That is not all that makes Joe so special. What makes Joe’s sound so unique is his combination of pizzacto, plucking a string instrument, with using looping pedals to build songs through layers.

Joe’s musical tastes soon became as varied as the cities he lived in during his youth, ranging from classical music to blues, jazz, hip-hop, emo-rock, and moody Shostakovich. Upon entering Yale, Kye’s conservative Korean upbringing was hit hard by a wave of unimpeded Americana culture. “I learned about the Grateful Dead, sang Barbershop quartets in Yale’s Woolsey Rotunda, and jammed to Beatles songs in the basement of the Society of Orpheus Bacchus (Yale’s a capella group).” This “shake up” lead him to create music that “[captures] the universality of sound while paying homage to its [varied diversity].”

Post graduation Joe taught English in Washington, but his musical itch kept tingling. His wife’s residency at the UC Davis Medical Center luckily gave Kye the opportunity to scratch it. Joe was quickly enveloped by Sacramento’s music scene. “[It’s] a smaller market, but Sacramento…has a depth of creativity and diversity under-appreciated in larger, industry-driven cities.” And his love for our music scene has been reciprocated: Kye recently won the 3rd Annual Sacramento Has Talent and was awarded two SAMMIES (Outstanding New Artist and Artist of the Year). These accolades are pushing Joe farther than he has ever gone before.

Joe performing “Happy Song,” in Seattle.


His band Joseph in the Well will continue to spread the joy of music in the coming months. After their May 9th EP Release Show, Kye and his band mates will be braving the wild on a national tour with stops in Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. The band is also crafting up their first music video for their infectious single, “Happy Song.” The video combines Sacramento alleyways with animation and live-action to “bring a sense of whimsy and fantasy to the urban backdrops of Sacramento.” Joe hopes that the music of Joseph in the Well will “empower those who lack it, to bring understanding where there is conflict, and brew empathy where there is judgment.” This tour will give the trio a great chance to spread this message.

Head to Harlow’s May 9th to experience the local Pizzicato pop prodigy before he hits the road. For details on the Joseph and the Well EP Release Party, visit its Sacramento365.com event page here.


This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist Dylan Fisher.

20 Years of Cinematic Excellence

Sacramento International Film Festival 2015_ Photo courtesy of California Film Foundation

Grab your popcorn and support films created by independent filmmakers this week. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento International Film Festival.

What makes for great film? Throughout the years, the Sacramento International Film Festival has brought together filmmakers, writers, and cinephiles to discuss, share, and discover the essential elements of great movies through workshops, competitions, and thematic film screenings. Now in its 20th year, organizers have pulled out all the stops to create a festival filled with star power, raw talent, and, of course, entertaining cinema.

For the last two years, I’ve made attending the festival a spring tradition and am looking forward to keeping it going! Over the weekend, the festival kicked off with celebrity power with two sold out screenings of All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, the directorial debut of hometown native Colin Hanks on the beloved Sacramento institution Tower Records. And on  Sunday, 21 filmmakers took to the challenge of creating odes of super heroines with the 48 Hour Film Festival.

This week, the entertainment continues with films with heart. Tonight (4/28) watch a true tale of endurance with the sports documentary, Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story and Thursday’s In The Turn (4/30) shows how one transgender teen finds acceptance through the rough and tumble world of roller derby. The week’s heartwarming sentiment turns to heart-racing terror with Friday’s (5/1) Hard Ass Cinema horror film shorts series.

Interested making movies? This weekend’s Digital Odyssey and American Screenwriter’s conferences will give you the know-how and motivation to create your very own feature film.

Don’t miss out on the Sacramento International Film Festival’s greatest year yet! The cinematic excellence continues through Sunday, May 3. To learn more about these and other events, visit its Sacramento365 event page here.


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

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 4/27

This Week: “Reel” in the Fun!

BassMastersBassmaster Elite Series
Discovery Park
April 30 – May
Various Times

Watch pro anglers catch real big fish all weekend long. Free family festival on Sat & Sun.

CIP2015Concerts in the Park Opening Night
Cesar Chavez Plaza
May 1

Fri 5pm-9pm
It’s time to get funky! The Friday night concert series is back with the Island of Black and White.

CincoDeMayoCinco De Mayo Festival
Southside Park
May 3

Sun Noon-6pm
Enjoy music, dance, and food as you celebrate the Mexican holiday a bit early this weekend.

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Keeping It In the [Morgan] Family

Morgan Heritage

The Morgan Heritage is comprised of siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy “Gramps” Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan (percussion/vocals). Photo courtesy of Morgan Heritage.

This Tuesday, I’ll be taking a Jamaican getaway…well, sort of. I’ll be tuning in to the jamming to the reggae’s royal family, Morgan Heritage, this Tuesday at Orangevale’s The Boardwalk. (It’s definitely a shorter trek!)

True to their name, the quintet continues the legacy of their father, the storied reggae singer Denroy Morgan, by producing uplifting Island music. To be released tomorrow, the sibling’s tenth studio album, Strictly Roots, features cameos from pop/dancehall king Shaggy, R&B star J Boog, Rebelution and other Caribbean artists. The result? A mashup of hip-shaking yet positive jams. It’s no wonder the band has named their newly formed label, CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious).

Watch their ode to dancehall queens in their latest single, “Perform and Done”, below:

Want to take a trip to the islands as well? Join me tomorrow at The Boardwalk. Doors open at 7pm; show begins at 8pm. For more information on the show, visit its Sacramento365.com event page.

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

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 4/20

This Week: It’s Time to Indulge

PiratesPenzanceThe Pirates of Penzance
Sacramento Theatre Company
April 22-May 17
Various times
The comic operetta sets sail to downtown Sacramento this month.

SacIntlFilmFestSacramento Intl Film Festival
Various Locations
April 25- May 3
Various times
This week-long celebration showcases the established and rising filmmakers.

SactoMoFoSactoMoFo 8
Sacramento Outdoor Marketplace
April 25
Sat 2pm-9pm
Pig out under Highway 80 with 35+ mobile food trucks and thousands of Sacramentans.

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