Get to Know May Featured Artist Mike Johnston

May FA 016 Profile Pic - CopyThis May, Sacramento365.com wants you to Make It a Music night. Throughout the month, we’ll be showing you ways to move and be moved, so, of course, we had to choose an artist fitting for the occasion. Drumroll to Mike Johnston, a Folsom-based musician and instructor who works to the beat of his own drum, literally.

From a charming studio (or as he calls it “hobbit hole”), Johnston inspires thousands around the world through Mikeslessons.com, a website allowing aspiring drummers to learn and practice on their own time. As if that’s not impressive, on YouTube, his riffs and rudiments have been viewed over four million times and Modern Drummer readers awarded Johnston the “Clinician/Educator of the Year” award. And, oh yeah, Johnston was a world-touring rockstar at 21 and lived to tell about it.

To say we were intrigued by Mike Johnston’s story is an understatement. Read on and discover what moves our May Featured Artist here.

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Shhhhh… I’m Goin’ Country This Week

Brodie Stewart BandConfession: I’m a closeted country girl.

Although my Spotify playlists are a filled to the brim with rock ‘n roll, hip hop and cheesy Euro Pop, country music has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I’m not sure if it’s the kickin’ guitar and fiddle arrangements, the (mostly) heartfelt lyrics or the twang that appeals to me most, what I do know is that a good country song can lift my spirits. And this Thursday I’ll definitely be in a good mood attending Brodie Stewart Band‘s latest gig at Folsom’s PowerHouse Pub.

Raised in the Bay Area and Sacramento, our local country boy initially entered the music industry as a southern rocker, touring the nation in sold out arenas, but found his love for country music to be stronger. Ever since, he has worked tirelessly writing and producing songs for his eponymous band and for other artists — including Enrique Iglesias’ “Sweet Isabel.”

The hard work is paying off. The Brodie Stewart Band has been promoting his album “Born American” up and down the West Coast, opening up for Blues Traveler, Lonestar, Casey James and Easton Corbin. Critics applaud the band’s high octane shows and his single “Fine Lookin’ Country Girl” is now streaming on Pandora.

If you’re looking for honesty, passion and a good time, join this county girl at the PowerHouse Pub Thursday night at 10pm. For more details or to grab your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.

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

Featured Local Artist of the Month: Adam Reeder

Atlas' iPod, bronze sculpture by Adam Reeder

Atlas’ iPod, bronze sculpture by Adam Reeder.

Working out of his Folsom studio, sculptor Adam Reeder embraces many facets of the artist’s trade: commissions, shows, teaching art to students of all ages, and constantly evolving his style.

Pay special attention to his Socio-Technic Evolution series, which features classically-rendered sculptures that, upon further inspection, are not so classical after all. You see a toga-clad man chatting on a cellphone; Atlas bearing the weight of his iPod; a man reclining, presumably exhausted from a long day of video-game playing, the controller just about to fall from his hand. This intertwining of modern culture with classical style is finely executed by Adam’s hand and draws attention to the significant impact technology has on our world.

Interesting stuff!

Learn more about Adam in his Featured Artist Profile.

Sac365’s Top 10 Events: Week of Oct 15

Sacramento365.com's Top 10 Events

This week’s Top 10 events is titled “A Throwback List with Modern Twists,” and with good reason.

You can relive the 1960s with the This is the ’60s concert at Three Stages, go even further back in time (and maybe even get a little bit spooked in the process!) with Old Sacramento‘s Living History Ghost Tours, or hum along to Bob Dylan as he plays at Power Balance Pavilion with his band.

Fast forward to modern times with live entertainment and art at the Midtown Arts Festival (free for all!), or at the Artists for the Cure fundraiser. Experience the culture of Burning Man right here in Sacramento with the Burn the River event at Rio Ramaza Marina & Event Park.

See what else is happening this week in our complete Top 10 Events, and sign up here to receive the Top 10 in your inbox every Monday at Noon.

Texas’ Third Shift Brewing arrives in Sacramento

As summer kicks into full-gear, what better way to beat the heat and recover from a long day than to relax with some good food and good drinks? Third Shift Brewing, based out of Fort Worth, Texas, contacted us here at Sacramento365.com to see if we’d be interested in testing their new amber lager. How could we say no? This smooth, caramely beer is a perfect complement to a warm, summer evening in Sacramento. Give it a try at select Sacramento-area locations, including Palm Street Pub & Grill in Carmichael, Bistro 33 in Davis, Mark N Brian’s Bar & Grill in Folsom, Gary’s Place in Grass Valley, and more to come. Stay tuned to Third Shift’s Facebook for a product locator.