Hitsville, USA Comes to Sacramento

Motown the Musical CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy) Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat'l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola's standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and READ MORE ? ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross) Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support! READ MORE ? NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson) Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support. JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye) A native Jersey boy couldn't be happier living his dream. God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO. Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage READ MORE ? ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble) Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

Photo by Joan Marcus.

“To get to [the people’s] heart, you have to get to their feet.” – Berry Gordy

And that’s what Motown Records and its hit-making artists did. Despite operating during the time of overt de facto discrimination, the black-owned powerhouse and its iconic Motown Sound persevered and, quite literally, moved a generation. Broadway Sacramento caps off its successful 2015-2016 season retelling the company’s vibrant origin story with Motown the Musical.

The musical’s book, penned by Motown’s founder Berry Gordy, begins and ends with Motown 25th Anniversary Show. Filling most of the 160 minutes of stage time are a series of flashbacks, highlighting the trials, tribulations, and artists that shaped the legendary independent record company. (You’ll see everyone from Marvin Gaye to Rick James.) Of course, Berry Gordy’s love affair with Diana Ross is examined as well. Projected TV clips and the company’s changing fashions give temporal clues for the 45 years covered during the show.

Lean on character development, the musical instead makes room for the legendary Motown catalog to shine; of the over 180 hits produced under Gordy’s leadership; 66 Motown songs were infused throughout the production. Diana Ross’s campy, interactive solo debut at the Frontier Hotel and any The Jackson 5 number were the hands-down highlights of the already spectacular show. Also impressive was the fact that many cast members played up to five different characters, makes sense given Motown’s revolving door of talent.

Motown the Musical CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy) Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat'l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola's standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and READ MORE ? ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross) Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support! READ MORE ? NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson) Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support. JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye) A native Jersey boy couldn't be happier living his dream. God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO. Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage READ MORE ? ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble) Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

Photo by Joan Marcus.

In Motown the Musical you’ll learn the lessons of loyalty, pride, competition, but most importantly, never giving up on your dreams.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the music and magic of Motown the Musical. The Motown Sound takes over the Community Center Theater stage now through Sunday, May 29. For ticket and show details, click here.

Disclaimer: While this is an all ages show, the “n-word” is used briefly in during the traveling Motortown Revue scene. There is also an implied (though hilarious) sex scene.

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

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Join Forces with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera!

SPO-StarWars-WebSliderDarth Vader, Hans Solo, and Princess Leia invade the classical musical institution this Saturday!


This season the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera has had a true rebirth. They have been pushing the envelope of a typical philharmonic through pop-up concerts throughout the city, music invasions at libraries, concerts for over 4000 children, live tweeting (yes, people can join a crew to tweet throughout an entire concert), and innovative programming.

About that innovative programming…when was the last time you saw a Queen cover band perform front and center with a full orchestra playing as back-up…well, if you are like most Sacramentans, the answer is probably never. What about acrobats flying up, down, and around the Sacramento Community Center Theater to the classical hits? Maybe if you’ve been to Vegas, but did they have a full orchestra on stage or was it a recording?

Now to end Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s Pop Series for the year, they are bringing the music of John Williams, a.k.a. the music genius behind some of Hollywood’s most famous movies: Indiana Jones, Superman, Harry Potter, and of course…Star Wars. With the excitement of the new Star Wars film that came out last year, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera decided to bring its great cinematic music to life!

On Saturday, April 23, come hear all of your favorites themes, songs, and catchy tunes from these blockbuster films performed by an entire live orchestra!

But let’s get back to Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Princess Leia joining the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera…in keeping with their envelope-pushing season, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera wants you to come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and Superman characters — capes and all.  Yes, rep your fandom with pride this weekend! 107.9 The End will be joining the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera to have a live costume contest. The best Princess Leia buns may just help you snag the top prize!

You will not want to miss this epic concert event. A limited number of tickets are still available by phone; may the force be with you! For more event details, visit the concert’s Sacramento365.com event listing.

*This blog post was written by Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s Marketing and Communications Director Raymond James Irwin.

Joshua Roman: Not Your Average Cellist

This Saturday, April 9, innovative Classical Cellist, Joshua Roman, will perform with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera in Dvorák’s New World. Joshua, a TED fellow, gives us his take on new classical music and diverse collaborations.


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Photo by Hayley Young.

You were the youngest principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony winning the position at 22 — wow — what was that like?
It was great — they seemed very excited to have me and, of course, I was excited to be there. The orchestra chose me through the audition process, so I didn’t feel skepticism from them regarding my level of experience, but I was definitely the youngest in the whole orchestra! I felt very much like they allowed me to step into that leadership role, and it was beautiful. I loved it. I love Seattle.

Joshua, you are one of only a handful of performers who get the designation of a TED Senior Fellow. How did you get involved with TED talks, and what type of innovation do you hope to showcase?
A friend of mine from Seattle first introduced me to TED through a TEDx event. I gave a talk and played at the Seattle event, TEDxRainier. Through that process, I learned about the fellows program, and attendees encouraged me to apply. TED is a wonderful organization for the melding of minds. Their theme of ideas is worth spreading and is very relevant, especially for those of us in classical music. It’s important to think about the role of music in a larger space, the role of the cello, and what I can do to go broader and deeper.

You are a leader in bringing change to classical music; to reinvigorate it. Why do you think classical music needs to have its envelope pushed? How did you decide that you were going to steer away from the role of the performer to a change maker?
To me, classical music isn’t about a particular repertoire or canon — that’s a byproduct, and a fantastic byproduct — I believe that classical music is a tradition of creativity and innovation. We [as musicians] absolutely have to keep that alive. I never feel like that idea ‘steers me away’ from being a performer. Innovation has to be at the center of what we do.

Do you find that classical music audiences are receptive to new works, collaborations, and innovations that you are bringing?
I find that if you create an environment where people have a chance to open up and experience something, you can go many places, and they will go with you. Sometimes, you have to put in a bit of extra effort to create an emotional entry point, but if you get that, people will come with you and explore.

Sacramento is going through a renaissance; “Be the Change” is quickly becoming the motto for 2016. How can we — as audience members, classical music enthusiasts, and people who aren’t sure they even like classical music — make a change in this genre?
With classical music, it’s important to focus on the passion. At the core of music are connections between people and people respond to passion. Sometimes this gets lost in certain aspects of tradition. If we can pull barriers down and allow the passion from the music, musicians, and audience to be the driving force while sustaining quality — who knows what can happen!

Why do you think so little contemporary classical music is performed?
There’s a lot of contemporary classical music being performed, but much of it is happening in smaller and nontraditional venues. However, there still needs to be more, and the growth that’s happening on the big stage should be encouraged. Exploration and discovery have always been the cornerstones of classical music, so there’s no reason to fear that new sounds will render great music of the past obsolete.

The argument could even be made that our best chance of establishing a connection with those around us is through sharing something created in our time, for our time.

What is your main goal when performing? What do you want your audiences to get out of your performance?
For every performance, I want to communicate what the music is saying, and get myself out of the way. I try to let the passion, emotional quality, and spiritual connection be the carrying force — and of course, it’s my interpretation of these qualities that I share, but the goal is to find whatever is intrinsic in the music and give myself to that emotion.

I want the audience to feel engaged and present, and have an experience that connects us on a fundamentally human level.

This weekend, you are playing something a bit more traditional, Dvorák’s cello concerto. Do you play with a different, perhaps modern approach, or do you find that you stick to playing it in the traditional sense? What should audiences know about this piece?
A piece like the Dvorák is so huge within repertoire that it’s impossible not to be influenced by some of the traditions that have developed around it. But what I actually do at this point is go back to the score and try to free myself from some of the performance traditions that have accumulated since the piece’s premiere. I want to try to find what I think Dvorák is trying to do and say. In a way, that’s not traditional. In my own way, I’m trying to get as close as I can to his idea of what the piece should be.

For me, it’s one of the greatest pieces ever written because it’s such a colorful musical story and there is background in Dvorák’s own life. There’s love, tragedy, and homesickness. The way these emotions play out, even in the way the musicians and musical instruments interact on stage, is extremely powerful.


Hear Joshua Roman and the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera perform Dvorák’s New World this Saturday! For ticket and time information, visit the concert’s Sacramento365.com page.


***This blog post was written by Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator Raymond James Irwin.

3 Reasons Families Love the Sacramento Food Film Festival

Sacramento Food Film Festival

Photo by Erin Alderson

Looking for a fun and educational event for the whole family? Look no further than the Sacramento Food Film Festival, taking place April 7-16. The festival pairs films with the best chefs in town resulting in delicious food and fun for all!

For those of you still unconvinced, here are three reasons to bring your family to this year’s festival:

1. It’s fun!

Enjoy a kid-friendly event fit for all of the spaghetti lovers in your family. Kids and adults alike will dine on a spaghetti dinner prepared by chefs Randall Selland and Ravin Patel of Selland Family Restaurants. You and your family can join Flint Lockwood as he develops new technologies to save humankind from oversized fruits and vegetables in the film, Cloudy with a Chances of Meatballs 2. For more event information, click here.

2. It’s educational!

On Tuesday, April 12th, join the Food Literacy Center for Open Sesame, a free event where your whole family can learn about the importance of seeds! In partnership with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Slow Food Sacramento, Valley Vision, UC Davis, and the Sacramento Public Library, the Center will screen Open Sesame, a thought-provoking film about the importance and impact of saving heirloom and open-pollination seeds on our health, environment, and economy. Following the documentary, local experts will discuss what we can do to save seeds locally.

3. It’s for a great cause!

You can have fun while supporting a watercress wonderful cause! Food Literacy Center’s mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. They teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, environment and economy.

Funds from these events will help the Food Literacy Center teach low-income children cooking, nutrition, and healthy food habits that will last a lifetime. So come help make the 2016 Sacramento Food Film Festival a celery success!

For the full festival schedule and ticket information, visit its Sacramento365.com event page.


This blog post was written by Food Literacy Center Community Relations Officer Melissa A. Granville.

Get Ellie Goulding on Your Mind

EllieGoulding_4x4_imageShe’s performed at Prince Williams and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Her single “Love Me Like You Do” was the hit of 2015 (and possibly the only good thing to come out of 50 Shades of Grey). She’s a part of Taylor Swift’s girl squad, and…on April 5 British pop star Ellie Goulding will bring her folktronica pop to the historic Memorial Auditorium.

As a proud ‘Goulddigger’ (a.k.a. a diehard Ellie fan), I’ve been a fan of blonde chanteuse since her first single “Starry Eyed”, before her talent was recognized stateside. I’ve seen her fill up San Francisco’s Amoeba Music and support Robin Thicke at Good Morning America’s Concerts in Central Park. Now seeing my girl headline her very own tour brings a few tears to this superfan’s eyes.

But what’s most remarkable about Goulding’s growing success is that she’s not afraid of experimentation. Over her five-plus years in the spotlight, she’s dabbled in dubstep, house, and folk music without losing her lyrical grit or her trademark angelic voice.

Since sharing is caring, I’ve compiled some of my favorite Ellie Goulding’s jams to get you in the mood for next Tuesday’s concert:

 

Like what you hear? Grab your friends and make it a night with Ellie Goulding, April 5 at the Memorial Auditorium! For ticket and show information, visit the concert’s Sacramento365.com event page.


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

#BeTheChange: The Creative Changemakers of Emerge Summit

Metro Edge Emerge Summit

Photo courtesy of Metro Edge.

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities – the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.” – Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

On Friday, March 18th, 600 young professionals from throughout the Sacramento region and beyond will gather at Memorial Auditorium for the 3rd annual Emerge Summit. Spearheaded by Metro EDGE with support from the Sacramento Metro Chamber, the Emerge Summit is a collaborative effort of the organizing leadership of 11 regional young professional programs. Simply put, it’s an insanely awesome and inspirational day dedicated to community, collaboration, and professional development.

As if the event itself wasn’t exciting enough…

  • Keynote speaker: Greta Gerwig – Sacramento-grown, Golden Globe nominee, actress, writer, producer, and director
  • Local speaker: Jay Sales – Innovation Strategist & Co-Lead at The Shop, VSP Global
  • 11 breakout session options
  • Awesome after party

…there will be some incredibly talented local artists doing what they do best – creating. These are just a handful of the creative changemakers (and a few Sacramento365 Featured Artists) at the helm of Sacramento’s resurgence, transforming the arts landscape.

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Photo courtesy of Metro Edge.

The Artists: What to Expect

To celebrate this year’s Emerge Summit theme, Metro EDGE is kicking off the day a little early with the Changemaker Space. Doors will open at 10:30am to give attendees the opportunity to experience this lively space that will feature artists, businesses, and nonprofits throughout the region that exemplify what it means to #bethechange.

Make sure you arrive early and check out all of the amazing talent and passion. We hope you will join the Sacramento365 team at the Emerge Summit on March 18th! For more information, head over to the event listing on Sacramento365.com.

**This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Marketing Manager, Karlee Cemo.

10 Unique Ways to Enjoy Sacramento Beer Week

Beer GlassSacramento Beer Week is back! Starting February 25 and ending March 6, our region’s local breweries and taprooms will be celebrating all things craft beer, starting with the Sacramento Brewer’s Showcase and ending in grand style with the popular Capitol Beer Fest. While Beer Week is technically longer than seven days (it’s eleven this year), with all of the events happening in the region, I’d say that the length is oh-so necessary. (And who’d complain about having more time to enjoy a cold one?)

The folks behind the Beers In Sac smartphone app sat down with Sloppy Moose Running Club to find out some of the lesser known and unique beer outings happening this year; lucky for you, I’ve paired their guide down to the handy chronological Top 10 list below. Cheers, and hope to see you at one of these events!


Locals Only
Capitol Beer and Taproom
Fri 2/26
Kick off Sacramento Beer Week with special releases from 916 breweries.

Girls Scout Cookie & Beer Pairings
Track 7 (Curtis Park and Natomas locations)
Sat 2/27
Try Nukin’ Futz Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter with Peanut Butter Sandwiches; Soulman Stout on nitro with Thanks-A-Lots; Discord Sour IPA with Lemonades; and Call Boy Imperial Coffee Porter with Caramel Delights.

The IPA, Specialty IPA and Anything Goes Invitational
Track 7 (Natomas)
Sun 2/28
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to this sold-out event, you’ll get to taste and judge exceptional IPAS from breweries across the Western United States.

Beer and Food with Bike Dog
Sacramento Co-Op
Mon 2/29
Great food paired with beers from Bike Dog is just what you’ll need on a Monday.

Sante Adairius Hoeybier Release
Pangaea
Tues 3/1
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Sacramento — enough said!

Beer Tap

Oregon Brewer’s Night
Final Gravity (Roseville)
Wed 3/2
The taproom will highlight some of the Beaver State’s best beers from Crux (Bend), Gigantic (Portland), Heater Allen (McMinnville), Deschutes (Bend), and more.

Man’s Best Friends
Der Biergarten
Thurs 3/3
What’s better than dogs and beer? The Sacramento SPCA will be there and one dollar of every beer sold will benefit them. And yes, you can bring your own dog!

Beer Prom
California Automobile Museum
Fri 3/4
A totally tubular tasting event that allows you relieve the best decade!

Sacramento Brewing Tap Takeover
Rubicon
Sat 3/5
Local breweries re-creating Sacramento history with Sac Brew beers.

Milk Stouts Gone Wild
Bike Dog
Sun 3/6
You can try 11 varieties of my favorite Bike Dog beer variety.


For even more Sacramento Beer Week fun, you can visit Sacramento365.com or download the smartphone app, Beers In Sac. Available all year round, the app will keep you in the know about what’s brewing in the Sacramento region!

**This blog post was written by Mike Ungerbuhler, the Beer Guru at Beers In Sac.