Best local music trend—playing pretend: Local tribute shows

Best of Sacramento 2013 writer’s pick

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In Sacramento’s music scene’s past, music promoters have launched nights featuring local bands impersonating famous bands. Both the annual Dead Rockstars Show at Old Ironsides and The Loft Halloween show brought surrealistic concerts to the scene for more than a decade. Lately, it seems like there are more covers shows than ever. In recent months, there have been tributes to the Kinks, the Replacements and even the music from John Hughes soundtracks. Newbies, take note: This is more about embodying the bands, not just learning the songs. In other words, put a little theatricality into your clothing and dance-move choices.