Vintage crooning in Old Sac
I recently went to see Lee Diamond at the Back Door Lounge … for the 14th time this year. Sure, the lounge’s vintage Las Vegas vibe—complete with red-and-gold velvet wallpaper, comfy black leather couches and red candles—drew me in at first. But it was the suave and debonair Diamond that keeps me coming back to this venerable Old Sacramento chill spot every other weekend or so. With a perfectly quaffed do, tailored suits and shoes to match, LD strolls up to the mic like he owns the place, belting out classics, from Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra to Dean Martin. Bonus: You’ll never be able to memorize his set list because he’ll throw in a modern classic, like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” or will stir up an unexpected sing-along, the whole bar of 20- and 80-somethings joining in. Diamond plays on Fridays and Saturdays at the Back Door Lounge, 1112 Firehouse Alley in Old Sac at 9:30 p.m., no cover. For more information, call (916) 442-5751.