Welcome to decibel hell
R Street Corridor1417 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Voting for the 19th annual Sacramento Area Music Awards, or Sammies, has ended. Done. Finished. The Web guy here at SN&R printed out the online-voting results, and we’ve tallied all the ballots. There were more voters this time than any previous year, so thanks to everyone who took a moment to participate.
Also, props to all the musicians and bands that campaigned to get out the vote. It was painful to have to award an artist first place in a specific category when, in some cases, the second-place artist received more than 180 votes. Or lost by less than three.
SN&R is impressed and humbled by this year’s turnout, so huzzahs to all the nominees for spreading the word.
So, yeah, this means that Sammies 2010 has winners. The only other person who knows the results is the dude who’s engraving names on the awards. Don’t try to hunt him down; he’s a vault.
Instead, show up on the big day: Second Saturday, October 9, when SN&R’s Sammies Block Party & Music Extravaganza goes down on the R Street Corridor (14th and 15th streets, 6 to 10 p.m., no cover). Bands—Goodness Gracious Me (featuring the Sizzling Sirens Burlesque), Storytellers, the Nickel Slots and the New Humans—will rip it up. Deejays and emcees—DJ Rated R, DLRN, DJ Phase, Mike Colossal, Random Abiladeze, A.R.A.B., TAIS, Izreal, TASK1ne, Mr. Lingo, Luke ScratchRocker, Tribe of Levi, Live Manikins, J.Rockit—will unite for one of the most all-encompassing hip-hop showcases in the history of the 916.
Plus, the CUF, the Secretions and 7Seconds will receive their Sammies Hall of Fame kudos. Even more: The beer garden will let it flow, vendors will shill wares, someone will undoubtedly make a fool of themselves and presenters will divvy Sammies awards to lucky winners.
And it’s all free. (SN&R staff)
Bring the noise, earplugs:
One of the city’s longest-running music festivals, this year’s NorCal NoiseFest spans a total of four days; takes place in two different cities at three different venues; and features dozens of artists, local and abroad. You can buy a pack of earplugs at CVS for four bucks; invest wisely.
The 14th NoiseFest kicks off on Thursday in Davis with a “pre-fest” at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, 7 p.m., no cover, all ages). Don’t miss the Hammond/Shawn/Corcoran/Steed quartet.
The festival continues on Friday at Luna’s Café & Juice Bar in Midtown (1414 16th Street, 7 p.m., $10) and earlier in the day on Saturday at Sol Collective (2574 21st Street, 2 to 11:30 p.m., $10).
And this year, there’s even a “post-fest” party at Ross Hammond’s improv-jazz night Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s, featuring experimental music by Daryl Shawn, Laurie Amat, Thomas Helton, Chad E. Williams and hosted by Lob Instagon (7 p.m., $5-$10 sliding scale).
If you’re interested in more than one event, fork over $25 for a special membership package at www.brownpapertickets.com that includes admission to all NoiseFest events, a button, T-shirt, sticker and CD. But no earplugs. (Nick Miller)
Do me a Favors:
David Mohr’s new band Favors—he used to be in 20,000—is the headline act at this week’s Fuck Fridays at the TownHouse Lounge (1517 21st Street; 9 p.m.; no cover before 10 p.m., $3 RSVP, $5 for everyone else). Favors has a unique synth-pop vibe that skews indie dance, which will be perfect for letting loose after a week on the grind. Plus, this is—I think—only the second time Favors has performed live; give it up for a new band, something this city needs more of. (N.M.)