Our Sacramento region’s open mic musicians have already begun making their way to the new Monday open mic at Sactown Union Brewery. I dropped in briefly this week to have a beer and to check out the venue.
Going in, I’d been informed that this open mic is hosted by “known commie agitator” Drew Walker, who promises to bring hope to the downtrodden and power to the people. Nice goals. Especially if pursued with one of Sactown Union Brewery’s tasty draft beers in hand.
As I drank mine I felt an urge to agitate. So I found Drew and introduced myself, asking “So you’re the commie agitator?” That produced an immediate smile on Drew’s face. No telling how that description came about but I made a mental note to explore this further with Drew when I see him next. The last time I heard the term commie agitator was during my student years, when I studied the true stories of the Senator Joe McCarthy era and the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s, Whittaker Chambers, and the microfilm found inside a pumpkin. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
Drew is in the right job: very personable, impressive MC skills, and best of all, he keeps the performance lineup moving. I’ll be going back soon, but with my own music gear this time. As spring moves into summer I predict that Sactown Union Brewery will be a popular venue, with its rollup door and indoor/outdoor feel, and performers able to enjoy being almost outside, but shielded from the hottest rays of the coming summer sun.
The stage is near the brewery’s entrance, and the taproom is reached through the far corner of the room. The taproom is an exceptionally welcoming one, with large mural artwork and a cozy vibe that makes you want to sit down and stay for a few hours. So people can hang out there or grab a beer and head back to the larger room where the stage is located.
Next visit I’ll capture some performer photos to post on this site, along with a few notes on the experience. Looking forward to it.