Since my first visit recently to the Stone Vintage Music Boutique in West Sacramento, Brendan Stone’s Thursday open mic session has been officially added to the Sacramento Music Mics calendar. This mean that musicians in the Sacramento region have at least one venue to play at on each of the five weeknights, plus Saturday. Musicians in only two other California cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles, share that luxury. Each of you can now play on any Monday through Saturday within a reasonable driving distance from Sacramento’s downtown. Thanks to Brendan for filling this gap.
On August 2, I was pleased to be able to lead out on the night’s lineup, followed by Will Jones, Kevin G., Angel & Friend, and a summer visitor from Los Angeles, Drew Karperos.
After hacking my way through the first two covers, I blanked out on the first line of the chorus to John Mayer’s “Daughters” and had to ask for help from the audience. I think it was Noah who got me back on track, but thanks to whoever remembered the line.
Will Jones came up next, playing three highly enjoyable original pieces, backing himself on an acoustic guitar.
Next up was Kevin G., who was given a big hand of encouragement when he announced this was his first time on the Stone Vintage stage. Among Kevin’s set was “Turtles in Space” and his call-and-response-crowd pleaser, “Cinnamon Apple Pie”.
Angel and his friend took the stage next, and I should mention here that Angel is on a jazz track and already developing some accomplished jazz chops. Angel’s friend played bass, and the two played and traded solos back and forth while building on grooves. I didn’t expect this level of sophisticated playing, so it was a real treat to hear them. Our last performer felt exactly the same way, and gave a shout-out to their jazz licks before beginning his own set.
Drew Karperos, a Los Angeles native who has been spending the summer in Sacramento, closed out the evening. Drew is an outstanding vocalist who backs himself with acoustic guitar playing that turns heads the moment he begins to play. My girlfriend Kimberley never misses The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and other similar reality-based national talent searches. She would agree that Drew’s talent should gain him a spot on one of those shows — he is that good — and when I mentioned this to him he shared with me that he is working toward securing a spot on The Voice. I was not surprised in the least, and sooner or later, I know he’ll get that chance, and the professional music career that he wants can only be helped by the experience.
So after Drew returns to L.A. and hits the big time, we can remember the summer he performed for Sacramento audiences at Café Colonial and the Stone Vintage Music Boutique.
I can’t wrap this post without an acknowledgement of a suspected Stone Vintage Mascot Dog brought in last night by a close friend of Brendan’s. This dog literally made friends with everyone in the house last night, and was a love sponge. But my girlfriend’s dog was a little jealous when I got home and she smelled another dog’s scent on me. I got that stink-eye and couldn’t lie my way out of it. Yes, I petted the dog. Several times. Who wouldn’t?