Feature: Sacramento Is Revitalizing the Underground Music Scene
"Sacramento is a diverse scene I feel like, you know, there's a lot of bands of different genres. When you're in an underground DIY scene you get more variety for sure", says Boreas member Teegan, when asked about the underground music scene and its reemergence this year despite the many challenges it's faced. It seems Sacramento is attempting to breathe life back into itself with this small but mighty community.
With bands all over California and across the globe looking to make their way back out into the sea of shows and events that surround the music industry, they seem to be collectively gathering to host shows themselves. From ticket sales to food and beverages, it appears nothing is out of reach for these kinds of motivated individuals. Many of the bands that played at the "Lollapaloser" event on Friday September 10th, organized by dedicated supporters and parents such as Greg and Bridget Leal, would love to see events like this continue and be a part of shaping them in any way possible. "The people that are down for the scene are very loyal, and I think that's awesome", Sacramento and San Diego band Tarnish explains, "We had a show in Riverside last weekend, that I feel was a really good example of it because the entire crowd was just people who like to go to shows on the weekend, no one knew us but it was sick. We had a great crowd, we had a good pit going, it literally felt like a home town show". They go on to mention communities like this in various places and how it's made them connect with people in ways they would have never would've imagined.
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The Blue Goose Event Center being the latest venue for this particular community, its seems just about every band interviewed would seize the opportunity to play here again. With multiple venues opening up, it's beginning to look like these kinds of home-made shows might stand a good chance of seeing success if they can garner the kind of attention needed by the local and outsider communities.
Sacramento appears to be a perfect host for niche, do-it-yourself groups, alongside other cities such as; Riverside, San Diego, and Santa Cruz, California. Even drawing in bands from places like Las Vegas, Nevada.
Part II and the Electric Boogaloos have wandered in the opposite direction of their bright lighted home-town to stumble upon this particular underground and independent music scene, and had this to say about it, "We couldn't be happier to be a part of such a supportive scene that has people from all the way over here in Sacramento asking us to play shows for them. It just goes to show that punk as a genre is definitely not dead and that it's very much alive. We couldn't ask for a better scene to be a part of."