Dionne Warwick Enchants In Modesto – A Concert Review

It was obvious early on that Dionne Warwick fans were in for a magical evening at yesterday’s season opening concert at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. The first sign? The lights dimmed at the stroke of the show’s announced 8pm start time. Warwick, a 50+ year veteran of the stage and a […]

Whitney Houston Hologram? Pass On It If You Will Always Love Her

I was never one of Whitney Houston’s rabid fans. As beautiful as her voice was, I often thought there was an emotional disconnect between her technically stunning vocal performances and the lyrics to her songs. I rarely thought she really believed what she was singing, so she rarely really moved me. That said, Houston was […]

EXCLUSIVE — Bebe Winans Talks About New Solo Album

In the contemporary gospel arena, Bebe Winans is hard to beat. He’s the creative force behind dozens of inspirational, genre-defying classics like “I.O.U. Me,” “Heaven,” “Lost Without You,” “Addictive Love,” “I’ll Take You There,” and “If Anything Ever Happened To You” with his sister Cece, along with several artistically and commercially successful solo projects. Winans […]

Vanilla Ice, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and September 11th Events In Sacramento: A Varied Review

Over just the last couple of days, I was reminded that there’s never a dull moment in Sacramento. While these two gatherings had decidedly different tones, neither will be forgotten soon. Last weekend, Downtown Commons (DOCO) was home to their inaugural Block Party. After an easy to navigate security check, thousands of attendees were treated […]

Hurricane Jenifer Lewis To Roar Into Sacramento In October

As I write this, Hurricane Dorian has just ravaged the Bahamas and pummeled the southeast coast of the United States. Luckily, Sacramento doesn’t have to worry about such meteorological events. Or do we? On October 19th, Hurricane Jenifer — Jenifer Lewis, that is — will roar into town as the Keynote Presenter at this fall’s […]

The Best Of This Year’s Holiday-Themed Shows…And No, It’s Not Too Early To Start Thinking About Them!

Haul out the holly — or, at least, get your tickets in advance — for the best of holiday-themed performances and events. These shows are sure to sell out. First up, Broadway Sacramento launches their annual Broadway On Tour season with A Christmas Story, the smash musical based on the classic 1983 feature film. It […]