Sacramento is not one of the first cities that come to mind when people today think about live music. Fortunately, Sacramento’s indie music radio station Radio 94.7 has slowly and steadily tried to help foster the ‘city of trees’ as a great destination for top artists.
Part of Radio 94.7’s efforts has included organizing annual concert events such as next week’s Electric Christmas concert event to be held at the Golden 1 Center (home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings) in downtown Sacramento on December 7.
The popular indie folk band The Lumineers headline the show this year, who are finishing off their world tour in support of last year’s sophomore album Cleopatra.
Ohio indie rock quartet Walk the Moon is another popular act that consistently plays on Sacramento’s airways to the point that it’s hard to remember a time when “Shut Up and Dance” didn’t exist. The last remaining act is Portland, Oregon-based alternative rock band Portugal. The Man who made the mainstream leap with the infectious “Feel it Still” that is all over radio and television. It’s quite gratifying to see the latter’s success given the band has existed since its original form way back in 2001.
This year’s three band lineup is a welcome change from last year’s five band lineup. Organizers probably felt five performances were too many to fit inside a three hour window without having so much downtime between sets. This is probably a good idea as I remember Warpaint’s 15-20 minute set last year feeling a bit short.
Unfortunately, the all-ages event is already sold-out so be prepared to find a secondary source or hope for luck in last-minute 94.7 giveaways for a ticket.
NOTE: Article previously published on Blogcritics.
NOTE 2: This was not The Lumineers’ first arena show at the Golden 1 Center. The band previously performed at Harlow’s in 2012.