Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fox & Goose is the place to be...

The music at Fox & Goose in 2012 is going to be quite diverse and exciting. We have a huge year ahead of us with all the new expansions too.  Did somebody say something about the end of the world? Well if this is it, then I know where I want to be. And you're gonna want to be here too.  Let's look at some of the music highlights going into the new year.

Once again we are so pleased to welcome back Anton Barbeau from Berlin?!? Friday, December 30th.  I guess he's gotten over his love of London and moved deeper into the European depths. What a great talent and a wonderful person.  Anton was a Sacramento staple in the 80's and early 90's till he moved to London where his style of music is completely at home.  "He's a bit of a genius and I think we need to adopt him as one of our own. This is brilliant music," says BBC Radio, Oxford.  We always love his holiday visits to the Goose.  Sassy and saucy, wistful and dreamy, San Francisco's indie-pop sweethearts The Corner Laughers are coming too.

And Finally, DJ Larry Rodriguez's Dance Party celebrates it's 15 year anniversary on New Year's Eve.  He's never gonna let up and we've always loved the music he picks.  Round, warm, soul and funk.  The Goose was in the pocket last New Year's, and we look forward to another super freaky New Years Party.  He's bringing some of Sacramento's favorite dance party kings Mike C. and Tim Matranga to round out the night.  Don't miss this one if you like to shake your tambourine, feed the chickens, or do the cabbage patch.  $10 9pm balloon drop at midnight!

Alice Wallace is coming from Orange County with some sweet country on Wednesday the 4th with Sacramento's Lovelorn Trio featuring Alicia Aspatore's lovely voice, John Aspatore on guitar, and Tom on stand-up bass. Alice Wallace is on tour supporting her new album Sweet Madness. Don't miss this show!  Come have some Hot Spiced Cider and a Nutburger.

January 5th we see the Avalanche duo bringing beautiful violin and guitar music. From classical to old country folk to blue grass, Avalanche was hand picked by the Fox & Goose's founder Bill Dalton. He met them at a friends wedding and invited them to come play, and we are very, very happy to have them. Check them out here. Have a Mulled Wine and enjoy their sweet melodies.

Next, it's the beautiful Tessie Marie and The Poor Man Band on Friday the 6th.  One of Sacramento's most exciting bands! They feature some this town's best musicians with Ratatat Pat on drums, Allie Marcel on stand-up bass, and new member Steve Kroan on guitar. They are gonna fill the Goose with classic blues and country. You'll fall in love with them for sure.

Saturday, January 7th we have the amazing Chris Fairman back. His haunting vocals are perfect for the Goose. He's got great lyrics and melodies. This time he's bringing a band too. Can't wait for this show. Chris is definitely a hidden gem and will bring you back wanting more.  We also see the return of San Jose's Picture Atlantic!  This band is pure melodic indie pop at it's best.  Don't miss this one.

Of course we have Steve McLane on Wednesday the 11th. Steve has been playing at Fox & Goose since the early days. His smooth voice and perfect guitar playing are the vibe we can only hope will last forever. Playing classics from Neil Young to the Beatles to Bob Dylan, he always leaves us wanting more, and it's always a mellow way to spend a Wednesday evening with a pint and a pasty.

On Thursday January 12th we have Felsen all the way from West Oaktown with Katie Knipp. "Felsen's music is both smart and sexy and is always catchy. It demands repeated listening. This is for Alt Rock fans of Wilco, Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, Beck AND fans of the classic sound of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys and the Beatles." Katie Knipp is a new soul that incorporates old blues, torch piano, and harmonica hungry alt country.

Back by popular demand, Friday the 13th we have the Fortunate Few with the Bleeding Hearts, and Colonel Jimmy and The Blackfish. Mike Strauch brings back his sounds of Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Vintage Country! We love Mike and all the bands he's been in here in Sac. The Tattooed Love Dogs have always been a Fox & Goose band and we miss them. So don't miss this night!

 Second Saturday, the 14th, we are happy to bring from San Francisco the super lush tones of Ash Reiter. Such a great band with amazing songs. We can't stop listening to their new EP. They are a five piece indie pop band drawing comparisons to Feist, Morning Benders, Sondre Lerche and the Shins.  Also on the bill is The Heather Show, featuring Heather Frederick singing about her life and the delightful Walking Spanish.  This is by far the most important thing going on in Sacramento on January's Second Saturday! 

The 20th is a Friday and we very happy to have the infamous Musical Charis and the amazing Souterrain on the bill. Musical Charis is a cabaret of multi-instrumental musicians who constantly tour, write and record new material. The band even made time to open "Musical Charis Music School" for low-income families in Sacramento. Members of the band teach private piano, guitar, and voice lessons to over 50 youngsters in the area. They have been compared to U2, MGMT, and Fleetwood Mac. The Souterrain consists of Irish singer Lauren Norton and her Davis, CA friends. They play a hybrid folk/acoustic style. Their bio says, "Folk cures, lullabies, and revenge fantasies all have their home in our soundscape." This is gonna be a really special night. Don't miss it.

Next up, Saturday the 21st, we get Captain Billy's Whiz Bang! featuring Dave Downey of The Lizards/Pounded Clown, Lory Gilpatrick from Rad/Riff Randles, a guy named Jaz Brown, and Kortnee Bartnett from Riff Randals.  This will be a night of pure Rock & Roll abandon.  The Manchus from Santa Rosa will also bring very sturdy riffs!  Also from Bellingham, WA Jordan Rain is bringing RHOMBU$, touring in support of their new EP: No Fancy Girlfriends.  This will be a fun night, so come blow off some steam and have a pint...

The 27th, has The Music Room in support of their new EP: Live While You're Alive playing with David Rosenfield on tour from Clearwater, Florida.  David's a quirky folkstar traveling around singing about what he'd like to do with the %1.  This will be sweet.  You should come early and have a Banger on a Bun with English Cheddar and Chips! 

You have to come see our new favorites Cold Eskimo on Saturday January 28th.  This band is moody and eclectic, and energetic and pretty.  A full sound with these guys, and they're bringing Golden Youth and Shawn Fleming.  Come out and support live music at Fox & Goose.  We promise you won't be disappointed.  There's something for everyone at this old pub.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Goodbye 2011!

Fox & Goose is gonna be fun this next month. With December here and 2012 right over there, we are embarking on massive amounts of music and beer! Let's start by saying welcome back to Sacramento's very own Anton Barbeau on Friday, Dec. 30th and a final blow out for the old 11 on Saturday night with Larry Rodriguez bringing all your heart's soul, and funky beats to break through to the new year! Let's have another great Fox & Goose dance party and stay safe! Bikes and taxis for sure. And January is gonna keep the dream alive with some real heavy hitters-we have Tessie Marie and the Poor Man Band on Fri. Jan. 6th, the Fortunate Few on the 13th, Ash Reiter from SF on the 14th, Whiz Bang on the 21st, and Cold Eskimo on January 28th. Keep us on the radar for really good beer and great independent music right here in downtown Sacramento, CA. We're also getting a new front porch so you'll have to go through the warehouse next door to get into the pub for at little while. Cheers!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

First Friday and Second Saturday at Fox & Goose October 2011

First Friday was great at the Goose!  With Be Brave Bold Robot and Carly DuHain, you can't go wrong.  Talk about the passion.  Every song takes you on a trip into Dean Haakenson's mad brain!  And Carly's vocals are so direct and positive that you have to sit back and take it all in.  What a fun night and all while 10th street is being ripped out behind them.  Opening the show was Andrus-Shively with nice harmonies and acoustical mellow tones, then Carly's band; a full dose of one of Sacramento's best female singer song-writers, and the Be Brave, who seem to take over the room with comfort and angst melded all together.  We always look forward to a Dean show, so don't miss the next one!

Second Saturday in October is gonna be pretty amazing at Fox & Goose!  With the Foundry, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, and all the artist spaces above, you have no excuse but to take a look.  But don't forget to stop in for a pint and shimmy yourself with Dj Hailey.  She brings her Hullabalo dance system and all you have to do is shake!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Super Sweet: The Golden Cadillacs

      The Golden Cadillacs are a Sacramento indie-country gem.  Fox & Goose was graced by their music this last Saturday along with Flannel from Placerville, a really cool new artsy blue grass group.  A great show to round out the summer!  The Golden Cadillacs are Nick Swimley, Adam Wade, and James Neil, with Steve Randall sitting in on guitar.  Check out their sounds here.  The Cadillacs bring soulful honky-tonk with really good songwriting and always excellent musicianship.  They always get the crowd moving.
The Flannels opened the show and played stand up bass, mandolin, guitar, drums, and saw.  Members Jeff Melendez, Jacob Mingle,Mike Rowell, Rob Milo, Ryan McLees, Alex Porte, Ian Cambridge brought an interesting modern twist on blue grass.  Check them out right here.  Come out and support local music at Fox & Goose and enjoy our unique pub atmosphere with good people and really good beer!  Don't forget next Second Saturday October 9th we are featuring Hullabaloo with Dj Hailey.

At the Goose with Ian McGlone and Pushtonawanda

Another fun performance from Ian McGlone and his band Pushtonawanda.  Last Thursday Ian brought his group of local rock and rollers for his birthday celebration and filled the pub with good tunes and good vibes.  Ian is a longtime performer at the Fox & Goose and we are always thrilled to have him!  Pushtonawanda features Alex Bohl, Scott McConaha, and Manuel Tsihlas.  Follow them at Pushtonawanda on Facebook.