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.
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.
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 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.