> My early '80s Sacrademento experience centered around a nondescript > strip mall bar that regularly hosted bands like X, the Contractions, > Lords of the New Church -- truly amazing. I only lived there for a > year or so, though, before a better job in San Jose drew me away... after dealing with a cover charge for every hack garage band in San Diego, we were pleasantly surprised to find free live music on every street corner up here. except in Roseville, where there are exactly three places I know of. but drive three miles any direction and walk into almost any coffee shop, bar, or little restaurant, and there's someone playing. it's great. really amped up my own musical aspirations. nobody very big plays locally; they do Reno and San Francisco. if they play 'in Sacramento' that means Arco Arena, only an hour from here (I guess it's closer to Sac) but for grassroots stuff, it's great. Grass Valley and Nevada City, you have to dodge the guitar cases just to walk down the street on a Friday night.