Friday, November 4, 2016

Coming Up In November!

Hey everyone,
There are a lot of cool things coming to Gold Lion in November! See below:


Monday, November 7: 
Dialectical Imagination 
Ross Hammond/Clifford Childers Duo

Dialectical Imagination:
Eli Wallace-piano
Rob Pumpelly-drumset
Megan McEarney-lights

Ross Hammond-guitar
Clifford Childers-trombone, euphonimum, harmonica, bass trumpet

7pm $10-15 sliding scale



Thursday, November 10:
Jacam Manricks CD Release Concert

w/ George Ban Weiss-bass
Joe Gilman-piano
Tim Metz-drums

2 sets, Doors at 7pm

"Superb saxophone and intellectually stimulating writing..."
-All About Jazz

"His rich sound keeps you enthralled on each moment"
-Jazz Weekly


Thursday, November 17
Natalie Cressman-voice, trombone
Mike Bono-acoustic guitar
Casey Lipka String Quartet

Doors at 7:30pm
$15 all ages

"A collaborative duo since 2014, Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono have developed a repertoire of vibrant and intricate originals which incorporate a combination of genres, including indie rock and contemporary jazz." 

Sacramento based bassist and singer Casey Lipka was born and raised in Venice, California. She draws from jazz, folk, contemporary music to create her own eclectic sound. Featuring vocals, bass, guitar and drums Casey's unique sound is influenced by Little Dragon, Becca Stevens and Baden Powell. Casey draws from multiple genres including rock, pop, jazz and world music.


Friday, November 18
The Guthrie Project
Betch Schenck-saxophone
Matt Wrobel-guitar

The Guthrie Project is a collaboration between Beth Schenck (saxophones + compositions) and Matt Wrobel (guitar), who have been playing music together for over a decade. After their son was born in 2011, Beth began writing short musical poems out of a growing interest in small scale/minimalist structures that could exercise both musical restraint and freedom of space. The product possesses an expansive, cinematic quality that has been described as “lyrical, rich and biting” (Greg Burk, Beth and Matt have performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and have performed with world-renowned musicians Henry Threadgill, Rajeev Taranath, Jim Black, Bill McHenry, Andrew D’Angelo and many others. Last year they relocated to the Bay Area from Brooklyn, New York.


Saturday, November 19
Slender Loris
Now Miles!
Doors at 7:30pm, $10-15

Slender Loris
Keith Kelly-saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
Tony Obr-analog synth, electronics
Nate Hubbard-drums, percussion

Brett Reed-percussion

Celebrating a brand new release on Edgetone Records!
Now! Miles
Now! Miles taps into the vocabulary and The Vibe of electric Miles oeuvre....deep grooves, rockin' funk beats, jazzy horns and exotic percussion....not to mention energetic guitars and punky keyboards.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hiroya Tsukamoto and Other Men on 8/23

Tuesday, August 23: Other Men and Hiroya Tsukamoto

Other Men was a group of performance artists that committed acts of poetry and improvised music during the late 70's. It began as a quartet featuring members of the Pineda Institute of Psychomusicology–––which may or may not have been a real thing: Trombonist, Randy Stark, Bassist, Gerry Pineda, Drummer, Matt Ryan and Poet/Keyboardist, C.B. Davis. Later, the group expanded to include saxophone, guitar and percussion. Now the original group returns with Bryan Kilfoil replacing the deceased Matt Ryan on drums. The evening will feature the group's early and more recent works.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. Hiroya has been leading concerts with his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott(The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy(The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell(Muddy Waters Band).

$10 sliding scale cover
All ages

Friday, July 8, 2016

Coming Up in July

Sunday, July 24
CJ Boyd, ellis_alcatraz, Robin Meeker-Cummings and Chicarra

C.J. Boyd is an oceanic bassist without a fixed home, on perpetual tour since March of 2008. Swimming solo through waves of bass, he tries to stop time and live forever with a mix of improvisation and composition on the upright bass and electric bass. 

Nathan Swedlow's tape looping synthesis experiments ::

Robin Meeker-Cummings:

*A free form experimental electronic noise project. using found sound samples resembling musique concrete melding with thick and thin textures of synths. Trying to mix merzbow and Cecil Taylor with everything in between.

glam insect metal


$10 all ages


Thursday, July 28
Itasca, Sarah Louise and Ross Hammond/Dax Compise

*Ross Hammond - resonator guitars
Dax Compise - percussion
Join us on Thursday, July 28 for a night of music w/ Itasca (Los Angeles) Sarah Louise (Asheville, NC) and Ross Hammond/Dax Compise (local yokels). 

$10 sliding scale

All ages

*Itasca is the musical identity of Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kayla Cohen. She will be joined by pedal steel guitar.
*12 String guitarist Sarah Louise is based out of Asheville, NC.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gold Lion Arts Summer Festival

Please join us for the first ever Gold Lion Arts Summer Festival June 24 through June 26!
We''re partnering up with to present four different energetic, visionary acts per night.

Tickets are $20 per day. Weekend passes are available for $35 via PayPal.

For information on advance tickets, please email

Gold Lion Arts Summer Festival poster by Jason Malmberg
Friday, June 24 @ 7pm:

Grex (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vocals/drums, Rei Scampavia-keys/vocals/drums) is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, a “grex” is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. The group’s striking “two man band” configuration recalls a spectrum of wild duos ranging from The White Stripes to Skeleton Crew.

Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
Saxophonist Rent Romus’ visionary group Life’s Blood Ensemble presents music from their new release of Rising Colossus, a milestone project of musical exploration of emergence and multiple movements. Featuring original compositions including a reprise of work written for Romus by late saxophonist legend John Tchicai as well as Anthony Braxton’s Composition 23J provided by Tri-Centric Foundation.
Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Timothy Orr – drums
Max Judelson – double bass
Scott Walton – double bass
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone
Mark Clifford – vibes
Heikki “Mike” Koskinen – e-trumpet

Amy Reed and Collette  McCasilin 
This Sacramento/Bay Area Duo released their first album together in late 2015. The free improvisational duo combines electronics, brass, guitars, voices and whatever else is at their disposal to make beautiful sound collages. 
Amy Reed-guitar, voice
Collette McCasilin-trumpet, electronics, voice

Snake or Man 
A dynamic duo exploring grooves and textures, force and finesse, form and expression. 
Steuart Liebig - Bass
Dax Compise - Drums

Hosted by NSAA
Poet, prophet, activist, podcast host, singer, graphic artist and many more things. NSAA is the glue to all things creative in Sacramento. He is one of the hosts of the "Black Talk Sacramento" podcast as well as the "Coffee and Poets" spoken word series. 

Saturday, June 25 @ 7pm: 

Ross Hammond and Vinny Golia
Ross Hammond and Vinny Golia are playing improvisations for guitars and reeds. They are celebrating the release of their new self-titled duo album. 
Ross Hammond - Guitars
Vinny Golia - Reeds

Alex Jenkins Trio
Led by veteran drummer Alex Jenkins, this group of Sacramento improvisers explores jazz, blues, funk, folk and global song forms. 
Alex Jenkins - Drums
Clifford Childers - Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trumpet
Kerry Kashiwagi - Bass 

Linda Michelle Hardy plays classical and traditional flutes She's joined by Rachel Freund on clarinets for a free form improvisational set which expresses their love of music. Together ...the exotic sounds form the LibraryofMusiclandria !! The LibraryofMusiclandria also functions as a free musical instruments lending library for the Sacramento Community.

Randy McKean and Jon Bafus Duo
Improvisations for drumset and saxophones. These two improvisers are enigmas in the Northern California improvised music scene. This set will be a treat. 
Rand McKean - saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Jon Bafus - drumset

Hosted by Atim Childers
Atim Childers is an actor and play producer. She runs the "Now Hear This" production with her husband Clifford Childers.  She is currently acting in "Disgraced" in Sacramento. 

Sunday, June 26 @ 7pm: 

Shiva X
Shiva X plays in the spirit of such great Trios as Sam Rivers Trio w/ Holland & Altschul and the group Air w/ Henry Threadgill ....super aggressive and fun.
Tony Passarell - sax 
Robert Kuhlmann - bass 
Jim Frink - drums

Bad Luck
Bad Luck is a 10-year collaboration between Seattle-based musicians Chris Icasiano on drums and Neil Welch on saxophone/electronics. With four albums under their belt, Bad Luck has created an incredibly diverse array of music — no small feat in the heavily trodden world of drum/saxophone duos. Their melodies, improvisations and compositions are constructed from the ground up, creating a band sound much larger than the sum of its parts.

Nun Other Than 
Electric freedom music. 
Ross Hammond - guitar
Scott Amendola - drumset, electronics
Steuart Liebig - bass, electronics

Veteran Sacramento improvisers Nagual blend jazz, rock and Latin disciplines for their own creation. Guitarist Victor Contreras and company will bring the thunder. 
Victor Contreras - guitar
Scott Anderson - saxophone
Ron Ochoa - drumset
Clifford Childers - trombone
Harold Munoz - percussion

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Daniel Bachman w/ Gage, Corcoran and Hammond

Saturday, May 14 at 8pm!
Daniel Bachman
Megan Gage, Kevin Corcoran and Ross Hammond
For advance tickets email

Set 1: 
Megan Gage-voice
Ross Hammond-guitar
Kevin Corcoran-drumset

Set 2: 
Daniel Bachman-solo guitar

**Daniel Bachman is a 6 string and lap steel guitar player from Virginia currently living in North Carolina. Bachman grew up steeped in the traditional music of the Commonwealth, drawing from and expanding on it in his own fingerstyle guitar albums including Seven Pines(Tompkins Square, 2013), Orange County Serenade (Bathetic, 2014), and the new LP River (Three Lobed, 2015). On record and in person you’re introduced to a veritable landscape of winding guitar with Bachman treating his guitar lines and licks in a way that resembles the earth itself, at its most pristine, delicate, yet also primal and overpowering. Pieces move, ascending and descending in the same way that the clouds roll through blue skies, the same way brooks babble down rocky fronts carving their paths in the land.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom and Randy McKean/Clifford Childers Duo

Join us Tuesday, April 12 as we host Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom and Randy McKean/Clifford Childers Duo.

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom:
Ben Goldberg-clarinet
Kirk Knuffke-cornet
Haggai Cohen Milo-bass
Allison Miller-drums

Randy McKean-reeds, etc
Clifford Childers-brass, etc

Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30pm
@ Gold Lion Arts
2733 Riverside Blvd
$15 sliding scale
All ages

Tickets are available in advance. Please email

***Allison Miller has since performed and recorded with Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile, Kenny BarronNorah JonesDoctor Lonnie SmithSteven BernsteinRay DrummondPeter Bernstein, Erin McKeown, Sheila JordanMarty EhrlichGeorge GarzoneMelissa FerrickKitty MargolisMichael FeinsteinShahin NovrasliToshi ReagonMike SternKevin MahoganyIngrid JensenPaul BollenbackBarbara DennerleinMimi FoxJohn McNeilJenny ScheinmanVirginia MayhewBruce BarthMark SoskinHarvie S, poet Alix Olsen and the band Betty. Miller's drumming and composing have also been featured on the Showtime hit series, The L Word.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016, everyone. 

Several things are coming up at Gold Lion Arts that you won't want to miss. 

Saturday, January 9:
Outsound Presents The MA Series
Biggi Vinkeloe (saxophone) and Donald Robinson (drumset)
Amy Reed (Guitar) and Adam Adhityatma (Singapore clarinet)
$10 sliding scale

Sunday, January 10:
The Front Porch Series (All Acoustic Performances)

Parie Wood
Gerry Pineda 
$10 sliding scale

Friday, January 15
Outsound Presents Jeff Parker (Solo) & Jeff Parker/Ross Hammond Duo

Join us for a night of guitars!

Jeff Parker (Tortoise, Brian Blade, Scott Amendola Band) will be presenting a set of solo guitar music for the first set.

For the second set:
Jeff Parker-guitar
Ross Hammond-guitar

8pm, $10-15 sliding scale


Saturday, January 16:
Now Hear This - A Story and Performance Series

"The Origin of Jim Crow" by Anthony D'Juan, read by David Scott, Ethan Ireland and Atim Udoffia

"Save Me" by Peggi Wood, read by Peggi Wood

w/ Clifford Childers, William Jones, Ron Ochoa and Ross Hammond playing live scores to the stories. 

Gold Lion Arts, 2733 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Doors open at 7:30pm

$10 Suggested Donation at the Door