Author: Paul Piazza

Paul Piazza is a freelance writer and photographer who lives in Sacramento and often finds excuses to go play disc golf. He covers all genres of music but loves old-school trash metal, Stax-era soul, freestyle hip-hop and the sounds of NOLA. However, the latest album he bought was Cambodian pop. Good music is good music.

Con Brio UC Theatre October 14, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza. Con Brio played their biggest local headlining show to date when they got their name plastered on the big marquee at the U.C. Theatre in Berkeley recently. Prior to the gig, the San Francisco band had opened at the Fillmore and headlined many smaller Bay Area venues, but this one was a big step towards larger things. Benjamin Andrews Of course, this all makes perfect sense since the band has been logging some serious travel miles to some pretty extraordinary gigs lately. This past summer they played Bonnaroo,…

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Dry Diggings Festival El Dorado County Fairgrounds September 2-3, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza. The only thing better than the temperatures at the 2nd Annual Dry Diggings Festival were the omnipresent good vibes shared between festivalgoers and the musicians. The event, held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, drew a large, peaceful contingent of roots-reggae lovers who were treated to absolutely gorgeous California weather and a stellar lineup of top bands from the fast-growing genre. Erich Rachmany and Marley Williams of Rebelution By the time Saturday night’s headliner, Rebelution, hit the stage, those in attendance had enjoyed…

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Grace Potter Crystal Bay Ballroom, North Lake Tahoe August 12, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza. Grace Potter hit the stage at North Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay Ballroom with a dizzying display of energy last weekend. The singer, who hadn’t played the club since June of 2013, let it all hang out on the stage during a steamy two hour-plus set for a sold-out Friday night crowd at the club. Grace Potter Located in the Crystal Bay Casino, which is just across the state border, Crystal Bay’s Crown Room is an intimate setting (800 capacity) with great acoustics that hosts…

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Bluesapalooza Mammoth Lakes August 4 – 7, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza  Sharon Jones is not afraid to share the fact that she is fighting cancer. In fact, she’d rather her fans not only knew but join in the fight with her. The great soul singer has been battling pancreatic cancer since being diagnosed in 2013. It’s come and gone and now it’s come back again. But despite a situation that would cause most to want to stay as comfortable as possible as they went through treatment, the five foot one powerhouse continues to hit the road and make…

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Widespread Panic Harvey’s Outdoor Arena, Tahoe July 6, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza. Widespread Panic are a jam juggernaut. The band, who came together in Athens, Georgia 30 years ago, played Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheater in South Lake Tahoe recently. This tour date was a sweet deal for their devoted fans, who appreciated the fact that they had the option to stay at the casino’s hotel, which was a two minute walk to the venue on this cool summer night. Dave Schools The band, also known as WSP to their fans, is known for never playing the same setl ist…

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Lyrics Born The Independent June 11, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza. Last weekend, Lyrics Born celebrated over 20 years in the music game with a big Saturday night show at the Independent in San Francisco. Long known as one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional underground hip-hop artists, Lyrics Born (aka Tsutoma “Tom” Shimura) recently released an excellent retrospective of his career called “Now Look What You’ve Done Lyrics Born! Greatest Hits!” Lyrics Born with Uriah Duffy The prolific composer, producer, and performer had just returned from a show in Las Vegas and was primed to play the homecoming…

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Cory Henry SFJAZZ Center June 12, 2016 All photos by Paul Piazza. The San Francisco Jazz Center is a beautiful structure in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. It opened three years ago and has housed some of the most incredible talent in the jazz world. This year it will house 34th San Francisco Jazz Festival. Stepping into this stunning edifice on a Sunday night, on this second weekend of the festival, one could take a turn to the left and go in to the spacious Miner Auditorium to see Ravi Coltrane, the son of the jazz titan John Coltrane and his…

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