Renowned Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who has received four Grammy awards and six Billboard awards, lacquers his audience's eardrums with genre-hopping performances that range from classical to bebob. After mastering the classical style during the beginning stages of his career, Sandoval repurposed his horn for jazz, using the valves to create improvisational glissandos and adding a Mustang-V8 engine to the bell. Revel in the expansive soundscape as he exemplifies these jazz chops and peforms an eclectic range of other tunes, including Afro-Cuban creations inspired by his homeland and some of Mozart's concertos. Unsatisfied with relying upon just a single instrument, the artist will also tickle the piano keys and flugel-horn valves, which yield much nicer sounds than tickling a bobcat.
Flying chromatic spheres splatter across the turf and cover of Midway Paintball's six fields situated on 22 acres of woodlands and open spaces. Protective rental gear and paintball markers aid games of elimination, capture the flag, and save the king. The western field's buildings shelter tactical retreats, and the hyperball field's huge prone cylinders of corrugated piping allow for cat-like surprise attacks or intimidating sudden naps. Dotted with inflatable cover, the astroturf-covered NPPL–regulation field presents an ideal arena for professional-grade matches.
The Davis Musical Theatre Company, one of the longest running nonprofit amateur musical-theater companies in California, embarks on its 27th season with a winning calendar of notable Broadway favorites. This season's lineup boasts a bevy of sing-along classics brimming with comedy, romance, and dialogue spoken in falsetto. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (September 9—October 2) spins a timeless tale of romance and internal romantic struggles, strung with a songbook that eternally leases the ears. Bye Bye Birdie (November 4–27) lovingly skewers the golden salad days of rock 'n' roll in an Elvis-haunted musical tribute to sock hops and bomb shelters made out of red meat. The New Year brings a flock of warmth to the season, with the fiery runs of Chicago (January 6–29) and Faust-tinged Damn Yankees(February 24–March 18). Rounding out the season is the unsinkable drama of the Tony winning Titanic – The Musical (April 13–May 6), followed by the scale-tipping comic shindigs of Hairspray(June 22–July 15). The intimacy of the Performing Arts Center's 238 seats allows musical-theater fans of all hat sizes to absorb the roaming melodies without the obstruction of a cartwheeling Nathan Lane.
Goalgetters' seasoned, kid-minded coaches lead tots 3–9 in age-specific clinics, introducing them to the worldwide phenomenon of soccer and instilling life lessons such as sharing, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Classes, comprising 8–12 students, allow younger groups to get a feel for the most basic of skills and older pupils to run, kick, and electric boogaloo to the more advanced stylings of European and Brazilian small-sided soccer. In addition to imparting the fundamental concepts, the coaches ensure pint-size Beckhams receive a high percentage of contact with the polygonal orb as they buzz about the 3,200-square-foot indoor facility that offers protection from ball-snatching pterodactyls.
Touring behind their sixth album Dark Horse, Canada's grizzled guitar slingers, Nickelback, return to California to pummel rock fans with the band's signature melodic fist-pumpers and power ballads. Plop into the Sleep Train Pavilion's snug upper reserved seating and turn your ears toward the stage, where hugely popular hits like "How You Remind Me," "Photograph," and "Rockstar" slowly morph fingers into devil horns and stadium seating into a sea of artificial fireflies. Experienced producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard) lent his successful knob-turners to Dark Horse, which resulted in the band turning out an LP of edgier tunes that has remained in the Billboard Top 200 for 99 weeks. Stop by the pavilion early to prepare your palate with axe-shredding openers Three Days Grace and Buckcherry.
Surrounded by the former warehouses of Sacramento's R Street District, Ace of Spades heightens the concert-going experience with a moodily industrial ambiance. Four bars spaced around the venue keep drinks freshened as the blistering guitar solos onstage melt ice, and vintage lights and crimson wallpaper decorate the main bar.
Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.