Having spoke with several extremely talented musicians outside of the area, from San Francisco to So Cal, a common theme I’ve heard is how difficult it’s been “breaking into” the Sacramento scene. This shocks and saddens me every time I hear it, as this is not the Sacramento I remember. Apparently, venues have been extremely reluctant to introduce unknowns as either; one, there’s not much of a demand for live music in the area... or two, there is a serious lack of support for the music scene. Maybe, just maybe, the two are linked, but where to start?
Chi Cheng was a passionate musician and an inspired poet. The Deftones bassist, and Sacramento local, will be missed by all who knew him, and all who connected with his music and spoken word.
Music has long been a catalyst for change. When musicians, who already use their art to spread a feeling or a message, hone in on injustices... they help others gain confidence in their own ability to make a stand. From the iconic 60's anti war music and the protests of the time... to the more recent all-girl Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, who made headlines by standing up to the oppressive Russian Orthodox Church and it's support of Vladimir Putin... both genres and individual artists can incite awareness and, as one can hope, change.