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Sacramento’s music scene is as diverse as it is thriving. From international megastars to local bands, heavy metal to indie, and everything in between, the venues here in California’s capital have it all. Whatever your musical taste, there’s sure to be something for you here, so let your hair down and take a look through The Culture Trip’s guide to the top spots for live music in Sacramento.
Owners Gabi and Ben Garcia have improved upon this local favorite since taking over in 2013, bringing what they hope is a neighborhood bar feel to Blue Lamp. Bands often play at this dimly lit and atmospheric place outside of their usual national tour dates, and the venue also welcomes small, lesser-known outfits, tribute acts, and local groups like The Secretions and The Nibblers. One night you may hear stoner metal and garage rock, and the next, hip-hop and reggae.
1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA, +1 916-455-3400
Looking like a club straight out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Harlow’s is a hip, art deco affair that hosts dinner shows, playing a mix of blues, swing, soul, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, and a dance floor awaits those who wish to take the stage themselves. For a touch of class, rent out one of the VIP booths which come complete with bottle service and a personal hostess. Connected to Harlow’s is the MoMo Lounge, which offers a full bar, outdoor patio, fire pits, and a 30ft projection wall.
2708 J St, Sacramento, CA, +1 916-441-4693