Description and review of Social Distance Theater and an evening of musical entertainment at the Midtown Sacramento R25 Arts Complex.
Several friends joined me and members of the Sacramento Renaissance Society at the first of four scheduled musical evenings at the California Stage R25 Arts Complex. The events are billed as “Social Distance Theater: A Month of Sundaes” as an ice cream sundae is included in the price of admission. The series runs August 21 to September 4.
This was the first time I attended Social Distance Theater, but it won’t be the last.
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One friend and I arrived around 6:30 p.m. when the doors to the courtyard opened. Our temperatures were taken, but masks were optional. As it was an outdoor event most people went without.
Renaissance Society members had secured a large table with an umbrella, and we made ourselves comfortable. It had been a very warm day, and it still was. However, several trees provided shade, and most of the tables scattered about had umbrellas. A bit of a breeze later made it a very pleasant evening.
See related blog post: Sacramento Renaissance Society
Note: If you would like to enjoy food and beverage (other than a small sundae) during the evening, pack a picnic. Also, you may want to bring a lawn chair or two – just in case.
The band playing that evening was Proxy Moon. The Sacramento band’s Facebook page describes their music as “…rooted in jazz, blues, folk, country” and “…with an emphasis on original songs with strong, interesting lyrics”.
The band members (Patrick, Steve, Ann, Ingrid and Chris) are all talented musicians. A variety of instruments made an appearance in addition to the primary guitar, bass guitar, violin, and saxophone. These included the accordion, lute, washboard, and melodica.
I don’t recall ever seeing a melodica before so while we were sitting there a friend looked it up and shared its name and description, which he later also emailed to me. In case this instrument is unknown to you as well – the melodica is a handheld free-reed instrument that features a musical keyboard on top and is played by blowing through a mouthpiece in the side of the instrument.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the band and its music. I believe the description above says it all. I was not familiar with any of the songs, but it was evident that some in the audience were.
Proxy Moon is now on my list of musical groups to keep my eyes out for.
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Social Distance Theater Snapshot:
- R25 Arts Complex, 1725 25th Street, Sacramento, CA
- 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
- $20 ($15 for 5 for more tickets)
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