Music Mike entertains the kids

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Music Mike

At a Music Mike show, some things are certain: The kids in the audience will play their tummy drums. They’ll sing about a dog named B-I-N-G-O. They’ll be part of a conga line. And they’ll have a great time. Music Mike, sponsored by the Kiwanis, has been an annual visitor to Rancho Murieta for more than a decade. About 250 people – kids, parents and grandparents – attended Sunday afternoon’s show at Lake Clementia. The kids sang, danced (very slow and very fast), played maracas, marched, skipped and jumped. Music Mike got big crowd reactions when he offered to play a love song (“Ewwwwwwwwwwww!”), when he asked two boys if they talk about girlfriends (guilty laughter and “Ewwwwwwwwwwww!”), and when he asked if boys buy underwear at Target (shocked denial and “Noooooooooooooo!”). An entertainer needs to know his audience, especially when they’re 3 to 9 years old, and Music Mike certainly knows his. Read more » about Music Mike entertains the kids

'Wine & Wheels' rolling in Sept. 27

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You’ve heard about Sacramento’s wonderful food trucks? The Country Club is hosting “Wine & Wheels” on Sunday, Sept. 27, and some of the area’s best food trucks will be on the 18th fairway of the North Course -- along with classic cars, a live band and two wine and beer bars. It runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Also participating will be a dozen Amador wineries providing tastings of different wines from Sobon, Cooper Vineyards, Story, Gioiella and Morse, Renwood, Dobra Zemlja, Borjon, Amador Brewery and more. The tasting will cost $18, which includes a souvenir etched wine glass to take home.

There will be seven trucks from SactoMoFo, considered Sacramento’s premier mobile food company, on site making “to order” dishes. Read more » about 'Wine & Wheels' rolling in Sept. 27

Dropping in on another Summerfest

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Summerfest zip line

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Even though Summerfest was a bit late this year, it was still plenty warm for Friday evening’s opening. You could drop out of the sky by zip line and enjoy the carnival rides, games and food, with enough neon that Stonehouse Park could probably be seen from outer space. Extra opening-night treat this year: Hip Service lit up one corner of the property with music that made dancers out of everyone within earshot. Saturday is the final day of this annual event, which is staged by community volunteers. It runs from noon to 11 p.m., with the Chris Gardner Band performing in the evening. Admission is $20; children 3 and under are free. Read more » about Dropping in on another Summerfest

ETC wraps up another season at the lake

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Tainted Love

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How much richer are our summers since the arrival of Entertainment, Theatre & Culture 13 years ago? It’s tough to say goodbye to another season of music, but as soon as Saturday night’s season-ending show got under way at Lake Clementia Amphitheater, you knew the crowd of 1,100-plus was in for a good evening. There were pleasant temperatures, a full moon rising over the lake and Tainted Love bringing back the music of the ‘80s.  The Bay Area-based band opened with Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Van Halen, Whitney Houston and John Mellencamp -- and the dance floor was positively jammed, the biggest dance turnout of the season. ETC also awarded its 2015 scholarship, $2,000, to Ajuney Hora, who won the group’s essay contest with a piece about the magic of music, especially fitting on this night. Read more » about ETC wraps up another season at the lake

ETC closes the summer with a few '80s tunes

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Tainted Love

Entertainment, Theatre & Culture closes its summer season 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Clementia with Tainted Love, a trip back to the '80s. The San Francisco-based band fills its show with songs by Bon Jovi, Journey, Clash, Pat Benatar, AC/DC, Heart, Whitesnake, J. Geils Band, Madonna, Blondie, Prince, Go-Go's, Cyndi Lauper ... and the rest of that decade's hit-makers. Tickets – $20 for ETC members, $30 for non-members – are available at the Business Center, the Local Bean or at the door. There’s more information here about ETC, Murieta volunteers who put on shows every summer. Read more » about ETC closes the summer with a few '80s tunes

Bringing the Eagles to Lake Clementia

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Hotel California

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Can anyone name an Eagles hit that wasn't performed Saturday night by the tribute band Hotel California? The five-member band made its third appearance at Lake Clementia Amphitheater and drew more than 1,000 people, according to concert organizer Entertainment, Theatre & Culture. Hotel California delivered note-perfect renditions of hits like "Witchy Woman," "Already Gone," "Life in the Fast Lane," "Take It Easy," "Hotel California," "Desperado" and more. There's more info about ETC here, including details on the last concert of the summer, coming up Aug. 29. Read more » about Bringing the Eagles to Lake Clementia

Hotel California performs a Murieta encore

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Hotel California

Hotel California will bring the Eagles' music to Rancho Murieta Saturday night.

[Corrected Aug. 3] Hotel California, five music industry professionals who reproduce the sound of the Eagles' studio recordings, will bring their show for a third time to Lake Clementia Amphitheater 8:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Entertainment, Theatre & Culture's season. Read more » about Hotel California performs a Murieta encore

Filling Clementia with Neil Diamond's music

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Super Diamond

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Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, opened Saturday night's show at Lake Clementia Amphitheater with this string of songs: "Holly Holy," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Shilo," "Solitary Man," "Love on the Rocks," "Red, Red Wine" and "Thank the Lord for the Night Time." Then they did a bunch of Neil Diamond hits. More than 800 people were there. The "Sweet Caroline" sing-along might have been the amphitheater's best sing-along ever. By the end, some audience members were dancing onstage. Read more » about Filling Clementia with Neil Diamond's music

Neil Diamond tribute makes stop at Clementia

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Super Diamond

Super Diamond has been tearing pages from the Neil Diamond songbook for decades.

Super Diamond is a San Francisco band that has been performing its Neil Diamond tribute all over the country for more than 20 years. They’re bringing the show to Lake Clementia Amphitheater 8:30 p.m. Saturday, thanks to Entertainment, Theatre & Culture. Read more » about Neil Diamond tribute makes stop at Clementia

Pride and Joy and lots of songs you know

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Pride and Joy

Red square  A gallery with 36 photos from the show and the audience

Bay Area-based Pride and Joy started a whole lot of Murietans dancing Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater as part of ETC's season of concerts. And why not? The band -- four singers, five musicians -- rolled through Motown, disco, pop soul, funk and more and did hits by the likes of Rick James, Sly and the Family Stone, the Supremes, the Jackson 5 (and Michael Jackson as a solo) and more. Read more » about Pride and Joy and lots of songs you know

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