We are pleased to present the final musical line-up for Chalk It Up 2021!
We where just overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by the local music community for Chalk It Up. We had nearly 70 different musicians and groups offer to play on our festival stage this year and we are thankful to everyone who expressed interest. Live musicians are valueable members of of our local artist community and our local arts economy, and we appreciate the beauty and life you infuse into our lives every day. The Chalk It Up festival stage is often the first time kids are introduced to live music.
Thank you to Eli Perry for booking all the bands, Bianchi Sound for running the stage and sound, and Ghost Town Rebellion for loaning us their backline!
- 11:00 am – Anemic – Girls Rock Sacramento Anemic is comprised of alumni campers and Junior Leaders from the Girls Rock Sacramento summer music education and empowerment program.
- 11:45 am – The Clemón Charles Band Born on the island of Barbados, Clemón grew up in a world where music is rooted in all aspects of the culture. With a variety of diverse experience and culture, his music is a melodic infusion of the West Indies, Seattle’s Alternative Rock and New Orleans Jazz/Pop. The Clemón Charles Band is composed of Clemón: Vocals/Guitarist, Cyndie Birdsong, Shannon McCabe on Background vocals, Elisa Bloom: Keyboards, Marty Benson: Lead Guitar, Travis Houston: Bass, and Allen Coy: Drums. Clemón has also performed for the San Francisco Giants, where he sung the National Anthem at Giants Stadium to 40,000 people as well as televised events with the Sacramento Kings.
- 12:45 pm – virgogabrielle She is an old soul in a fast, new world. Self taught guitarist, producer and vocalist known as Virgogabrielle creates wavy energy with a touch of edge through her compositions. Virgo takes listeners to the dreamland with songs inspired by the metaphysical, while radiating honesty through lyrics coming straight from the heart and soul. Listeners have described Virgo’s music on a spectrum of soothing/dream-like to powerful/hard-hitting, encompassing a true duality. Find virgogabrielle on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
- 1:30 pm – Autumn Sky-Hall Autumn Sky Hall (she/her/they/them,) is a queer, award winning folk rock artist from California. She began her writing and eventually touring at 15, in 2005, releasing “Diminutive Petite,” an EP, and “All Which Isn’t Singing,” an album, right out of high school.
Her instrumentation and performances range from intimate, heartfelt singer-songwriter musings in solo shows to full instrumentation with a band that can range from indie, folk rock and bluegrass. She’s know for special collaborations with other bands in the community, and even once featured a full brass section for awhile, taking inspiration from 1930’s traditional folk instrumentation. Between the ages of 15 and 32 she’s played over 500 gigs, shows and events.
Autumn was the youngest-ever person to be inducted into the Sacramento community awards, the Sammies, Hall Of Fame in 2024. She’s played at at Bottlerock (opening for Heart,) Powerhouse Pub (opening for Manchester Orchestra,) TBD Fest, Launch Fest, Crocker Art Museum, Sundance Film Festival and at the Napa Theater opening for Bauhuas’s Roger Murphy. She’s been a staple in Northern California, Napa Valley and San Francisco for almost two decades. In the last few years, Autumn was a cast member on Brews & Reviews, writes articles about music and takes photography for TUBE magazine and was the open mic host for Old Soul Coffee, LowBrau and Tower Brewing (which was a safe space for marginalized creatives that raised money for NorCal resist and the Sacramento Gender Health Center). In her personal time, she’s working on painting, styling for bands/shoots, being a full time childcare taker AND still having time to grow a garden and feed Luna, her cat.
Her latest musical additions have been two releases, “I Woke Up” from the Camp Sounds project she was on to raise money for Camp Pollock, and “My Anxious Brain & My Broken Heart,” her favorite tune written to date. She and the band are currently in practices and in recording sessions around town to keep the creativity alive, currently writing the next musical chapter based on taking old fashioned folks themes and making them more diverse, accessible and queer.
- 2:30 pm – For Sale
- 3:30 pm – Ghost Town Rebellion The Ghost Town Rebellion, formed in 2013, featuring the Songwriting talents of Shawn Peter, Mike Shively, Jamey Shidler, with musical talents of Jacob Crain, Eddie Roa, & Chelsea Baker, have created a style their fans call GRIT ROCK, which combines the Musical Styles of Grunge, Blues, & Americana. Constantly touring and either headlining their own concerts and have opened for international Acts as Parmalee, 10,000 Maniacs, The Alarm, Chuck Reagan, Metalachi, and many more. The Ghost Town Rebellion, have 2 full length Albums, 2 major label singles on Gateways Records “I’m on Fire” & original “Diamond Queen”, and their 3rd full length’ Eldorado’ , Is being released in October 2021, on The DNS Records Group, featuring their hit singles, “Rabbit Hole”, “The Fall, & “You”, having over 1.2k followers on Spotify, etc they’re Single “Rabbit Hole” & accompanying Video, has over 30k streams & Views, which was released May of 2021. The Ghost Town Rebellion have been voted Sacramento’s #1 live Rock Band since 2018, and deliver a Live Show 2nd to none! You can find Ghost Town Rebellion on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and Apple Music.
- 4:45 pm – Dog Party Dog Party is a California-based, indie rock’n’roll band, composed of sisters, Gwendolyn and Lucy Giles. Compared with bands like The Go-Go’s, The Ramones, The White Stripes, and The Runaways, Dog Party establishes their own unique west coast sound with a dash of punk and a sprinkle of pop. With 6 records and extensive touring under their belts, Dog Party has been active since 2007. In fall of 2016, they were the Special Guests on Green Day’s Revolution Radio North American tour. You can find Dog Party on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and Twitter.
- 11:00 am – River City Regiment Big Band An ensemble within The River City Regiment, The River City Big Band performs jazz music in a large ensemble setting. This ensemble meets before school throughout the school year and performs all across the region. In the past few years, the RC Big Band has received numerous awards and accolades for their performances at regional competitions. The River City Regiment is just one facet of the Visual and Performing Arts Education curriculum of River City High School, Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
- 11: 45 am – Mariachi Bonitas de Dinorah Klingler Established in 2020, Mariachi Bonitas is an all-female Mariachi that was created to share the captivating art of Mariachi music in the Sacramento (Northern California) area. Under the direction of our multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician, Dinorah Klingler, Mariachi Bonitas was started to create a space for female Mariachi musicians to voice their love for Mariachi. In the musical environment where songs are mainly sung by men, these ladies demonstrate great passion and devotion for Mariachi while at the same time creating history along the way. With their musical excellence, Mariachi Bonitas is ready and thrilled to warm your hearts with their passion for Mariachi music!
- 12:45 pm – Dusty the Stampede Dusty the Stampede is an independent musician from outer space. Shooting across the galaxies, playing bluegrass inspired indie rock music with an outer space theme . He recently was featured on Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Fort Minor’s twitch channel, where Shinoda produced a track written and recorded by Dusty called, “Space Boots”. Since that production, Dusty has had his first EP The Astronaut Vol 1 reproduced and is rereleasing it to all platforms. You may catch Dusty Streaming to Instagram Live from a random city, or streaming from his Space Shuttle to Twitch.tv. Just look for the guy jamming out in a space suit!
- 1:30 pm – Freebadge Serenaders When asked what kind of music their band plays, they often respond that “band” is a strong word for what they do. Having grown up in the jazz-infused confines of Sacramento, the Serenaders bring a unique, and often ridiculous, approach to music. Mixing faithful old standards, unlikely covers of popular songs, and a gaggle of clever originals, the Serenaders appeal to every age group. Especially yours.
- 2:30 pm – Loose Engines Grub Dog Mitchell’s legendary SactoMericana band Loose Engines is an all star line up of some of the best musicians in town. Their latest album “American Ghost” is now available for streaming or download on all your major platforms.
- 3:30 pm – Mondo Deco Mondo Deco is a psych/garage rock band from Sacramento, CA. Our sound has been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Ty Segall, the Strokes, and David Bowie. We released our third full-length album “Take What Ya Like” in November 2019 and have been writing and arranging a new album’s worth of songs during quarantine. Phono Select Records says “Take What Ya Like” “…effortlessly combines all the things you love about those rock n’ roll styles into a fantastic pop/indie psych dose of audio deliciousness. A fantastic record for those beautiful summer nights.” Mondo Deco is Jereme Greene (vocals, guitar), Kolton James (vocals, guitar), Shawn Allen (bass, vocals), and Billy Ewing (drums).
- 5:00 pm – The Brody’s Combine great pop/rock songs with incredible live performances and you’ve got The Brodys, a band that has had Northern California buzzing for 25 Years. Best known for the regional hit “Toss,” which spent nearly a month as the most-requested song at Sacramento’s KWOD 106.5. The Brody’s are a Chalk It Up favorite!The Brody’s are in the studio recording their seventh album, adding another entry to their pop/rock chronicles of high school misfits, lost opportunities and loud music.For the latest recording, the band is rejoined by engineer Joe Johnston, known for his work with Cake and Oleander, and also for making The Brodys’ previous release, “Stuck,” a standout recording.While past CDs have received wide acclaim – “Goody Goody” was described by The Sacramento Bee as “a buzzing, melodic, wholly polished recording that sounds more like a major-label album than the self-released effort that it is” – much of the band’s popularity has been built on the strength of its live performances.
Front man Tony Brusca (lead vocals/guitar) brings energy, passion and fun to the stage, backed by the power of Ace Kapoor (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Chaussee (guitar/backing vocals), Troy Hook (bass/backing vocals) and Dave Kline (drums).In addition to headlining shows on the club circuit from Los Angeles to San Francisco, The Brodys have opened for touring bands including matchbox 20, Lit, Smash Mouth, Orgy, Foo Fighters and Cake. Awards include top honors at the Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands for Northern California and the Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIE) for Outstanding Pop Band.
- 11:00 am – Kathryn Taytroe In the last year, Kathryn has been selected as one of a handful of students to participate in CATALYST – an apprenticeship program for emerging artists aged 16-18, and she has also been showcased in Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s online series, Friday Art Break. Quite a year for a blossoming musician, but her unassuming attitude only adds to the surprise of the fact that she’s only been playing for 5 years. Kathryn grew up with a guitar in the corner of her house as long as she’s lived. But it took her until she was 12 years old in 2017 to pick it up and play. She learned with old tab books that her father collected in the 90’s. The first day she picked up the guitar led to years of practice focusing on finger-style guitar that highlights a melody with harmonizing notes. “I was cleaning my cello one day and decided to pick up the guitar – which was always sitting there untouched,” Kathryn says. She started guitar with some previous musical experience from being in her elementary school orchestra on cello (which she now plays in the McClatchy High School Orchestra). The first day she picked up music as a whole led to years of practice that got her to where she is today. “I gravitate towards music that has a contrast of feelings and sounds that are juxtaposed within it,” she says. This is her fifth year of playing guitar and she doesn’t plan on ever dropping it. “Playing music gives me a sense of accomplishment. It’s a way that I can channel whatever I’m feeling on a given day towards something that I love. It makes me happy,” Kathryn says, “I still wonder, if I wasn’t cleaning my cello that day, if I would have picked up the guitar. One time or another I’m sure I would have.”
- 11:45 am – The Philharmonik The Philharmonik is an American hip hop, future soul R & B recording artist, and producer from Sacramento, California. The Philharmonik debuted in 2018 with the album “The Philharmonik”. His album includes feature songs like “Neon Lights,” “Mama’s House” (feat. Hobo Johnson), “Pay Me,” and “Good Day,” and offer a variety of styles which appeal to a wide audience base. His album was released under Sol Collective’s record label shortly after his winter 2016 video release of “Mama’s House.” The Philharmonik remains an independent artist.
- 12:45 pm – Dusty Miller Dusty Miller formed in summer 2018 when lead singer and song writer Eden Rivas collaborated with her father Jim Rivas (drums, also plays in Rocketship, Holiday Flyer and The Very Most) on their first song called ‘Misconstrued’ which drew positive reviews from those that heard it sighting similarities to The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. A couple of those friends Julian Sharwarko (guitar/songwriter) and Cameron Lawson (bass/Keys) decided to come along for the ride. With 3/4 of the quartet still under the age of 21, this unique grouping has brought together a broad pallet of pop musical styles and fresh dynamics that they can draw from both in the studio and on stage. All 4 share the same influences from 80’s and 90’s Brit jangle pop/dance/goth, but their sound is as unique as each of them. The band’s debut EP “Empathy” was released on September 4, 2020, digitally by Small Bear Records (Isle of Man, UK) and physically via cassettes by Solidarity Club Records (Los Angeles, CA, USA). Dusty Reske (Rocketship) wrote and recorded keyboard parts for a couple of the tracks on the EP, including on the bossanova feel single ‘Focus’ for which they recorded a video available on YouTube. The EP also features a cover of Cocteau Twins’ song ‘Bluebeard’ from their 1993 album ‘Four Calendar Cafe” on Fontana Records. Dusty Miller continues to write new music and add to their covers repertoire which makes for an entertaining live experience!Find Dusty Miller on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.
- 1:30 pm – Skyler’s Pool Skyler’s Pool is an indie-rock band out of Sacramento that plays original music and features husband and wife duo Kitty O’Neal and Kurt Spataro. Playing music in different bands together for years, Kitty is also in the media and Kurt is the Executive Chef/Co-Owner in several local restaurants. Drummer Fred Nelson, Jr. (Oleander ) and keyboardist/vocalist Lori Sacco-Nelson (Funk Shui) are joined in Skyler’s Pool by bassist Bob Lo Russo. Kitty O’Neal: Vocals, Kurt Spataro: Guitar, keyboards, vocals, Lori Sacco-Nelson: Vocals, keyboards, percussion, Fred Nelson, Jr. : Drums, Bob LoRusso: Bass, vocals. Learn more at Facebook and Instagram.
- 2:30 pm – The Crescent Katz The Crescent Katz’s off-the-cuff, no-rules, no-arrangements style hearkens back to the days when jazz was party music, and the party never ended. Conjuring memories of smoke-filled bars and Shakey’s pizza parlors, these West Coast musicians will make you want to tap your toes and buy a round for the room. Be ready to hoot, holler, and shout with merriment. This ain’t chamber music. Find The Crescent Katz on Bandcamp and Facebook.
- 3:30 pm – The Kelps The Kelps have been making people happy with sad songs since 2009. They recently reformed with their original lineup of Tony Reyes, Cory Barringer, and Cameron Betts. They hope you like their new songs. Find The Kelps on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram.
- 4:45 pm – J Ross Parelli and BTU Arts J Ross Parrelli is what it would sound like if Joss Stone had been raised in the same duplex as Notorious B.I.G. Recently signed to Universal Records, J Ross Parrelli’s repertoire includes rap battles and festival stages from the Bronx to the Bay. Sultry songstress turned community cultivator, Parrelli has spoken and performed at youth leadership conferences all over the globe. Her interest in education reform led her to co-found Beats, Lyrics, Leaders through which she is developing Hip Hop based curriculum now being piloted in schools, foster youth programs, and native reservations. BTUArts is an arts education company that takes the arts directly to the community. We have worked with school sites, after-school programs, churches, neighborhood associations, community leaders and other arts organizations to bring the arts to thousands of people. We are excited about our progress and the voids we are been able to fill in the community. Find J Ross Parelli on Facebook and Instagram.