The American River Current

Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson opens up about touring, trophies and diggin’ ditches

Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson opens up about touring, trophies and diggin’ ditches

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 16, 2012

Country music’s newest sensations, Thompson Square, are the married duo of singers Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Their self-titled debut album released in 2011 was the No. 1 Most Played Record of 2011 (according to Mediabase), has won three American Country Awards, scored two Grammy nominations and sol...

Country’s most buzzed about new band Thompson Square excites Sacramento crowd out-performing headliners Lady Antebellum

Country’s most buzzed about new band Thompson Square excites Sacramento crowd out-performing headliners Lady Antebellum

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 16, 2012

Although Lady Antebellum may have been the headliners of a trio of country acts that performed in front of a sold-out Sacramento crowd on March 29, it was a husband-and-wife country duo named Thompson Square that captured the evening's most enthusiastic reception. Shawna (a dead-ringer for Shania...

Secondhand Serenade rivets Sacramento audience who can’t help but fall for them

Secondhand Serenade rivets Sacramento audience who can’t help but fall for them

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 15, 2012

John Vesely, better known as the one-man band Secondhand Serenade, performed a captivating nine-song set to a packed crowd of “emo-ites” at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club on March 19, 2012. The charismatic Bay Area native, who was raised and still lives in Menlo Park, Calif. (a small city situated...

Secondhand Serenade’s John Vesely dishes about his fans, touring with Boyce Avenue and his upcoming album

Secondhand Serenade’s John Vesely dishes about his fans, touring with Boyce Avenue and his upcoming album

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 11, 2012

Prior to a March 19 tour stop at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club, The Current’s Mark Lewis was given the chance to sit down opposite John Vesely who you may know better as the one man band Secondhand Serenade. Vesely is an extremely popular musician who’s accomplished yet grounded and passionate. Dur...

Recording artist Alyssa Graham talks jazz, Jersey and Whitney Houston

Recording artist Alyssa Graham talks jazz, Jersey and Whitney Houston

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 8, 2012

Have you ever heard of Alyssa Graham? If you haven't - you’re probably not alone. Here's your chance to discover an artist on the cusp of notoriety. In an exclusive interview with ARCurrent.com, singer-songwriter Graham sits down with Mark Lewis on March 17 at San Francisco's Hotel Utah. Following th...

Alyssa Graham: Precisely what you’re missing

Alyssa Graham: Precisely what you’re missing

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 8, 2012

Alyssa Graham hit San Francisco’s Hotel Utah on March 17 to perform for an intimate crowd of 50 people lucky enough to be granted the privilege of listening to one of music’s best unknown artists. In 2008, powerhouse online music retailer iTunes named Graham, a soulful singer-songwriter, as their...

“The Voice’s” Dia Frampton speaks exclusively to ARCurrent.com

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

March 26, 2012

The second season of NBC’s hit television series “The Voice” premiered immediately after the Super Bowl to a record 39.6 million viewers. The singing competition featuring coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine is a cultural phenomenon and The Current’s Mark Lew...

American River College meets “The Voice’s” Dia Frampton

American River College meets “The Voice’s” Dia Frampton

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

March 26, 2012

Fan favorite runner-up of last year’s inaugural season of “The Voice” brought the only thing that mattered to a sold-out March 15 crowd at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion – her pipes. The 26-year-old Dia Frampton performed a six-song opening set for headliner Blake Shelton whose country...

311 dials in an indecent performance

311 dials in an indecent performance

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

March 15, 2012

The alternative funk rock band, 311 (pronounced three-eleven), played Sacramento’s Ace of Spades on March 7 to a sold-out crowd spending a mere 90 minutes performing a 23-song set that was an “ugly disaster,” to put it in terms that 311’s aging fan base can easily identify with. The five-member...

Big Time Rush excites and entertains a sold-out Sacramento audience

Big Time Rush excites and entertains a sold-out Sacramento audience

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

February 24, 2012

Current boy-band sensation Big Time Rush offered up an evening of pop precision for a largely female-loaded audience at the group’s Feb. 20 concert at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. It was a show that time warped the audience back to the early 2000s, when young women notoriously fainted during...

Wilco sonically mesmerizes local audience

Wilco sonically mesmerizes local audience

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

February 9, 2012

For close to two hours, Wilco sonically mesmerized the extremely diverse crowd of fans whose ages ranged from their late teens to 20s, 30s, and 40-somethings (I was seated next to that man who hawks hot dogs at Yankee Stadium for a living). Wilco, whose named is derived from a combination of the s...

The Fray talks to arcurrent.com in advance of Feb. 20 tour stop

The Fray talks to arcurrent.com in advance of Feb. 20 tour stop

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

February 4, 2012

After being honored as the 84th most influential band of the last decade by Billboard magazine, Denver, Colo.’s The Fray is set to release their third studio album – the first of this decade -- on Feb. 7. For fans of The Fray, the excruciating wait from 2009’s self-titled second studio album w...

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