Tonight the Deftones will play a bittersweet homecoming in Sacramento. The SOLD OUT benefit concert supports bandmate (but more like family member) Chi Cheng. The bassist is currently under the care of the Int'l Brain Research Foundation for injuries sustained during a car accident in 2008.
Bet on full house at one of the city's newest event space, Ace of Spades (1417 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 // 800.204.4401).
The ante for a ticket is small compared to Chi's medical bills and the big payoff in midweek entertainment: a convenient midtown location between Shady Lady and R15 bars. Or park your bike & grab a Guiness milkshake at Burgers & Brew!
Support Chi's recovery whether or not you attend the concert. The web site One Love for Chi provides updates on the musician's health, as well as the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust. Merchandise sales help to offset medical expenses.
In February 2011, under new management, the 1,000-person-capacity club reopened with significant upgrades. Its decor now shares the historic yet modern charm of the neighborhood: crimson wallpaper, red walls with gold-colored crown molding, chandeliers, and tufted patent leather seating. A Meyers Pro sound system has improved acoustics in the cavernous space. Thanks to the previous owners for investing $2 million in renovation!
Bret Bair and Eric Rushing have ended the venue's era as a dance club. Instead, these entertainment industry veterans focus on booking live acts to draw out an array of music lovers. Check its calendar for your music preference(s). Ace of Spades hosts artists from pop to rap, from reggae to metal (rock).
Kudos to them for hiring very friendly bartenders; I wish I could say the same about security. This is an all-ages venue, so your alcoholic drink will be restricted to the bar areas. For patrons under 21, a juice bar to the right of the stage will keep your thirst quenched.
The third bar, nearest the entrance, is pub-like. It serves appetizers and dinner after 3 PM Mondays - Saturdays and after 12 PM (noon) on Sundays.
Beware of fees if you park in the state agency lot across the street. Free parking after 6 PM on-street spaces in the neighborhood.
Note: This article is the second in a series featuring Sacramento nightlife venues.