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Best Fall Concerts In Sacramento

Below are five amazing concerts taking place in and shortly outside of Sacramento. From country and pop to hard rock, this fall is bringing it in force. For those who thought the summer concert line-up in Sacramento was exciting, what our area has in store this fall will leave you breathless.


Monster Energy Aftershock 2013
Discovery Park
1600 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95815

Date: Sept. 14-15, 2013

The lineup for this concert includes Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, A Day to Remember, Shinedown, Megadeth, Skillet, Buckcherry, P.O.D. and many more. Two jam-packed days of adrenaline-pumping acts on the river in Discovery Park - what more could one ask for? How about a two-day general admission ticket for under $100? If you're a hard rock/metal fan, you can't afford to miss an amazing lineup like this. Three stages will showcase some of the most talented and popular bands of this outspoken genre. This is a great show to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. Also, don't miss the Aftershock Festival Pre-Party (free for Aftershock ticket holders) on September 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Ace of Spades (1417 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811) featuring Steel Panther.

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Carly Rae Jepsen with Hot Chelle Rae

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 754-2787

Date: Sept. 18, 2013

Carly Rae Jepsen is the ultimate in "guilty pleasure" music. Her sugary sweet pop style is strangely addicting. With her song "Call Me Maybe," she took the world by storm. Justin Bieber took her under his wing, and signed her to his school Boy Records label. Together they reached an American deal with Interscope Records after her "Call Me Maybe" video reached 400 million views on YouTube. The single reached the number one spot on US and Canadian Billboard charts and made the list in many other countries. In 2007, she placed third in the fifth season of "Canadian Idol." In early 2012, she released "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" with emphasis on her talent as a songstress, departing from the "Ke$ha-esque" style of "Call Me Maybe." Her tour partner - Hot Chelle Rae - was formed in 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. The group is most well known for its single "Tonight, Tonight," which was certified double platinum in the US for reaching the mark of two million copies sold. On the American Music Awards in 2011, Hot Chelle Rae won New Artist of the Year. The group sounds like a poppier cross between All American Rejects and Eagle Eye Cherry. The band appeals to the 20-something crowd with catchy tunes and seemingly random lyrics such as describing a tattoo he got saying "it kinda looks just like you (his girlfriend) mixed with Zach Galifinakis." Tickets start at $29.50 This will be a limited-seating venue with only 1,800 seats available.

Josh Groban Performs At The MGM Grand
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Josh Groban
Sleep Train Arena
1 Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-6900

Date: Oct. 6, 2013

LA-born singer and songwriter Josh Groban got an early start. While at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, his vocal coach gave a recording of Josh to his friend, famous producer/composer David Foster. After hearing the tape, Foster asked the 17-year-old Groban to fill in for Andrea Bocelli (he was ill) during a 1998 Grammy rehearsal with Celine. Rosie O'Donnell was there during the rehearsal and fell in love with his singing; she invited him on to her talk show that next week. The appearance on Rosie led to him starring/singing on the TV show "Ally McBeal," and he has gained momentum and popularity ever since. Over the years, he has had many platinum albums. In early 2013, he released "All That Echoes." It debuted at number one. This is a great show from a classical crossover artist and shouldn't be missed. Tickets start at just $37.
Related: Best Places To Get Your Classical Music Fix In Sacramento

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2013 Honda Civic Tour with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson
Sleep Train Amphitheatre
2677 Forty Mile Road
Wheatland, CA 95901
(530) 743-5200

Date: Oct. 1, 2013

With all the projects Adam Levine has going on, including judging NBC's hit music competition "The Voice," it's a wonder he isn't too busy to tour with his band Maroon 5 this year. The Honda Civic Tour has been rockin' fans since 2001. For the 2013 tour, Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson will be doing shows on 33 stages around the country. Maroon 5 seems to be as popular as ever looking at the group's album sales and sold-out concerts. America's favorite pop star, Kelly Clarkson is still turning heads with new-found fans every day. Tickets for this event start at $38.50

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Train, The Script and Gavin DeGraw
Sleep Train Amphitheatre
2677 Forty Mile Road
Wheatland, CA 95901
(530) 743-5200

Date: Aug. 10, 2013

Considering how popular the band Train is, you would never guess that in 1996, it attempted to get signed under Columbia Records and was rejected. The group decided to release its first self-titled CD independently and by 1997, it was touring nationally -- opening for bands like Counting Crows and Hootie and the Blowfish. Train has been able to "stay the course" due in large part to its ability to constantly evolve, while staying true to its folksy roots. One of the group's first popular songs, "Meet Virginia," had a very country feel to it. With its latest album, Train seems to have returned to this earlier style. With two additional amazing acts, The Script and Gavin DeGraw, these tickets are a steal starting at just $32.

Related: Best Local Female Musicians In Sacramento

As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for His work can be found on

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