Dry lips crack out for more
`Come bite on this rag doll, baby!
That's right, now hit the floor.'"
-- Siouxsie and the Banshees, Peek-A-Boo
So, I didn't make it to the Sandman Ball at Dancing Ghosts on Friday (8/26). More of that "family and life stuff" I've been dealing with came up at the last minute - kind of putting a kibosh on my evening. (As an aside to those who care: the events I was hoping/planning to hit this coming week - such as the Cell, Strangelove, and Asylum - might have to do without me due to circumstances beyond my control and much to my regret - I'm trying to play it fast and loose, but there's a very high probability that I will be in Southern California for most of the later part of this week and, mayhaps, the entirety of the next).
But I did manage to get myself out to Sacramento to experience Reverence for the first time on Saturday night (8/27). And what a treat!
Venue: Club 21.
So, I forget how obnoxious Sacramento's freeways are. The big problem is the two different I-80s and the strange perpendicular shifts in each. I ended up turning around 3 times before I finally got myself out to the club (and that's not counting me getting turned around while I was trying to find the club once I got our to 21st Street).
BUT - all that said, once I found the place, it was amazing. There's a large front bar room with lots of seating and a nook near the entrance that was being used by a goth-y art dealer. In the back is a nice-sized dance floor (with an old-style multi-screen TV wall - you know the ones I'm talking about) and a secondary bar (that wasn't in use that night).
All in all, I found the place an excellent venue for a club.
So, I had the opportunity to run into DJ Panic almost immediately upon my way in. Very nice (and very dapper) fellow, and very welcoming.
I didn't get a chance to catch the names of his DJ cohorts, unfortunately (I'll update it here if get them, though).
The music was excellent. Lots of dark and remixed '80s and goth tunes, with a couple of EBM and light Industrial-y songs mixed in. Ultimately, the music was fairly upbeat and danceable, even if I didn't do a whole lot of dancing myself (sore muscles and bad mood actually - notthe fault of the music).
The crowd was wonderful. Literally just the right size for the venue, really. They were very "in-style", with a good mix of cyber-dollies, goth-punks, Lolis, and shoe-gazers, and, most importantly, very few tourist-y types. A nice eclectic mix of Sacramento goth-dom.
Another thing was somewhat refreshing was that this crowd seemed very fun-loving, social, and didn't seem to take themselves too seriously (What? Goths that don't take themselves too seriously? How dare they? Someone revoke their cards!).
Another sweet and charming bit was that we had a proposal that night. One of the DJs called a girl out onto the dance-floor and her beau then took the mic and asked her to marry him. She spent much of the rest of the evening starry-eyed and gazing at and fidgeting with her new ring (it's so cute when goth-girls let their inner princess out).
Due to my antisocial mood, I did not, unfortunately, make any new acquaintances. But I was impressed enough with the club and the crowd that I do certainly look forward to further chances.
So - all-in-all - Meph gives Reverence a solid endorsement: if you haven't already cleared your 4th Saturdays for this, you should do so now; Reverence is the spot to be for those of a darkling persuasion in and around Sacramento.
-- Mr. M.