The State Hornet

Andrew Castro overcomes stage fright, gains fans from coast to coast

Local singer-songwriter Andrew Castro will perform at Sac State as part of UNIQUE Programs' Nooner concert series on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Andrew Castro)

Edrian Pamintuan

October 18, 2016

A man who has suffered from a myriad of obstacles such as stage fright, anxiety, and ruptured vocal chords has grown into a performer whose fan base extends from coast to coast. This man is local singer-songwriter Andrew Castro, who will bring his unique blend of pop, folk and deeply personal lyric...

Sixth time’s a charm

Rapper Mr. Hooper performs at the Old Ironsides bar on Feb. 27. He will hit the stage at the University Union Serna Plaza for a Nooner concert on Oct. 12.
(Courtesy of Letrice Fowler)

Edrian Pamintuan

October 6, 2016

South Sacramento rapper Mr. Hooper will bring his deep-rooted hip-hop style to Sacramento State with a Nooner performance on Oct. 12 at the University Union Serna Plaza. Mr. Hooper, whose real name is Virgil Hooper, said he has been entertaining audiences since he was a 14-year-old performing at n...

Big Sticky Mess delivers quirky funk at Nooner

Davis-based funk group Big Sticky Mess performs on the University Union Serna Plaza on Sept. 21.
(Photo by Claire Morgan)

Claire Morgan

September 21, 2016

Cooler temperatures brought a larger-than-usual crowd to the University Union Serna Plaza to watch this week’s Nooner performance, Big Sticky Mess, playing its unique American-funk style for the Sacramento State campus. The Davis-based band has three members: Patrick Langham, Karl Rafmussen and Jonny Goul...

Big Sticky Mess to rock Nooner stage

(Photo courtesy of Big Sticky Mess)

Edrian Pamintuan

September 21, 2016

Big Sticky Mess can sound like a negative judgment but in the case of this Davis-based band, it was more an aftermath of its older group’s breakup. And eventually, the name stuck, although big, sticky and messy aren’t terms that people would use to describe how the band operates or the sound that...

Ghostly good vibes at Nooner

The Ghost Town Rebellion performs at River City Saloon in Old Sac, Sep. 1, 2016.  The band will be playing at the Nooner in the University Union at 12 pm, Sep. 14, 2016.
(Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Edrian Pamintuan

September 13, 2016

The Ghost Town Rebellion is a local Americana band that proves Sacramento does have a growing music scene - one that is dedicated to playing good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. The group is slated to perform their Sacramento State set on Sept. 14 at the University Union Serna Plaza (located...

City of Trees Brass Band brings New Orleans funky jazz to Nooner concert

Vu Chau

May 5, 2016

Sacramento State felt like the streets of New Orleans for 50 minutes on Wednesday afternoon when second-line jazz group City of Trees Brass Band was invited to perform at the last Nooner concert of the spring semester. Formerly known as the Brasstronauts, City of Trees Brass band was formed by Hillier in 2013 and...

City of Trees Brass Band brings sass to jazz

The City of Trees Brass Band performs a mixture of New Orleans funk and West Coast contemporary in Old Sacrament, Saturday, March 26. The band will be performing the last Nooner concert of the spring semester, which will be hosted by UNIQUE Programs in the University Union Serna Plaza, Wednesday, May 4.

Vu Chau

May 3, 2016

For being only four years old, City of Trees Brass Band has already garnered widespread attention across Sacramento for being able to infuse the local music scene with its mixture of traditional New Orleans funk and West Coast contemporary sound that is played by seasoned musicians. City of Tre...

Epsilona brings individualistic style to Nooner concert

Vu Chau

April 27, 2016

A change of venue from the outdoor University Union Serna Plaza to the indoor Redwood Room drew in a large crowd Wednesday, April 27 to watch this week’s Nooner performer, Epsilona, jam it out on stage to numerous originals and covers. Epsilona was formed in 2013 as a three-piece band. Now, it ha...

Epsilona loves being one of a kind

Cory Phillips, Carlos Gutierrez, Minh le, Nick Bretz and Chandler Hale of Epsilona outside the AIRC building at Sacramento State on April 16.

Vu Chau

April 25, 2016

When in search of an apartment to rent on Craigslist in 2015, Nick Bretz stumbled upon a listing from Minh Le and Chandler Hale. After moving in, the three realized that there was one bigger connection than the apartment they share together: music. At that time, Le and Hale had already been in...

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