Live music from Sacramento-based urban folk artists

Nominated for a SAMMIES Award!

About the SAMMIES

 Hello, Sidekicks fans and supporters!  
We are honored to have been nominated 

for a 2018 Sacramento Area Music

(SAMMIE) award! 

 Ballots will be accepted until 

March 12, 2018

Only one vote per person is allowed. 

We encourage you to go online at now, and 


while this is fresh in your mind! 

Please VOTE for us ...

 First, go to and click on “Vote Now!”.   Next, you’ll need to sign in, in one of three ways:

1. With your existing account for Twitter, Google or Facebook account

~ OR ~ 
2. Sign up for a NEW vote.newsreview account (existing newsreview accounts will not work), which will require your email and a new password

 ~ OR ~ 
3. With your existing vote.newsreview account password

We are nominated under “Folk/Bluegrass” and all you have to do is click on the button next to our name in that category:
Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks

… and you’re done!   

... and VOTE MORE!

In addition to your vote for us, 

we would also appreciate your 
write-in votes for any or all 

of the following:

Marty Cohen – for Singer-Songwriter
Steve McLean, producer/engineer of our new CD No Grudges – for 

Producer of the Year
No Grudges, our 2017 CD – for 

Release of the Year

There are many categories, and many fine local bands are nominated.  We hope you'll cast your votes for all your favorites.  Thank you again for your continued support!  

We look forward to seeing you 

at our next performance.

A New Year's Message

  • We wish to thank all of our supporters – fans old and new – and those of you who came upon us by accident (and stayed to enjoy the music!) – for a fabulous 2017.
  • We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and can't wait to see you at more live performances throughout the year.

~ Marty Cohen, Ken Rabiroff, Jeff Sears

About Us

The musicians

Marty Cohen, lead vocals and songwriter, and the Sidekicks ~ Ken Rabiroff, vocals, lead/bass guitar and Jeff Sears, vocals, bass/lead guitar ~ have established themselves as one of the premier acoustic groups in Northern California. The band continues to reach new audiences through live performances, radio play and CDs of original music. They were chosen as Premier Showcase Artists at the FAR West Folk Alliance Conference in 2009. 

Our history

Since the Sidekicks celebrated their 10th anniversary, they've been performing with renewed energy and gone back to the recording studio. They perform regularly at Sacramento's venerable Fox & Goose pub and other great venues from the foothills (Nevada City and Auburn) to the coast (Benicia). They were proud to be selected again as artists at the Sacramento County Holiday Music Series, performing for holiday travelers at Sacramento International Airport. Their first appearance there was featured in The Sacramento Bee!

Our sound

The band's rich vocal harmonies and distinctive arrangements enhance Marty’s award-winning songs, and the group creates a sound that is an inspired blend of urban folk … with a pop twist.   

They've just released their third CD ~ NO GRUDGES.
Enjoy more music throughout the year ~ come see the band LIVE to catch their new songs!   

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our fans, so send us your e-mail address and we'll let you know

 about news and upcoming shows.

Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks

Please contact us to book personal appearances, ask questions or pass along rave reviews! For news and upcoming shows, ask us to add your name to our e-mail list.