News from the Sidekicks

A New Year's Message ~

Marty, Ken and Jeff 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 played so many great venues during the year, including one-offs at the re-opening of the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the National Night Out in Ashton Park and a return to the Holiday Music Series at the Sacramento International Airport.  

We were also honored to be asked to perform with Yolo Mambo at the Melon Ball (a venue inside Watermelon Music in Davis) at a benefit which raised over $1500 for relief for the victims of the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties.  

In addition to several appearances at weekend Farmer’s Markets throughout the area, we had regular monthly engagements at the Fox and Goose Public House ( and Ettore’s Bakery and Café ( in Sacramento, Bella Bru Café in Carmichael (, and Sundstrom Hill Winery in Davis (  

We enjoyed return appearances at First Street Café ( in Benicia and to Durst Winery ( and to Heritage Oak Winery ( - both in Acampo, near Lodi.  

All of these establishments are family- and locally-owned businesses, and we urge you to support them throughout the year.  We’ll be back to all of them in 2018, in addition to appearing at some new venues and returning to some we missed last year.

Other big 2017 news was the release of our third CD, No Grudges, in May.  We performed two CD-release concerts: at the Acoustic Den Café in Roseville ( and Heritage Oak.  

You can obtain any of our three CDs in several ways: 

1. Get the actual, physical CD from the band at our performances for $10. 

2. Listen to/buy/download individual tracks ($.99) or the full album for $9.99 from the  iTunes store. 

3. Use this *NEW and IMPROVED* website to click on the “Music” page and order from CDBaby (same price as iTunes).

As mentioned on our home page, we're thrilled to be winners of a 2018 Sacramento Music Award (SAMMIE) in the “Folk/Bluegrass” category.  *** Big thanks to whoever nominated us!! ***

Finally, we wanted you to know we're taking a break for a couple of months to recharge and retool. We look forward to beginning a fabulous year in April, filled with music both familiar and new and with opportunities to bring The Sidekicks to a larger audience!  We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and again, we thank you for your continued support.

                                           ~ Marty Cohen, Ken Rabiroff, Jeff Sears