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Prieta’s Saturday night ‘so-long’

Prieta says goodbye with packed local show Saturday night

Let’s not lie: We Sacramentans have a fairly thick skin when it comes to upstart local bands hanging it up. Sometimes they just gradually fade out, or just seem to kind of stop playing without ever really formally disbanding, or move away and set up shop in another city.

Rarely do we get the opportunity for a big farewell party like the one Prieta is treating us to on Saturday, December 17 at Beatnik Studios, which will at least soften the sting of seeing this Sammie-award winning humdinger of a band bounce.

In what guitarist Mat Woods calls a "totally amicable decision," the five members of Prieta have decided to hang it up after nearly five years.

If you want to follow their progression in the Sacramento music scene since uprooting from Stockton, just follow their last three appearances at the Friday Night Concerts in the Park series at Cesar Chavez Plaza:

2009, opener for Kai Kln. 2010, second out of three behind Lite Brite. 2011, headliner. That’s some serious momentum in this town, but that doesn’t change the fact that the members were all ready to collectively move on.

They never released a formal full-length album, but their trio of EP’s ("Hangar Demo," "Prieta," and "Sleep All Night") makes for a hearty shuffle of blues-blooded rock and roll on the ol’ iPod, and had the makings of a band that was really getting ready to make some noise.

The noise they made while rattling the walls of Midtown’s favorite venues with pleasing regularity over the last few years will have to do. It was a perfectly rough yet razor sharp nod to the likes of Buddy Guy, Black Sabbath, rebel-era Rolling Stones and bit ‘o Zeppelin, juiced with a recognizable modern flair.

Their Sammie award was dished out most likely for their ability to turn filthy blood-in-the-mud blues licks into a gut-shakingly catchy alt-rock package. One minute, they’re the long lost Joe Cocker. The next, they’re the recently found follow-up to Josh Homme.

And I’d like to apologize in person for having on more than one occasion compared them to a certain early ’90s rock band – which shall remain nameless.

Their farewell show is as much a celebration of the artists still playing in Sacramento as it is a farewell of the one that is braced to leave it – and that’s a fraternity that will still include heavy doses of the individual members of Prieta.

Guitarist Skyler Henry mans the drums for Goodness Gracious Me, drummer Brian Breneman and singer Alex Ayers have already teed off a new DJ project called Master System (which Woods describes as "incredible") with regular gigs at the Press Club, and Woods and bassist Ian McLachlan are also working on some tunes together.

Thank you for the good times, ringing ears, sore necks and hangovers, Prieta. We’ll miss you…

"It’s gonna be a mess of great rock and roll" Woods said of "The Real Preita Farewell Show," which goes down at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 17 at the all-age (yet bar-equipped) Beatnik Studios, 2421 17th St. Cover is $8.

Prieta’s catalog will be in full force, and they’ll get help on some jams, duets and covers from local friends and favorites Lite Brite, The Kelps, Goodness Gracious Me!, Reggie Ginn, Marcus Cortez, and the "for one night only" reunited Phantom Jets.

"The reason we’re having all these other Sacramento musicians play our final show with us is to remind people how many great bands exist in Sacramento right now," Woods said. "There’s so much talent here and people need to realize that. Not to mention, thanks to the tireless efforts of people like Jerry Perry and Ed Stoner, we still have some kind of a shadow of a live rock music scene."

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