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Dogstar Rocks Crest Theatre: A Night to Remember

Last updated on April 5th, 2024 at 06:00 pm

Last December 5, 2023, Dogstar, featuring the multifaceted Keanu Reeves on bass, delivered an electrifying performance of their “Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees” tour at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California. This review captures that unforgettable night, highlighting the band’s musical prowess and charismatic stage presence.

I had two VIP tickets – these entailed you to come in earlier (4:30 pm) than usual, listen to the band’s soundcheck and have a photo op with the band. Unfortunately, my husband was not that eager to join the “pictorial.” Hmm, I wonder why? Haha. We got to listen to the band do their sound check for about five songs! Yes – five songs. Picture-taking was not allowed, though. Rob Mailhouse, Bret Domrose, and Keanu Reeves were so friendly and accommodating to over-eager fans. They also signed our tags. Oh, they also gave away a freebie! It was a…dog tag! How clever, if you ask me. You have to respect these guys for allowing fans to interact with them. It was a dream come true for a lot of us.
When the meet & greet was over, we had time to just chill in the bar downstairs. We were also able to enter the venue again at around 6:30pm, and listened to the opening band led by Indio Downey, Robert Downey Jr.’s son. They were great!

Of course, it was pure energy when Dogstar came out. The audience (mostly female heh) went crazy! After a few songs, Bret allowed the seated crowd to stand and dance in front the stage. Thank goodness for that. It was a REAL concert now.

Dogstar VIP Tickets

Dogstar’s Dynamic Performance

This is a band that blends grunge with alternative rock – they took the stage with an energy that instantly connected with the audience. Their setlist was a perfect mix of fan favorites and new tracks, showcasing their musical evolution. Each song resonated with the crowd, creating an atmosphere of nostalgia and excitement.

Keanu Reeves: More Than an Actor

Keanu Reeves, widely known for his acting, proved once again that his talents extend to the music stage. As the bassist for Dogstar, Reeves delivered a performance that was both skilled and passionate. His presence added a unique flair to the concert, drawing fans of his acting career and music lovers alike.

The Crest Theatre Ambiance

The iconic Crest Theatre in Sacramento provided the perfect backdrop for Dogstar’s performance. The venue’s acoustics and intimate setting enhanced the band’s sound, creating an immersive experience for the audience. The historic charm of the theatre added to the allure of the night. The bar in the basement was amazing, as well.

Keanu Reeves
Dogstar concert at Crest Theatre

Memorable Moments and Standout Tracks

Highlights of the night included powerful renditions of Dogstar’s newer material like “Everything Turns Around” and “Blonde.” The chemistry between the band members, especially between Keanu and Bret, was palpable, adding depth to each song.
The Dogstar concert at Crest Theatre was more than just a musical event; it was a celebration of enduring talent and artistic expression. The band’s connection with the audience, combined with their authentic sound, made this a night to remember for Sacramento’s music scene!
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