West End Cabaret: an ode to 1920s Sacramento culture

Jazz artist Harley White Jr., chef Adam Pechal and historian William Burg are teaming up to present a throwback to the 1920s. Specifically to Sacramento’s West End district—between the Capitol and Sacramento River—which once boasted a thriving Japantown and music scene.

West End Cabaret will be the first in a series of homages, and it takes place on Sunday, March 8 at the Spiritual Life Center (2201 Park Towne Circle). The nine-piece Harley White Jr. Orchestra will deliver original and classic pieces, Pechal will whip up a buffet lunch and Burg will engage in a history lesson.

“I don’t feel we know our history and appreciate ourselves as much as we should,” White told Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio yesterday.

Because of the West End’s history in both Japanese and Chinese culture, Pechal’s spread will be Asian-inspired fare—Chicken Manchurian, Shanghai noodles, stir-fried veggies and fried rice are all on the menu.

Listen to the whole conversation between Ruyak and West End Cabaret’s planners here, and pick up $45 tickets here.

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