California Entertainment


Winko the 1 Man Band's Acoustic Sanctuary

Sacramento, Calif.-- Contact: Location: Often seen in a purple truck around Midtown Sacramento (22nd & J Streets, for instance). Time: Thursday through Sunday evenings, usually.

There's a van that pulls up to a parking lot next to a convenience store. Winko the  One Man Band and his Acoustic Sanctuary entertains locals and tourists amazed by the many talents of one individual in a tiny little truck where guests politely line up and pile in (up to 4 at a time) to listen to some tunes. Leaving a tip for such a great show, they depart and let the next guests in to visit and enjoy the fantastic melodies that this musician performs on a variety of instruments.

The Acoustic Sanctuary is a mobile piano bar where friends laugh and sing-along to a one-man-band storyteller. Harrington King, or  Winko Ljizz or One Man Band parks his Acoustic Sanctuary truck with its modified camper shell in parking lots in Sacramento. He opens his door and invites the public to come listen to him perform most weekends.

Playing over 20 instruments, guests sit on bar stools around his baby grand piano with a see through glass top and request songs. The tiny van only holds a handful of people so lines often form out the door. It is worth the wait to watch this amazing man in purple play guitar, dobro, lap steel, upright bass, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bol-bol, harmonicas (blues & chromatic), accordion, melodica, saxophones, clarinet, flute, recorder, slide whistle, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, chism, breed, cattle horn, steel drum, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, kalimba, cow bells, bass drum, snare, hi-hat, talking drum, dumbek, cabassa, jews harp, shakers and rattles.

Musically talented, Winko looks sort of like Kelsey Grammer but can throw out tunes with a voice to match the likes of Willie Nelson. Playing for tips and paying gigs such as novelty parties, the One Man Band can be found most Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights at the corner of 22nd & J streets (midtown Sacramento).

The next time you are visiting Sacramento or happen to see the purple van, drop by and sit for a while.

People come in and out quickly and he doesn't get the opportunity to perform longer songs or ballads.

He says he has needed to develop the art of playing portions of songs quickly. He likes it when a group of people or individuals stay longer so he  can entertain them.

" Once they hear me, they often take my business card and call me to perform for their special parties," says Harrington.

The Acoustic Sanctuary creative material is written off the pages of a comedy act. One song "Winko" sang was about a man who attempts to rekindle a romance with his high school sweetheart years later and is entrusted with her prized, possession, a kitty. While his love interest leaves for a short time, things go terribly wrong with little kitty. We left the Sanctuary with huge smiles on our faces and an affordable dose of laughter.

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