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Winko Ljizz

Something has been missing from the northeast corner of 22nd and J streets for the past couple months. Those familiar with the weekend scene in this area have noticed the absence of a large, purple truck bearing the words, “Acoustic Sanctuary.”

Many people have become acquainted with this entertainment venue on wheels from the inside, while others maintain certain levels of curiosity from afar.

Accompanied with the green, lighted words, “OneManBand” and “Storyteller,” and stairs leading up to its purple curtain-covered entrance, this unique roadside attraction has been hard to miss. It had been a fixture of this midtown street corner on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays evenings since 2002.

Inside his mysterious looking vehicle, Sacramento’s Harrington King has entertained thousands upon thousands of people with his unique offering as a one-man band that plays about 40 instruments, and can play various instruments at the same time. His act also includes storytelling with a comedic twist.

But now King and his Acoustic Sanctuary can no longer be found at this site. However, any rumors that might exist that King has closed shop and left the entertainment world should be put to rest.

King told the East Sacramento News last week that he simply relocated to Old Sacramento, next to the schoolhouse museum and just east of the Rio City Café and Joe’s Crab Shack.

With a golden backdrop of the lighted Tower Bridge, King continues to play music and tell stories every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. until late.

He is mostly known by his stage name, Winko Ljizz — a name he partially created because he says he was “born with only one eye open.” His self-created surname is short for “legitimate jazz.”

King explained the reason for his recent relocation.

“I used to tell (the 22nd and J streets property owner Pete Andreotti) that when he retired, I was going to move on,” he said. “He finally did retire. After 17 years, I was burned out being there anyway.”

Acoustic Sanctuary, now in Old Sacramento

Photo courtesy of Harrington King. The Acoustic Sanctuary is shown parked at its former location at 22nd and J streets.

The Acoustic Sanctuary shows generally follow a format, King explained.

“Typically, people come in and the last person that comes in the Acoustic Sanctuary is required to pick a random topic — nothing about music and nothing they see in there,” he said. “And then when that topic comes out, then we start making fun of it and telling jokes and singing songs about whatever the topic is.”

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