Festival celebrates world-class music
SACRAMENTO — Get ready to move your feet and dance in the streets morning, noon and night when the 2014 Sacramento Music Festival & Jubilee returns over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26.
The four-day musical celebration will showcase nearly 100 bands playing 300 sets at 20 venues from Old Sacramento to the Convention Center area. A wide variety of musical styles will be featured at the 2014 Sacramento Music Festival such as American roots rock, soulful and rockin’ blues, Cajun/zydeco, country, rockability, bluegrass, ragtime, early New Orleans jazz & swing, street beat, Latin music, big band, orchestras, banjo performances, dance and party bands and more.
The 2014 Sacramento Music Festival promises an impressive line-up of musicians and bands that include (but are not limited to) the following: Mat Kearney, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker, The Texas Tornados, Deke Dickerson, Zydeco Flames, Mumbo Gumbo, Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads, Wonder Bread 5, James Garner and the Cash Tribute Band, The Kyle Rowland Blues Band, Mick Martin & The Blues Rockers, Purple Haze Band and Two-Tone Steiny. Plus, three high-energy Next Generation Band sites will feature talented youth jazz bands from near and far that are FREE to the public and always draw a young and spirited crowd. The three youth band sites include the Delta King Dock (alongside the historic Delta King Riverboat), Round Table Pizza (downstairs and below street level) and at the Downtown Plaza Piazza in front of Macy’s.
To help get the musical party started on Friday evening, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will deliver a high-energy performance on the main stage in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Then on Saturday evening, singer/songwriter Mat Kearney will be the headline performance on the centrally located main stage. Successfully introduced last year, the specially-designed main stage will be positioned on the iconic and sprawling Turntable on the Green (i.e. the large grassy area officially in front of the California State Railroad Museum).
And for those who love watching a parade, the community is invited to watch a vibrant and colorful parade that will meander through the streets of Old Sacramento on Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. on Front Street. The lively parade will feature marching bands, fire trucks, antique cars, limousines, colorful costumes, military color guards and various dignitaries.
The various musical venues vary from small to large and include cozy club settings, inside luxury hotels, on large-scale outdoor stages and even aboard the picturesque Delta King river boat. In fact, four of Sacramento’s luxury hotels will offer musical entertainment including the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Embassy Suites Riverfront Promenade and the Hyatt Regency.
Originally known as the Old Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, the event has evolved and expanded over the years to embrace and offer a wide variety of musical styles in addition to the classic jazz and swing. The Sacramento Music Festival activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. until midnight on Saturday and on Monday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The four-day badge is $110. One-day event tickets are also available and begin as low $10 (for seniors) and are free at the three Next Generation sites. A variety of public transit options are available with ample parking and free shuttle buses running between venues all weekend long on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 41st Anniversary Sacramento Music Festival is proudly presented by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society with support from the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. Proceeds from the event support the preservation of traditional jazz through STJS Jazz Education Programs.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the 40th Anniversary Sacramento Music Festival call (916)444-2004 or visit sacmusicfest.com.
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