The Sacramento Music Festival introduced their new venue last year with a specially designed stage positioned "on the iconic and sprawling Turntable on the Green." This main stage faces the large grassy area in front of the California State Railroad Museum and is promoted as the headliner stage. During the 2014 festival, a variety of talent will take to this stage as crowds of attendees sit on the grass and hay bales and enjoy the show. Those headliner shows will include the following.
On Friday, May 23 the "high energy Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue" will get the 41st annual musical party started."
On Sunday, May 25 "the iconic American rock band Collective Soul with seven #1 hits will keep the momentum going" along with the funk and soul phenomenon Joy & Madness. Sunday evening will also bring Stray Cat's Lee Rocker and the legendary Texas Tornados to the Turntable Green stage.
In addition to the nightly headline performances, the Sacramento Music Festival will showcase an impressive line-up of talented musicians and crowd-favorite bands that include (but are not limited to) the following: Deke Dickerson, Zydeco Flames, 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.
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, Round Table Pizza and at the Downtown Plaza Piazza in front of Macy’s.
And, the annual SMF parade will travel the streets of Old Sacramento once again with marching bands, fire trucks, antique cars, limousines, colorful costumes, military color guards and various dignitaries. The parade starts on Front Street on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
With twenty venues and nearly one hundred bands, attendees will have endless choices and have no difficulty finding a venue filled with the kind of music they love. Returning favorites as well as new appearances will insure that the festival is considered a success by all who attend. More information on schedules, artists, tickets and venues can be found the at Sacramento Music Festival official website.