This year will be the 41st that the Sacramento Music Festival has put up their tents, set their chairs and brought together a remarkable lineup of musicians for their festival fans. In earlier years when the festival was called the Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, the event attracted thousands who were devoted to that genre. Through time, the festival has changed its focus and its draw by expanding into other areas of jazz and now into a multitude of popular genres that include jazz, country, bluegrass, Latin, swing, orchestra, dance bands and so much more.
The notable highlights of the Sacramento Music Festival could go on for pages. Due to the number of musicians and bands, location, volunteers, and all the little details that go into making it a success year after year, it’s nearly impossible to give a nod to all those people and plans that deserve a salute. Following are just a few highlights of the 2014 features that will once again draw thousands to Old Town Sacramento.
The four day Sacramento Musical Festival celebration will take place at 20 venues of which most are within walking distance. Venues are located in the traditionally recognized festival location of Old Sacramento as well as at the Convention Center area and nearby hotels.
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.
Old Town Sacramento is turned into a extravaganza of music and music celebration. Shops will be open and ready for the crowds while some of the restaurants and clubs are turned into restricted access venues with Sacramento Music Festival performing artists on the billing.
Some of the music is accessed free of charge including three high-energy Next Generation Band sites featuring talented youth jazz bands from near and far. These performances 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.
Photo: Beer Dawgs on Headliner stage at "Turntable on the Green" SMF 2013.
Ample time to enjoy the groove
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 on May 23 -26 from 11:00 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until midnight on Saturday and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
One day, two day, all four days are all options for enjoying what the Sacramento Music Festival has to offer ... which is more than any one person can take in even if they are attending from start to finish of the event.
Collective Soul and other Headliners
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will get the musical party started on Friday evening;.
Along with local band Mumbo Gumbo, the talented singer/songwriter Mat Kearney will be the headline performance on Saturday evening.
Opening act Joy & Madness will keep the musical momentum going. With seven #1 hits on their resume, iconic American rock band Collective Soul will perform as the Sunday evening headliner act. Also playing Sunday evening is the Stray Cat’s Lee Rocker and the legendary Texas Tornados.
These headline acts will perform on a specially-designed main stage positioned on the iconic and sprawling “Turntable on the Green” which is a large grassy area in front of the California State Railroad Museum.