Sac music fest starts with an evening soirée

The Sacramento Music Festival Kickoff Soiree is set for Thursday, May 22 at Midtown’s new Starlite Lounge, 1517 21st St. in Sacramento. The 2014 Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee runs Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.

A free after-work event, the party will start at 5:30 and run to 10 p.m. Live music will be shack-shaking county blues from Oakland’s Howell Devine and rompin’ bebop swing with The Afterlife from Sacramento.

Sexy shack-shackin’ music — that’s Howell Devine, the massively talented NorCal trio who became the first blues band the legendary Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records  signed in 27 years.

Last fall, the trio was chosen to open for legendary bluesman Charlie Musselwhite in Marin County.

The  41st annual Sacramento Music Festival showcases nearly 100 bands performing live over the four-days.

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; along with opening act Joy & Madness, the iconic rock band Collective Soul will keep the musical momentum going on Sunday evening, along with the Grammy-winning Tex-Mex legends, The Texas Tornados and the Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker.

The four-day musical celebration will take place at 20 venues — most within walking distance — from Old Sacramento to the Convention Center area. A wide variety of musical styles will be featured at the 2014 Sacramento Music Festival.

The 2014 Sacramento Music Festival promises an impressive line-up of musicians and bands that includes: Collective Soul, 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. 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.

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 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.

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.

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 2014 Sacramento Music Festival & Jubilee 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 41st Annual Sacramento Music Festival call 916-444-2004 or visit

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