Sacramento celebrates music

Think about spending Memorial Day Weekend, Friday to Monday, May 24 to 27, celebrating four decades of amazing world-class musical entertainment during the 40th anniversary of the Sacramento Music Festival.

Complete with a high-energy Friday night kick-off and a vibrant Saturday morning parade, the musical celebration will take place on 24 venues throughout Sacramento with headliners that include Los Lobos, The Blasters, John Lee Hooker Jr., The James Hunter Six, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, and Wanda Jackson, Ben Taylor, the Beer Dawgs and Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers.

In addition to lively street entertainment, the annual event offers a variety of musical venues that range from cozy club settings  to large-scale outdoor stages and even aboard the picturesque Delta King river boat.

Four of Sacramento’s luxury hotels, Holiday Inn, Embassy Suites, Sheraton Grand and Hyatt Regency, will also offer musical entertainment.

New this year, the main stage will be positioned on the iconic and sprawling grassy area officially known as the “1849 Scene” in front of the California State Railroad Museum located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.

Originally known as the Old Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, the event has evolved over the years to embrace and offer a wide variety of musical styles in addition to classic jazz and swing.

The 40th anniversary community celebration will showcase rockabilly, soulful blues, rockin’ blues, country, zydeco, rock, bluegrass, ragtime, jazz, swing, street beat, Cajun, Latin music, big band, orchestras, dance bands and a high-energy  “Next Generation Band” performance site will feature talented youth jazz bands from near and far.

On Friday through Sunday, Sacramento Music Festival activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. until midnight and on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With lower ticket prices this year, regular event prices vary from $10 to $110 for a four-day event badge. And, along with a variety of public transit options, ample parking is available. Free shuttle buses run between venues all weekend long on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 40th anniversary Sacramento Music Festival is proudly presented by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society with support from the Sacramento Convention and 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 Sacramento Music Festival call 916-444-2004 or visit

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