Hip-hop band Blackalicious and Far’s Jonah Matranga – onetime local musicians who found success on a national stage – are set to return to Sacramento and headline the Friday-night Concerts in the Park series.
The 2015 schedule, announced today, features a genre-mixing lineup that includes rock, rap, punk, country and electronica, as well as a new-meets-nostalgia vibe.
A quick glance at some acts to watch:
Sacramento pop shape-shifters Sunmonks are part of the July 17 show, headlined by experimental indie rock band From Indian Lakes.
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Mr. T Experience, part of Berkeley’s original Gilman Street punk scene, will get the crowd going June 19.
And San Francisco soul rockers The Soft White Sixties, who have blown away audiences with their live performances at San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Napa’s BottleRock, play July 10.
The 12-week concert series is organized by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. The free shows, which usually run from 5-9 p.m., are all ages and held at downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza (910 I St.).
Here’s the complete rundown:
MAY 1: ISLAND OF BLACK & WHITE
Drop Dead Red, Riotmaker, DJ Epik
MAY 8: JOY & MADNESS
Sol Peligro, Zyah Belle & The Funkshun, Paul Gordon & the Ambient Light Experience
MAY 15: CRIPPLE CREEK BAND
Golden Cadillacs, Be Brave Bold Robot, Ashley Barron, DJ Rawhide
MAY 22: FRANK HANNON BAND
Alex Vincent Band, Pressure Lounge, DJ Peeti-V
MAY 29: BLACKALICIOUS
DLRN + Stevie Nader, Element Brass Band, Druskee
JUNE 5: ELEMENT OF SOUL
Burro, Once An Empire, 50-Watt Heavy, TL Miller / imf.DRED
JUNE 12: JONAH MATRANGA
The Storytellers, Kevin Seconds, One Leg Chuck, DJ Elements
JUNE 19: MR. T EXPERIENCE
The Four Eyes, The Enlows, Rebel Punk , DJ Whores
JUNE 26: SLAVES
A Lot Like Birds, Tell the Wolves, We Went to the Moon, Z Rokk
JULY 10: THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES
The Nickel Slots, Justin Farren, Vintage Vandals, El Conductor
JULY 17: FROM INDIAN LAKES
Sunmonks, Xochitl, Dusty Brown
JULY 24: ARDEN PARK ROOTS
Task1ne , Century Got Bars, J-Ras , Charleee, Ideateam, Braden Scott Band, Shaun Slaughter