This Week: Tunes for every taste at weekend festival

05/19/2014 12:00 AM

05/19/2014 12:07 AM

Old Sacramento will turn up the volume on Memorial Day weekend with an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues and other musical genres.

The Sacramento Music Festival, which runs from Friday to Monday, was known for decades as the Dixieland Jazz Jubilee. With the audience for traditional jazz shrinking, it was revamped in 2012 to appeal to a broader audience. This year, headliners include rockers Collective Soul and Mat Kearney, along with country rock band the Texas Tornados. There’s also the Wonder Bread 5, a wigged, spandex-clad cover band billed on its website as an “an unstoppable, international, rock-n-roll party machine.”

Jazz fans need not despair, however. The lineup still has plenty of jazz. New Orleans band Meschiya Lake and the Lil’ Big Horns, which has six planned shows, won the 2012 award for traditional jazz in the Big Easy Music Awards.

After losing money in 2012, the Sacramento Music Festival trimmed expenses. Last year’s event raised $867,412 and was in the black, according to festival organizers. Revenue for the jazz festival peaked at $2.7 million in 2002 before beginning a long slide.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga


Drexel hosts panel on health care diversity

Drexel University Sacramento is hosting a free forum Tuesday focusing on the importance of diversity in health care. Dr. Clarence Lee, a Drexel MBA student, will moderate a panel discussion that includes Rosa Alvarado of Samuel Merritt University, Dr. Darin Latimore of the UC Davis School of Medicine and Dr. Jessica Núñez de Ybarra of the state Department of Public Health. The discussion, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at One Capitol Mall, Suite 260, in Sacramento, centers on the demand for minority health professionals in California.

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Sacramento County Fair opens Thursday

Can’t wait for the State Fair to kick off in July? You’re in luck. The Sacramento County Fair is taking advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to stage a five-day run at Cal Expo, starting Thursday. “Let’s Eat, Have Fun and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue” is the theme of the fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Admission is $5, though kids under 12 get in free. Parking is $10.


Elk Grove’s ‘Big Truck Day’ puts heavy equipment

Elk Grove is inviting the public to its “Big Truck Day” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Laguna Gateway Shopping Center at the corner of Laguna and Big Horn boulevards. Kids and their parent can check out construction equipment, dump trucks and other vehicles and learn what it takes to operate and maintain them. The event is free.


Spataro lead co-op class on Mexican cooking

Kurt Spataro, the celebrated local chef who created the menu for the Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant, will discuss the flavors, techniques and ingredients of Mexican cooking at a Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op class from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The class at 1900 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento is $55 for the general public; $45 for co-op members.

Info: or call (916) 455-2667

BOE holds hearing on Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights

Individuals and business operators are invited to attend the state Board of Equalization’s annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights hearings at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the BOE headquarters board room (Room 121) at 450 N St. in Sacramento. Individuals interested in making a presentation are invited to contact the BOE Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office at (888) 324-2798 or see

St. Anna’s Church hosts Greek fair in Roseville

St. Anna’s Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville is hosting its 20th annual Greek Food Festival, featuring the smells, sounds and, of course, the food of Greece. The three-day festival at 1001 Stone Canyon Drive goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, plus the cost of food and drink.


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