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Concerts in the Park start with a local band and ‘Star Wars’ in downtown Sacramento

Sacramento band Cemetery Sun – Matt Scarpelli, Josh Doty, Austen Butler, Elliot Polokoff and Jesse Mancillas – will headline this year's first Concerts in the Park event Friday at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento.
Sacramento band Cemetery Sun – Matt Scarpelli, Josh Doty, Austen Butler, Elliot Polokoff and Jesse Mancillas – will headline this year's first Concerts in the Park event Friday at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file

Come for the music. "Stay A While" for the food and fun.

The 27th year of Concerts in the Park will take the stage Friday at downtown Sacramento's Cesar Chavez Plaza. The first of the late spring and early summer shows will be headlined by Cemetery Sun, a local band which plays an "alchemical mixture of alternative, pop, R&B and even a little electro," according to their website.

Also performing Friday are Robbie & Blue of Hall of Fame, Wylma and La Noche Oskura.

The event, which runs 5-9 p.m., will also feature multiple food trucks, arts and pop-up shops. Also, in honor of "Star Wars" Day – observed worldwide on May 4 – fans can celebrate by participating in themed silk-screening and printmaking activities with Verge Center for the Arts.

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Shows are scheduled each Friday through July 27, but there's no concert on July 6. Mystic Roots headlines May 11, followed by Grammy-nominated Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand on May 18.

Over the years, Concerts in the Park have welcomed local bands that went on to stardom, including Cake, Deftones and Tesla. Among the regional acts scheduled to perform in 2018 are Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers, Middle Class Rut and Peter Petty.

For more information on Concerts in the Park, visit Downtown Sacramento's website.

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