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How Franz Ferdinand rocked Sacramento and helped set a record at the same time

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Grammy-nominated post-punk revival group Franz Ferdinand headlined at the Concert in the Park series at Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Plaza on Friday, May 18.
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Grammy-nominated post-punk revival group Franz Ferdinand headlined at the Concert in the Park series at Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Plaza on Friday, May 18.

It was expected that Franz Ferdinand would put on a great show Friday in Sacramento.

They helped set a record in the process.

The Grammy-nominated Scottish indie rock band played for more than 9,500 concertgoers during their Concerts in the Park set at Cesar Chavez Plaza, Downtown Sacramento Partnership reported Tuesday. That's the largest single-day attendance in the event's 27-year history.

"We’re thrilled Concerts in the Park continues to attract internationally admired artists like Franz Ferdinand while staying true to our community and providing a stage for our hometown favorites,” Sureena Johl, Downtown Sacramento Partnership events manager, said in a statement in April, when it was announced the band would play at Concerts in the Park.

The crowd had about 1,000 more people than the previous mark set by rapper Del the Funky Homosapien on June 9, 2017.

The Concerts in the Park season kicked off May 4. Shows are scheduled each Friday through July 27 (no concert on July 6), and admission is free.

This week's headliner is Mike Love, who combines reggae with "progressive and classic rock, pop, R&B, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz and so much more," according to his website bio.

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, visit Downtown Sacramento's website.

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