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Alt rockers branch out at City of Trees

A crowd of teenaged girls cheer for Halsey before she performs at the City of Trees summer concert at Gibson Ranch on August 15, 2015. In addition to Halsey, Sacramento’s hometown heroes - Cake was the headliner. Also on the two stages were Of Monsters and Men, Elle King, James Bey, Born, Night Riots, New Politics and The Moth & The Flame. Look for a review by The Bee’s Chris Macias on Sunday at sacbee.com and in Monday’s print edition.
A crowd of teenaged girls cheer for Halsey before she performs at the City of Trees summer concert at Gibson Ranch on August 15, 2015. In addition to Halsey, Sacramento’s hometown heroes - Cake was the headliner. Also on the two stages were Of Monsters and Men, Elle King, James Bey, Born, Night Riots, New Politics and The Moth & The Flame. Look for a review by The Bee’s Chris Macias on Sunday at sacbee.com and in Monday’s print edition. apayne@sacbee.com

Crowds of music lovers turned out Saturday to experience the first City of Trees festival at Gibson Ranch Regional Park in Elverta.

The gathering of alternative-rock acts featured performers such as pop-rock crooner James Bay, singer-songwriter Garrett Borns of Børns and Icelandic indie juggernaut Of Monsters and Men.

Rounding out the evening in the headlining spot was Sacramento’s own Cake.

The band’s ritual of handing out a tree at its shows seemed especially fitting given the setting.

“We usually refrain from doing our tree thing at festivals, because of the vomit and dust and drunkenness,” said frontman John McCrea. “But I think at this one we’ve just got to.”

Look for a review by The Sacramento Bee’s Chris Macias today at sacbee.com and in Monday’s print edition.

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