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Traffic reported lighter on 2nd day of Aftershock festival

Michael Moeggenberg and Alisha Pahlka arrive to the festival on a pedicab driven by Dennis Kammerer during the Monster Energy Aftershock music festival at Gibson Ranch County Park on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Moeggenberg and Alisha Pahlka arrive to the festival on a pedicab driven by Dennis Kammerer during the Monster Energy Aftershock music festival at Gibson Ranch County Park on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

The guitar riffs remained heavy on the second day of the Monster Energy Aftershock festival at Gibson Ranch on Sunday, but the traffic was lighter.

Late Saturday, the festival’s Facebook page was swamped with frustrated concertgoers stuck in traffic after the first of the sold-out festival’s two nights. Some complained of being trapped in the dusty, 200-acre parking lot for upwards of three hours.

One of those stuck was Hector Perez, drummer of the Sacramento band Death Rogen.

“It was so bad,” said Perez, whose band performed Sunday morning at Aftershock. “It was kind of frustrating, but we just kept joking around.”

Sunday was a much smoother ride into the festival, headlined by Jane’s Addiction and Sacramento’s own Deftones. Sunday’s attendance was projected to hit 20,000, about 5,000 fewer than Saturday, which helped ease some of the traffic woes.

Doug Ose, the real estate developer and former congressman who operates Gibson Ranch, reported to The Bee that traffic was flowing smoothly in the midafternoon Sunday during his inspection of the area around Gibson Ranch. Ultimately, Aftershock organizers seek to expand the festival to a three-day event with 40,000 concertgoers daily.

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