Music News & Reviews

Geographer completes Concerts in the Park 2016 lineup

Mike Deni of Geographer
Mike Deni of Geographer Victoria Smith

The guessing games are over for the 2016 edition of Concerts in the Park. The initial lineup for this free concert series, which runs on Fridays during the summer at Cesar Chavez Plaza, was announced on March 25. One headliner had yet to be named for May 20, but now we know who it is ... Geographer.

Geographer is a San Francisco indie-rock band known for its whirling synthesizer sounds and songwriter craft from leader Mike Deni. They’re the kind of group you might otherwise see at TBD Fest, or another festival that embraces electronic music and indie rock vibes.

While some locals might’ve hoped to see a Sacramento area band with a national draw taking that May 20 spot, the addition of Geographer shows an increasing emphasis on Concerts in the Park organizers booking bands from outside the area. Other national acts in the series, which runs from May 6-July 29 include singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan, country artist Tyler Rich and Chico’s Hail the Sun.

Here’s the full lineup for 2016 Concerts in the Park:

May 6: James Cavern

Tessa Evans, Current Personae, DJ Epik

May 13: New Kingston

Element Brass Band, They Went Ghost, Andrew Castro, DJ Eddie Z

May 20: Geographer

Dusty Brown, Joseph in the Well, Death Party at the Beach, DJ: Young Aundee

May 27: Chuck Ragan

Darius Koski, Humble Wolf, Ghost Town Rebellion, DJ: Benji the Hunter

June 3: Hail the Sun

Kill the Precedent, NMBRSTTN, Peace Killers, Trash Rock DJs

June 10: Authority Zero

Another Damn Disappointment, O’Mulligans, Little Tents, DJ: My Cousin Vinny

June 17: Vokab Kompany

Who Cares, Good Samaritans, The Scratch Outs, DJ: CrookOne

June 24: Arden Park Roots

JRas & Iriefuse, ZFG, DJ: Squarefield Massive

July 1: No concert due to July 4th weekend

July 8: Tyler Rich

Hannah Jane Kile, Colleen Heauser, Taylor Green, DJ Rawhide

July 15: Drop Dead Red

Hans! And the HOT MESS, PointDexter, Soft Science, DJ: Zephyr

July 22: Some Fear None

Cemetery Sun, Sages, A Mile Till Dawn, DJ Oasis

July 29: The Brodys

The J Band, TL Miller Experience, The Heartbreak Time Machine, DJ: Joseph ONE

Chris Macias: 916-321-1253, @chris_macias