An Old Tradition at the New Sacramento Music Festival

This year marks the 39th annual Sacramento Music Festival, formerly known as the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Every year, aspiring and inspired jazz musicians take the multiple stages set around downtown Sacramento during Memorial Day weekend. This year in an effort to rebrand and refresh the event, along with traditional Dixieland jazz, new and different styles of blues, rock, and Americana music will make their debuts. As a preview for what to expect this year, here is a peak at an age-old mantra written with a little twist.

Something Old: The Fulton Street Jazz Band has been performing at the Sacramento Music Festival, formerly known as the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, since its origin 39 years ago. This jazz ensemble began in the early 70’s at a pizza parlor on Fulton Avenue. Performing at jazz festivals and on jazz cruises for over thirty years, this Chicago style band has developed an extensive repertoire, making each performance a fun and exciting jazz statement.

Something New: The Sacramento Music Festival not only underwent a name change but also updated the styles of music featured during the weekend event. The Dead Winter Carpenters is an Americana style band giving the once jazz only festival a fresh, new feel. California natives, the Dead Winter Carpenters are frequent visitors of Sacramento and have headlined at various types of shows all across the country.

Something Borrowed: the “Cash Tribute” band featuring James Garner, borrows the feel and style of the late Johnny Cash. Performing hits such as “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison”, Garner helps us remember the sounds of a lost time.

Something Blues: Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers are exactly as they sound: bluesey. As one of Sacramento’s most loved blues bands, with a dedicated and rabid following, Mick Martin and his gang rewind the times with traditional blues instruments and songs. No strangers to the Sacramento Music Festival stage, Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers know how to rock the crowd and get them on their feet.