Bust out those shade hats, sunglasses and lawn chairs, it’s time for the 23rd annual Friday Night Concerts in the Park series! The 13-week series kicks off on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Cesar Chavez Plaza (9th and J streets) with reggae/funk/jam band extraordinaire ZuhG headlining. If you weren’t there last year when ZuhG tore the park down, let’s just say it was absolutely bananas! At one point they brought up dozens of people on stage and it turned into this big, sweaty, totally awesome dance party, so we’ll have to see what sort of tricks and/or treats they have up their sleeves for this year’s performance. Providing support on week one will be local Americana/alt-country group The Nickel Slots and local funk band IdeaTeam, and on the Republic FC DJ Stage, Rock and Rhyme will be banging out hits to keep the crowd moving in between bands. You can check out the entire series lineup at Downtownsac.org/concerts or click this link to our website Submergemag.com (please note there is no show on Friday, July 4).

It’s not just the live tunes you have to look forward to at CIP either, as there will be a smorgasbord of local food vendors on hand to offer grub that will no doubt soak up all that beer you’ll be drinking, including Azteca Street Tacos, Krush Burger, Wicked ‘Wich, Sacatomatoes, Yolanda’s Tamales, Fuzion Eatz, Golden Rice Bowl, Annie’s SnoBiz, Señor Dog and more! Oh and if you’re not down with beer, that’s cool too, because local beverage company Silk Road Soda is the official soda of Concerts in the Park this year and they have some really tasty, healthy drinks for you to enjoy (we highly suggest the “Cucumber with Mint” flavor). On top of all that, you can get your wife, GF or hip mom something cute from Gypsy Mobile Boutique, pick up the latest issue of Submerge from one of our many newsstands throughout the park and chill in the grass reading (shameless self plug), or just post up and watch local visual artists create artwork right in front of your eyes. Whatever it is that brings you to the park on Fridays this summer, we’re looking forward to seeing all of you out there enjoying Sacramento’s creative culture!

    Jonathan Carabba

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    Find me at the bowling alley. Co-founder + Advertising Director + Marketing at Submerge. Contact: jonathan@submergemag.com