It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost that time of year again whereupon every Friday evening, thousands of music lovers descend upon Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento for the region’s premier concert series, Concerts in the Park. This year, CIP kicks off on Friday, May 3, and like every year, the lineup, which was just announced today (Wednesday, March 27) by Downtown Sacramento Partnership and on, features a wide variety of genres, including from rock, hip-hop, country, singer-songwriter, plenty of DJs and everything in between. Take your first look at the lineup below, and if you’re reading this in print, be sure to rip this page out and put it on your fridge; or if you’re reading this online, save this link so you can reference it throughout the series.

May 3

Joy & Madness
Simple Creation
Heather Evans
DJ Eddie Z

May 10

Souls of Mischief
The Philharmonik
Basi Vibe

May 17

Madi Sipes and the Painted Blue
DJ Eve

May 24

Wolf and Bear
A Foreign Affair
Emo Night Tour

May 31

Lyrics Born
Cities You Wish You Were From
Analog Us
John Hamilton

June 7

Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers
Amber DeLaRosa
Flight Mongoose
Evan Inc.

June 14

The Cripple Creek Band
Ashley Barron
Amador Sons
Zack Lee
DJ Zephyr

June 21

Smith and Thell
Island of Black and White
Occupy the Trees
DJ Lady Kate

June 28

So Much Light
Animals in the Attic
DJ Epik

July 12

Arden Park Roots
Harris Rudman
Robbie (HOF)

July 19


July 26

Vista Kicks
For the Kids
A Summer Alive
DJ Nocturnal

“Concerts in the Park continues to bring a high caliber of national and regional talent while maintaining a stage for hometown favorites,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership, in a press release submitted to Submerge. “We’ve curated a real festival experience off stage with art, food and fun set against the backdrop of some of the biggest names in music rocking the night away.”

Just a few highlights from your friends here at Submerge: Souls of Mischief on May 10, which features members of the legendary Bay Area hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics; Sac-based hip-hop/spoken word artist Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers make their CIP headlining debut on June 7 after a jam-packed 2018 that saw the band touring all over the world playing sold out shows left and right; Smith and Thell on June 12, who will be on tour all the way from Sweden; Local hip-hop artists Harris Rudman and Weirdoze on July 12, two of the most exciting up-and-coming acts out of Sacramento; and finally a pop-rock band with strong local ties, Vista Kicks, who put on a heck of a show and will close out this year’s CIP series on July 26.

As always, each CIP show is totally free and family friendly, and gates open at 5 p.m. The concerts usually wrap up around 9 p.m. Be sure to bring cash and your appetites as there is always a rotating cast of local food trucks, plus a bar area and other boutique vendors to check out. Look up for more information.

    Jonathan Carabba

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