Sacramento’s largest free outdoor concert series will return to Cesar Chavez Plaza on Friday, May 4, 2018. Concerts in the Park just announced their lineup today and we’ve got your first official look at the artists that are set to rock the park this year. Highly acclaimed internationally touring bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Crystal Method will join forces with some of the finest acts to come out of Sacramento in recent years like Middle Class Rut, Peter Petty and Dance Gavin Dance, to headline shows throughout the series, which happens weekly through Friday, July 27 (although there is no show on July 6).

Throughout 2017’s Concerts in the Park series, nearly 76,000 people gathered in the heart of Sacramento to enjoy a wide range of genres of music, grab grub from local food trucks, check out artwork, peruse local vendors’ goods and enjoy some ice cold beverages.

“Concerts in the Park has grown to be one of Sacramento’s favorite places to rock the night away to some of the biggest names in music while also enjoying a true festival experience off stage,” mentioned Sureena Johl, events manager of Downtown Sacramento Partnership, in a press release submitted to Submerge. “We’re thrilled Concerts in the Park continues to attract internationally admired artists like Franz Ferdinand while staying true to our community and providing a stage for our hometown favorites.”

Take a look at the full list of CIP 2018 artists below. Click on the ones that are linked to read past articles we have published on them.

May 4

Cemetery Sun
La Noche Oskura
Robbie & Blue (HOF)

May 11

Mystic Roots
The Color Wild
Fate Under Fire
One Sharp Mind

May 18

Franz Ferdinand
I Am Strikes
Saint Solitaire
Lipstick! DJs

May 25

Mike Love
Cas Haley
One Leg Chuck & the Hustle

June 1

Dead Winter Carpenters
Jessica Malone
This Great State
DJ Eddie Z

June 8

Peter Petty
Drop Dead Red
National Lines
DJ Elements

Del the Funky Homosapien @ CIP 2017

June 15

Element of Soul
Our People
Jayson Angove
M.O.M. Sacramento

June 22

Dance Gavin Dance
Emo Night Sacramento

June 29

Peanut Butter Wolf
Good Company

July 13

Rituals of Mine
The Gold Souls
Mino Yanci
Something Heartfelt

July 20

Middle Class Rut
Black Map
Dark Signal

July 27

The Crystal Method
Write or Die
Ryan Moe
My Cousin Vinny & Mike Diamond

All Concerts in the Park shows are free and all ages are welcome. Music starts at 5 p.m. and the shows usually wrap up around 9 p.m. Visit for more information and keep an eye out for future issues of Submerge for interviews with artists playing this year’s series.

    Jonathan Carabba

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