The 8th annual Davis Music Festival is going down June 15 – 17, and just one wristband will gain you access to a variety of different venues spread throughout the quaint, artsy town. It’s truly a South by Southwest-style festival in that you get to make your own schedule and check out whoever you’d like, whenever you’d like, including many different genres of music at many different venues. Acts like Sea of Bees, Red Dirt Ruckus, Dog Party, Royal Jelly Jive, The Big Poppies, Boca Do Rio, Honyock, Jessica Malone, Rita Hosking, Arlyn Anderson Groove Project, Bottom Dwellers and many others (there are 40 acts!) will play throughout the weekend. And while the official 2018 DMF venues won’t be announced until June 1, past venues have included popular spots like Sudwerk Brewing Co., Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Delta of Venus and others. Also new this year, organizers tell Submerge they will have their first-ever jazz-dedicated stage, featuring some of their favorite young Sacramento artists in a creative outdoor setting paired with local wine and beer. Pick up tickets for just $35 in person at Armadillo Music (207 F St., Davis) or online at One ticket gets you entry into all shows! Profits from this event will be donated to the Davis School Arts Foundation, so your money goes to a very good cause. Keep an eye out on for stage location announcements and other updates on the festival.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 17 of issue #264 (April 23 – May 7, 2018)**