by Rick Delgado
on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 9:21am.
Looks like it's going to be another successful Sacramento Music Festival this Memorial Day long weekend.
With artists like Big Bad Voodoo, Lee Rocker from the Stray Cats and Pablo Cruise, advance ticket sales are up 4% from last year's event.
Last year's event in Old Sacramento drew some 22,000 music fans, which was up a bit from 2014, so organizers are hoping to see more than 23,000 fans this year, which is still a far cry from the festival's glory days of the 1990s, when it drew more than 100,000 people for what was then the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
This year's event promises 100 unique performances, street dancing, animated parades, instruments booming, and great food and drink in an energetic atmosphere that will carry over four days (Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 31).
Many fans will be checking out the jazz and blues artists, but rest assured tribute bands covering tracks by the Rolling Stones (Unauthorized Rolling Stones), Queen (Queen Nation), Chicago (Chicago: The Tribute), Steely Dan (Steelin' Dan) and Johnny Cash will have fans dancing and singing along.
Be sure to check out the “Next Generation Band” sites feature talented youth jazz bands from near and far.
With a fantastic weather forecast for the weekend that will see high temperatures with plenty of sun, there's no reason for people to stay home.
Venues for the artist are all in Old Sacramento, with music performed in the streets and at more than 15 sites. Venues vary from small, cozy club settings for about 100 people, to a massive area in Old Sac where 3,500 fans can let loose and party. Additionally, there will be performances in three of Sacramento’s luxury hotels: The Delta King riverboat, Holiday Inn and Embassy Suites in Old Sacramento.