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Sacramento’s Largest R&B and Hip-Hop Festival Returns Since Start of Pandemic

Sacramento’s Largest R&B and Hip-Hop Festival Returns Since Start of Pandemic

The Sol Blume festival returned to Discovery Park in Sacramento after a two year hiatus on the weekend of April 30 and May 1.

The two day, music festival lured in a crowd of over 40,000 or more patrons consisting of Elk Grovians; Sacramentians, and out-of-towners. Foot traffic in surrounding areas boomed with enthusiasts of R&B, Hip-Hop, art, and overall concert culture.

“The name of the festival embodies the growth of how big this event is today! I’m so grateful to know the creators. I’m truly inspired to continue to make Sacramento better like the Sol Blume team has and will continue to do”

Armoni Easley, Co-Founder and CEO of Project Optimism

Native singers from the area performed sets that were spread between two stages, keeping viewers on their toes and constantly entertained. Most attendees were thrilled to interact with another, and sing the lyrics to their favorite songs with people again.

Sprouting Spirits After Tough Times

Overall, the pandemic halted many events which is usually a hub for community interaction. To that end, resuming with large gatherings and music festivals excited both locals and artists alike.

“Sol Blume was my first ever festival and it definitely made me want to start going out to more of them. I loved that for the first time in Sacramento I saw so many people that enjoyed similar genres”

Staysha Henry, Concert Attendee

Throughout the festival grounds were sanitation and charging stations, selfie backgrounds, art structures and even a butterfly enclosure!

Eating Local

Vendors ranged from rich burgers, soul food and gyro, to sweet Italian ice, ice cream and lemonades. Among many food vendors were Nash and Proper, which has locations in Downtown Sacramento at 1023 K Street and in Elk Grove on 9080 Laguna Main St Suite 2.

“We are grateful that due to the unprecedented turnout, we were able to walk away with a successful weekend under our belt. California’s capital city has always rallied behind Nash & Proper, but we were also excited to see new faces and new customers experience what we offer”

Cecil Rhodes, CEO Nash & Proper 

Takeaway

 “The Sol Blume festival brought out amazing artists. I personally enjoyed seeing each one in person. Despite going through tough times throughout these past couple of years, it was overall such a fun experience!”

Calissa Hale, Concert Attendee

In conclusion, reviving the festival culture in Sacramento brought the community together through shared commonalities in music taste, and new experiences amidst the pandemic. To view a complete lineup of the artists and to learn more about Sol Blume CLICK HERE

About The Author

Trinity Haynes

Trinity Haynes is our Staff Writer and Photographer. She is a freelance artist, activist, and more pursuing her degree in Business and Communications. Trinity has earned numerous academic accolades for design development and writing. As a Sacramento native, she immerses herself in organizations which better the community.

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