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TBD Fest Showcases Sacramento’s Growing Music Scene (Photo Recap)

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Despite the everlasting Sacramento summer heat, the 2nd annual TBD Fest was a great success with an expected 30,000 attendees during the 3-day event over the weekend.

The turn out definitely felt that way when making my way through the ocean of people to watch Porter Robinson’s breathtaking set at the main stage right next to the Tower Bridge. Seeing our city’s music and arts culture grow with each year is what makes me so excited and proud about seeing TBD’s succees. Every year more and more people are interested in getting involved and attending, despite Sacramento’s reputation for having small a live music and entertainment scene.

TBD’s second year as a 3-day music and arts festival felt like a scaled down crossbreed between Coachella and Burning Man with the dirt terrain, interactive art, and stellar stage and sound production. Those who braved the heat, dust and the crowd, got to enjoy a finely curated line-up with a variety of genres ranging from up-and-coming artists to festival main stage veterans.

TBD also faced some of the challenges that often come with large scale events and massive crowds like insanely long lines for the water refill station and port-o-potties, and having sparse shaded lounging spaces for attendees enduring the Sacramento summer heat.

While improving some of those things are recommendations to festival organizers for next year, TBD Fest still has definitely made huge improvements since their beginnings as a one-day hotel party. This year there was a greater sense of excitement, and felt like I was having reunion after reunion with different friends I haven’t seen in awhile who are also local to Sacramento.

Overall, the festival felt like a successful product of Sacramento finally harnessing it’s creative potential and instilling pride in locals who finally have the chance to be a part of something bigger in the city.

If you missed out on this year’s festival keep on scrolling to check out photos of the performances we saw this weekend!




Purity Ring


Purity Ring

After catching their set last month at FYF Fest, I was excited to be seeing Purity Ring’s mesmerizing performance again.

RL Grime on main stage Day 1


RL Grime lighting up the crowd

After throwing down a heavy-bass trap set, RL Grime lit up the crowd playing his final song of the night, “Golden State.”

Tyler the Creator closing out the Jukely Stage on Day 1


The Glitch Mob on Day 1


The Glitch Mob posing for a TBD Fest family photo

The Glitch Mob performed their last show with “the blade,” a custom built set-up consisting of drum kits and launch pads.


Cut Copy on the main stage for Day 3


Porter Robinson


Worlds Emotions during Porter Robison

Porter Robinson has been dominating the music festival scene with his Worlds  Tour show consisting entirely of original music with live edits to give his die hard fans a treat every time they come see him live. His show goes way beyond playing beautiful music, but also takes the audience on a visual and emotional journey.

Pretty lights during Pretty Lights



His closing performance on day 2 definitely lived up to his stage name including genre blending a set consisting of glitchy hip-hop beats and sexy synths. Those who bought VIP tickets to the festival had the luxury of watching his breathtaking light show from an elevated viewing area.

Crowd during Pretty Lights




A-Trak on the Jukely Stage

Despite playing during the heat of the day with the sun beating down, A-Trak threw down one of the craziest dance parties of the weekend on the Jukely Stage.




Madeon has been touring for his Adventure Live show with his diamond light set-up, establishing his sound and vision as an artist breaking into new territory after gaining a lot of attention for his “Pop Culture” mash-up after uploading it to YouTube. It was a treat for the funky indie-pop producer to make a stop in Sacramento while currently touring with Grammy award-winning music producer, Zedd, for his True Colors tour.

Funky Larry of Chromeo


Chromeo closing out TBD Fest

The funky electronic duo returns to the Sacramento stage for the second stage closing out TBD Fest.

Check out more photos from the weekend here, and follow TBD Fest on Instagram!

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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