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City of Trees Makes for Big Weekend at Cal Expo [Photos]

New Jersey's Jack Antonoff puts a definite Bruce Springsteen pose on his set for Bleachers

It was a big weekend in Sacramento as the crowds gathered at Cal Expo for one the area’s largest annual music festivals.

Held on Sunday at Papa Murphy’s Park, City of Trees transformed the soccer field into music fest grounds as 20 bands on four stages delighted the afternoon/evening crowd. This is the third City of Trees festival– the second straight at the Cal Expo location–held just as summer winds down and the less blazing weather of fall begins.

While the weather wasn’t blazing, the music was all that and more. Led by the aptly named The Greeting Committee to open the City of Trees on the two main stages, the show wrapped up more than eight hours later with Poway’s Blink-182 and the group’s brand of pop-punk.

In between were strong sets from New Politics, returning after a 2015 appearance, New Jersey-based Bleachers, Dreamcar and Bishop Briggs, to name some highlights.

City of Trees remains one of Sacramento’s biggest and most anticipated outdoor shows that showcases both national and up-and-coming talent.

Adam Taylor of Iration
Søren Hansen and David Boyd of New Politics
Brandon Yangmi and Addison Sartino lead The Greeting Committee in the day’s opening act on the main stages
Taking in the sights at City of Trees on Sunday
Davey Havok leads Dreamcar during it’s set on Sunday
Davey Havok leads Dreamcar during the band’s set
Landon Jacobs/AKA Sir Sly

Bishop Briggs
Adrian Young of Dreamcar exhorts the crowd
Iration thrilled the evening crowd

Photos by Steve Martarano

City of Trees Makes for Big Weekend at Cal Expo [Photos] via @sacramentopress

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Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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