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First Annual Sol Blume Music Festival Recap

Sol Blume

Despite a few logistical obstacles, Sacramento’s Sol Blume music festival debuted before a beautiful collection of music fans on Saturday. The momentous event brought fans together from across the states to Cesar Chavez Park for an unforgettable festival, featuring the sensuous and soulful R&B-fused sounds of Jhené Aiko and The Internet.

Presented by ENT Legends and CVLT Events, Sol Blume should be considered a great success for all parties involved, including the City of Sacramento. As previous music festivals have seen similar struggles, long wait times for food and drinks were the lowest points of the festival for some guests. However, as promised, there were no overlapping performances, which made for a fulfilling experience.

Sacramento’s own DJ Oasis and Joseph ONE opened the festival with warm vibes that eventually settled under a full moon. From the stages to the grounds, sonic and visual aesthetics were everything at Sol Blume.

Among the dozen performances, a few moments surpassed the expectations many had for the event, including Rexx Life Raj, Arin Ray and Kalin White’s first career festival performances.

Paired with the intimacy of Cesar Chavez Park, other highlights included Smino’s performance of an unreleased track which had all the proper bounce to keep the crowd hyped throughout his set-not to mention his colorful outfit, always to be expected from the St. Louis rising star. However, no set had as much energy as Goldlink’s, though Noodles’ DJ set could be the strongest contender as the Bay Area DJ has come to know Sacramento’s musical preferences quite well.

Without a doubt though, it was always The Internet and Jhené Aiko at the forefront of the festival’s most anticipated acts. In a special moment for Internet fans, the Los Angeles-based band presented the first-ever live performance of their latest single, “Roll (Burbank Funk),” from their upcoming fourth studio album. With Sacramento ties and a free-flowing spirit of inclusion, The Internet could have easily been the exclamation point on a great day.

But in the end, it was Jhené Aiko’s magical performance beneath the full moon that would wrap up the festival with an enchanting set that included a harp player, a stage full of flowers, and of course, the singer’s down-to-earth approach to the celebration of one another.

“The important thing to know is that we’re not going through any of it alone,” said Aiko. “We’re going through it together. Yes? And I just want to thank you guys for coming out tonight because you guys make me feel less alone, so thank you so much.”

Fans’ appreciation for the Sol Blume experience was heard and felt throughout the day and will only grow from here.

For more information on Sol Blume, visit SolBlume.com and follow them on Twitter @SolBlume.

Enjoy a social round-up from some of the festival’s in-house photographers, below.




About the author

Cesar Alexander

Cesar Alexander is assistant editor for Sacramento Press. A native to California, he enjoys writing and discovering the varieties of art, live music, nature and everyday wonders the Sacramento region has to offer.

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