It was a sunny day in Sacramento and the first day of First Festival at South Side Park had begun. Kicking off the festivities was local Americana were The Nickel Slots. The lineup for the next two days was chock full of everything you want and need in a festival. From rock, to acoustic, metal to punk, and best of all kids 8 and under were free. Talk about fun for the whole family!
The park was transformed into a magical place of food, clothing, services, beverages, band merchandise and play area for the kids and kids at heart, tons of places to sit both in the shade and the sun, and plenty of porta potty’s. With one stage sponsored by Submerge to the right of the entrance, the art decorated Cloud stage directly in the middle and the ambient Craft Beer stage which hosted a more acoustic ensemble. You could find everything you need to stay the entire day from 1130 am to close at 10. I know I did.
I sampled Jimboy”s taco truck twice, and thoroughly enjoyed the churro caramel fries. Oyster Mike was all set up with his amazing cooking delicacies. I ended up going with the garlic fries. 101 North provided tasty cold beverages on a warm day, and of course you can’t go wrong with ice-cream from Cowtown Creamery.
The vendors displayed a variety of items and services, including The Sacramento Bee and California Family Fitness. Local clothing lines Hellrzzr and Hella Norcal had the sweet swag. I enjoyed the goodies at Fairie Treasure and found every booth to be super nice and friendly.
Once the music started at 1130, it never stopped. With stages alternating, you could hear the echo throughout the park of tunes and laughter. The turnout was not as huge as it should’ve been but for those who did attend, it was well worth the admission fee. 43 bands in 2 days, you had your choice of one day passes, or weekend warrior, with discounts given on advance sales. I had the pleasure of checking out nineteen of the twenty one scheduled acts. Local favorites Heat of Damage brought the mad energy, while Simple Creation kept us cool with the good vibes. Blue Oaks had the crowd in awe, and That Kid Raja had us moving. It was a pleasure to see so much talent in one day.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend First Festival this year, make yourself a reminder to attend in 2017. The founder Danielle, who remained busy throughout the event making sure the ship was sailing smoothly, has worked hard on providing our city with a fun weekend for the family. Bring your blanket, and an appetite and enjoy some of the best Sacramento has to offer. By Amb Pirate