Concerts in the Park, Rituals of Mine, Sacramento, Cinco de Mayo

Concerts in the Park Returns for an Unforgettable Cinco de Mayo!

by Claudia Rivas

May 9, 2017

With clear skies, radiant sun, and an ever-flowing fountain at the center of Cesar Chavez Park, crowds lined up before Concerts in the Park was even close to opening. It was certain this Cinco de Mayo in the heart of Downtown Sacramento was going to be a memorable one.

For those that have never been to the park, it’s circular structure and location make it the perfect meeting point for just about any group in the city. Despite the wind, the atmosphere still seemed composed for pure satisfaction with only smiles and good vibes walking through the entrances.

Whether strolling in with friends, driving with family, or parking in the helpful bike valet thousands came to enjoy the sounds of summer, the mouthwatering food, and the brilliant diversity Sacramento is so proud to uphold.

Concerts in the Park, Sacramento, RADIO 94.7 Rituals of Mine

Lucid opened up the stage with their take on electronic funk, showing fusions of other dance music genres intertwined. While getting the event going for the lucky patrons of the hip evening, they kicked the shindig up a notch with local legend Kenny the Dancing Man on stage with his iconic moves!

In between sets the public had the pleasure of hearing bumpin’ mixes by, DJ Eddie Z. He played universal hits from Wild Cherry’s, “Play That Funky Music White Boy,” to Bruno Mars’ current fire starter, “24K Magic.”  You could hear people singing along all over the venue.

Old favorites like Drewskis’ grilled cheese and the Federalist’s famous pizzas were there but Cinco de Mayo really inspired the appetites that evening. Hunger’s salvation was sought through the tastiest of street tacos from Azteca Street Tacos and the more than flavorful Yolanda’s Tamales. With these delectable edibles in hand, the other accessory in abundance was a cold beer with some limes.

As Sol Peligro brought the Latin Reggae fire on stage, they turned the crowd into a huge dance party of Cumbia, Salsa and more with their horns and percussions of blazing rhythm.

With the announcement of the winner for the Radio 94.7 First Fest tickets giveaway, the night was far from winding down. There were impressive lines still crowded around the gate at 10 minutes to 8pm, in anticipation for Rituals of Mine, the headliner of the night.

Terra Lopez lead the hauntingly soulful vocals with thrashing electronic sounds and dark outfits that represented the authenticity of the Sac music scene. While showing the utmost respect for the late DJ WHORES with an art piece of him in the background as she performed, Lopez kept the crowd not only totally engaged, but kept referring to how grateful she felt to be home.

For the first Concert in the Park of the season it’s production and quality of entertainment went off seamlessly. The evidence of which was shown through the countless smiles of people mixing, mingling, and just plain having a good time. It was an impressive first night back for this famous Sacramento summer concert series.