2012/2013 Sacramento Kings Season and the NBA

Special logo marking the Kings' 20th anniversa...

Special logo marking the Kings’ 20th anniversary in Sacramento (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post will cover the 2012/2013 season of the Sacramento Kings, and the rest of the NBA and maybe even some league issues.

The post covering the summer and the Pre-season of the Sacramento Kings can be found HERE.

The Kings opened their season with a three game road trip and lost every game, looking bad in one of those games.

They returned to Sacramento and won their home opener.  They won their 2nd game at home and are now 2-3 and are now sitting in the middle of their conference while early on the Los Angeles Lakers are shocking their fans by being firmly in last place with only five games played.

In the meantime, the Kings are in the rumor section once again about a possible move.

The rumor?  Well, it is a warmed over one from this summer when the Kings were said to be moving to Virginia Beach.  Everyone denied it and the city held their public meeting about the proposed Virginia Beach Arena without mentioning Sacramento or the Kings.

Since then there have been more rumors including yesterday and todays rumors that the ownership of the Sacramento Kings , the Maloof family, did indeed have meetings with the Virginia Governor about moving their team, the current Sacramento Kings, to Virginia Beach.

Citing anonymous sources, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported Thursday that a representative of the Sacramento Kings met recently with the Virginia governor about the possibility of moving the team to Virginia Beach

If true, not only were the fans in both cities lied to, but meetings between the Maloofs and Virginia’s Governor not only occurred but occurred around the time that the Maloof’s pulled the plug on a new Arena in Sacramento.  The Maloof’s pulled out of their quasi-agreement with Sacramento saying the financials “didn’t pencil out” but did not make any offer to work things out with the City that has supported them for so many years.

Anyway…check out the article here.

November 11th:
Happy Veteran’s Day!! 
The Kings play without DeMarcus Cousins (Center) and Rookie Thomas Robinson (Forward) and the Lakers run right over them!

Both players were out because of league imposed suspensions.

The Players Association is appealing the Cousins’ suspension, saying the 2 game penalty is too severe. “The immediate goal is to get the suspension lifted” prior to the Kings game on November 14th.  Check the story out HERE.

They have Tyreke Evans on the floor but Evans just has not found his groove on Offense.  He has played very good defense, but like most of the Kings has suffered on the offensive side.

The Kings want Evans to shoot the frigging ball, but too often he is passing,  the opposite problem from his first few years in the league.  The team needs him to contribute more baskets and get to the Free Throw line more often as well.

So now the Lakers with one win move up to a tie for 3rd in the Conference and the Kings drop back down to a spot they know much too well…..last.

Robinson returns for the next game while Cousins is out for one more.

November 20th:

The Kings cannot win a game or attract fans to watch them during their worst start in 20 years..  The Kings are struggling on offense and their new defensive focus.

The fun of a 5-1 pre-season seems long past as the Kings lost heir 4th game in a row early in this 2012/13 season.  They don’t seem like a “family” that most people would want to spend Thanksgiving with, and this holiday dinner could get contentious.

The Kings play the Los Angeles Lakers in their next game so things won’t get easier fas for them.  Gobble Gobble.

DeMarcus Cousins—-December 31st:

I was going to await the New Year, but I just couldn’t…

DeMarcus.  Suspended again, this time by his own Coach for whatever was said to/about Coach in the locker room at halftime.

Fist Coach left him in the locker room after the outburst.  Then Coach suspended him and sent him home.  No one would say exactly what prompted the suspension, except DeMarcus saying he needs o learn to “keep (his) mouth shut”.  I have never seen the Kings so quiet.

But I have rarely seen the social media world so active.  Everyone wants to hate on DeMarcus.  It is so easy.  He makes it even easier.  Big.  Rich.  Young.  Sometimes foolish.  Yes, DMC…sometimes.

The suspension lasted what…..two games?  And then he was back.  No one would say why and no one would say who made the decision except it seemed as if it was definitely not the Coach.  Petrie?  Owners?  He was back with a new Agent….Fegan.  The agen who has helped many NBA players secure a trade when they wanted ou of a current situation.  Was it the agent?.

And today Ailene Voisin’s article in the Bee.  I rarely agree with Voisin.  But sometimes she provides significant depths of insight that most male writers cannot plumb.  Sometimes she surprises me.  rarely does DeMarcus surprise me.  It would surprise me if he learns to keep his mouth shut as he says he wants to do.

Now that he’s back, what do you do with DeMarcus Cousins? Coddle him? Ignore him? Trade him?

You don’t trade him. You monitor his behavior, maintain certain standards and keep a velvet hammer within reach, but you don’t trade him. The Kings’ front office folks – regardless of whether Geoff Petrie re-signs or retires – need to do their jobs and let Cousins learn how to do his.”

After you read that article and understand the importance of teaching and not trading Cousins understand this:  last night Cousins scored the first triple-double of his career helping the Kings to defeat the Boston Celtics with 12 points, 10 rebounds and ten assists while receiving the game ball from his teammates.  Cousins assisted two of his teammates to reach season highs in points and another (Salmons) to score 23 which seems like it should be a season high (!!!).

Understand this:  the last time a Kings center scored a triple double was 2007 and the last time any Kings player hit those numbers was a Kings guard in 2010.

Cousins has the talent, the body,  the ability, the desire and the youth to achieve triple doubles often and for a few more years.  He expects rebounds and wants assists and baskets come, even on a poo shooting night.

January 5th:
Why do I say don’t trade cousins?  Games like last night show that he is learning.  This would be his senior year in college.  31 points and 20 rebounds against the Raptors.
Yes, the Raptors are a bad team, but the Kings were just as bad and the game was in Toronto.
He added some steals, only 4 fouls and 4 turnovers it was a MONSTER game forr Cousins and the Kings.  Cousins helped to lead the Kings to a victoy that pulled them out of the Pacific Division basement.

September 1st thru September 3rd, 2012 in Sacramento: What To Do??

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This weekend, September 1-3, 2012 you have many choices of things to do in Sacramento!

Greek Food & Culture in the 49th Greek Festival.  I remember when this was small enough to be called the Greek Food Festival, now it is so much more than just food and fills the Sacramento Convention Center.

When:         August 31st, Noon to 11 pm thru September 2nd Noon to 10 pm.

Where:        Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street

Cost:           $5 general; $4 for seniors 55 and older; free for children 12 and younger

Info:             www.sacramentogreekfestival.com
Celebrate African Culture
Diverse exhibits of African culture on display in William Land Park.   The second African Cultural Festival will feature dancing, food, art and craft exhibits, and a children’s area.
When:        September 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 9 am to 6 pm
Where:       3800 Land Park Drive
Cost:           $15 general; $8 for groups of 10 or more; free for children 7 and younger

Info:            (916) 222-5868 or www.africanculturalfestival.org

The Show ‘N Shine Car Show

The show will showcase more than autos at Southgate Plaza. There will also be a live DJ, children’s crafts, a rock wall, dancers and more. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Park Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center for students in grades K-9.

When:            September 2nd, 11 am to 5 pm
Where:            4242 Florin Road
Cost:                Free!
Info:                (916) 422-2525
The Annual Gold Rush Days
The tourist area’s yearly festival turns the clock back to 1850 for 3 full days, with wagon rides, gold panning, mock gunfights and more Old Westactivities.

When:              September 1st & 2nd, 10 am to 7 pm and September 3rd, 10 am to 5 pm
Where:             Old Sacramento
Cost:                 Free!
Info:                 www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com
Check out the Sacramento Bee for more fun things to do in Sacramento this weekend!

Sacramento MoFo Five, July 21, 2012

Sacramento MoFo5 will land at 8th & W Streets on Saturday, July 21st!

MoFo is a joint mobile food truck/vendor event in Sacramento with all of Sacramento’s best food trucks as well as the up and coming vendors.  And remember:  Sacramento had two trucks in the Top 10 of the recent Food Channel‘s Great Food Truck Race!

The MoFo will feature more than two dozen trucks and vendors in one site plus a beer garden, live music, arts & crafts and a kids video game truck.

Be ready, because there will also be between 8,000 and 10,000 hungry, thirsty people on hand!

When:             Saturday, July 21st

Noon to 4pm

Where:            8th & W Street underneath the Highway 50 freeway  A map is here

The confirmed list of vendors and trucks will be announced soon.

July 21st:

Sac MoFo V is huge success—Thousands are drawn to the mobile food fair under a Sacramento freeway on a day with the temperatures hovering at 101 degrees!

City regulations require that vendors return to their original location for cleaning. That prevents many vendors from attending a two-day event.

“Maybe in three to four years with the regulations getting easier we can have a SactoMoFo that lasts a whole weekend,” Lurie-Terrell said.”

Can Sacramento’s Railyard Arena Become A Baseball Stadium?

Sacramento was all set to build a NBA basketball arena in their empty railyard for the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings owners, the Maloof family AKA the MaGoofs, said yes with a bit TV event and all the smiles possible.  Just months later they said “No” leaving Sacramento upset, fans unhappy and a very pissed off NBA Commissioner , David Stern!

Now, with a push from the Sacramento Mayor former NBA Point Guard Kevin Johnson, the question is can Sacramento build a Major League Baseball stadium and attract a team?

A lot of people believe the answer to that question is yes.

Aside from the owner of the Sacramento Bee, who also owns the Pittsburg Pirates and the MLB team just down the road looking for a place to play other than the Oakland area and unable to go South of San Francisco because the Giants say “no”….

Sacramento must seize control of its own future,” Johnson said. “We cannot rely on others, or wait for something to come along….”

One sports business consultant, when contacted by The Bee, suggested Johnson would be making a mistake if he dropped his focus now on keeping the Kings. …    “Possession is nine-tenths of the law,” said Andy Dolich, a former Oakland A’s executive. “The Kings are Sacramento’s. The River Cats are Sacramento’s, and a shining light nationally as to how a well-run franchise can be extremely successful.     “Wouldn’t you counsel him to keep his eye on the prize of the team that he has?

It is definitely complicated, but Sacramento could keep the Kings and attract a baseball team down the road.  I believe that having a stadium here could make the Maloofs change their mind about leaving town…if that is what they want to do.

Read more here
The negatives:  a stadium costs more to build than an arena.  Significantly more like close to twice as much as an arena and when you are talking about an arena that would have cost $400 Million to construct….that is a lot of money.
The positives:  From the city’s Point of View the season is longer meaning the stadium is in use more meaning more money.  The seating would be larger, stadiums seat more people.  It could be significantly larger, even in an “intimate” stadium.  The railyard is the perfect place for a stadium, maybe even more perfect than an arena.  You can do more things with a stadium.  Concerts, events…you can attract groups & people that might bypass an arena.
As I said on this Blog back in March:
Does Sacramento still dream of being the future home of the MLB Oakland A’s?

 
It was true when I was in my 20s and is true now.
 
I still have my T-shirts.
 
The Sacramento Raiders and The Sacramento A’s.
 
Back in that old-time capsule I really believed it would happen.  I’m not a big baseball fan.  Haven’t been since the old Dodger days of the late 1950s thru late 1960s.  Brooklyn and Los Angeles.  Especially Sandy Koufax.
 
When the A’s farm team the Sacramento River Cats, opened the stadium in West Sacramento and has continued to win big almost every single year that they have been here that dream rekindled.”
Sometimes a whole city has the same dreams.
You can bet there is a lot more to come on this story.
July 9th:
The Oakland A’s go public and advise everyone that they have already told Mayor Johnson they “have no interest” in moving to Sacramento.  They do have a big interest in moving to San Jose.  But San Francisco has already told the entire world they “will not” allow that to happen.  So the A’s want to move South but will not be able to.  They don’t want to say in their current Oakland stadium which frankly has been falling apart for twenty years.
I don’t know what will happen.  I just know I want my city to have a professional Major League baseball team.  I also want my city to have a National Football League team and I know the Raiders need a place to play other than the crumbling stadium in Oakland.  And they have told everyone that they have no interest in staying in Oakland.  They want to return to Los Angeles.
And I have always believed in that phrase “If you build it they will come!”

2012 Sacramento Mile: July 28th

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English: This photo is of a massive I-Beam that was once part of the world trade-center’s second sub-street level. The I-Beam is currently part of a 9/11 memorial at the “California State Fair Memorial Plaza”. These beams weigh 2000 pounds per foot and were transported via rail from New York to Sacramento. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get ready for the Sacramento Flat Track and the 2012 Sacramento Mile on July 28, 2012 on the grounds of Cal Expo, the California Exposition, during the Annual California State Fair which runs July 12-July 29th.

The Sac Mile returned to Sacramento for the 2011 season to standing room crowds and you gotta expect big crowds again this year!

Tickets for The Mile are  on sale now.  Buy your tickets to the AMA Sacramento Mile and they include admission to the Big Fun California State Fair.

Tickets range from Standing Room Youth Only at $20.00 to the fabulous Turf Club high atop the grandstand at $85.00.

You can check out the seating map HERE and even buy and print your tickets online after you pick your seats on the map!

Where:           

Cal Expo Grandstands California State Fair 1600 Exposition Blvd Sacramento, CA 95815
When:
July 28, 2012 6:45pm
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You can buy a DVD of the 2011 Sac Mile for $15.00 and a T-shirt for the 2012 here.
Do you need more information?
Tel: 707-703-3633         bobbellino@sacramentomile.com
Or zap off your message to the folks from this page
July 29th:
And the winner is…..for the second straight year since the Sacrramento Mile was brought back to Cal Expo & the California State Fair track, Bryan Smith catches and passes Jake Johnson to win the Sacramento Mile!
Jake Johnsonisn’t chasing legends. He’s still chasing his first victory of the 2012 season.On Saturday night at Cal Expo, the New Jersey rider couldn’t quite run down Bryan Smith, who won his second consecutive Sacramento Mile. Smith held off Johnson at the line to win by .037 seconds.

“We’ve been consistent all season,” Johnson said. “But we’ve been consistently second or third. Hopefully, we can make a move up another spot.”

Series points leader Jared Mees finished third. Brandon Robinsonand Sammy Halbert rounded out the top five.”

Read more at the link above.
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How Bad Are The Owners Of The Sacramento Kings? Bad!!

Get this.  Marcos Breton is NOT the sports writer of the Sacramento Bee.  He just should be.

He understands the game and he certainly understands the Sacramento basketball team the Sacramento Kings.  And most important now he understands how bad the Kings owners, the Maloof family AKA: the MaGoofs, are for Sacramento.

Bretons article today is titled Sacramento stuck with the low-rent Maloofs  and unfortunately Breton is right.  He wrote an article about one of his visits to the Arena to attend a Kings game last season that was just so insightful it blew my mine.

In that article he made point after point showing how little the Maloofs cared for their current arena, while the rest of us were focused on the new arena.  He understood that the new arena would never be built….solely because of the Maloofs.  No one else understood this.

Now Breton show us why the Maloofs keep up ownership of the Kings.  A team they could easily sell.

“Some Bay Area media friends repeatedly ask me: Why don’t the Maloofs just sell the Kings?

My answer: What else would they do with themselves?

They lost the family liquor business. They lost the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. If you follow them on Twitter, you see them hawking super-cool iPhone cases and occasionally promoting little skateboarding events. None of the brothers is married or has children. The Kings are it for them.

So the California capital is stuck with these guys. The happy ending that Sacramento wanted for the Kings – in a downtown arena at the old railyard – is the polar opposite from the happy ending that the Maloofs want.

Their strategy has been clear for years: Wait for an obscene deal to fall into their laps where someone else pays for everything while they control all the profits.

The arena plan Mayor Kevin Johnson had devised, one the NBA fully approved, came with onerous conditions – such as the Maloofs putting money into the building and pledging collateral on their loans.

Oh boy! Those were fighting words for the Maloof boys!”

Again, my friend Breton is NOT a sports guy.  He is a very intelligent man who understands the Kings and the owners in ways the rest of us just don’t.

So why have I been hitting the Maloofs so hard for mismanaging the Kings as they see fit?

Because they are so unbelievably disingenuous. Because they don’t have the guts to simply say that Sacramento doesn’t work for them.

Instead, they carry on the charade of looking for a way to blame Sacramento as a reason for relocating the team.

Don’t listen to their words. Study their actions.”

He points out that the Maloofs continue to say that there was strong “local opposition” to the new arena.  And yet, as Breton explains, the group most strongly opposed could not get enough people to sign their petition to put the issue on the ballot!!
Read Breton here and gain some real insight into sports.  I salute you sir.

Farm Fresh To You—The Farm And Events in Capay Valley

June 2012:

On Saturday June 14th the Capay Valley will host the Annual Tomato Festival near Sacramento, California and nearr the casmpus of the University of California at Davis.

Capay Tomato is an heirloom tomato presented by Farm Fresh To You which provides home delivered farm fresh fruits and vegetables direct from their Capay Valley farm and other nearby farms.

It’s not just a treat to get vegetables and fruits just off the farm, it’s gotten to be almost a necessity.  Who doesn’t want organic fresh produce picked that day?  Who doesn’t visit their local farmers markets for that reason?

The Capay Tomato Festival “starts at 5pm, but camping guests can check in at 4pm. Activities, such as farm tours, trailer rides and art activities will be going from 5pm-6pm. At 6pm, the tomato tasting will take place. Live bands will play from 7pm-11pm. Guests can bring picnics. Farm-fresh tacos and popsicles will be available

Want to know more about farm fresh organic produce delivered right to your doorstep?

Check out Farm Fresh to You, their website is HERE

Their products are excellent and prices are reasonable.

As far as the Tomato Festival here are particulars fast and down dirty:

Where:                  Farm Fresh To You / Capay Organic     23800 Hwy 16 ,     CA 95607

When:                    Saturday, June 14th   3pm to 11pm

Tickets & stuff:     Order tickets here  Children are free, Adults are $20 and Camping is

$35 for an overnight spot in the orchard

What:                    Heirloom & Cherry Tomato Tasting

Tractor Trailer Rides

Harvest Activity &  Make Your Own Herb Salt

Live Music and Dancing from:

9:00 p.m.  Old Man Markley

6:30 p.m.  Miss Lonely Hearts

4:00 p.m  The Pleasant Valley Boys

Contest for Best Guest Picnic – Grand Prize is 3 FFTY Deliveries!

Self-Guided Farm Walking Tour

Kids’ Activities and Arts & Crafts

Petting Zoo

Olive Oil & Grapeseed Oil Tasting

Additional Event Activities Available for Purchase*

- Delicious Local Food*

Farm Fresh Tacos & Burritos

Elote Corn

Sandwiches & Salads

The Pop Nation Popsicles

- Margaritas, Local Beer & Wine*

- Non-Alcoholic Beverages*

- Face Painting*

- Henna Art*

Camping in the Fruit Orchard

Sleep under the stars and among the fruit trees.  Reserve a camp site in their peach, fig and mandarin orchards.  Interested??  Go here for details.

Have fun!!!!!

August 2012:

In August the Farm plays host to the great Sacramento area Seond Saturday Art Festival.

If you read this blog you have seen many entrie about Second Saturday one of our absolute favorite ways to learn about new art (and non-Art) endeavors in the Sacramento area.

When:               Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time:                 11 am to 2 pm

What:                 Second Saturday Capay Valley Farm Tour

Where:               Farm Fresh to You—23808 State Highway 16
Capay, California 95607
Phone: 800 796 6009
Fax: 916 375 1470

Map:  Here

Email:                 Here

What is the farm about?  Well, you can subscribe to the Farm News, that’s a better way to learn than having me tell you, that’s for sure!  Subscribe Here

Taking a Farm Tour on the Second Saturday Art Festival is just a GREAT way to learn all about the farm.

Note:                  Although I talk about the Capay Valley farm in Northern California, there is also a Southern California farm in Anaheim, California.

Where is Anaheim?  Well, think Mickey Mouse Ears!!

Check them out here:

Farm Fresh to You (Southern California)
PO Box 391
Anaheim, Ca 92815
Phone: 800 796 6009
Fax: 916 375 1470
Email: Click here to email us

The Annual Pony Express “Re-Ride”

Pony Express Statue

Pony Express Statue (Photo credit: Frank Reese)

Each year the original Pony Express ride  from Sacramento, California to Saint Joseph, Missouri is traveled once again by courageous men and women on horseback.The Pony Express agents first saddled up and rode their horses along this route in 1860/1861, now a century and a half later modern riders volunteer to do the same, recreating the original Pony Express ride along the same route with some of the original challenges of the ride.

The heat, the sun, the night time rides, the bugs—all of those things that can make a nearly 1,966-mile journey on horseback torturous recreating that first  mail delivery company and ride.

The original ride has Pony Express “stations”  at least a mile and a half to four miles along that route where riders could stop, stretch water and feed their horses and themselves.  “Nighttime and mountain rides are harder, and combinations of the two make for the most demanding treks. That means California riders have the biggest challenge going over uneven Sierra trails without the sun to guide them.”

Every other year the re-ride begins at the Pony Express Plaza in Old Sacramento and this year it “kicked off at the plaza, headed toward Missouri. At the pre-ride ceremony, the first riders were sworn in using most of the original Pony Express oath. The riders promised not to “use profane language,” to “drink no intoxicating liquors,” and not to “quarrel or fight with any other associate.”

 Sacramento has a Pony Express statue in Old Sacramento as well as being the annual starting or stopping point for the ride recreating the mail delivery.  Why is the Pony Express so important to Sacramento?  Sacramento was the Western Terminus of the Pony Express and because of the Gold Rush there were so many men in the hills above Sacramento, far from their families,  and the Pony Express provided them with their link to their past.
They wrote letters or found someone to write letters for them and shared their letters from home with the other miners.
So the Pony Express provided that link to their families and entertainment.  And, with security, also moved money along the same route.
Now the Pony Express trail is a National Historic Route.  “It is hard to believe that young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only 10 days. This relay system along the Pony Express National Historic Trail in eight states was the most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph”
The Pony Express and the annual re-ride is just as important in St. Joseph, Missouri as it is in Sacramento, California.

2012 Gorilla Challenge in Sacramento

The 2012 Sacramento Gorilla Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd.

This is the 2nd Annual Gorilla Challenge in Sacramento.

Hundreds of teams squared off in August 2011 and had tons of fun as they worked their way thru the challenge.

Gorilla Challenge is a race that will test your power with hidden clues around town, put your body to the test with crazy obstacles, and give you a reason to be a Gorilla by supporting local charities.

Twitterize them @TweetingGorilla

We’re an Amazing Race/Fear Factor style event, quickly becoming the largest outdoor pursuit experience in the nation sending hundreds of Gorillas around their city looking for clues with excitement for a chance to win awesome prizes and compete in a zany costume contest. “

Facebook   http://gorillachallenge.com/

So have a basic idea of what the Gorilla Challenge is?  Moosh Fear Factor with The Amazing Race.  Put together your team.  Your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors or a bunch of kooky strangers.

Put your costumes together.

Go to the website and sign your team up then get ready or even practice following clues from one spot to the next around Sacramento.

Sign up:             Sign your team up HERE

Questions?        Here are the answers

More info           Contact them here

Where else do they have this Gorilla crap?  All over!

Your team can win money for coming in 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

And you can win more money for great costumes.

And even more money for leading the way in the Food Drive Challenge!!!

So have fun go bananas and win money too??  Wow!!

You have a few months so get your team together and start your planning NOW.

2012 Sacramento Music Festival

The Tower Bridge, built in 1935, a popular lan...

The Tower Bridge, built in 1935, a popular landmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2012 Sacramento Music Festival is all brand-new and shiny like a new penny.

2011 was the last year of the Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee.

This is the 39th Annual Festival in Sacramento.  The organizers are looking to get back on a track of growth for Festival attendees and music participants.

Attendance has been dropping the last few years and organizers and the city want to have more than 700,000 people attend this years Festival!

So what is in a name change??

Well for a music festival like the old Jaz Jubilee it signals a change in the styles of music and types of musical acts who will be showcased.

No longer is the focus on old-time traditional jubilee jazz.

Sure, that form of music will be heard.  It is traditional jazz after all and important to the development of that genre.

But this year it will be joined with reggae, American roots music, country, modern jazz, gospel and more.

The changes are key to broadening the types and numbers of music lovers who attend the four-day Music Festival.

When:             May 25th to 28th, 2012

The Festival begins at 10am each day with the last set starting at 10:30pm each day except

Monday when the last set is 2:30pm.

The Parade kicks off the Festival in Old Sacramento at 10am on Saturday May 26th

What:             Sacramento Jazz Festival

Where:           Sacramento, California

24 venues from Old Sacramento to the Sacramento Convention Center

Who:              Who will be playing at the 2012 Festival?

Acts including Johnny “Guitar” Knox, the Zydecats, Sista Monica Parker, Big Sandy & His Fly                   -Rite Boys, Jazz ‘N’ Samba, Mariachi Los Gasllos, 101st Army Dixieland Jazz Band  Uptown Lowdown   Buster Blue   Big Sam’s Funky Nation  Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band  and MORE here

Solo act Deadstring Brother makes Sacramento Music Fest debut

Prices:            You can buy adult passes, senior passes & youth passes for all four days or just for one day.

From $10 for a Senior pass on Memorial Day to $110 for a four-day Adult pass and everything in-

between.  Check out the prices and buy your tickets HERE  And you can ride shuttle buses to all

venues for just $5 for the entire weekend.  Kids 12 and under are free.

Food:  Besdes great restaurants in Old Sacramento and downtown a lot of favorite food vendors return to the festival this year including the number one seller grilled oysters, grilled sausages (the number two favorite), Cajun & Filipino food, Tri-tip, nuts & freshly picked cherries, root beer floats, Bloody Marys and more.

Schedule of events each day can be found HERE

Hotels:            For out of town visitors these hotel packages are excellent!

Do you need more information?  Check em out HERE

or Twitter    @SacMusicFest

or Facebook  SacMusicFest.com

May26th:

The Festival kicked off in Old Sacramento this morning!

The opening came at 10 a.m., when Boy Scout Troop 107, from Citrus Heights, walked as honor guard onto a shortened Old Sacramento parade route this year.

The parade was moved from its traditional Friday noon time to accommodate more families, festival organizers said.”

PHOTOS!!

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