City of Trees 2016 Recap

It’s hard to imagine bands known for their youthful exuberance and sophomoric music themes aging well, but Weezer and Panic! At the Disco recently drew crowds upwards of 10,000 to Sacramento’s City of Trees 2016 festival, hosted by 94.7 FM at Bonney Field. On a hot sun-drenched day that celebrated local pop musicians and the old guard of high-school angst alike, City of Trees’ second year managed to avoid the sophomore slump trope, holding a well attended three-stage festival that gave a proper display of Sacramento’s music scene.

Main stage backup to the headliners saw Phantogram, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and The Unlikely Candidates, all of whom energized a young crowd with electric vibrancy and a crackle of enthusiasm that kept the harsh heat at bay with a sonic party wave. The so-called Music Discovery Stage also hosted a broad range of talent, headlined by a DJ set by Kungs. The Sacramento Tent offered shady respite from the heat-laden main field and drew a sizable audience for local talents.

City of Trees is no Coachella, but already in its second year, it could easily be taken on par with the likes of Treasure Island Music Festival or BottleRock in Napa; and perhaps that middle status is a good thing. City of Trees is big enough now to not only lend big name support to local acts while drawing crowds to make it outrageously enjoyable and worthwhile for headliners but also remains small enough to avoid the over-priced self-parody and flower-crowned drunken selfie-laced spectacle that comparable festivals have become.

Trophii and Young Aundee¬†performed with Cemetery Sun and Zephyr under the Sacramento Tent bringing groovy vibes, smooth tunes, and musical energy to the crowd. The variety of musical styles created a mosaic of music, color, sound and pure sonic joy for the pop-music fans of all ages. You can bet we’ll be back for act three next year.9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre15 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre11 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre13 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre49-10-16-cityoftrees-andre5 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre9 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre18 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre20 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre2 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre19 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre22 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre24 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre25 9-10-16-cityoftrees-andre23

Photos | Andre Elliott