Franz Ferdinand, The Crystal Method top 2018 Concerts in the Park bill

Illustration courtesy of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership


Concerts in the Park returns! The Downtown Sacramento Partnership announced the lineup for its free summer concert series Thursday morning over live music and street pub grub at the show’s longstanding venue, Cesar Chavez Plaza on 9th and J streets.

This year’s lineup brings some global touring acts, including post-punks Franz Ferdinand (May 18) and electronic duo The Crystal Method (July 27). Post-hardcore pioneers Dance Gavin Dance (June 22), Middle Class Rut (July 20) and the recently viral Hobo John & the Lovemakers (July 13) top the list of heavyweight Sacramento artists. Jazz, eletronic dance music, hard rock, hip-hop and soul make for a pretty diverse selection of sounds throughout the summer.

Last year brought in around 76,000 people, said Jordyn Anderson, a spokeswoman with the partnership.  2017 also billed some bigger names, including Del the Funky Homosapien.

“It’s truly a testament to the growth we’ve experienced onstage and off,” Anderson said. “That comes from the energy and excitement surrounding the Golden 1 Center, a new era spotlighting downtown.”

The series runs from May 4 through July 27. Expect to see a park packed every Friday (minus July 6) starting at 5 p.m., with food trucks, mobile boutiques, live art exhibits, beer and life-sized bubble wands.

The shows are all-ages. Here’s a schedule:


May 4:
Cemetery Sun
La Noche Oskura
Robbie & Blue (HOF)

May 11:

Mystic Roots
The Color Wild
Fate Under Fire,
One Sharp Mind

May 18:
Franz Ferdinand
I Am Strikes
Saint Solitaire

May 25:
Mike Love
Cas Haley
One Leg Chuck & The Hustle

June 1:
Dead Winter Carpenters
Jessica Malone
This Great State
DJ Eddie Z

June 8:
Peter Petty
Drop Dead Red
National Lines
DJ Elements

June 15:
Elements of Soul
Our People
Jayson Angove,
M.O.M Sacramento

June 22:
Dance Gavin Dance
Emo Night Sacramento

June 29:
Peanut Butter Wolf
Good Company

July 13:
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
The Gold Souls
Mino Yanci
Something Heartfelt

July 20: Middle Class Rut
Black Map
Dark Signal

July 27:
The Crystal Method
Write Or Die
Ryan Moe
My Cousin Vinny / Mike Diamond

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