Sacramento Musician Seeks to Start New Summer Music Festival

The announcement that Sacramento's annual Memorial Day Music festival is being cancelled came as sad news to many in the Capital City.  One of the festival's most active musicians is now trying to start a new tradition.

Ron Jones has played drums for more than 40 bands. You'd often see him backing four or five different acts in a day at some of Sacramento's holiday weekend festivals.

He's now working to start a new event that could ultimately highlight the holiday weekend.  A member of the Sacramento Yacht Club, Jones floated them the idea of a jazz festival by the River.  With the Yacht Club already spoken for on Memorial Day weekend, plans are in the works for a one-day event there the following Saturday - June 2nd.

“I was looking for a variety of bands,” said Jones.  “I have Sister Swing as a swing band; Todd Morgan & the Emblems as a rock ‘n’ roll band; Two-Tone Steiny & the Cadillacs as a blues band…”

Jones is also proudly promoting the fact that there'll be a pair of youth bands at the event he's calling "Jazz Fest by the River." 

“We’re looking to get a really nice crowd, have some great food, great music, drinks… and just have a really nice day,” he added.

The event is contingent on its ability to break even.  Jones says that means they need to sell 150 advance tickets at 50 dollars each by the 25th of February.  If all goes well, he’ll look to expand the festival for the following Memorial Day Weekend.       

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