Memorial Day Weekend is the time for Sacramento's Jazz Festival, or, as it's now known, the Sacramento Music Festival. It starts on Friday and runs until Monday afternoon. This year is the 40th annual festival! With many stages throughout Old Sacramento (and a couple further into town), and music ranging from very traditional jazz through New Orleans-style marching bands to blues and a touch of R&B, there's something for everyone.
I love Old Sacramento. The quaint streets, the little shops, the tempting candy stores, Evangeline's... coffee and good food and the wild west. And during this weekend, music music music. (You're not too late, see the website for details of tonight's, Sunday and Monday's performances.)
The festival goes on from mid-morning until late at night. Today (Saturday), the highlight, for me, was seeing John Lee Hooker Jr. Playing the blues... and playing the blues and only the blues for the last time! Next time we see him, it will be with a choir (a gospel choir?)
A true performer, he and the band played to hundreds of people, dancing, enjoying the sun, enjoying the music.
More photos from John Lee Hooker Jr.'s set in the photo gallery, click here!