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June 26, 2009
Tomorrow: More music than you can shake a (drum)stick at

If you've been remotely conscious over the past couple of months, you know that SAMMIES fever is in the air. If you've been musically conscious over the past couple of months, you've probably gone to check out some pretty spectacular performances by Sacramento's best local bands.

Like a pimple that's come to a head, the culmination of SAMMIES season is about to pop, rock and jam at the Sacramento News & Review Music Fest, unfolding from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, June 27 at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento.

Fourteen SAMMIE-nominated bands are scheduled to perform live on two stages at this free, all-ages event, so there's no good excuse not to go. Think of it as an investment for your Sacram-intellectualism: In one fell swoop, you can bring yourself up to speed on the rock stars of the local music scene. You'll kill it at cocktail parties this year.

Here's the lineup: Justin Farren, Sol Peligro, Agent Ribbons, Arden Park Roots, Light Rail, Righteous Movement, Category 7, Dog Party, Be Brave Bold Robot, Alak, The Other Poets, Sister Crayon, Silver Darling and DJ Shaun Slaughter.

In addition to music, there will be a beer and wine garden and a giant inflatable slide (Those things go together like peanut butter and jelly.), art and fashion vendors, a dunk tank "stocked" with Sacred City Derby Girls, a petting zoo, and misters for all you summertime vampires.

After the show, check out the after party at Marilyn's, featuring City State, Live Manikins and DJ Whores.

To find out what else is going on this weekend, don't forget to check out "Seven Things to Do This Weekend."

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