The Sacramento Music Festival continues to slowly shed its image of banjos, straw hats and dancers with parasols.
Blues guitar phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been booked to headline Friday (May 24) at the Sacramento Music Festival - formerly known as the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee and the Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee.
Latin-rock stalwarts Los Lobos will headline May 25.
The festival will still feature plenty of the traditional jazz groups that have been a hallmark of this annual event, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
But the focus has shifted in the last few years toward broadening the types of bands, which now encompass rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin styles and more. That original dixieland demographic has dwindled and the challenge for organizers is to appease that core audience while adding more contemporary touches to the lineup.
The Sacramento Music Festival runs May 24-27 in Old Sacramento.
For more information: www.sacmusicfest.com