Sacramento, California’s largest festival dedicated to R&B and soul music successfully kicked off the fourth Sol Blume this past weekend, August 19th & 20th. The two-day event welcomed more attendees than ever before with 46,000 total guests traveling from across the globe according to festival organizers.
Considered one of the largest annual R&B events in the country since its inception in 2018, the springtime outdoor music festival was revitalized after having to reschedule its original April dates due to historic flooding within Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento. Attendees this year traveled across the country from 48 U.S. states and a record-breaking 15 international countries including Canada, England, Germany, China, France, New Zealand, and Japan according to the official press release.
“With a continued emphasis on positivity, diversity, and inclusivity, Sol Blume, once again brought together local residents and travelers alike to gather together and enjoy incredible music performances featuring more than 40 of today’s most sought-after R&B, soul, and hip-hop acts – many of whom were performing in Sacramento for the first time ever.”
ThisIsRnB’s contributing Videographer Chris Iwuoma was in attendance and says the two-day festival was nothing short of amazing. From, the weather cooperating, crowd excitement, top-notch entertainment, and extraordinary culinary edibles, overall good family-type vibe, this was the festival not to miss! Check out some of the shows’ video performances taken by Chris which really capture the festival’s immersive experience HERE and more @chris.i_photography
Festival goers were treated to incredible performances by Ella Mai, Jessie Reyez, Mariah the Scientist, Muni Long, Pink Sweat$, Jacquees, and Chlöe, as well as festival alumni Sabrina Claudio, Arin Ray, and Noodles as they returned to Sol Blume. The sensational Harlem-born vocalist and dancer Teyana Taylor made a rare festival appearance following her farewell tour last summer.
Other acts included a pair of critically-acclaimed emcees Isaiah Rashad and Joey Bada$$, among many others with NorCal ties including P-Lo, Thuy, LaRussell, Noodles, Zyah Belle, Marc E. Bassy, and more.
This year’s festival was not only about great music and performances but included a variety of family-friendly activities, wellness experiences, immersive art activations, and a large variety of local food vendors from across the Sacramento region. The festival saw the return of the iconic Sol Blume Butterfly House and launched its first-ever storefront activation in the Downtown Commons (DOCO) area.
After the Festival wrapped each night, festival attendees were also able to explore downtown Sacramento and be treated to a number of late-night -after-parties with acts like Kehlani, Mariah The Scientist, Kalan.FrFr, and Noodles, among others.
Chris shares that he’s already looking forward to the Sol-Blume Festival 2024!
*Cover Photo Credit @solblume, @Eazypho
**Photo Credits @Chris.i_photography, @Respectivecollective, @Createdto_create, @Themcdub, @Jessicapadover
Make sure to stay tuned for more Sol Blume news announcements including details on the return of Sol Blume in spring 2024 by visiting the following channels:
ABOUT SOL BLUME: Founded in 2017 by ENT Legends, Sol Blume is one of today’s leading independent music festivals. Sol Blume continues to create a fun, safe, and inclusive space where like-minded individuals can gather to celebrate art, culture, love, social diversity, and good vibes.
Held each spring in Sacramento, California, the weekend event regularly features performances from some of today’s hottest R&B, soul, and hip-hop music acts. To learn more, visit www.solblume.com and follow @solblume on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.