Bonney Field, home of the Sacramento Republic FC and located at the same location as the long-gone Cal Expo Amphitheater (1983-1998), makes its music debut on Saturday with the annual multi-artist City of Trees festival.
Sponsored by RADIO 94.7 and Budweiser, the festival moves from last year’s Gibson Ranch venue that was plagued by logistical problems. The Bonney Field experience will highlight a total of 20 bands on three stages – two inside Bonney Field and one outside – and beginning at 2 p.m., will feature headliners Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Phantogram, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
Expected to draw up to 12,000 fans, the show is scheduled to end at 10 p.m. Also slated to appear will be The Struts, 888, The Unlikely Candidates, The Rebel Light, Kungs (DJ set), Arden Park Roots, The Color Wild, Cemetery Sun, Young Aundee, Trophii, Zephyr, Druskee, Joy and Madness, Pacific Skyway, Joseph One, and DJ Oasis.
There are no service charges and general admission tickets are $54.50 in advance; day of show $65 (VIP tickets are sold out). Parking at Cal Expo is free. In addition, Raging Waters water park next door will be available with in-and-out access for those attending the festival wanting to cool off, by purchasing a one-day wristband for $15.
Bonney Field is run by Spectra by Comcast Spectator, and officials are hoping City of Trees is just the beginning of a Cal Expo Amphitheater-like renaissance. A movable stage will allow a configuration of 4,000 to 28,500 fans, and two other shows are scheduled this month — Zeppelin – A Symphonic Salute (September 18); and Lindsey Stirling (September 24).
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cityoftrees.com.