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City of Trees Blossoms at Bonney Field [Photo Gallery]

City of Trees Blossoms at Bonney Field [Photo Gallery]
Weezer commands the audience at the City of Trees

The second annual City of Trees Festival may have found a home at Bonney Field.

A year after the musical success at Gibson Ranch, the multi-act show moved to the home of the United Soccer League’s Sacramento Republic FC, with an eye on putting together future shows at the site of the old Cal Expo Amphitheater. More than 13,000 fans turned out on a hot, but not-too-bad [by Sacramento summer standards] 94-degree day to dance in the sun and listen to 20 acts on three stages. In total, the festival treated Sacramentans to eight hours of alternative-rock music on Saturday.

Performers included headliners Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Phantogram, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness as well as international, national and local musicians 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.

Dusk descended and the veteran Weezer and then Panic! at the Disco sent the crowd home happy–and free of the monster traffic jams that made last year’s show a such a bad memory.

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Bonney Field played a first-time great host to the City of Trees
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Cameron Boyer leads the Weathers

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Cameron Olson of The Weathers

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Andrew McMahon leads the Wilderness
Andrew McMahon leads the Wilderness
Zac Clark of Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness
Zac Clark of Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness
Panic! at the Disco closed out eight hours of music at Bonney Field before an estimated crowd of 13,000 Saturday night.
Panic! at the Disco closed out eight hours of music at Bonney Field before an estimated crowd of 13,000 Saturday night.
Members of the Rebel Light get ready for their set
Members of the Rebel Light get ready for their set
Luke Spiller lead the Struts’ Queen-like set
Luke Spiller lead the Struts’ Queen-like set
arah Barthel rallies the crowd during Phantogram’s set
Sarah Barthel rallies the crowd during Phantogram’s set
Kyle Morris of the Unlikely Candidates wades into the crowd
Kyle Morris of the Unlikely Candidates wades into the crowd
Cole Male of the Unlikely Candidates
Cole Male of the Unlikely Candidates

Photos by Steve Martarano

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Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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