In most beautiful form, Sol Blume Music Festival returned to Cesar Chavez Plaza this Saturday to solidify its place in the heart of its thousands of fans. With R&B superstar Miguel at the helm, this year’s lineup, which included the commanding songstress Jessie Reyez, was an essential showcase of Sacramento’s potential to attract today’s most resonating artists.
Presented by ENT Legends and CVLT Events, last year’s logistical thorns were essentially cut off for a fully enjoyable celebration. Among the many reasons Sol Blume has quickly rose to its well-earned fame is its ability to host a powerful collection of like-minded creatives with superior talent, regardless of their career’s progress. Furthermore, the festival is introducing Sacramento to the world in a way very few entities are capable of achieving.
In less than 12 hours, Sol Blume was able to present many firsts in its second year. Appropriately, Washington’s Parisalexa kicked off the day with her first-ever festival performance. With her mom amongst the crowd and the rest full of energy she delivered a beautiful performance of her latest single “Water Me,” among fan favorites “Ballin’” and “Like Mariah.” When asked what the word “bloom” meant to her, also the title of her debut EP last year, she gives credence to growth.
“It means beauty,” said Parisalexa, following her performance. “Natural beauty, but I think it really signifies growth to me.”
The beauty of Sol Blume is the palpable sense of community and honesty felt between the artists and the audience. Throughout the day any artist could be found mingling amongst the crowd, which is relatively common during music festivals, but seen more prominently inside Cesar Chavez Plaza.
Artists supporting artists was also a very common theme on Saturday, which speaks to the mutual level of talent and recognition on this year’s lineup. On one stage, fans could see Washington’s Dave B join North Carolina’s Ivy Sole, immediately followed by a guest appearance by Romero Franceswa for a hyped up performance during Dave B’s set on the next stage.
Between the Blume Stage and the Bless Stage, Sol Blume kept true to its promise that fans would never have to compromise missing one artist’s performance in order to see another, as most festivals tend to impose. For this, fans would get to enjoy Jess Connelly, Raveena, and UMI in all their glory.
Underneath the midday heat, Chicago’s Tobi Lou would have one of the most exciting performances of the day. With his made-for-tv personality and infectious music, his fans were among the loudest as he pointed out his favorite Tobi-inspired outfits, walked out to take selfies after his performance and personally delivered a plush toy of himself to a fan he had met at the Sacramento airport. (Both their first times in Sacramento.)
The excitement for each additional performance would only get more passionate from here. Sweden’s Snoh Aalegra elegantly came out to her hit song “Nothing Burns Like the Cold,” before taking on a beautiful rendition of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do for Love.” Soon after, Dreamville’s first lady, Ari Lennox, would bring her “Shea Butter Baby” magic to Sol Blume with an amazing live band to match.
As the day progressed and heat subdued, Philadelphia’s breakout sensation Tierra Whack had fans going crazy with an energetic set that matched her highly creative visual album, ‘Whack World.’ Masego would then bring his impromptu spirit to the Blume Stage as he opened with his phenomenal smash “Tadow.”
For all the natural beauty Sol Blume was able to yield in one day, some of its most amazing moments came just as naturally from the stars on stage. Whether it was seeing Jessie Reyez and Miguel cheer on J.I.D from the side of the stage, Jessie actively putting a search out for her “smallest” fan (and taking a picture with her), or watching fans join in elevating smaller fans into trees to catch Miguel’s closing set, the energy and the memories are surely just as unique for every person who attended the festival.
Until next year Blumers!
For more information on Sol Blume Music Festival and all of this year’s artists, visit SolBlume.com.
Photos by Cesar Alexander.