NOTE: The above photo details the fact that originally, this event was scheduled to be a three-day campout festival. However, the festival organizers have had to change the overall structure of the event and scale back to a one-day festival. For full details on this change, see this post on Facebook.

There’s a new music festival on the (relatively nearby) block. The Broken Strings Folk Punk Fest (put on by SF IndieFest) will take place September 26th at Camp Pollock in Sacramento, a former Boy Scout campground by the American River, and will be a celebration of the folk punk genre.

If you’re not familiar with what folk punk entails, here’s what the festival organizers have to say about it:

Broken Strings is an exploration of folk punk, a loosely-defined underground genre combining the energy of punk rock with the personal, stripped-down appeal of folk music. Both kinds of music value immediacy and shared experience. Folk punk doesn’t need big amplifiers and fancy effects; it’s music to hear and see up close. The result is a wide range of music; mostly (but not always) acoustic, mixing traditional music like bluegrass and klezmer with the raw energy of punk.

The Broken Strings festival will feature a variety of bands who encompass this genre (full lineup and schedule below). For the festival itself, attendees can enjoy the music and the overall atmosphere, and even go go swimming in the river (might be a good idea in the typical Sacramento heat!). For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event website.

To enter for a chance to win tickets to attend the Broken Strings Festival, email with “Broken Strings” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.


10:00 Gates Open
11:00-11:40 AM Julie The Bruce
12:00-12:40 PM Aaron Shay
1:00-1:40 PM Bruce Salmon
2:00-2:40 PM Chonk!
3:00-3:40 PM 5 cent Coffee
4:00-4:40 PM Ghost Town Gospel
5:00-5:40 PM Dum Spiro Spero
6:00-6:40 PM My Pizza My World
7:00-7:40 PM Thee Hobo Gobbelins
8:00-8:40 PM Moon Bandits
9:00-9:40 Dirty Kid Discount
10:00-11:00 PM Blackbird Raum

Second Stage Set Times TBA soon!