Tierra Whack (photo: Robert Alleyne)
Sol Blume just wrapped up its second annual boutique festival this past weekend in downtown Sacramento with over 6,300 festival-goers vibing out to R&B, soul, and hip-hop performances. The square block, which is home to the historical Cesar Chavez Plaza, was flipped to host the one-day festival which featured GRAMMY-award winning artist Miguel, Jessie Reyez, Tierra Whack, Masego, and much more on two separate stages.
As an attendee of last year’s show, I had high hopes coming into this. Previously, being that it was its inaugural year, there were plenty of hiccups that made the overall experience less than up-to-par, but that all changed this year. There was way more organization, plenty of room for food/alcohol, and even a few added art installations in the mix. The update over the past year made this festival much more enjoyable, since waiting in line for food was no longer a one-hour wait. (No one wants to wait that long in the heat, plus miss out on all the acts!)
As for the performances, each set seemed to go on without a hitch. Bouncing back and forth, left to right (a la Treasure Island Music Festival), the entire day was filled with sets that promoted the positive, laid-back vibes that were noticeable the entire day. One of the best parts to note was the fact a few performers actually roamed around the venue to meet their fans IRL. I definitely saw J.I.D. taking the time to have full-on conversations with more than a few attendees. It’s the little things that make smaller festivals more enticing to check out.
As for the most memorable set of the night, that has to go to Jessie Reyez who held it down opening up for Miguel. No disrespect to Miguel, but Jessie was so captivating on stage. Her on-stage presence had fans literally cheering for more. Her interaction with the audience and the mini-motivational speeches between each song were enough to get everyone pumped up for the last act of the night. At the end of it, Reyez closed out with her current single, “Figures,” which had people trying to imitate the moment her vocals go higher.
Sol Blume has so much potential as it aims to carry on this festival for years to come. We look forward to seeing how they one-up themselves for 2020! In the mean time, check out all the photos from the event below.