We’re finally entering a point in time where soul and easy hip hop can be consumed by the masses in a public setting. Enter: Sol Blume Music Festival. The Sacramento based festival allowed lovers of music, spring, and vibes to join at the Cesar Chavez Plaza for it’s second year. The line up included fan favorites: Tierra Whack, Miguel, Ari Lennox, Masego, Kiana Lede, Raveena and more. Here are our five favorite acts from the flower themed festival:
Dreamville’s finest has been buzzing on socials for the past few months and although she has been putting in music and work for the past few years, we’re happy to see her finally shine. Guests crowded around the stage to see the Shea Butter Baby herself deliver spunk and vocals for her 30 min set. Dressed in a cheetah print two piece, the soul singer greeted the crowd with a live band and a smile. She ran through a few singles from her 2016 project PHO along with new hits, Whipped Cream and unreleased gems towards to end of he set.
We’ve all heard Jessie Reyez before. Whether it was within her songwriting for others or the music she sings herself, we’ve all heard her. And at Sol Blume, she allowed us to hear her even more. While she performed many of her new releases including Imported featuring 6lack, she stopped several times to speak to the audience. She spoke about a time she was requested to do something strange for a record deal before she performed Gatekeeper and about a relationship she wanted more from before performing Fuck Being Friends. The hour long performance gave emotion, soul and vocals and if you haven’t seen Jessie live, we hope you do soon.
At a Masego show, you can always expect at least one of three things: A fire outfit, corny jokes, and a sax solo. At Sol Blume, we got all three. Masego took the stage to not only deliver a musical orgasm with the help of his band and background singer, but to show us how instrumentation plays a huge role in today’s music, despite the synthetic sounds we hear on the radio. While running through Girls That Dance and Tadow, he also made a beat live on stage for the real fans.
If you’ve never seen an angel in real life, Sol Blume Music Festival gave you the opportunity. Snoh Aalegra graced the stage as if she invented denim in two piece that embodied Spring. Her and her live band did what they had to do in her short set time and easily wooed the crowd. She performed her latest single You, which the crowd new word for word.
Regardless of if you’ve seen Miguel in a huge setting on tour, watched him perform on TV or saw him for the first time at Sol Blume, he always manages to connect with is audience. He ran through classics including How Many Drinks, Do You.. and more. We often expect artists to sound as similar as they can to their recordings and Miguel left no room for doubt. Even the dancing was cute. With such an amazing performance, we can only hope his next album brings this energy.