The 39th Sacramento Music Festival is done and the tents are down, chairs packed and hauled back to where they await another function. At times during the festivities, announcers stumbled over the new name, familiar with years of referring to the “Jazz” festival. The results of the name and expanded genre changes are yet to be determined as it may take several years for both local and traveling potential visitors to get the idea that much more than jazz is being played in the annual Sacramento Memorial Day weekend music event.
One of the newly book bands that was more typical of prior Jazz, a.k.a. Music, Festival performances was the Terry Hanck Band. Unfortunately, with so many new bookings and variety of music, the band had only one performance occurring on Friday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. However, this short-lived visit may have been due to Hanck’s ongoing popularity and following booking on Saturday in Simi Valley, California. An award winning tenor sax, singer and songwriter such as Hanck, accompanied by stellar musicians Johnny “Cat” Soubrand on guitar and vocals, Butch Cousins on drums, and Tim Wager on bass and vocals made for a sizzling performance for the Sacramento festival.
However, once again, due to it being the slow start Friday, the Firehouse Lot venue could have held a somewhat larger crowd. This is, without a doubt, a huge shame. Sax lovers missed an incredible performance. And, watching Johnny “Cat” perform on guitar is like watching a lover in seductive action.
The current Terry Hanck band members are a more recent grouping bringing new musicians from 2004 through 2010 to replace prior band members. What they presented at the Sacramento Music Festival is a testament to the team’s high caliber talent and fine mix of performers. You can read more about the band members at the Terry Hanck Band webpage here.
According to Joseph Jordan of Golden Gate Blues Society, Hanck’s “fiery reed work, beautiful tone and effortless, inventive melodies make for thoroughly enjoyable listening ….” The attending festival patrons appeared to be in agreement and were thoroughly enjoying the performances featuring what the festival organizers describe as “a world of classic New Orleans R&B, steamy strolls, gorgeous soul ballads and West Coast Jump Blues.”
Along with Sista Monica blues singer, and Markus James and The Wassonrai blues and African fusion, the Terry Hanck Band is among the newly booked that should feasibly rise to the top of the must-book for next year’s event. Bands less affiliated with traditional jazz that might also call for a must-book according to popularity and caliber of talent include the Brodie Stewart country rock band and the Keri Carr Band playing a broad range from ’70s country and country rock, to Americana, three part harmonies, and even a few Mexican ballads and blues.
The newly booked Kyle Rowland Ban will undoubtedly remain a constant as long as the festival runs and harmonica kid Rowland agrees to return. Dedicated Sacramento Music Festival attendees have grown to know the prodigy through guest appearance performances over the past five years with Mick Martin and The Blues Rockers. Kyle recently formed his own band and now stands tall on the stage while fans still shout and wave in fondness for “little Kyle.” You can read more about the Sacramento Music Festival history of Kyle Rowland here.