Placer Palooza kicks off sizzling summer concert season

By: Gus Thomson, Journal staff writer
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Placer Palooza in Auburn this Friday heralds a sizzling summer of music in the region. In its fourth year, the small-scale version of Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza does what that music festival does but on a much smaller scale. Instead of a lineup of superstar bands, Auburn audiences can enjoy a festival atmosphere at Placer High School’s LeFebvre Stadium, 275 Orange St., and listen to up-and-coming local bands compete in a battle of the bands. Battling bands include The World to be, Trilogy, Please, The Krates, Aften, Posh Spice and Tyler Hall. “I think the biggest thing is to be able to see all this live music in Auburn,” said Taylor Brady, Placer High senior and event coordinator. The event is put on by Placer Peer Helpers and is open to the general public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. and the event officially kicks off at 5 p.m., finishing at 10 p.m. Admission is $3 or three cans of food. Placer Palooza also features bounce houses, a chili cook off, games and more food from Placer High School clubs. I It’s also a fundraiser, with money raised going to the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet and next year’s Peer Helpers class. All are welcome to attend. “We’re winding down the school year and we’re getting ready for summer,” Joey Montoya, Placer Peer Helpers adviser, said of Placer Palooza. “It’s not only for the students and faculty, but it also really engages the community.” Here are some other highlights for the summer ahead in the area: Sacramento Jazz Jubilee The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (May 23-26) has trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and his Barbecue Swingers as its headliner. He’s a New Orleans jazz-funk trumpet player who burned on the stage last year with the Rebirth Brass Band. More than 100 bands will perform at various venues throughout the cosmopolitan Sacramento area. Visit for more information. Coloma Blues Live Coloma Blues Live (June 7) will take place at the river-front Henningsen Lotus Park in Lotus. Los Lobos tops the bill, playing from 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m., showing off their versatility on everything from ethereal psychedelia to Tex-Mex. The blues based Tommy Castro Band and slide guitar wizard Roy Rogers backed by the Delta Rhythm Kings are also worth a look. Check out for details. Party in the Park North Auburn’s Party in the Park (June 20) will feature “Tosh Meets Marley,” a band that features the guitarist and vocalist for Bob Marley and the Wailers and the bassist and bandleader for reggae legend Peter Tosh. Prep for the party by calling (530) 885-8461 or visiting BBQ & Blues Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor will perform with her Chicago-based band at the July 12 BBQ & Blues Festival at Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds. Guitarist Coco Montoya will open, with more acts to be announced. Learn more at Vans Warped Tour The Vans Warped Tour is 14 years old now and will roll into the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 16 for a show that features Angels and Airwaves, the Academy Is …, Cobra Starship, GBH, Reel Big Fish, Say Anything and Gym Class Heroes. Rock out at Sleep Train Amphitheatre The Sleep Train Amphitheatre, near Marysville, has also signed on Brad Paisley and Jewel (June 21), Slipknot and Disturbed (July 11), The Jonas Brothers (July 16), The Police and Elvis Costello (July 17), John Mayer (July 25) , Motley Crue (Aug. 5) and Journey, with Heart and Cheap Trick (Sept. 26). Visit Arco Arena Sacramento’s Arco Arena will have Coldplay (July 26), the American Idols Live Tour 2008 (July 9) and Neil Diamond (Sept. 26). See for ticket prices and availability. Monterey Jazz Festival The end of the summer wouldn’t be without the Monterey Jazz Festival (Sept. 19-21). The festival is in its 51st year and will feature the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock and a Cannonball Adderley from jazz chanteuse Nancy Wilson. Want to learn more? Call (925) 275-9255 or visit The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at