By Brandy Collins | Special to The OBSERVER

Sol Blume: A Celebration Of NorCal’s Very Own

Sol Blume returned to Sacramento August 19-20 for its fourth year, featuring a number of Northern California acts paying homage to their hometowns and giving love to their local fans.

The two-day music festival was rescheduled from May due to flooding in Discovery Park when an atmospheric river delivered torrential rains to Northern California. 

Sol Blume is typically known for having a dominating presence of R&B and soul acts on its roster, however this year’s lineup included its fair share of hip hop performers just in time for the genre’s 50th anniversary. 

The festival anticipated drawing over 40,000 music lovers to Discovery Park, generating approximately $10 million in revenue, according to Sol Blume organizers. 

A series of parties, afterparties and meet and greet events were held throughout Sacramento nightclubs such as District 30, Harlows, and Park Ultra Lounge over the weekend. 

This year has shown a strong focus on drawing attention to homegrown talent with artists like Qing Qi taking the stage at Outside Lands and Iamsu taking over Six Flags Great America. 

Saturday’s line up was a hip hop heavy day with rapper LaRussell representing on stage for the regional hip hop scene. 

Known for staging his own performances and building a stage in his own backyard in Vallejo, LaRussell explained that being booked for the festival was an honor.

“I used to do this for free in my garage. So if someone wants to pay me for it now, it’s a beautiful situation,” he said speaking to The OBSERVER.

Earlier in the day, LaRussell and his band members were spotted on the far end of the festival grounds designated for food trucks supporting a local Black-owned vendor Delicious Dishez. 

San Jose rapper P-Lo, who was added to the line up in July, kept the energy up in the sweltering heat. After the show, he explained that the fans were the motivation. “I feel like I just get it from the crowd and the crowd, they keep feeding me.” 

The set included a surprise guest as P-Lo brought out R&B singer Ray J to perform “One Wish.”

The rapper, who has added actor to his list of accomplishments thanks to the Starz TV show Blindspotting, expressed his gratitude for hip hop. 

“I’m so grateful for everything that comes my way,” P-Lo told The OBSERVER. “Because hip hop has really, truly changed my life and given me everything that I’ve ever wanted, everything that I’ve ever needed.”

Sunday’s set marked a return to a mellower R&B groove, beginning the day with San Francisco artist Christian Kuria performing tracks from his latest album “Suspension of Disbelief.”

Arin Ray returned for his second performance at Sol Blume, and was later serenaded on stage by CoCo Jones during her song, “Fallin.” 

Also added to the line up in July was Vallejo artist Zyah Belle. Belle, who attended Sac State, encouraged audience members to join her in a family barbeque favorite dance “The Electric Slide,”  while she performed.  

Sunday also showcased many big household names. Teyana Taylor gave a theatrical performance during her set.  Chloe shined as the crowd sang her hit “Have Mercy.” Durand Bernarr in green leather recited affirmations and held a near Sunday sermon as he instructed the crowd to “turn to your neighbor.” But Sunday belonged to Oakland’s Kehlani who closed out the weekend-long festival to a packed green and purple lit field singing hits “Toxic,” “Distracted” and “Gangsta.”