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Meadowview Jazz Festival returns to Sacramento this weekend

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Black Blueprintz and RDA Entertainment present the Meadowview Jazz and R&B Festival featuring acts such as Mya, Lyfe Jennings, and more on September 17 and 18.

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The Meadowview Jazz Festival, a staple event in south Sacramento that used to attract nearly 10,000 visitors, is making a comeback after a hiatus that spanned over a decade.

The jamboree returns as organizers RDA Entertainment and Black Blueprintz look to bring a two-day soulful jam session back to Meadowview Park, its original location, 7760 24th Street.

Residents still reminisce about the energy the festival brought to Sacramento, and have been waiting for its return.

“(It was) really big, like the 4th of July,” said Sacramento resident Fahizah Alim. “People from all over Sacramento elected to attend for great entertainment, food and camaraderie.”

Berry Accius remembers everyone talking about the festival as a must-attend event when he first moved to Sacramento years ago. Coming from the Bay Area, he said it was the ‘hot spot’ of the city.

“All I heard was how fun it was, how positive it was, how exciting it was, and how it was that thing that you anticipate. To me that’s special,” said Accius.

At the time, it was more than a party. It was also economic boost for south Sacramento

The late south Sacramento community leader Samuel Pannell founded the festival in 1994 and developed it with his wife, former Sacramento City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell.

The musical affair carried on through the 2000s. The run ended in 2010 due to the tough economy of the Great Recession. To keep a sense of live entertainment and community, smaller concerts at nearby parks were held instead.

Years later, Accius is one of the organizers for this weekend’s festival. He wants to put a spotlight on an underserved neighborhood and figure out how to make the festival an annual occasion.

“I believe that Meadowview deserves an opportunity. Every underserved community should be represented in a way that’s authentic,” said Accius. “There are rich, powerful, beautiful people that come out of that community.”

Richard Pannell, the first cousin of Samuel, said always enjoyed the events and that it was something that Sacramento needed at the time.

“It was a good thing for the community in areas that it helped,” said Pannell. “It was something to look forward to every year, every summer.”

He remembered the festival brought great artists to Sacramennto. They included George Clinton, Cameo, O’Jays, Isaac Hayes, Con Funk Shun, S.O.S Band, Zapp, and Midnight Star to name a few.

This year the festival has a mix of talent. Both locally and nationally known artists are scheduled to perform on Sept. 17 and 18.

The acts consist of: Lyfe Jennings, Mya, Pleasure P, Bobby Valentino, Slave, Changing Faces, RL from Next and Lakeside. Local talents, such as Bueno and Sol Development, will also perform at the event.

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite, at meadowview.eventbrite.com, or on the day of the event at the entrance. Doors open at noon on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $50. Accius said some of the proceeds will go toward youth services.

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Marcus D. Smith covers Black communities for The Sacramento Bee. Marcus is an alumnus of Texas Southern University in Houston. Marcus was raised in Sacramento and is excited to be back home following his passion in journalism.



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