If it ain’t got that swing …

Crowne Plaza Hotel

5321 Date Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95841

(916) 338-5800

While the 1950s wasn’t exactly the most exciting decade in American history, its blandness certainly helped spawn a few cool countercultural movements. These included (but were not limited to): hot-rod culture, swing dancing, tiki culture, pinup girls and rockabilly. Now—in case you hadn’t noticed—there’s been a revival of sorts celebrating these movements. This weekend’s Sacramento SwingTime festival will give you a good taste of this resurrected ‘50s counterculture.

The fourth-annual car show and music festival features not only cars and music, but also a pin-striping jam, a pinup pageant, swing dancing, an art pavilion, a custom-bicycle show, a vintage-fashion show, a pool party, a mustache contest, guest artists, a swap meet and vendor booths. It kicks off Friday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot with a cruise to Shakers Pub in Citrus Heights. Then, the festivities return Saturday at the hotel for the all-day main event. With tickets priced at just $20, it’s a pretty good bang for your buck.

Vehicles displayed will be pre-1972 American cars. Musical guests include Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, Three Bad Jacks, Phat Cat Swinger, Cash Prophets, Jailbreak, Cattie Ness & the Revenge, Golden West Trio featuring Miss Kay Marie, Peter Petty & the Double Ps, Patt James and the Night Crawlers, DJ Rigatony, and DJ Vida Lee.

The pre-party and cruise happens Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. It begins at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5321 Date Avenue before continuing at Shakers Pub, 5940 Sperry Drive in Citrus Heights. On Saturday morning, a swap meet before the show begins at 7 a.m. in the hotel parking lot. The show’s events will take place in the hotel pool area, lobby and ballroom from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For a full schedule and more information, visit http://sacramento-swingtime.com.