Sacto’s hit parade travels through TBD Fest

Big names abound, but be sure to make time for local acts, too

Sacto’s hit parade

TBD Fest isn't just big-name acts. There are also several of Sacramento's own artists on the bill.

The festival opens Friday with electro-soul singer-songwriter Stevie Nader, tag-teaming with hip-hop duo DLRN. Beloved bands James Cavern & the Council and Autumn Sky also nabbed slots that day.

Hear some of the city’s strongest indie rock on Saturday with Cold Eskimo, Desario and Contra. And don’t miss D.A.M.B., aka Shaun Slaughter, for a house deejay set accompanied by the Sacramento Ballet’s graceful moves. On Sunday, Inkd Up drums while DJ Oasis spins.

But it’s not all indie, synth and beats—three of the city’s rising emcees are also on the bill. Task1ne performs Saturday; Century Got Bars and Defeye are up Sunday.

And let’s rightfully claim a couple others further up the lineup: Blackalicious and Sister Crayon. Blackalicious started out in Sacramento in the early ’90s, and the alternative hip-hop duo quickly became nationally known for its complex, positive rhymes. Sister Crayon left for Oakland a couple years ago, but its two ladies, Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez, are still devoted Sacramento homegirls. Catch their gritty, emotional electro-soul on Saturday and Blackalicious on Sunday.