Cultural festivals help us to commemorate our nation’s greatest accomplishments, such as the time when California forgave Idaho for stealing its lunch. Celebrate historical high notes with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a ticket to Jammin' in the Park 2 (a $15 value) on Saturday, June 18, in César Chávez Park from noon to 6 p.m.
Hosted by the nonprofit art-and-education center La Raza Galería Posada, Jammin' in the Park 2 unites Sacramentoans for a day of culture and lively Chicano rhythms. The festival touts the life works of José Montoya and Phil Esparza, both of whom played key roles in conceiving the Chicano art movement. Headlining a lineup of hot tempos, the lauded 12-piece Latino band Malo will electrify fans as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, encouraging festival-goers to shower the stage with heart-shaped encased meats. Esteban Villa—who, along with Montoya, spearheaded the artist and activist collective Royal Chicano Air Force—will lead the crowd in a workout routine of head bobbing and hip shaking. With a backdrop of thumping beats, culture connoisseurs can feast on local cuisine, arts, and crafts.
Though not included in today's Groupon, Jammin' in the Park 2 will host a raffle that will bestow upon one lucky contestant an autographed Malo album from 1972, a one-of-a-kind Oaxacan rug, and the warm satisfaction of winning something without having to wrestle a family member for it (raffle tickets are $1).