What You'll Get
Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making-out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon for tickets to the Northern California Blues Festival in Auburn's Regional Park, on Friday, August 5, at 5:00 p.m., or Saturday, August 6, at 11:00 a.m. Choose from the following options:
• For $3, you get a children’s ticket (12 and younger) on Friday, August 5 (a $7.00 value).
• For $4, you get a children’s ticket (12 and younger) on Saturday, August 6 (an $8.00 value).
• For $12, you get an adult ticket on Friday, August 5 (a $25.00 value).
• For $16, you get an adult ticket on Saturday, August 6 (a $33.00 value).
• For $32, you get a VIP ticket on Friday, August 5 (a $65 value).
• For $48, you get a VIP ticket on Saturday, August 6 (a $97 value).
The Northern California Blues Festival entertains and enriches solo goers and families alike with live blues performances in a picturesque park setting, all while raising money for the Auburn Recreation District Youth Assistance Program. After picking up your wristband for the day, spread a picnic blanket, open a low-back chair, or enjoy a summertime sled-less luge down the gently sloping grassy knoll of the park’s natural amphitheater.
Friday’s schedule begins with Todd Morgan and the Emblems (5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.), who fuse elements of American music from the Jazz Age up to the present day. Sacramento Area Music Awards Hall of Fame members Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers (6:50 p.m.–8:10 p.m.) start fires beneath the wallflower toes of the crowd. Round out the evening with psychedelic jams of Big Brother and the Holding Company (8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.), formerly Janis Joplin's backing band.
On Saturday, the festival recommences with a performance from acclaimed teen rock group Population 5 (11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.). Other highlights of the day include the guitar- and harmonica-driven grooves of The Soulshakers (12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m.); the dynamic blues of the Jeff Watson Band featuring guitarist Daniel Castro (1:20 p.m.–3:00 p.m.); the Texas blues-influenced rock poetry of guitarist Carolyn Wonderland (6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.), who was recently featured on PBS’s Austin City Limits; and Kenny Neal (8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.), winner of the 2009 Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year. On Saturday only, kids get unlimited access to Mobile Rock’s Kids Zone, where they can cavort on bouncing houses, cool off on water rides, conquer climbing structures, and plot to dye the family pets blue.
VIP-ticket holders groove from a shaded VIP area at the top of the amphitheater, or cool off with a drink in the air-conditioned, indoor VIP lounge and bar, with access to very important bathrooms. Some artists will visit the VIP lounge throughout show days for meet-and-greet sessions, allowing guests to pose burning questions regarding emotive genius and rock-star haircare secrets. The first 80 VIP cars to arrive can wait out the show in a special parking area.
Between sets, patrons can visit the cash-only vendor area for snacks and beverages to distract rabid mouths from consuming the local arts and crafts on display. The Blues Festival keeps patrons hydrated or wet with unlimited, free drinking water and twin-fan misting towers. Concert-goers can also opt to start staring contests with the geese to gain access to the pond. Limited free public parking is available on the street and in lots.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 13 or older for adult tickets. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase alcohol. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.