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Meet the Bands: August 5

Sureena Johl

Due to some heavy rain on May 20, we had to reschedule one of our most epic shows of the season. The artists were super pumped to perform in downtown Sac and have planned an encore performance for August 5. Talk about closing out Concerts in the Park with a bang! Check out the final lineup of show-stopping performers…


Indie Rock/Synth Pop

In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with his guitar and a synthesizer, turning that tragedy into the songs that would soon become the foundation for Geographer. After being selected one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now’ by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the band signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records, releasing ‘Kites’ and ‘Animal Shapes’.  The record merges Geographer’s aptitude for crafting beautiful, haunting melodies with textural sounds and polyrhythmic energy, marking an evolution of their distinct style. With the overwhelming response to the release of ‘Kites’ and ‘Animal Shapes’, punctuated by a dynamic and engaging live set, the band has already begun to make an indelible mark on the ears of music fans worldwide.

For more information about Geographer visit their website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE them on Facebook, or listen to them on 

Dusty Brown

Electronic Music

Self-named, Dusty creates his own musical sound by incorporating live musical instruments, some computer technology for the electronic beats, and even incorporating his children’s voices in some of the music. All this music madness is created in his home studio that helps keep his creativity alive on his tracks. Dusty likes to keep his music as a family affair- not only do his kids make cameos, but his sister Jessica and cousin Zac get in in on the collaboration as well. With all this musical talent, Dusty Brown has become a popular choice in the music community for the past 8 years which has earned him 4 Sammie’s along the way!

What are you looking forward to at Concerts in the Park?

The large sound system. I’ve bumped up the bass in all my music in the past year and its an amazing feeling to see people who are new to my music hear it for the first time and feel the bass, it’s a very powerful and emotional feeling for me.

What are some traditions/rituals that your band does before a performance?

Jessica likes to drink weird cocktails like hot water, lemon and bourbon, and Zac and I keep it simple with a beer to loosen up the nerves.

In one sentence, how would you describe your band’s musical sound?

A combination of old breakbeats, vintage synths, halloween vibes and classic guitar helps find the perfect balance of nostalgia and melancholy. We’ve been told we sound similar to a 90’s band called Portishead.

For more Dusty Brown visit their website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE them on Facebook, or listen to them on


Indie-Psych Groove Rock

Epsilona is an up-and-coming local group with a growing fan base and are known for their unique psych-pop sound. Get ready to rock out in the park!

What is the origin of your band’s name?

The made-up word, Epsilona, has an ethnic ring to it. Being born and raised in Sacramento as a first generation Asian American, has helped me understand the historical background of what this city is built upon. The name is sort of in honor of the indigenous people who occupied Sacramento before us.

How has your music evolved over the years?

Our music has become more methodical, especially when we are structuring a song together. Each and every part of our songs is a product of many trials and errors, which leads to these sections to have more intention.

What is your favorite part of downtown Sacramento?

The forever growing music scene, and its supportive community.

What are some of the rituals you and your band do before a performance?

We have two rituals.

1. We do a full body stretching/breathing exercise 30 minutes before.

2. We huddle and motivate each other to have a good show.

For more Epsilona visit their website, follow them on Twitter, or LIKE them on Facebook.

Death Party at the Beach

Post Punk/New Wave/Rock

It all started when one man recorded many songs in 2013 in Sacramento, and from there three others wanted to get in on the action. With multiple musical inspirations such as The Beach Boys, Twin Shadow, Joy Division, just to name a few, this band is here to build their musical reach.


For more Death Party at the Beach, visit their website, follow them on Twitter, or LIKE them on Facebook.

Young Aundee

Electronic/Pop/Trip Hop/R&B

Young Aundee

No stranger to some of the groups that have graced the CIP stage over the years, Young Aundee joins in and takes the stage for his first time on his own DJing this year. With his powerful, unpredictable and electric style he is sure to keep everyone entertained.

What was the first album you ever bought?

The Album for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Coming Out of Our Shells Tour”.

How has your music evolved over the years?

I’m never done searching for different types of music. I hope that the new material is a reflection of that.

Where are other places that your band plays at?

Some of the other places where I have performed are at Press Club, Harlow’s, Low Brau, Mezzanine (SF), and 1015 Folsom (SF).

For more Young Aundee visit his website, follow him on Twitter, or LIKE him on Facebook.