Holo Holo Music Festival Returns To California Over The Weekend Of September 9-10 at Old Sacramento Waterfront

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Good Vibez Presents and JMF Presents are joining forces to bring the Holo Holo Music Festival back to California this fall. Over the weekend of September 9th and 10th, Holo Holo will land at the Old Sacramento Waterfront in Sacramento, California, for two days of island music and reggae. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, Kolohe Kai, Common Kings, J Boog and Steel Pulse plus island favorites, FIJI, Rebel Souljahz, Maoli, Three Plus, Ka’ikena Scalan, Mike Love, Koauka, Eli Mac, and rounding everything out, Chris Boomer, CRSB and Western Conference will take the stage to transform Sacramento into an oasis of island vibes.

“‘Holo Holo’ means ‘to travel, to sail, to move,’” says O‘ahu-born Good Vibez co-owner, Dan Sheehan. “This familiar expression is most often heard between friends as in ‘let’s holo holo up country,’” he says when detailing the festival’s origin. The inaugural Holo Holo Music Festival took place in Northern California in 2022, but, in Sheehan’s words “this event desires movement,” which brings its second gathering to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the early summer of 2023 and now to Sacramento this coming September.

For Sheehan, curating this lineup is more than just something on his to-do list. “Growing up in Ewa Beach, O’ahu, island music and reggae were the soundtracks to my childhood. These styles of music—the heartbeat of the islands—are the backbone of my work as a festival producer and venue owner. A big part of Good Vibez Presents is discovery, and I’m honored to be able to showcase and celebrate these bands at Holo Holo.”

“For decades we’ve worked inland and up and down the coast of California to bring great music to great people,” says Amy Sheehan, co-founder of Good Vibez. “We are thrilled to partner with JMF Presents, fellow music lovers with deep ties to the Sacramento market.”  

What: Holo Holo Music Festival - Sacramento

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 & Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023; doors at 1 PM, music at 2 PM.

Where: Old Sacramento Waterfront - The Old Sacramento State Historic Park: 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Who: Kolohe Kai, Common Kings, J Boog, Steel Pulse, FIJI, Rebel Souljahz, Maoli, Three Plus, Ka’ikena Scalan, Mike Love, Koauka, Eli Mac, Chris Boomer, CRSB and Western Conference

Tickets are on sale Tuesday, March 28th at 10 am PDT and can be purchased at holoholofestival.com. Feeling lucky? Enter to win 2 VIP tickets to Holo Holo Sacramento by clicking here.

A note from Good Vibez Presents re: Land acknowledgment: The history of the Sacramento area, and the people, is rich in heritage, culture, and tradition. Sacramento was a gathering place for many local tribes who have lived throughout the central valley and the foothills for generations and are the original stewards of this land. We acknowledge that the Holo Holo Festival - Sacramento is within the traditional, ancestral territories and homelands of the Nisenan people, the Southern Maidu people to the North, the Valley, and Plains Miwok/ Me-Wuk people to the south of the American River, and the Patwin Wintun people to the west of the Sacramento River. We would also like to honor the Wilton Rancheria, the only federally recognized tribe in Sacramento County.

To recognize the ancestral lands that we work upon is an important step in honoring the people who have called this area home from time immemorial and acknowledging their continued presence today. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible those whose land we work upon. We are grateful for the opportunity to host community gatherings here. We ask that you, as visitors, treat this place with the same respect as those who walked before you.

We encourage you to learn more about the history of these lands by visiting websites such as: