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Get your cowboy hats and boots ready for the return of GoldenSky

Dance the weekend away with these hidden gems
Courtesy of Danny Wimmer Presents
The Farm House at the GoldenSky music festival in 2022. GoldenSky returns to Discovery Park for the second consecutive year this weekend.

The second annual GoldenSky country music festival returns to Sacramento this weekend.

GoldenSky brings the boot-scootin’ boogie back to Discovery Park one week after the conclusion of the rock festival, Aftershock.

Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Lainey Wilson, Eric Church and more are set to bring their unique sounds across two stages this Saturday and Sunday. A limited number of tickets to GoldenSky are still available for purchase.

Alongside the weekend’s headliners are old favorites and up-and-comers whose sets will complete the weekend experience at GoldenSky. Here are some of the can’t-miss undercard performances to circle on the schedule this weekend.

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 Niko Moon

Listen if you like: BRELAND, Walker Hayes and Willie Jones
Jack Daniel’s Stage – Saturday – 5:10 p.m.

After releasing his debut album “GOOD TIME” in 2021, songwriter Niko Moon stepped out from behind country music’s saloon doors and entered a lane of his own. After contributing to hits by country music titans like Zac Brown and Rascal Flatts, Moon is adding his own twist to country-pop.

Moon’s most recent performance included his new single “BETTER WITH YOU” and his industry experience and musical prowess helped him cover a handful of songs, including “Margaritaville” by the late Jimmy Buffett.


Nate Smith

Listen if you like: Morgan Wallen, Bailey Zimmerman and Chase Rice
Sacramento Stage – Sunday – 5:00 P.M.

A native of Paradise, California, Nate Smith was a victim of the 2018 Camp Fire which caused him to lose his house. The tragedy inspired him to write “One of These Days.” Smith launched onto the country music scene soon after when a performance of his song “Wildfire” went viral on TikTok.

Smith had two tracks go gold and platinum with songs, “Whiskey on you” and “Wreckage.” These songs were on the setlist of his most recent performances alongside a cover of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.”

Listen to: “Whiskey on you,” “Sleeve” and “Under My Skin”

Tenille Arts

Listen if you like: Ingrid Andress, Carly Pearce and Gabby Barrett
Jack Daniel’s Stage – Sunday – 3:00 p.m.

Canadian-born “Rebel Child” Tenille Arts is making her GoldenSky debut this Sunday. After performing songs on the popular reality show “The Bachelor” in 2018 and 2019, Arts has continued to find success. Her music mimics a flame, burning through every emotion with 100% effort and never pulling punches.

Love is often the fire that burns brightest, but Arts lights her other topics ablaze with the same amount of flare. GoldenSky attendees can expect to hear many of her Canadian chart-topping songs from her 2021 release “Girl to Girl” and covers from her influences like Lady A.

Listen to: “I Hate This,” “Summer Don’t Go” and “Jealous of Myself”

Frank Ray

Listen if you like: Jenna Paulette, Conner Smith and Jordan Davis
Jack Daniel’s Stage – Saturday – 3:35 p.m.

Frank Ray grew up with love for both country and ranchera music inspired by other Hispanic artists like Freddy Fender. After walking away from his job as a police officer, he eventually signed to his current label BRB Music Group/Stoney Creek Records in 2021 where he released “Streetlights.” In the debut single Ray sings in both English and Spanish, showcasing his Hispanic heritage.

Ray entered the top 40 on the Billboard Country with his recent single, “Country’d Look Good on You.” His recent performance included covers of “Como La Flor” by the iconic Selena and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” by Freddy Fender, alongside his singles, “Streetlights” and “Country’d Look Good on You.”

Listen to: “Streetlights,” “Somebody Else’s Whiskey” and “Wasting Your Words”

GoldenSky will be held at Discovery Park this weekend Oct. 14-15. The band As You Were opens the festival at 1:00 P.M. at Jack Daniel’s Stage.

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Hailey Valdivia
Hailey Valdivia, A&E Editor
Hailey Valdivia serves as the Arts and Entertainment Editor for The State Hornet. She is currently a graduating senior and has been a part of The State Hornet for four semesters. Additionally, this fall, Hailey was elected as the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Sacramento State. Hailey aspires to be a journalist serving the community around her.
Chris Woodard
Chris Woodard, Managing Editor
Chris Woodard joined The State Hornet in 2022 as a third-year transfer student. He previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Cosumnes River College’s publication, The Connection. He is a Sacramento native and hopes to cover arts & entertainment after graduating in the spring of 2024.
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