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EndFest 2001 - Welcome to Raley Field!

2001 was the first year EndFest happened at Raley Field, a venue we would come back to many many times over the years.  Funny to think back, but Raley Field didn't even exist yet in 1999 when we held our first show.  June 20th was another very hot day, and it was another big lineup, with 9 artists on the bill.  Smash Mouth was the headliner, with Dream, Vertical Horizon, Uncle Kracker, LFO, BBmak, 3LW and a couple others on the bill.  I remember that 3LW and Dream had dressing rooms right next to each other backstage, and they weren't getting along! haha  C'mon ladies!  For lots of photos from EndFest 2001, click over to my facebook page!
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EndFest 2000 - the wet one!

The second EndFest happened at Cal Expo on May 14, 2000 on a Mother's Day Sunday afternoon.  It was our biggest concert ever as far as number of artists in the lineup, 13 altogether!  The headliner that day is someone who's made a return to the music scene in a big way again lately, Enrique Iglesias.  Also on the bill was Jessica Simpson, Hanson, Mandy Moore, Blaque and many others.  Who could forget Hoku?! She was related to Don Ho if I remember correctly, and had her one and only hit that year "Another Dumb Blonde." Vitamin C's massive "Graduation" song was popular right at the time of EndFest that year as the class of 2000 was getting ready to graduate, so that song obviously went over very well when she performed it. I remember I brought along some temporary hair dye, and colored my hair orange that day like Vitamin C did, and then blue later in the night in honor of Eiffel 65! I had pink dye too, but unfortunately P!nk had to back out of the show at the last minute (I don't remember why). No worries though, she came back and did a Jingle Ball for us later. I'm bummed though, somehow I don't have any pictures of me from that day! Oh well. The only damper that day was the weather.  It was wet!  It started raining about an hour into the show from what I remember and was a pretty constant drizzle the rest of the way.  To me, it just added a sense of coziness to the affair, although that's easy for me to say since I was backstage and fairly dry most of the day! The rain couldn't quiet the girls who were screaming for the Hanson boys, who had just put out their second CD that year. Enrique was great, ending his set with a huge confetti explosion, and then Eiffel 65 closed out the night doing their hit "Blue" among a few other tracks.  Click on the pic of my backstage pass to see the entire lineup from the show.  For many more pictures from EndFest 2000, click over to my facebook page
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EndFest 1999 memories!

The End will be announcing EndFest 2011 on March 28th, so to get us ready for that day, I'm going to relive a different EndFest each day on my blog leading up to the 28th. Today I start the countdown at the very beginning...
June 10, 1999 was the day 107-9 The End changed summers in Sacramento forever.  The End had been on the air for less than a year when we started the tradition of throwing the biggest summertime party every year.  The temperatures were in the upper 90s that Thursday afternoon in June as over 20,000 concertgoers packed into Hornet Stadium at Sac State to see the very first EndFest.  1999 was a great year for pop music, and many of the artists responsible for that music were on our stage that day.  Many genres were represented like boy and girl bands (98 Degrees and B*Witched), party groups (Vengaboys), former New Kids (Jordan Knight and Joey McIntyre), bands (Blessid Union Of Souls), and rappers (Tone Loc and Shaggy).  The sun was shining brightly when the show began at 5:00, but a little sweat wasn't going to spoil the fun of the concertgoers basking in the sounds of their favorite songs, although I'm sure there were many sighs of relief when the sun finally sank behind the Sac State bleachers.  When 98 Degrees wrapped up the show five hours after it began, we were all exhausted, but could probably all agree that this day would stick in our memories for a long, long time. Here we are, now almost 12 years later, and I still talk to listeners quite often that bring up the first EndFest, and how much fun they had at the show.  I'd love to hear some of your memories in the comment section below if you were there.  Here are some of mine...  First of all, I was a little nervous getting on stage in front of all of you!  That was the first time I'd ever been in front of so many all at once.  But there was so much energy and excitement coming from the crowd, that I quickly got over my nerves and had a blast being on stage in between the acts.  I had to do a bit of ad libbing, though, when Tone Loc inexplicably had to be dragged off stage right in the middle of Funky Cold Medina.  Heat exhaustion?  Too many drugs?  We never really knew, other than the fact that the music was still playing and there was no artist on stage!  So Billy Duran (who was The End's first afternoon guy, I was doing nights at that point) and I jumped on stage and finished off the song, along with some help from the crowd.  In case you were worried, Loc was evidently recovered quickly, because only half an hour later, I noticed him outside of his trailer/dressing room hitting on some of the ladies who were backstage!   Attaboy.  Another cool moment for me was a surprise.  Jordan Knight pulled my boss and I onstage during his set to present us each with gold records to commemorate his single "Give It To Me" going gold (I'm the Music Director here at The End, and we were one of the first stations in the country to play his song back then). To enjoy LOTS more pictures from this amazing day, click over to my facebook.  And don't forget to check back Wednesday for some EndFest 2000 memories!  In the meantime, leave some of your memories in the comments :)
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