Epiphany Artists presents the 21st annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival which takes place June 20-22 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California. This three- day extravaganza features some of the greatest names in world and reggae music as well as an extensive children’s program, fire dancers, a daily parade, stilters, hooping and music workshops. The festival village includes two stages, a "Jamaican-style" late-night dancehall, a kids zone, drum temple, international foods and crafts court and morning movement with Solstice Yoga.
This year's lineup is now complete and single day tickets are now available as are three-day festival tickets and camping passes. Each year the lineup reads like a college course in world music and dance, and this year it is no different. The organizers have once again developed an impressive lineup of performers, many of which signify the true essence of cultural preservation, performing on stages around the globe as ambassadors for their craft.
The festivities kick off on Friday afternoon with a Native American blessing from Pomo elder Clayton Duncan. Then one of San Francisco's best DJs, Green B will help keep the sound going with her selections and collections of everything reggae with another local favorite, Irie Dole, returning as MC. The Valley Stage will be thumping all night long with music from around the world. First up will be the Salsa and Cumbia sounds of SambaDá, dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans. Next up will be the Ethio-soul sounds of Israeli born Ethiopian singer Ester Rada. She will be followed by the multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy winning sounds of Ozomatli who will be bringing their street-party consciousness to Boonville. Nigeria’s Seun Kuti will close out the Valley Stage on Friday night performing with Egypt 80 the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father, Fela Kuti.
Reggae music will be in full effect on the Village Stage on Friday night with rising star Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers kicking things off. Known as ‘the poor people’s defenda,’ Chuck Fenda will be making his first visit to Boonville. Widely regarded as one of the best DJs in Jamaica when dancehall took over the reggae scene in the early ‘80s, Josey Wales will be making his California debut at SNWMF. Known as the “backbone” of The Gladiators, Clinton Fearon will cap off the music on the Village Stage Friday night. Meanwhile, things will be jamming in the dancehall on Friday night, with Comanche High Power laying down some serious grooves for your listening pleasure. And the dancehall will be hopping until the wee hours of the morning with the founder of England’s On-U Sound record label, Adrian Sherwood that will also include an appearance by Josey Wales.
Saturday has always been roots reggae day at SNWMF, and this year will be no exception. After some morning Solstice Yoga, Jahdan Blakkamoore will get things started on the Village Stage. Performing next will be Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading world-reggae band that emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in both English and Amharic. Jamaica’s Raging Fyah is an authentic, soul-filled, roots rock reggae band with a fresh contemporary flare that will get things rolling on the Valley Stage on Saturday. West-London’s Hollie Cook will be returning to Boonville along with her brand new album “Twice.” Next up will be three artists that personify reggae’s golden era. The Tamlins, who are one of the best harmonizing trios to emerge from Jamaica, will be making their Northern California debut. They will be followed by U Roy, a founding father of DJ music. As a member of The Paragons, John Holt was a rock-steady superstar long before he embarked on a long and successful solo career.There are perhaps no two persons more responsible for reggae becoming internationally known than Sly & Robbie. Having performed together on over 200,000 recordings, the “Riddim Twins” will have Anderson Valley booming on Saturday evening. In addition to doing their own set, they will also back the legendary Bob Andy, as well as British singing sensation Bitty McLean. Sly & Robbie’s set will climax with a return performance by Mykal “Grammy” Rose. Rounding out the Valley Stage lineup on Saturday will be Shaggy, the only certified diamond-selling dancehall reggae artist.
The Village Stage will be active on Saturday afternoon with dance workshops and children’s activities before Korea’s Jambinai takes to the stage with their unique brand of music. They will be followed by the distinctive sounds of CumbiaDub courtesy of Oakland’s own Candelaria. The stage will be rocking when The B-Side Players come to lay down their own inimitable brand of Latin global funk. The dancehall will be rammed on Saturday night when Japan’s own Mighty Crown takes to the turntables. Sunday’s musical festivities will begin with some ‘vintage music’ on the Village Stage compliments of Carlton & The Shoes and Derrick Morgan. Carlton, who mentored his younger brothers Donald and Linford Manning of The Abyssinians, had a huge hit with “Love Me Forever” in 1968 before going on to be a resident musicians at Studio One. Derrick Morgan was a member of the classic first wave of Jamaican ska artists but became the unrivaled “King of Ska” by 1968, and the festival is pleased to have him returning to Anderson Valley.
Music on the Village Stage will continue Sunday evening as Australia’s very own Saritah comes to perform songs for you including selections from her new album “Dig Deep.” Saritah is one of San Francisco's favorite artists whose live show at a nightclub in the Mission District helped to raise funds for our local Homeless Prenatal Program. Examiner.com recently asked Saritah about her journey and inspirations. "The music that comes through me is positive, conscious roots music for the heart and soul. I was raised mostly on the west coast of Australia, with the Indian Ocean at my side, a constant companion. Now a lot of my life is on the road - the road being the world; wherever the music is called. Thankfully it is being called to many places! It brings such joy and fulfilment when someone shares how a certain song, album or lyric uplifted or moved them or guided them through some darkness in their life. This has been happening a lot lately and I'm so grateful! I made a decision many years ago that I would make upliftment through music my life's purpose. It feels very good to be living it, and I know this is just the beginning." Her set will take place at the Village stage in between some large acts at the Valley Stage such as Tarrus Riley and Barrington Levy. The insider tip here, is too do a little bouncing between stages so that you don't miss Saritah.
She will be followed by Carroll Thompson whose hit “Hopelessly In Love” established her as one of the UK’s finest female vocalist affectionately dubbed the "Queen of Lovers Rock." England’s renowned roots rock reggae band Black Slate helped put the British Reggae sound on the charts in the 70s and 80s. They will be closing out the music on the Village Stage on Sunday night. Jambinai utilize native Korean instruments that include a geomungo, piri, and haegeum to create a very unique sound that will get things started on the Valley Stage on Sunday. Following them will be the newly reunited “Royal Family of Reggae” Morgan Heritage. Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii's #1 female artist. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Cultura Profetica is a band that sings with the voice of the people, and transmits the heartbeat of the earth. Tarrus Riley, whose new album “Love Situation” is making big waves, will be the next artist to hit the stage. Tarrus will be backed by the Black Soil band that includes legendary saxophonist Dean Frasier. With a career that spans five decades, Barrington Levy will be returning to SNWMF to ‘nice it up’ once again. The powerful sounds of Rebelution, a group that has developed into a front-runner for grassroots, independent and tour driven music, will be bringing down the curtain on SNWMF 2014.
With 2 stages along with a "Jamaican-style" Late-Night Dancehall, SNWMF is a great way to kick off your summer. The festival is very "family-friendly" because they offer an extensive array of children's activities, including arts and crafts, dance & music workshops, a festival parade and family and alter- able camping. With its beautiful streaming colors and exotic aromas, the international festival village is an attractive marketplace of food and craft booths created by the collective efforts of artists, vendors, staff, volunteers and ticket buyers that has something to offer children of all ages.
Tickets on sale now. Advance 3 day music tickets are $170 via mail order, online and at independent ticket outlets. Limited on-site camping is $75 per car or SUV. Camping is not included in the 3-day ticket price and must be purchased separately. You must purchase your camping ticket in advance if you wish to camp on-site. 1-Day tickets: $60 for Friday, $75 for Saturday, and $65 for Sunday are available both online and at select independent ticket outlets. Send check/money order to SNWMF 2014, P.O. Box 208, Ryde, CA 95680.
For additional information, and to purchase tickets, please log onto www.snwmf.com, or call the hotline at (916) 777-5550. The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. Come celebrate.