A guide to Nor Cal’s 2010 spring and summer music festivals
starting Memorial Day weekend … right? Let’s hope so, because from Yosemite to San Francisco, there are a lot of promoters crossing their fingers for sunny weekends.
It is festival season. And if you’ve ever wanted to hit more than one fest during a summer, this year there are three taking place in June that are almost in our own backyard. In addition to Bobolink again happening up in Belden (59 miles northeast of here), there are two more fests calling that tiny town (population 25) home during June. Two weeks after Bobolink is the extended DJ dance party The Big Bounce, and one week after that is the debut of the Sustenance World Music Fest, a music/art/craft collaboration raising money to benefit the Africana Village of Peace Project.
Strawberry Music Festival
May 27-31, Camp Mather, Groveland (at Yosemite National Park)
Featuring: Lyle Lovett, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson, Patty Loveless, March Fourth Marching Band, Marley’s Ghost and more. Tickets $180-$200 for three- to four-day passes (includes camping), $65 for single day (no camping). Info: www.strawberrymusic.com, (209) 984-8630.
Bobolink Music Festival
June 4-6, Belden (Highway 70, between Chico and Quincy)
Featuring: The Mother Hips, Izabella, Orgone, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, VibeSquaD, Perpetual Drifters and more. Tickets $150 (includes camping), plus $25 parking. Info: www.bobolinkmusicfestival.com.
Harmony Music Festival
June 11-13, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
Featuring: Lauryn Hill, Galactic, 7 Brothers, Fishbone, Steel Pulse, The Expendables, Dweezil Zappa plays Zappa and more. Tickets $139 for three-day pass ($169 with camping), children $30. Day passes: $30-$55. Info: www.harmonyfestival.com.
The Big Bounce at Belden
June 18-20, Belden
Featuring: Dubtribe Soundsystem, Beats Antique, DJ Vadim, Sub Swara, an-ten-nae, Black Rock City All-Stars and many more. Tickets $100-$150, plus $50 parking. Info: www.bigbounceatbelden.com.
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 18-20, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville
Featuring: Baaba Maal, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Max Romeo, Queen Omega and more. Tickets $145 for three-day pass, $55-$65 for single days. Camping is available (extra fees apply). Info: www.snwmf.com.
Wild Mountain Faire
June 25-27, Lake Concow Campground, Concow
Featuring: Don Carlos, Spark ’n’ Cinder, Mystic Roots Band, Dylan’s Dharma, The Resonators, Jeff Pershing Band, Double Zero Band and more. Tickets $50 for three-day pass (includes camping), $20 single-day, children 10-younger free. Info: www.wildmountainfaire.com
Kate Wolf Memorial Festival
June 25-27, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville
Featuring: Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Little Feat, Greg Brown, David Grisman Bluegrass, The Waifs, Charlie Musselwhite and more. Tickets for children and adults range from $25-$160 for many choices of single- or multiday passes. Camping is available (extra fees may apply). Children 6-younger are free. Info: www.katewolf.com/festival.
Sustenance World Music Festival
June 25-27, Belden
Featuring: Norma Fraser, Zion Zero, Army, Jah Star, Lansana Kouyate, MANIC ONE, Vritri, Soul Union, Mike Z and more. Tickets $99 for three-day pass. Shuttle-in camping is free, car camping is $35. Info: www.sustenancefestival.com.
Vans Warped Tour
June 26, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Featuring: Andrew W.K., Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Motion City Soundtrack, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish and tons more. Tickets $33 (general admission). Info: www.warpedtour.com.
High Sierra Music Festival
July 1-July 4, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy
Featuring: Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers, Ozomatli, Femi Kuti and Positive Force, The Black Crowes, Dr. Dog, Blitzen Trapper, The Mother Hips, Railroad Earth, March Fourth Marching Band, The Radiators and more. Tickets $195 four-day pass (includes camping), $50 for kids 5-12. Info: (510) 547-1992, www.highsierramusic.com.
California World Fest
July 15-18, Grass Valley Fairgrounds, Grass Valley
Featuring: Ziggy Marley, Keb’ Mo’, Dobet Gnahoré, Juan de Marcos & Afro-Cuban All Stars, Mia Dyson, MaMuse, That 1 Guy, plus kids’ games and programs and many more performers. Tickets for children and adults range from $35-$140 for single- or multiday passes with camping, and from $15-$120 without camping. Info: (530) 891-4098, http://worldfest.net.
Momboosa Music Festival
July 17, Lakeside Almanor, Chester
Featuring: Chuck Wicks, Chris Garner Band, Alex Woodard, Whitney Myer Band and more. Tickets $20-$25, children 5-12 $5-$10. Info: www.momboosamusic.com.
Reggae on the River
July 17-18, Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Garberville
Featuring: Sly & Robbie, Don Carlos, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Dezarie, Rootz Underground and more. Tickets: $85 for two-day pass. Info: www.reggaeontheriver.com.
Wanderlust Festival (music and yoga)
July 29-August 1, Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe
Featuring: Music by Moby, Brazilian Girls, Yard Dogs Road Show, Bassnectar, Beats Antique and more. Plus, classes with renowned yogis from around the world. Tickets are $69.50 per day for just music and $375 and $450 for three- and four-day yoga + music passes, and $90-$140 for one-day yoga + music passes. Info: www.wanderlustfestival.com.
August 14-15, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Lineup to be announced June 1. Check www.sfoutsidelands.com for updates.