Festival season

A guide to Nor Cal’s 2011 spring and summer music festivals

The scene at High Sierra.

The scene at High Sierra.

Photo By jeff spanier

Lean times mean a slimmed-down festival season this year. A couple of the new kids are already gone (Sustenance World Music Fest in Belden, and Momboosa in Chester), and the local fave Bobolink Fest (also in Belden) is taking the year off. While the music/yoga Wanderlust Fest is expanding all over the country, the Squaw Valley production has cut back on the number of musical acts.

The favorites remain, though, and the season is still filled with plenty of reasons to get out of town and enjoy a marathon of music.

Strawberry Music Festival

May 26-30, Camp Mather, Groveland (near Yosemite National Park)

Featuring: Sam Bush Band, David Lindley, Court Yard Hounds, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, March Fourth Marching Band and more. Tickets $170-$200 for three- to four-day passes (includes camping), $65 for single day (no camping). Info: www.strawberrymusic.com, (209) 984-8630.

Harmony Music Festival

June 10-12, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa

Featuring: Flaming Lips, Primus, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Railroad Earth, Quixotic, SOJA and more. Tickets $120-$180 for three-day pass ($160-$210 with camping). Day or night shows only: $45. Kids $15 single day; $60 all days w/camping (6-younger free). Info: www.harmonyfestival.com, <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,105,110,102,111,49,48,64,104,97,114,109,111,110,121,102,101,115,116,105,118,97,108,46,99,111,109,34,62,105,110,102,111,49,48,64,104,97,114,109,111,110,121,102,101,115,116,105,118,97,108,46,99,111,109,60,47,97,62)) } </script>.

Father’s Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival

June 16-19, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Featuring: Travelin’ McCourys, Gibson Brothers, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Freighthoppers, plus jamming, workshops, children’s programs and many more performers. Tickets range from $15-$130 for many choices of single- or multiday passes. Children 15 and younger are free with adult. Camping is available—extra charges may apply. Info: www.fathersdayfestival.com.

The Bounce Festival

June 17-20, Belden

Electronic music festival featuring: Tipper Sound Experience, Emancipator, lowRIDERz, Justin Martin, Black Rock City Allstars and many more. Tickets $141-$175, plus $100 parking (carpooling encouraged). Info: www.thebouncefestival.com.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

June 17-19, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville

Featuring: Ozomatli, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, Rebelution, New Kingston and more. Tickets $150 for three-day pass, $60-$70 for single days. Camping is available (extra fees apply). Info: (916) 777-5550; www.snwmf.com.

Wild Mountain Faire

June 24-26, Concow Campground, Concow

Featuring: Prezident Brown, Dehli 2 Dublin, Spark ’n’ Cinder, Swamp Zen, Alli Battaglia & The Musical Brewing Co., Soul Union, Twisted Strategies and more. Tickets $50 for three-day pass (includes camping), $20 single-day, children 10-younger free. Info: <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,119,105,108,100,109,111,117,110,116,97,105,110,102,97,105,114,101,64,121,109,97,105,108,46,99,111,109,34,62,119,105,108,100,109,111,117,110,116,97,105,110,102,97,105,114,101,64,121,109,97,105,108,46,99,111,109,60,47,97,62)) } </script>, www.wildmountainfaire.com.

Kate Wolf Memorial Festival

June 24-26, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville

Featuring: Los Lobos, Bruce Cockburn, Taj Mahal, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mavis Staples, The Wailin’ Jennys, MaMuse, Hot Buttered Rum and more. Tickets for children and adults range from $25-$170 for many choices of single- or multiday passes (some with camping, some without). Children 6-younger are free. Info: www.katewolf.com/festival.

High Sierra Music Festival

June 30-July 3, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy

Featuring: Gillian Welch, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Ween, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dr. Dog, MaMuse and more. Tickets $115-$205 for two-, three-, or four-day passes (includes camping), $30-$99 for several options of teen (13-16) and kid (5-12) passes (4-younger, free). Info: (510) 547-1992, www.highsierramusic.com.

California World Fest

July 14-17, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Featuring: India.Arie & Idan Raichel, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Nanci Griffith, Plena Libre, The Greencards, The Railflowers, plus kids’ games and programs and many more performers. Tickets for children and adults range from $35-$140 for single- or multi-day passes with camping, and from $15-$120 without camping (children 5-younger, free). Info: (530) 891-4098, <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,105,110,102,111,64,119,111,114,108,100,102,101,115,116,46,110,101,116,34,62,105,110,102,111,64,119,111,114,108,100,102,101,115,116,46,110,101,116,60,47,97,62)) } </script>, http://worldfest.net.

Reggae on the River

July 16-17, Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Benbow

Featuring: Ky-Mani Marley & Gramps Morgan, Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Rootz Underground, Mystic Roots and more. Tickets: $95 for two-day pass. Info: www.reggaeontheriver.com.

Wanderlust Festival

July 28-31, Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe

Featuring: Music by Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Wailers, Girl Talk, Jai Uttal and more. Plus, classes with renowned yogis from around the world. Tickets are $24.50-$34.50 per day for just music, and $99.50-$450 for single-, three- or four-day yoga + music passes. Info: www.squaw.wanderlustfestival.com.

Outside Lands

August 12-14, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Arcade Fire, Phish, The Shins, Muse, MGMT, Erykah Badu, John Fogerty, Toro y Moi, Lyrics Born, Big Audio Dynamite, Old 97’s and many more, plus food, wine and art. Tickets $199.50 for three-day pass. Info: www.sfoutsidelands.com.