Summer stomp

A clip-out guide to the summer’s music festivals

The summer music festival season is upon us, and if you haven’t investigated your options, not to worry. The CN&R has tracked down the NorCal gatherings from now till August and lined them up in a handy little cut-out guide.

While the list is populated mostly with world-music oriented fests, there is some variety out there. Of course, the punk-rock/hip-hop/emo Vans Warped Tour is back at Sleeptrain again, and this year’s Ozzfest will feature a twin bill of legends, as headliners Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden stomp out the oldies. The Father’s Day Weekend Bluegrass Fest in Grass Valley is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and up at the Kate Wolf Memorial Fest in Laytonville, ‘60s icon Donovan brings the “Mellow Yellow” to the party.

Music That Matters Festival
June 3-5, Feather River Pavilion, Marysville

Featuring: Jerry Garcia Band (w/Melvin Seals), Mystafya, Marshall Tucker Band, The Deadbeats, Clan Dyken and more. Tickets: $25-$60 for single- through three-day passes. Info & tickets: Sound Attitude in Oroville (534-8558);;

Father’s Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival
June 16-19, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Featuring: Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Del McCoury Band, Country Current, Lost Highway and more. There are many options for tickets (individual-day/multiple-days, teen/adult, member/non-member), and the range is $13/single day to $95/four-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. Camping is available. For more info on tickets and to get directions:;; (209) 473-1616.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 17-19, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp

Reggae-fest featuring Toots & the Maytals, Shaggy, Steel Pulse, Albino, Pressure and many more. Tickets run from $45-$50 per single day to $100 for a three-day pass (available through Ticketmaster outlets:; (916) 649-TIXS). Kids 12 and under are free. Camping is available. For details and directions, go to

Kate Wolf Memorial Festival
June 24-26, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville

Featuring: Donovan, Greg Brown, Richard Thompson, Robert Earl Keen, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Karla Bonoff, Rosalie Sorrels and more. Many ticket options available: daily (from $33), weekend (from $115) and three-day (from $125). Children 6 and under are free. Info: (707) 823-1511;; Tickets: (707) 829-7067.

High Sierra Music Festival
June 30-July 3, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy

Featuring: The Waifs, Les Claypool, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Chuck Prophet, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Papa Mali and many more. Tickets (includes camping and off-site parking): range from $121-$151 for two-, three- and four-day passes. Individual late-night show tix available too. For tix and more info: (510)-420-1529;

Vans Warped Tour
July 7, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Marysville

Featuring: Transplants, MXPX, Billy Idol, Dropkick Murphys, My Chemical Romance, The Starting Line, Chicharonez, The Unseen and dozens more. Tickets: $29.50/general admission. (530) 528-TIXS.;;

California World Fest
July 14-17, Grass Valley Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Featuring: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mariachi Los Camperos, The Waifs, Jackie Green, Joe Craven, John Jorgenson Quintet and more. Tickets: Range from $15-$125 (camping available). For info & tickets: (530) 891-4098;,

Reggae on the River
August 5-7, French’s Camp, Piercy

Featuring: Ozomatli, Lyrics Born, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Junior Ried and tons more. Tickets (camping not included—check with organizers for more info): $150/three days. For more info and to purchase tix: (707) 923-4583;

August 14, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Marysville

Featuring: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Rob Zombie, Velvet Revolver and more. Ticket info:; Band info: