We are all very excited about the 21st annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
taking place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California this
3 Days of the Very Best Roots Reggae and World Music. With 2 stages, along with a "Jamaican-style" Late-Night Dancehall, SNWMF is a great way to kick off your summer. Our festival is very "family-friendly" with an extensive array of children's activities, including arts and crafts, bounce houses, 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.
The festivities for our 21st
annual Summer Solstice & World Peace Celebration start off on Friday afternoon with a Native American blessing from Pomo elder
Clayton Duncan. 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.” 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
Children's Activites Galore - In addition to some of the best in reggae
and world music, SNWMF 2014 will also feature a slew of children’s activities:
Asheba returns with his bag of musical goodies he has been sharing with
kids at SNWMF since 2008. Saturday and Sunday includes a parade led by Loco
Bloco, a group that brings the festive art of the Carnival to kids as a tool
for empowerment. Land of Merriment creates the opportunity for children
to dress up in costumes. Kathleen & her daughter will be doing face and
body painting throughout the weekend, while Pam Ray will be making fun
shapes out of balloons in the Kids Zone. Hanif brings drums and much more
to share and conduct workshops designed for the kids. Toni Mikulka will
bring her handmade giant puppets and will also lead Adventure Hand Puppet
Storytelling with the kids as well as craft workshops. Joti Singh and the
Duniya Drum & Dance Company will be performing in both the West African and
Indian traditions, There will be Holistic Hooping and Sageman’s Drum
Tent will host a drum circle, dance performances and classes. Samba
Stilts returns to Boonville along with Bounces Houses and more which
makes SNWMF a great place for children of all ages! a very limited number of onsite
car/SUV tickets remain for SNWMF 2014. Bus and RV camping is already sold
out, and car camping will sell out before the festival begins. You must
purchase your vehicle camping ticket in advance if you wish to camp on-site. A
limited number of walk-in camping tickets will be sold at the gate on a first
come, first served basis.
In addition to 3 days of the best in reggae and world music, SNWMF 2014 will also feature a slew of children’s activities:
Asheba returns to perform on Saturday with his bag of musical goodies he has been sharing with kids at SNWMF since 2008. Saturday and Sunday includes a parade led by
Loco Bloco, a group that brings the festive art of the Carnival to kids as a tool for empowerment.
Land of Merriment creates the opportunity for children to dress up in costumes.
Kathleen & her daughter will be doing face and body painting throughout the weekend, while
Pam Ray will be making fun shapes out of balloons in the Kids Zone.
Hanif brings drums and much more to share and conduct workshops designed for the kids.
Toni Mikulka will bring her handmade giant puppets and will also lead Adventure Hand Puppet Storytelling with the kids as well as craft workshops.
Joti Singh and the Duniya Drum & Dance Company will be performing in both the West African and Indian traditions, There will be
Holistic Hooping and Sageman’s Drum Tent will host a drum circle, dance performances and classes.
Natalie will host a belly dancing workshop, Africa Al will be
giving away children's books and there will be a Capoeira demonstration.
Samba Stilts returns to Boonville along with Bounces Houses and more which makes SNWMF a great place for children of all ages!
SNWMF On-Site Vehicle Camping is Sold Out. Other alternatives are (1) Walk-In On-Site Camping (2) Nearby Camping and (3) Hotels/Motels in Ukiah, Cloverdale or Mendocino.
WALK-IN ON-SITE CAMPING
A very limited number of "walk-in" camping will be sold on site, on a first-come first-served basis. Walk-in Camping is for 3-day music ticket holders only. Walk-In Camping is sold by the space only. Spaces are $50 for a 10' x 10' area, with a maximum of 3 occupants per space. Only one space sold per person/group. Tickets may be purchased beginning on Friday @ 9am - 8pm, or until full, and if still available, Saturday 9am - 5pm, or until full.
Walk-In Campers should pull into the "drop zone" across from the Veteran's Hall, located at: 14470 Highway 128. Once gear and, if applicable, occupants, are dropped, driver must park the vehicle at the High School (follow signs). A High School parking voucher must be collected by the driver once the vehicle is parked. The driver should return to the Veteran's Hall, join his/her group, and then submit the voucher in order to purchase Walk-In Camping. The group camping together must arrive and purchase tickets together as a group. No overnight vehicle parking in town, or on the highway, is permitted during the event.
While not affiliated with SNWMF in any way, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company is offering alternative camping this year. They are located within walking distance of the fairgrounds and are offering weekend camping for both cars and RVs. Additional information is available on the
Anderson Valley Brewing Company web site or by calling (707) 895-2337 x23.
Please check our website for listings of hotels/motels in Ukiah and Cloverdale. There are also many hotels/motels available on the Mendocino Coast.
Tickets On Sale Now! Advance 3 day music tickets are $170 and are
available online and at independent ticket outlets. Limited on-site camping is
$75 per car or SUV. On-Site Vehicle Camping is sold out but a limited number of
Walk-In Camping will be available at the gate on a first come, first served
basis. Camping is not included in the 3-day ticket price and must
be purchased separately. 1-Day tickets: $60 for Friday, $75 for Saturday, and $65
for Sunday are available both online and at select independent ticket outlets.
order tickets online...
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 with us.