SNWMF 2018 in Boonville, CA, June 22-24, Features World-Class Reggae & World Music Artists & More!
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Roots and Culture at SNWMF25 - Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Steel Pulse + more!
Long-heralded as the premier roots and culture festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA is a great way to kick off your summer. Epiphany Artists is proud to present the 25th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, which takes place June 22-24 at the beautiful Mendocino County Fairgrounds. This three-day music, arts and crafts, and camping festival features some of the greatest names in world and reggae music as well as an extensive children's program, fire dancers and a daily parade.
The organizers have once again developed an amazing roster of performers from around the globe including Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Tarrus Riley, Teddy Afro, Dread Mar I, Cocoa Tea, Protoje, Max Romeo, and so many more. Over 30 reggae and world music acts will perform on two stages, along with a "Jamaican-style" Late-Night Dance Hall.
Single-day tickets and three-day festival tickets are available at Eventbrite, Independent Ticket Outlets and on www.SNWMF.com. On-site Camping tickets are only available online.
THE SNWMF25 ARTISTS
Friday, June 22nd
The festivities kick off on the Valley Stage Friday evening with Ras Prof I and nyahbinghi drumming. The California debut of North London's Natty, a well-respected songwriter and festival favorite across Europe and
Japan will be next up followed by Jah9, who has risen to great heights since her appearance in the dancehall at SNWMF 2011. There is perhaps no better example of the resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica than Protoje who will be performing alongside the militant band - The Indiggnation. SNWMF 25 welcomes the return of Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser and the Blakk Soil band to close out the Valley Stage. SNWMF 2018 will also feature fire and light shows thanks to the Sacred Fire Dance Company at Midnight on Friday and Saturday nights at the Solstice Stage.
The Village stage opens with the fresh and exciting sound of Bogota,
Columbia's Sampling Dub. The insightful and politically driven
Argentinian Alika & Nueva Alianza will be followed by the infectious Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho with her blend of traditional and modern rhythms. Kingston Rudieska, a nine-piece Korean band who fuse ska, jazz, reggae, dub and nyahbinghi close the village stage on Friday.
Meanwhile, things will be thumping in the Dancehall from 8:00pm until the wee hours of the morning with Jah Warrior Shelter HiFi along with Special Guests and the return of the mighty Jah Shaka.
Saturday, June 23rd
Saturday's Village Stage opens with a positive message and refreshing approach to reggae music courtesy of Israeli-born Lior Ben-Hur. The remarkable Wayne Wade and a very special
afternoon session by Downbeat The Ruler follows. Jamaican rocksteady and ska will be delivered thanks to David Hillyard & Rocksteady 7 and Los Angeles' Viernes 13. World Music will be the predominant sound emanating from the redwoods on Saturday night thanks to a trio of bands: Qunito Sol seamlessly weaves together roots reggae with Latin riddims. Oakland-based LoCura will keep pumping out the cumbia and salsa prior to the return of La Misa Negra to wrap up the music on the Village Stage.
More musical fire will be presented in the Dancehall from 8:00 until early morning as Comanche High Power and Rorystonelove lay down some wicked tracks until 2am. Then, the dancehall shifts into silent dance mode and the party continues until 5am.
The Valley Stage has always featured roots reggae on Saturday, and this year's roster will be another blockbuster. The California debut of Spiritual, whose voice is reminiscent of Joseph Hill and Burning Spear, will transport listeners to another time. Next up will be the versatile singer, songwriter and producer Randy Valentine. The SNWMF debut of Half Pint will come on the heels of a reprise performance by Flavia Coelho. Attendees will be 'lovesick' when Romain Virgo returns to Anderson Valley with his soothing voice. Vocal trios dominated reggae music in the '70s and none have been doing it better or for longer than The Mighty Diamonds. Making his third appearance on our Valley Stage will be the smooth and cool vocals of one of Jamaica's long time superstars, Cocoa Tea. Often referred to as 'The voice of Jamaica', Beres Hammond's crooning melodies headlines Saturday's Valley Stage performances.
Sunday, June 24th
Sunday morning's musical offerings on the Village Stage include The SoulFire Project, a diverse and eclectic
Latin American musical experience. An encore performance by Natty will be up next before Alana Davis takes to the microphone. A repeat performance by David Hillyard & Rocksteady 7 will precede the return of SNWMF's friends The NoMaddz. The legendary Joseph Hill passed away several months after he and Culture performed in Boonville in 2006. But the legend will continue when Culture returns to SNWMF, accompanied by Joseph's son, Kenyatta Hill. Rising Jamaican singer Spiritual closes out the Village Stage musical offerings for 2018.
Sunday on the Valley Stage is an international affair featuring Korea's Kingston Rudieska,
Australia's Nattali Rize. Jamaica's Max Romeo, Ethiopia's super star Teddy Afro, Argentina's best-selling reggae singer, Dread Mar I and the crowd pleaser England's Steel Pulse.
More heavy bass lines will be heard in the Dancehall from 6:00 until 10:00pm as Downbeat The Ruler takes to the 1s and 2s. Then, the dancehall shifts into silent dance mode once again as the music continues until 2am.
With 2 stages, along with a "Jamaican-style" Late-Night Dance Hall, SNWMF is a great way to kick off your summer. With its beautiful streaming colors and exotic aromas, the international festival village is an attractive marketplace of food and craft booths. 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!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Advance Tickets to SNWMF25 are now available for purchase
Online, via Mail Order and at select
Independent Ticket Outlets.
Advance 3-Day Music Tickets are only $190.00 each. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a paid adult. 1-Day tickets are
$70 for Friday, $85 for Saturday and $75 for Sunday and are only available Online and at Independent Ticket Outlets.
Peace. Love. Music.
See You Soon!
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!