NEWSLETTER

ARTISTS

JIMMY CLIFF
THIEVERY CORPORATION
STEEL PULSE
LUCIANO
THIRD WORLD
MAX ROMEO
COMMON KINGS
KEN BOOTHE
YELLOWMAN
BIG YOUTH
MELBOURNE SKA
ORCHESTRA

THE VERY BEST
GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB
NATTALI RIZE + NOTIS
JESSE ROYAL
STICK FIGURE
TAJ WEEKES
SOUL SYNDICATE
BIXIGA 70
META + THE CORNERSTONES
ADMIRAL TIBET
KEITH & TEX
B.B. SEATON
NO-MADDZ
BUSTAMENTO
HIRIE
THE ITALS
THE MELODIANS
MONTY MORRIS
RAS MUHAMAD
PENTATEUCH
JOSEPH ISRAEL
LA MISA NEGRA
HEMPRESS SATIVA
TAFARI

IN THE DANCEHALL

RORYSTONELOVE
BLACK DUB

JAH WARRIOR SHELTER
MUNGO'S HI FI
COMANCHE HIGH POWER

FESTIVAL EMCEES

STEVE HEILIG
SPLIFF SKANKIN'
JUNOR FRANCIS
SWEET-T'

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FRIDAY FESTIVAL HOURS
Gates open at 5:00pm
Music from 6:00pm - Midnight
Dancehall until 2:30am

SATURDAY FESTIVAL HOURS
Gates open at 10:00am
Music from 11:00am - Midnight
Dancehall until 2:30am

SUNDAY FESTIVAL HOURS
Gates open at 10:00am
Music from 11:00am - 10:00pm

CAMPING GATE HOURS
Friday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Camping Closes Monday at Noon



CAMPING IS FOR 3-DAY TICKET HOLDERS ONLY.


 



Portions of SNWMF 2015 will be broadcast live on KZYX



SNWMF is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. We look forward to celebrating with you!



 



SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
COME CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF GATHERINGS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY

We are all very excited about the 22nd annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival taking place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California this weekend! SNWMF features 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.

SNWMF 2015 ~ RUN OF THE SHOW
The festivities kick off on Friday afternoon with a Native American blessing from Pomo elder Clayton Duncan. The Valley Stage will be thumping all night long with pop, rock and roots music. Getting things started musically will be the soulful voice of Hawaii’s own Hirie whose song “Sensi Boy” tore up the charts a few years ago. Next up will be Stick Figure, the brain-child of Massachusetts’ Scott Woodruff. The Pacific Island vibes will be in full effect when Common Kings take the stage on Friday night. Legendary Birmingham roots reggae band Steel Pulse will close out the music on the Valley Stage on Friday night.

Roots reggae music from Jamaica will be in full effect on the Village Stage on Friday night with rising star Hempress Sativa. She will be followed by the band Pentateuch who will be making their California debut at the festival. Conscious dancehall singer Admiral Tibet will also perform on the Village Stage just prior to the “King of the Dancehall” Yellowman gracing SNWMF for the first time ever. 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 Scotland’s Mungo’s Hi Fi who will be bringing Señor Wilson and Solo Banton with them. Yellowman will also be making an appearance in the dancehall on Friday night.

Saturday has always been roots reggae day at SNWMF, and this year will be no exception. The morning will get started with some Solstice Yoga after which The Itals will get the music going on the Village Stage. Performing next will be Meta & The Cornerstones, a roots reggae band whose lead singer was born and raised in Senegal.

Jesse Royal is a part Jamaica’s new talent often dubbed “Reggae Revival” artists, and he will be bringing his musical message to get things rolling on the Valley Stage on Saturday. Nattali Rize has previously performed in Boonville as the dynamic front woman for Australia’s Blue King Brown. She’s spent the past year living and recording in Jamaica and the fruits of that labor will be revealed when Nattali Rize & Notis take the stage. Taj Weekes is a musician, singer, songwriter, poet and humanitarian. He is St. Lucia's native son and we are pleased to have him returning this year. Next up will be Epiphany Artists’ recording band Soul Syndicate. Fronted by Fully Fullwood and Tony Chin, this legendary band will not only be doing their own set they will also be backing 4 additional artists including Jamaica’s consummate cultural DJ, Big Youth, along with his son, Tafari. Performing next will be the internationally recognized reggae musical titan, Ken Boothe. His more than 50 years of musical contributions recently earned him Jamaica’s Order of Distinction. Soul Syndicate’s set will reach a crescendo when they back none other than the mighty Max Romeo, whose album “War Ina Babylon” is still considered one of the best reggae albums ever recorded. Though still active in Jamaica and Europe, Max Romeo will be making his first U.S. appearance in over 25 years. Reggae Ambassadors Third World will be returning to Boonville again this year. Rounding out the Valley Stage lineup on Saturday will be Jimmy Cliff who rose to international fame by starring in and contributing songs to the movie “The Harder They Come.”

The Solstice Stage and Kids Zone will be active on Saturday afternoon with dance workshops and children’s activities before Trinidad’s Asehba takes to the Village Stage to perform for children of all ages. World music will be highlighted on that stage with Bustamento who hails from Australia. They will be followed by Oakland’s own La Misa Negra, who will be bringing their unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. The Village Stage’s festivities will close out with Bixiga 70. With their genre-spanning mix of afro-beat, Guinean malinké, Brazilian candomblé, samba and cumbia, Bixiga 70 are a welcome addition to any party. The dancehall will be rammed on Saturday night when SNWMF presents a very special Dancehall Session with Nattali Rize, Hirie, Ras Muhamad and members of No-Maddz and Pentateuch pass the microphone around backed by Jah Warrrior Shelter Hi-Fi. The dancehall will be capped of when Rory returns to SNWMF as Rorystonelove Black Dub.

Sunday’s musical festivities will begin with some uplifting conscious music courtesy of Mendocino County’s own Joseph Israel. He will be followed by what is sure to be a very entertaining set from another new band out of Jamiaca, No-Maddz. Evening time will see the return of ‘vintage music’ on the Village Stage compliments of Monty Morris and B.B. Seaton, who was a founding member of The Gaylads. The blast from the past will continue with the return of Keith & Tex who blew away those that witnessed their performance at SNWMF in 2013. The Melodians will bring down the curtain on vintage night on the Village Stage.

With the music slated for the Valley Stage on Sunday, you’ll be able to travel around the world without leaving your seat (except to dance of course). First up will be the self-proclaimed Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia, Ras Muhamad. From there, you’ll jaunt over to England with the horn-infused sounds of Gentleman’s Dub Club. And things will really be in a frenzy when another dozen horns are added as Melbourne Ska Orchestra takes to the stage. From there, the stage will return to the capitol of reggae music, Jamaica, for what is sure to be an outstanding set from “Jah Messenjah” Luciano. Malawi and London will be fused together when the award-winning group The Very Best step onto the Village Stage. Though just a duo at their core, over the years, Thievery Corporation has become known for the carnival like atmosphere of their live shows, during which they bring out a 15-member live band of musicians and vocalists. Their live performances exude a playful and intense energy that can only be fully understood in person, and the good people of Boonville will get their chance to experience just that when Thievery Corporation closes out the Valley Stage on Sunday.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES GALORE
In addition to some of the best in reggae and world music, SNWMF 2015 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, and there will be a parade around the entire fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Kathleen Taylor & 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 & Uncommon Sense brings drums and much more to share and conduct workshops designed for the kids. Africa Al will be mesmerizing the kids with some great animated story telling as well as doing his annual book giveaway. May Salem will be conducting eco-friendly arts & crafts projects throughout the weekend, and Karen Small will be holding yoga sessions especially designed for children. 

DANCE PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS
Many dance performances and workshops will be held at SNWMF's new Solstice Stage. The Duniya Drum & Dance Company will be performing in West African as well as Indian traditions, Both Holistic Hooping & West Coast Juggling will be showing off their hooping and juggling skills and holding workshops. Samba Stilt Circus' animated stilt walkers and elaborate costuming on top of the infectious rhythmic percussion create a one-of-a-kind entertainment atmosphere that is the perfect catalyst for an inclusive, joyful, body-rocking dance party! Group Khindia is a West African dance and drum performance group who will be conducting workshops and performing this weekend, and Capoeira Agua De Beber will demonstrate and teach folkloric arts from Brazil. Belly dancer Nathalie Tedrick will perform on Saturday and Sunday and the Valley Stage will feature a Primordial Spin Fire Dance Performance at midnight on Friday and Saturday.  All of these activities, along with Bounces Houses and more, makes SNWMF a great place for children of all ages!

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE OR AT INDEPENDENT TICKET OUTLETS
Click Here to purchase music tickets and camping online. Once again, SNWMF has teamed up with EventBrite for this year's online purchases, so you can now buy and print out your tickets right from your home!

Advance 3 day music tickets are $175. Limited on-site camping is $75 per car or SUV. Camping is not included in the 3-day ticket price and must be purchased separately. Advance 1-Day tickets: $60 for Friday, $75 for Saturday, and $70 for Sunday. Tickets are also available at the following Independent Ticket Outlets, and will also be sold at the gate. Camping for Busses and RV's are sold out.




Peace. Love. Music.