THE VERY BEST
GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB
NATTALI RIZE + NOTIS
META + THE CORNERSTONES
KEITH & TEX
LA MISA NEGRA
IN THE DANCEHALL
JAH WARRIOR SHELTER
MUNGO'S HI FI
COMANCHE HIGH POWER
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
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
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.
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
Small will be holding yoga sessions especially designed for children.
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
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.