Rockin' Blues to Rootsy Country Ballads
Celebrating the timeless quality of Son Volt’s acclaimed 1995 “Trace” album, Jay Farrar Trio commemorates the recording’s 20th anniversary by taking fans on another sonic trip through the back roads of the Midwest.
Veteran Texas songwriter, James McMurtry, seamlessly combines rock, country, and folk, weaving social commentary into richly observant vignettes about the lives of common folks and fascinating characters.
Drawing on diverse musical influences from New Orleans second line, West Coast R&B, soul, funk Delta blues, and boogie woogie, The California Honeydrops turn crowds into a joyous, energetic congregation.
Combining elements of old-time and contemporary folk music, bluegrass, pop, and art rock into a distinctly American whole, gifted multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz has a captivating voice that makes you pay attention.
Guitar Masters from Guinea, Ghana & Madagascar. A joyful pan-African blend of rhythms and melodies. This star-studded collective unites some of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most accomplished musicians, each one a highly acclaimed expert in his own country’s style.
Voted L.A. Weekly’s Best Live Band, the Dustbowl Revival brews up a spicy American sound influenced by Dixieland jazz, Delta blues, New Orleans swing, East Coast bluegrass, and various points in between.
Described as a one-man folk funk band, Sean Rowe is in the top tier of singer-songwriters. With a distinctive, uncommonly deep baritone and a point of view to match, he's been compared to Van Morrison and Johnny Cash.
With inventive songwriting and soaring voices that interweave into an impeccable vocal blend, Oakland-based sisters Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen have created a melodic 21st-century family folk band.
Setting the indie folk scene ablaze, the Mike and Ruthy Band pays tribute to their folk mentors while forging a high-octane musical path that’s youthful, electrified, and modern.
Exploding with contagious dance grooves, award-winning Oakland-based band Candelaria has developed their own high-energy sound, uniting two distinctly Caribbean rhythms. Their music combines infectious soulful Colombian cumbia rhythms with vibrant horns, incendiary country guitar, and powerful female-fronted vocals, plus Jamaican dub reggae.
Known as a high-energy horn dance band, this incendiary Oakland-based ensemble delivers a unique contemporary sound with full horn textures and layered rhythms.
With a talent for conveying an emotional intensity well beyond her years, Santa Margarita-based, Alt Country singer-songwriter Jade Jackson has shared the stage with Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam.
Kickstarting the festival with rockin’ rhythm and blues, Santa Maria-based Drive-In Romeos has an old-school sound influenced by ’50s rock’n’roll and early R&B.
Power Folk Duo
Texas Soul from the Central Coast
Klezmer, Gypsy Swing and European Folk Music.
Teen singer and multi-instrumentalist who grew up at Live Oak.
California reggae infused with hip hop, funk and blues.
Throwback Country with a modern twist.
Soulful blend of roots reggae, jazz and ska.
Acoustic Pop Rock.
The Bucket Busters from Music Motive are a unique percussion group, ages 10-17, who play entirely on buckets, trash cans, and water bottles.
Sharing and swapping a slew of instruments, the versatile Rainbow Girls play funky, bluesy, soulful psychedelic pop with roots in folk and rock ’n’ roll.