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2017 Stage Schedule


THURSDAY – 2-for-1 for Nevada County Residents

5:00 Native Welcome
5:55 Martha Redbone Roots Project
6:45 Federspiel
7:50 DahkaBrahka
8:45 Peter Yarrow
2-for-1 for Nevada County Residents!


5:30 Alash
6:30 Leyla McCalla
7:20 La Misa Negra
8:25 Supaman
9:20 Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
11:00 Late Night AfterParty


5:30 Los Hermanos Arango
6:30 Fémina
7:20 Tommy Emmanual
8:25 Magic Giant
9:20 Nattali Rize
11:00 Late Night AfterParty


5:00 Betsayda Machado
6:00 Earth Gaurdians
6:50 ETANA
7:55 Mariachi Flor de Toloache
8:50 Michael Franti & Spearhead

Watch here for the complete lineup, schedules & workshops.

Lineup and Schedule are subject to change.

Calle Placer

Calle Placer


Calle Placer is a multidimensional phenomenon of Latin fusion founded in East L.A. playing  jazz, salsa, funk, reggae and rock.  Their neighborhood of Pleasant Ave. offered them the freedom to jam anytime, day or night.

Vocalist Melody Betancort says, “One day it might be salsa, one day it might be funk, another day might be reggae or jazz.   We fuse musical styles and experiences to create a pleasant sound, a pleasant feeling, a pleasant time.  Wherever we go we carry that essence of Pleasant Ave with us – listening to the mariachis rehearse during the day as the birds sing along with them.  It’s a street where we can rehearse and the neighbors are pleasant because its known that musicians live here.”

Drums: Miquiztli
Bass: Rafi Pena
Acoustic/Electric Guitar: Johnny Garcia
Piano: Jason Stringer
Congas, Lead: Backup Vocals: Armando Gonzalez
Timbales: Eddie Covarrubias
Lead Vocals: Melody Betancourt

Keith Secola

Keith Secola

Native American


“…blues, rock, swing, folk, country, pop, Latin and Native influences into a politically charged tapestry leavened with Secola’s sly wit.” – Native Peoples Magazine

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

NDN Kars (Indian cars), his most popular song is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.

Born in 1957 in Cook, Minnesota, Secola is affiliated with the Anishinabe tribe. He graduated from Mesabi Community College with a degree in Public Service in 1979, and completed a BA in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota in 1982. He is married and has two children.

Secola is an accomplished artist, garnering awards and accolades as a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a composer and a producer. He is highly skilled with the guitar, flute, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and piano, and has played in venues from the halls of the Chicago Urban Indian Centre, to the walls of the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He has also performed at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002, and toured Europe several times. Among his numerous appearances he has graced the stages of the Rockslide Festival in Denmark, the Grand Opening Gala of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, The Kennedy Center and the SXSW in Austin, TX, and is a staple at the Grassroots Festival in Upstate New York, North Carolina and Florida.

A seven-time Native American Music Award winner, Secola has earned NAMMYs not only for his music, but also his abilities as a producer, to include The Best Linguistic Recording for producing Anishinabemoin (2007). A well respected musician, he has worked with music legends such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Secola has also teamed with academics like author Dr. Tom Venum of the Smithsonian Folklife Institute, collaborating on the CD, American Warriors: Songs for Indian Veterans, and with elders such as Karen Drift, a speaker of Anishenabemoin.



Enjoy Kawowii vibes – we are experimental bass! We represent the fruits of Nevada City, with exotic tropical flavors and party favors for your pleasure. Our bass is deep and our highs are sweet. Electricity flows through our beats make you want to move your feets.



BUSkers at WorldFest

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers. – Wikipedia


Richard Vagner is an 18 year old violinist intertwining Classical & Modern music using live looping on a 5-string Electric/ Acoustic instrument. He has been playing the violin since he was 7 years old, and was born and raised in Los Angeles where he began his roots. On his journey he played for a variety of different bands, playing almost every instrument imaginable. He toured the west coast several times, played with various popular artists, and released a song in solidarity with Standing Rock. The song titled “Stand” features many well known artists including Nahko from Nahko & Medicine For The People, 4biddenknowledge, & Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians. As of 2017 he is working on his debut album and co producing Xiuhtezcatl’s album titled “Break Free.”


Dakota Crider started playing guitar when he was 11 years old. A few years later he began writing his own material and had so much fun he simply couldn’t stop creating even if he wanted to. Homegrown from the mountains of Nevada City/Grass Valley California he wandered around learning how to love and laugh as a teenager, making many friends young and old along the way. Inspired by 1960’s psychedelia, the wholesome, heartfelt sounds of folk music and the actualization of higher consciousness he seeks to spread wisdom, peace, and love in every note to all who listen to his music.


Juliet Gobert (pron. go-bear) is a singer/songwriter of Back Porch Americana and has performed at some of California’s premiere music festivals and venues: World Fest, Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, American River Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Kentucky Mine Music festival, Keystone Palo Alto, Grass Valley Center for the Arts, the historic Nevada Theater, the Auburn Event Center, State Theater Auburn as well as the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering , Heber City Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and the Davis Music Festival.

Juliet performs her original songs in a duo with veteran harmonica player Homer Wills (The Mavericks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt).

Juliet also tours as lead vocalist and guitarist in “The Heifer Belles”, performing her original songs along with Kim Rogers on pedal steel and Karel Hendee on bass. The Belles have played World Fest, Elko Cowboy and Poetry Gathering , Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Festival, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Davis Music Festival as well as opening for Rita Hosking, the Alvin Brothers and Laurie Lewis.


Mike Seeba began studying Classical Indian music in 2001, at the age of 28 under the venerated maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. After years of study in the states, in 2006 he devoted the next two years of life to India, in an attempt to understand the culture from which this fascinating music arose. Lost in a whirlwind of folk and popular music, he temporarily set aside his classical training as he was absorbed and in love with India. It was an experience that profoundly changed him.

Since his return to the states, Seeba has been honing and perfecting his blend of musical inspirations, providing an often inaccessible glimpse of ancient songs within the context of modern sensibility. He can be found collaborating with a variety of musicians, styles and venues along the West Coast.


Steeped in the tradition of music from the hills, the Ruckrich Family Band plays bluegrass as well as original music. It’s hard to believe Django is only 12 years old when you hear his skillful, on-the-fly leads on three instruments – guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He also adds spot-on harmony singing and an occasional vocal lead. 8-year-old Jasmine sings with such power and keeps right in step on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. Dad,Phil, writes music, sometimes co-writing with Django, sings, and plays rhythm guitar. Mom, Brenda backs them up on keyboard and banjo. This family band has played weddings, local festivals, restaurants, opened up for Nanda, and been featured many times on our local radio station KVMR as well as in our local newspaper the Union. The fun this family is having playing music together is infectious.


Featuring Michael DiMartino, Kit Bailey, and special guest Manus of Spearhead
WorldBeat Percussion Ensemble is a collection of two to five musicians. They play traditional rhythms from Brazil, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East These are all performed on various ethnic instruments including djembe, congas, dumbeque, marimba, flutes, talking drum, balaphone, and didjereedoo. Many of the songs also include vocals, and performances can include dancers and a multimedia presentation.


Composer John Miner may be best known for his rock opera Heavens Cafe, which was staged at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas 1996, the Charleston Performing Arts Center in 1997, and later at Insurgo Theater in Los Angeles in 2004. Miner formed the progressive rock group Art Rock Circus to perform the music with a live band on stage alongside the singers and actors. Investor Mike Lewis was instrumental in financing and staging Heavens Cafe. The Tributary Music Label released a live CD of Heavens Cafe to the progressive rock community in 2000.

Musically, Miner is known for his use of several alternate guitar tunings, and this is evident in nearly all his compositions. The use of a double necked guitar has enabled the performer to switch from one tuning to another within the same song in a live situation.

His use of odd time signatures is apparent in the majority of his work as a composer, particularly in Heavens Cafe, in which the majority of the album features unorthodox metering. Other distinct characteristics of the composer include the absence of repeating choruses. Drum and bass parts are usually hinting toward melody, rather than standard rock fare. As a producer, Miner’s analog recording techniques have been the discussion of much debate in the modern digital world.


Robert Heirendt is a composer, singer/songwriter, and music therapist. He plays the mbira dzavadzimu, a type of kalimba instrument from Zimbabwe. He has studied traditional Zimbabwean trance music for over a decade. Robert released his first solo album Soft Sea Creatures in 2014 and currently plays in the adventurous improvisational ensemble Tumble.

For this performance at California WorldFest, Robert, along with a few of his musical friends, will be playing traditional Zimbabwean mbira music. In Zimbabwe, an mbira piece is made up of a repetitive musical phrase which includes multiple intertwined melodies with syncopated and complex rhythms. When two mbiras are played together, the resultant interlocking parts combine to create a polyrhythmic stew whose whole is way greater than the sum of it’s parts!


Angelika originally from Germany resides in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Grass Valley California. She composes and records her music at her off the grid home and performs internationally and locally at conferences, seminars, weddings, celebrations, retreats.

Her spiritual search became more urgent and focused through the sudden loss of her beloved partner, witnessing his plane crash in Alaska. In her search Angelika came across the spiritual teachings of the East and was introduced to meditation and sacred chanting at a Yoga retreat at the Ananda Community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There Angelika connected to and started to receive/compose the songs of her own heart and spirit in different languages.

One day, sitting in a flower garden in deep prayer, searching for her unique purpose and direction she asked spirit with the greatest intensity what to do with her life, when a strong, cosmic voice answered: “Healing through music”. No further explanation was offered, so Angelika studied music for the next 2 years. It was fulfilling and enriching to further develop her passion and talent for music, songwriting, arranging and recording. Angelika encourages everyone to keep fanning the sparks of their dreams no matter what the odds, or how much time it takes to realize them and to ask the universe for help, expecting an answer!

Angelika considers it her good Fortune/Karma to have the opportunity to study with some of the great Masters and Saints of our time, Mata Amritanandamayi, Shree Maa, Mother Mira, Amma Karunamayi, Sri Bhagavan/Amma and other beautiful teachers, who have been instrumental in her spiritual growth as well as learning sacred mantras and songs in Sanskrit. Swami Satyananda Saraswati patiently taught her some of the pronunciation and meanings of the ancient songs and scriptures of India and Shree Maa presented her own tamboura as a gift for the journey, which is needless to say Angelika’s favorite instrument. Her spiritual path is one of devotion and acceptance of all religions. In her music she expresses this universal and eclectic quality. All paths lead to the one whole and complete source and ultimate union and ever expanding consciousness.



Priscilla Momah is a soulful song weaver originally from the Twin Cities who cultivates a space for tranquility and Love to be perpetuated through song, art and movement. She is a singer/songwriter/light warrior/ who recently moved back to the Big Island to co-create and share light- hearted conscious music.

Knowledge IZ’s sound transcends the norm, making his way to the Big Island of Hawaii from Cincinnati, he brings a message of unity, love, and community uplifting his audience through rhythm and poetry. Connecting generations, he shares authentic roots hip-hop, bridging cultures and building a foundation for growing community.

Earles of Newtown

Earles of Newtown


“…one of the gems of the gold country music scene, jazz collective Earles of Newtown peddles perfectly junky juke joint jazz – the kind you’d find in hidden back alley clubs in New Orleans that still require a password and sling a mean mint julep.” – Sacramento Bee

Earles of Newtown is a powerhouse Americana band crafting their tight arrangements of infectious original music around early era Harlem, New Orleans and “Hot” Jazz, along with Texas and Western Swing, creating a sound all its own called simply: “Swingin’ Dixie.” The nine piece band has been shaking dance floors all over California, including recent gigs in San Francisco.  The Earles are injecting energy into the swing scene in the Sacramento, Sonoma, and Petaluma areas, playing along with other excellent North Bay groups such as The Crux and Royal Jelly Jive.

Earles of Newtown received the “Best Live Band of 2014 Award” from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce in Northern California. Notable performances include opening for Dr. John and Allen Toussaint as well as March Fourth Marching Band.

Earle Ford – Vocals, Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Horn, Tenor Guitar
Chad Conner Crow – Vocals, Washboard, Madness
Jim Trefethen – Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax
Joe Fajen – Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Backing Vocals
Dave Wilcox – Tenor Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bob Woods – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lap & Pedal Steel Guitars
Brent Leever – Piano
Adam Metroka – Bass, Backing Vocals
Reid Alan Kurks – Drums

Northern Roots

Northern Roots


Reggae/rock group Northern Roots hits the stage living up to the name, with their positive vibe and conscious uplifting lyrics comes a new style that will take you back in time with smooth driven guitar riffs, and rhythmic bass lines that are sure to have your hips swinging and your lips singing.

Guitarist and singer songwriter Aaron Penn brings a positive message of unity and community while shining a light on hardships of today’s world.  Paul Johnson lays down grooves smooth as silk and tough as stone on bass guitar.  Jake Cena bringing classical piano to the mix as well as a modern style that will surely play your heart strings and keep your head rocking.  Martin Webb on drums is like brick on mortar that holds together this rhythmic house of melody, power and sound.

Their ambiance of camaraderie is palpable, and only reinforced by the nature of it’s founding members growing up together. They are the Northern Roots.

Hannah Jane Kile

Hannah Jane Kile


Hannah Jane Kile (*Kile pronounced like *Smile) has performed at countless venues and is a favorite opener among celebrated artists some of which include Grammy award winning Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michelson, & blues legend Carolyn Wonderland.

She is currently working on 2 new albums scheduled to be released by the end of this year.  These will mark her 3rd & 4th self composed works all under the age of 22.

On first impression she is sweet and lovely, bright and cheerful…then, with a flourish of harmony pouring from her guitar, she steps up to sing…and you enter another realm.

Hannah Jane Kile is radiantly fluent in the universal language of song, and she has the gift of making seriously beautiful music with effortless grace. Her performances are always artistically surprising and deeply moving. She finds treasure in even the most daunting of life’s experiences. Her songs and her voice, soulful and haunting, are magic, and she is fearless in sharing the most complex of emotions with her listeners.

Performing with an openhearted sense of compassion and wonder, her voice soaring from an earthy blues swagger to an ethereal heart rending whisper, like a lullaby in a storm, she packs an emotional wallop. Eloquent, warm and wise in an innocent way, she has a comprehensive artistic vision, a vision that is as inspiring as it is engaging.

Two major inspirations shaping Hannah’s work are the music of Stephen Sondheim, who lit a deep spark of desire to master the art of storytelling in her compositions, and the iconic intensity of Bonnie Raitt, who fires Hannah’s drive to push beyond the idea of being a “singer who plays” and be a “player who sings”. Sondheim’s ability to create complex three-dimensional characters using music and lyrics provided Hannah a map for her determination to have her own songs achieve similar power and detail that add up to revealing portraits of human nature. And Raitt’s courage in exceeding all expectations for a young artist, mastering her instrument with compelling technique, and carrying the traditions of guitar based music into a promising future continually kindles her imagination.

Hannah writes vivid music that is all the richer for the heartfelt intimacy of her voice. Hers is a sincere craft, created with a jeweler’s attention to design. Her songs are saturated with a charm and melodic color that can be as evocative as Appalachian ballads or as rousing as Broadway show tunes, and they shine with pure emotional truth.

The Jeffrey James Show

The Jeffrey James Show


From Madison, Wisconsin The Jeffrey James Show is a national touring soul folk act. The Show often features Maggie Poff’s beautiful harmonies alongside Jeffrey James’ soaring vocals and melodic guitar riffs. James has performed 200 times over the past two years on seven national tours.

Recent highlights include performing at four sold out festivals Kohala ‘Aina Festival & Flow Festival 2015/16 on Hawaii, as well as Project Earth and Shangri~LA.

The Show released an action packed official music video last year for their hit song, “Home Again”. “Home Again” is on their 2016 release, ‘Give Back’, featuring musical accompaniment from Max Ribner and Tim Snider of Medicine For The People.

James is known across Colorado and also coordinated music events and performed at the Telluride Mushroom Festival 2015/16. The Show is taking their polished sound to tour Europe in August 2017.




Davia is a young singer/songwriter from the mountains of Northern California. “Mesmerizing” is a term that seems to come up every time she plays live – her songs, completely original, are quirky but accessible, hopeful yet intense.

In her debut EP, Hush, Davia delivers six emotionally captivating songs experimenting with guitar, accordion, egg crates and breaking bottles to tell familiar stories in a unique and edgy way.