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Archive – Schedule 2017

California WorldFest hosts
over one hundred performers on
eight stages of music, dance and workshops.

Click on the images below for detailed stage and workshop schedules.
Click HERE to download a printable schedule.

Gate Times:

Gate 1: Day Ticket Holders
Thur 4pm -10pm
Fri-Sun 9am – 10pm
Gate 4: Campers
Thur – Sat 8am – 11:30pm
Sun 8am – 7:30pm.

Magic Giant 2018



“The L.A. band Magic Giant captures the energy and spirit of the past few waves of upbeat, passionate indie-folk.” – NPR


“Magic Giant represents the glory of “chill music.” This indie-folk band hails from California and exudes the state’s lax, welcoming energy. Going to see them feels like you are entering a friend’s home. All that friend wants to do is play music and hang out with you, to which you find the ease a nice change of pace.” – NY Theatre Review


Magic Giant was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 “Artists You Need to Know.”  The trio, comprised of Ausn Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (viola, banjo, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello) released its debut album, In the Wind in 2017.  The band’s initial single Set on Fire broke the Top 25 on Billboard’s US Alternative chart and their current single Window debuted on the Hot AC Top 50.


With their appearance on the Today Show as “Artist of the Month,” the band has toured with artists such as The Revivalists, Atlas Genius, and Mike Posner, and played festivals ranging from Firefly in Delaware to Electric Forest in Michigan.



DuJour dubbed Magic Giant “the most festival band in the festival circuit… quickly becoming a must‐see with their buzzy energy and upbeat sound.”


Magic Giant represents the union of three distinct, dynamic, and diverse artistic voices. Since his childhood in Washington, D.C., Austin obsessively pursued his love of songwriting. He studied classical composition and then went on to write songs with artists ranging from John Legend to David Guetta. New Jersey native Zambricki got hit by a car in junior high, fell into a coma, and once he woke, miraculously learned violin in 4 days through a rare brain trauma reorganization now known as Acquired Savant Syndrome: “If I could go back, I’d throw myself in front of the car,” Zambricki chuckles. Later on he began writing and one of his first songs was featured in the Sundance-awarded film Paper Heart. Born and raised in Los Angeles to Persian immigrants, Zang learned upright bass in grade school before picking up guitar and studying dance. He caught the attention of Austin and Zambricki when they came across online videos of him salsa dancing and were instantly hooked.



The three are an unlikely match, but their magnetic chemistry can get any crowd moving, from a sold out show at the legendary Troubadour to a sunset music or yoga festival audience. The group has recently toured with bands such as Beats Antique, The Revivalists, and Mike Posner.


“It was fate,” recalls Zambricki. “We were scheduled to play all these festivals—Electric Forest, Wanderlust, Lightning in a Bottle—that just so happened to be in really beautiful parts of the country.” During Spring 2016, the boys bought a shuttle bus, converted it into a solar-powered mobile recording studio, added a California King on hydraulics, and fondly named her Queen Elizabeth. “There were spaces of time between shows where we could get creative,” explains Zang. “Using the bus to power microphones, we recorded outside—literally In The Wind—across North America.”



“Living in the city, it’s easy to forget how enchanting the road can be,” Zang adds. “We recorded anywhere and everywhere. There were no ceilings or limits to what we could capture.”


Just before Magic Giant hit the road, their single “Set on Fire” began heating up. Independently released, it went from their studio to #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50, eventually amassing nearly 4 million streams in less than a year. It became a favorite on Los Angeles radio, hitting #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only. It was after this success that the three-piece landed a deal with Washington Square. Billboard claimed, “With a joyful live show the band is inspiring mass dance-alongs,” while NPR wrote, “Magic Giant captures the energy and spirit of the past few waves of upbeat, passionate indie-folk.”



In The Wind threads together a musical cartography of alternative, pop, and folk. The instrumentation includes (get ready…) orchestral drums, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, synthesizers, electric bass, cello, viola, violin, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, and more as the musical and lyrical palettes prove equally vibrant.


“We use whatever instruments are best for the song,” says Austin. “Lyrically, when we get together to write,” adds Zang, “it’s different from what we would have imagined individually. That’s the beauty of co-writing—we become one unique voice we may never have found on our own.”


The road eventually took the band to Atlanta, where they met up with producer Ben Allen to help glue the body of work together. Returning home to their converted 1940’s bomb-shelter studio, The Bunker, Magic Giant put the finishing touches on their debut record. Austin leaves us with, “When people hear our music or experience a show, we want to bring out the most uninhibited version of themselves.”



Amo Amo

Amo Amo


What do you get when you put five experienced musicians and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James in an old house situated in bucolic wine country? The band Amo Amo.


The members, longtime friends who have played together in many iterations, are Omar Velasco, Shane Mckillop (Gardens & Villa), Justin Flint, Love Femme and Alex Siegel.


James, a fan of their music from previous incarnations, signed on to record their songs in a house north of Santa Barbara that had no cell service or internet. Three weeks later, Amo Amo had a freewheeling collection of songs embracing vibey ’70s soft-rock and beyond. First single “I Wish I Had the Power” twinkles through a funk-lite universe that has a big, welcoming heart; female vocals smolder through the soulful slow jam “The Only Thing I Got to Live for Is Love.”

Panther! And Bear Fight

Panther! And Bear Fight

Panther! And Bear Fight evoke an entirely different time and place. By mixing Victorian music hall bonhomie with Southern gothic creepiness, they re-imagine the Sierra Foothills as a place of deeply weird natural magic.


This mysterious sextet uses an accordion, a saw, guitars, drums and a dash of creepiness to create a rickety, rollicking soundscape that wouldn’t be out of place as a soundtrack to an old, silent vampire film. Their setlist includes bone-shaking originals and old, obscure vaudeville numbers alongside classics by haunted poets like Johnny Cash, Leadbelly and the Gun Club.



Led by local screamtress Lizzy Lee Savage, these archaic archeologists have a degree in musical crypto-zoology, featuring Tim Lilyquist on guitar and vocals, Jake Josephian on bass, Isadora Goldschneider on accordion and vocals, Jo Stanley on vocals and saw, and Olaf Jens aka The Vinyl Avenger on drums.




Tumble is a collective that includes Robert Heirendt on mbira (Zimbabwean kalimba), Sean Kerrigan on guitar, Randy McKean on tenor saxophone and clarinets, and Bill Douglass on acoustic bass.


The quartet plays intricate, trance-like compositions that combine folkish melodies and driving rhythms with an improvisational jazz sensibility.


Together they weave musical influences including traditional Zimbabwean trance music, modern improvisation, modal jazz, Afro pop, and experimental compositional structures. These diverse influences collide and tumble into one another in a subtle and refined manner. Tumble music is all about the delicate interplay between structure and improvisation.

Ludi Hinrichs and ChickenBonz

Ludi Hinrichs and ChickenBonz


Ludi Hinrichs is a jazz composer/performer from Nevada City who has performed with Terry Riley, Gary Snyder and Chuck Berry. He is inspired by pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and the Serbian composer Goran Brejovic. He leads his own groups, Chicken Bonz, Kairos, and The Ludi Hinrichs quintet.


ChickenBonz takes us through the colors and passions of the ancient past to the future with their powerful and compelling sound, driven by a 4 piece horn section playing compositions using Indian Raga, didgeridoo with tabla, or ancient Middle Eastern melodies. The combination of musical spirits in ChickenBonz includes Randy McKean, Cory Wright, Murray Campbell and Ludi Hinrichs on horns, plus Tom Hannickel on acoustic bass and bass trombone, with Joe Fajen on percussionist.


Hinrichs says, “The thing that amazes and amuses me is the diversity and skill of this grouping. We really enjoy each others presence and contributions; ChickenBonz has a depth and spirit to it that I have wanted to see manifest for years.  No electronics, we prefer organic sound. Most songs and compositions use the front line of 3 or 4 unique horns (for instance two trombones, bass clarinet and oboe). At times we sing in six part harmony. Fun stuff indeed, I get my inspiration from skillful writers and arrangers like Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, and Igor Stravinsky. All original compositions and arrangements.”

Joe Craven & the Sometimers

Joe Craven & the Sometimers


“His music combines so many diverse elements that it is practically its own genre.” – Audiophile Review


Joe Craven & The Sometimers featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, is a tight, crisp “Free Range Folkasaurus Trio” offering a “no genre left behind” policy of music making and re-creating.  Joining the trio at WorldFest will be drummer Barry Eldridge and backup vocalist Hattie Craven.


Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience.



Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.


Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy-nominated projects. An educator for over twenty five years, he has presented at well over 100 schools, universities, civic and community groups. He has paneled at the American String Teacher’s Association, is a keynote clinician and a co-director of the youth academy at Wintergrass in Seattle for over ten years. Joe is the Executive Director of RiverTunes in California and a coast to coast Emcee of a variety of music festivals, including Delfest and the 40th Telluride Bluegrass.



Whether a presentation to folks in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, Goodwill Industries, The United Way, young men in a juvenile detention center, families in homeless shelters, a university lecture in Washington, jamming with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, on stage at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, or on stage with an angel food cake pan in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland… no matter who and what Joe’s connected with, he’s at home and loving every minute.


‘Everything Joe touches turns to music,’ says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Joe played for almost 17 years. No one who saw Joe wring a percussion concerto from his garbage-bag raincoat during a downpour at the Strawberry Music Festival could disagree.



JC&ST will be celebrating their new sophomore release Garcia Songbook at Worldfest.  Recently touring their debut release, Blender, this NorCal roots music combo celebrates a new kind of POP music, as in “Pursuit of Possibility” music. Give ’em a listen and you just might do a little dance while you’re at it!




Elevation is a fresh band to the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, in Grass Valley, California.  The band’s motto is, “Elevate yo’ funkin’ life!” which they do as a live band whose main mission is to get the people dancing and shaking!


The band formed in 2016 with a reggae drummer, a reggae and blues singer, a rock guitarist, and a funk bass player. After they had been together for a year, they acquired a female vocalist to round out the dynamics or their funky music. Currently they are recording an album looking to release in 2018.



Elevation featuring J Silk was born from the need to play music that showcased Jamal (J Silk) Walker’s soulful voice.  Pulling upon influences such as Earth, Wind, & Fire, Rick James, Sly & the Family Stone, and Parliament, the band shot out of the gates to enthusiastic audiences who keep coming back for more.


Band members Jamal Walker and Scott Wilson, previously of Nevada County’s most successful reggae band Mystafya, a band that had huge impact on the local and world music scene with critically acclaimed albums: Come to Jam (1999) and Run Free (2005), that reached the status of famous in France, Germany, and Italy. Jamal then continued his legacy by forming the Jamal Walker Band, which was a very popular blues band in the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe regions. Scott went to the studio with keyboardist Frankie Maranzino forming 5 Point Gang, an eclectic mix of ambient trip-hop with island rap.


Looking for a funk bass player in the foothills can be challenging, luckily bass virtuoso Andy Brooding arrived at the perfect time. This young man’s killer bass playing would make the founders of funk proud. Eventually, they convinced the studio cat with a rock background, Don Farwell, to give just the right attitude and style on the guitar and backup vocals. Later, in June, 2017, Don’s daughter, Brynn Farwell, moved back to Grass Valley after graduating from art school, and joined the band as the token female vocalist. Brynn added a flavor those funky men could not achieve.


Together, this arrangement of top shelf musicians delivers the groove by always making the crowd cheer and dance to their rockin’ funk!


Fanna Fi Allah

Fanna Fi Allah

Fanna-Fi-Allah hold the flame of traditional Sufi Qawwali music, with the blessings of their teachers; some of the greatest masters of the qawwali form in India and Pakistan. Through the beauty of the music they embody a universal message of devotion and tolerance that is crucial to our time.


The group’s founding members have spent over 20 years learning this classical art, which celebrates the great Sufi mystics of old and relishes in the love of the Divine through poetry. Sung with a powerful soaring chorus and accompanied by the energetic rhythms of tabla and group clapping, the Beloved is celebrated with ecstatic devotion.



Fanna-Fi-Allah have been blessed to play qawwali in its traditional setting at the honoured tombs of sufi saints in Pakistan and India, where qawwali originates. These include the sacred shrines of: Data Ganj Baksh (Lahore), Baba Ganj-e-Shakar (Pak Pattan), Baba Bulleh Shah (Kasoor), Baba Lasuri Shah (Faislabad) and in India at the tombs of Khwaja Nizzam-Ud-Deen Aulia, Amir Khusrau, Pir Inayat Khan (Delhi), & Khwaja Mueen-Ud-Deen Chishty (Ajmer).


During their 17 years of world-wide touring, they have offered audiences a unique glimpse into this rich and vibrant culture; playing at many international festivals and concerts in major cities. They have enthralled audiences in the USA, Canada, Pakistan, Europe, Indonesia, India, Egypt (etc) with their dynamic skill and passionate musical precision. Having published ten albums published, Fanna-Fi-Allah now offer us an even deeper glimpse into this Sufi world of Pakistan with the production of their new documentary: Music of the Mystics.


Tahir Hussain Faridi Qawwal the group leader & manager, studies under vocal masters Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Pashupatinath Mishra, Ustad Sher Ali Khan, and Ustad Muazzam Ali Khan. He has honed his amazing harmonium skills with Rahat Ali, the first student of Ustad Faruk Fateh Ali Khan. When not on tour, Tahir teaches vocal music & harmonium within the traditional raaga system. He also sings Thumri, Khayal, Kafi & Heer. Check out for other projects.


Aminah Chishti Qawwal has been a leading force in the art of traditional qawwali tabla. A student of the great Ustad Dildar Hussain Khan, Aminah was formally initiated by her teacher in 2003. She has changed the boundaries of women in Pakistan by performing at the shrines of Pakistan’s greatest sufi saints where women haven’t traditionally been allowed to play. Check out her Blog at


Laali Qalandar has been a key member of Fanna-fi-Allah since 2001. He is a passionate & talented vocalist who has travelled several times with the group to Pakistan and India, as well as studying alongside Tahir with the current qawwali masters.


Salim Chishti is well known for his purity of pitch & gamak taans. As well as studying with the qawwali greats, he has also honed his classical vocal skills through years of study with the famous drupad singers – The Gundecha Brothers.


Ali Shan has a qawwali clap & chorus that can travel from one village to another. He has a deep devotion to the group. He also studies the rabab with Ustad Humayoun Sakhi of Afghanistan.


Jahangir Baba has been in the ensemble for more than 15 years. As well as singing qawwali, he is also deeply involved in the genres of Bhajan & Ghazal.


Abrar Hussain hails from Lahore, Pakistan and is the oldest son of the living legend Ustad Dildar Hussain. His adds powerful giras to the music, enriching the poetic content of each kalam. He leads his own qawwali ensemble in Pakistan during the Fanna off season called – Ustad Dildar Hussain & Abrar Hussain.

Keith Secola 2018

Keith Secola


“…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.