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Get involved!  This year WorldFest brings great ideas, exhibits and workshops.

Dr Solar
Wholsome Beet Nutrition
The Curious Forge – Liam Ellerby
Sierra Streams with Alex Lincoln
Pablo Loayza – The Natural Living School
See Jane Do – WonderLove at WorldFest
SYRCL – The South Yuba River Citizens League
The Society of Garden Goddesses with Susan Gouveia
Beyond Master Gardening with Tom & Renee Wade
Practical Permaculture with Cathe’ Fish
Herbs and your Health with Sage Trucano
Habitat for Humanity/Re-store
Fire Safe Council
California Growers Association
SEVA Foundation

and MORE!

workshop-dr-solarDr Solar

World famous Dr. Solar’s show is fast paced and chock full of comedy. Ragtime music sets the tone.  Dr. Solar and his “Suitcase Scalawags”, offers audience participation as he weaves a blend of magic and comedic physical antics. The show is completely authentic, down to the costumes, music, and characters.

With his menagerie of doves, rabbits, frogs, fish, rats, and mice, you generally never know what’s in store, though his claims are, that you will see “it all”!

workshop-Wholsome Beet NutritionWholsome Beet Nutrition

2 workshops
Sat 11 am – Detoxing
Sun 11 am – Fermented foods

Born and raised in California, Alexandra Gallus has always had a love for the outdoors and nature. Alex became attentive to what she was eating by middle school when she realized that she was allergic to a handful of items she would eat at her friend’s house; no more chicken nuggets for this girl. A gluten and dairy allergy could have been devastating news, especially for an Italian, but it spurred her creativity and she quickly fell in love with cooking and baking. By high school, she was creating her own cookbooks and constantly sharing new recipes with family and friends.
A Grass Valley native, Alex pursued her passion for dentistry at The University of Pacific, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2012. The summer after Alex graduated, she picked up her favorite hobby; cycling. Alex loves cycling and once did a 545-mile bike ride stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles to support AIDs research.

Her love for learning and being in the kitchen collided with research in nutrition. After several years of working with a nutritionist and a gentle nudge from her friend and now business partner, Tiana, Alex became a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and has been enjoying every moment.
Alex married her husband in 2015, and they moved to Grass Valley to enjoy the outdoors. When she’s not working as a dental hygienist or at Wholesome Beet, Alex is traveling and sightseeing as much as possible. She loves hiking, cycling and visiting friends around the world.

The Benefits of Fermented Foods
You have probably heard that fermented foods have many benefits to your body. Have you tried to make a few of these small science experiments at home? Have you purchased them and ever noted their price tag? In this session, I will demystify the hardships of making your very own fermented foods, in simple steps, and teach the many benefits of enjoying them daily.

The Benefits of Detoxing the Body
Are detox programs really good for you? There seems to be equal amounts of warnings and recommendations for detoxing, which can be confusing. Did you know you are already equipped with the tools to detox your body? Your liver, colon and kidneys make up our very own detoxifying system. Let’s learn how to detox with real, wholesome food as I outline the benefits of naturally getting rid of unwanted and damaging toxins.

workshops-shamancycleThe Curious Forge – Liam Ellerby

The Curious Forge is a “Maker Space” with a wide variety of tools and equipment for just about anything you can imagine: metal fabrication, woodworking, electronics, jewelry, ceramics, sewing.  It’s a place for creativity to come out and play, to learn new skills, and to make the things you’ve dreamed of making.  Think of it as an artistic, technical and industrial playground open 24/7 to members!

Located in Grass Valley, they have a 3000 square foot space that houses both traditional and advance equipment . They host workshops to make projects and gain skills from the experts.

The Forge is a members-based, nonprofit organization, and every member helps make it happen.

workshop-alex-lincoln-sierra-streamsSierra Streams with Alex Lincoln

Alex Lincoln is currently a River Scientist AmeriCorps member with the Sierra Streams Institute, where she is involved with monitoring amphibian, bird, and small mammal populations. She also participates in water quality monitoring, physical habitat surveys, restoration projects, and aquatic macroinvertebrate collection and identification. Alex received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Pomona College in 2014, where she focused much of her time on investigating human impacts on wildlife.

workshop-pablo loayza-natural-livingPablo Loayza – The Natural Living School

Join us  at Worldfest this year as we play with mud, sand, and straw, and create a natural cob oven. Throughout the day we will be going over the construction of a legal natural building.  Yes I said a legal natural building.  We are currently in process of building two permitted natural structures.  Come visit, gather some information, and learn how you too can live in a natural, non toxic, sustainable home.

workshop-see-jane-doSee Jane Do – WonderLove at WorldFest

Come out and play with us! In pursuit of happiness and joy, Elisa Parker of See Jane Do and Tommy Daly of Whee the People invite you to a WonderLove Workshop.

Intertwined with live music featuring Whee the People, this interactive experience will:

• Provide tools to help access your greatest gifts and talents
• Introduce the Law of Grace and how to connect with your Soul Tribe
• Bring together the WorldFest community to explore possibilities
• Exercise your voice with a song or two
• Connect you with our WonderLove tent to recharge, refresh, relax and inspire creativity.
• Encourage fun & laughter

Sometimes the biggest mystery lies within ourselves. We live in a world of wonder, where people seem to question everything; their purpose, their sense of self, political and corporate corruption and more important, their place in this world. In radical times, where do we go from here?

We believe we are most effective when we act and are driven from the greatest gifts and talents that are unique to each of us and the possibilities are endless when we unite together.

It’s no wonder that we are grasping for moments that envelop beauty, extraordinary & awe-inspiring moments and miracles. In the mystery of it all, let’s live in the wonder, if even for a short moment coupled with compassion and kindness.

Forget about what you want to do when you grow up…instead focus on who you want to be now.

workshop-syrclSYRCL – The South Yuba River Citizens League

SYRCL is founded on the premise that people can save a river.

Starting in 1983, grassroots activists successfully fought to protect the South Yuba River from dams and won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In doing so, they created SYRCL, the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate this watershed we love.

With over 30 years of achievements, 3,500 members, and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. We are working to restore wild salmon to their native waters. We are replanting the banks of the Lower Yuba River with trees. We are inspiring activism across the globe with our environmental film festival. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea. “

SYRCL’s interactive exhibit will allow festival goers to write what they “Love about the Yuba” along with SYRCL/Yuba photo ops.

workshop-susan-gouveiaThe Society of Garden Goddesses with Susan Gouveia

Susan Gouveia is the found of The Society of Garden Goddesses which has grown to a group of over 600 men and women who share gardening tips, recipes & lots of laughs. She is a personal chef and has studied with chefs In Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, France & Peru. She is available for gardening consulting as well as speaking & teaching engagements.



workshop-tom-renee-wadeBeyond Master Gardening with Tom & Renee Wade

The Untold Story of Biology – Tom Wade
Tom Wade is a certified Permaculture Designer with a passion for cooperating with Nature even when it arrives as a bobcat in the chicken coop. He has over 30 years experience in food growing, orchard care, and landscaping. He is also a talented storyteller, making his workshops entertaining as well as highly educational.

How to Create Wholistic Solutions to All Your Problems – Renee Wade
Renee Wade is an award-winning gardener, a certified Permaculture designer, and a plant communicator. She has 23 years experience creating lush, holistic gardens that grow food, beauty, and connection. She is the author of The Living Earth Handbook: Creating Sustainability from the Inside Out.

cathe-fishPractical Permaculture with Cathe’ Fish

Cathe’ Fish is director of the Practical Permaculture Teaching Farm. She has been teaching permaculture since 1987. She is a permaculture land consultant and has designed ranches, 40 acre farms to small suburban plots and apartments. Cathe’ has also been a Master Gardener since 1988.

Talks include Creating Drought Tolerant Permaculture Gardens and Sustainable Solar Kitchen.


Herbs and Your Health with Sage Trucano

There are plants/herbs to help balance and heal all systems in your body. Join me in a discussion on herbs that can help with digestion. nervous, respiratory and lymph systems. There are herbs for allergies, cold and flu and so much more. We can build up our immunity and maintain our health, vitality and increase longevity using simple herbs in our foods, teas, and tinctures.Make herbs a healthy part of your lifestyle.

Sage Trucano creatively and intuitively combines Western, Native and Herbal healing practices to empower one to heal the whole – mind, body and spirit. Weaving therapeutic knowledge from her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Western and Mayan Herbal consulting, with Indigenous practices including Mayan Traditional Healing Methods (Uterine massage, Pulse Diagnosis and Healings), she weaves indigenous wisdom from many native healers with ceremony and herbal treatments.

She teaches and runs various workshops, healing retreats and herbal events and is owner of Sage Dreams, herbal products for health and beauty including Mayan Medicinal tinctures, healing tea blends and more.

Archive – 2016 WorldFest Workshop Schedule

Archive – 2016 WorldFest Workshop Schedule

workshop-syrclConscious Living Area

This year our new Conscious Living area brings great ideas, exhibits and workshops. Full discussion and participant descriptions available at our festival information kiosks.

10:00 – Dr. Solar – Kids Eco Magic Show
12:00 – Practical Permaculture
1:00 – Sierra Streams
2:00 – Dr Solar
3:00 – Zucchini Inspiration, Garden Goddesses

10:30 – Dr Solar
11:00 – Self Breema Meditation
12:00 – Environmental Activities for Kids
1:00 – Dr Solar
1:00 – The Untold Story of Biology
2:00 – See Jane Do – Wonderlove
3:00 – Creating Holistic Solutions
4:00 – Detox Your Body

11:00 – Fermented Foods
12:00 – Cal Growers Assoc
2:00 – Dr Solar
2:00 – Create a Refuge for Amphibians
3:00 – Sustainable Solar Kitchen
4:00 – Biofuels

workshop-victor-vasquez500Evergreen Area
Music & Movement Workshops

Move, Play, Sing and Dance all included in your festival ticket! Full workshop descriptions available at our festival information kiosks.


11:30 – 12:30 – Uke University
1:00 – 2:00 – Brazilian Drumming
2:00 – 3:00 – Americana Instruments
3:00 – 4:00 – Middle Eastern Rhythms
4:00 – 5:00 – Universal Language of Rhythm

8:00-9:00 – Gentle Yoga
9:00-10:00 – Tai Chi
9:30-10:30 – Kids Yoga
10:30-11:30 – Tai Chi
11:30-12:30 – Hoop Fun for Kids
3:00-4:30 – Slackline Yoga

9:00 – 10:00 – Yoga
10:00 – 11:00 – Kinfolk Yoga
11:30 – 12:30 – Troika Folk Dance
1:30 – 2:30 – Steel Drums
3:00 – 4:00 – Belly Dance
4:00 – 5:00 – Didjeridu

9:00-10:00 – Zumba
10:00-11:30 – Sweat your Prayers
11:30-12:30 – Qi Gong
1:00-2:00 – Salsa Dance
2:00-3:00 – Taiko Drumming
3:00-4:00 – Couples Dance
4:00-5:00 – Beginning Swing Dance


9:00-10:00 – Music Together
10:00 – 11:00 – Native Healing Songs
11:00-12:00 – Classical Guitar
12:30 – 1:30 – Singable Songs Across the Globe
1:30-2:30 – Americana Instruments
2:30-3:30 – Middle Eastern Rhythms
4:30–6:00 – WorldFest Chorus

8:00-9:00 – Gentle Yoga
9:00-10:30 – Shamanic Drumming and Journeying
10:30-11:30 – Qi Gong
12:30-1:30 – Uke University
1:30 – 2:30 – Kids Yoga
2:30-4:00 – Slackline Yoga
4:00 – 5:00 – Hoop Dance
5:00-6:00 – Kirtan

9:00 – 10:00 – Yoga
10:00 – 11:00 – Kinfolk Yoga
11:30 – 12:30 – Troika Folk Dance
1:00-2:00 – Americana Inst
2:00-3:00 – Belly Dance
3:00 – 4:00 – Didjeridu
4:00-5:00 – Steel Drums

9:00-10:30 – Soul Shake Church
10:30-11:30 – Advance Swing Dance
11:30-12:30 – Hip Hop Rhyming All ages!
12:30-1:30 – Congolese Dance
1:30-2:30 – Salsa Dance
2:30-3:30 – Zumba
4:00-5:00 – The Healing Power of Rhythm
5:00-6:00 – Taiko Drumming


9:30-10:30 – Music Together
10:30 – 11:30 – Singable Songs Across the Globe
11:30-12:30 – Uke University
1:30-2:30 – Native Healing Music
3:00 – 4:00 – Middle Eastern Rhythms
4:00-5:00 – Didjeridu

8:00-9:00 – Gentle Yoga
9:00-10:00 – Tai Chi
10:00-11:00 – Kids Yoga
10:30-11:30 – Tai Chi
12:30-2:00 – Slackline Yoga
2:00 – 3:00 – Hoop Dance
3:00-4:00 – Five Animal Frolic

9:00 -10:00 – Yoga
10:00-11:00 – Americana Instruments
11:30-12:30 – Troika Folk Dance
1:00 – 2:00 – Belly Dance
2:00-3:00 – Steel Drums

9:00-10:30 – Soul Shake Church
10:30-11:30 – Brazilian Dancing
11:30-12:30 – Salsa Dancing
1:00-2:00 – W. African Dance Ponderosa
2:30-3:50 – Brazilian Drumming
4:00-5:30 – Shamanic Journeying and Movement

2016 Archive Stage Schedule

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


Lineup and Schedule are subject to change


Delhi 2 Dublin
Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Eva Salina
Élage Diouf


Nahko & Medicine for the People
Emel Mathlouthi
Peter Mawanga & the Amaravi Movement
Dustin Thomas
Sahba Motallebi
Eva Salina
Dirty Revival
Earth Guardians
Salt Petal
Rita Hosking
The Fearless Kin
Rattlin’ Bones
Grass Valley Taiko


Third World
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
Awa Sangho
Peter Mawanga & the Amaravi Movement
Dustin Thomas
My Bubba
Dead Winter Carpenters
Sahba Motallebi
The Suitcase Junket
Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds
Joe Kye
Banana Slug String Band


Boz Scaggs
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Nano Stern
Los Pinguos
My Bubba
Joy & Madness
Liz Vice
Dead Winter Carpenters
The Suitcase Junket
Lee Bob & the Truth
Joe Kye
The Rayos
Grass Valley Taiko
Banana Slug String Band
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

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.

Global Indigenous Peoples Village

Global Indigenous Peoples Village

The Global Village has its own stage dedicated to Indigenous People’s music and dance with workshops and a marketplace showcasing crafts, food and entertainment to encourage cultural exchange and awareness.

WorldFest acknowledges the indigenous people upon whose lands we hold WorldFest, the Nisenan Tribe. The Nisenan Tribe will open WorldFest and welcome guests this year as we celebrate within their ancestral homelands.


Bear Fox & Kontiwennenhawi
Calle Placer
Earth Guardians
Feather River Singers
Keith Secola
Kimberly ShiningStar
Little Thunder
Martha Redbone Roots Project
Nash Tavewa
Neena McNair Family Singers
Pamyua of Alaska
Percy “War Cloud” Edwards and Red Circle
Raye Zaragoza
Southern California Mexica Dancers
7th Generation Rise


Buffalo Field Campaign
Hempstead Project Heart
Mayan Tree Handicrafts
Rose Wood
Sierra Native Alliance
Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya
Vince & Jodi Castanon

Bear Fox & Kontiwennenhawi

The Ahkwesasne Women Singers were formed in 1999 by four inspired, and inspiring women; Bear Fox, Katsitsionni Fox, Elizabeth Nanitcoke and Iawentas Nanticoke. They were driven by the need to protect and preserve the Kanienkeha (Mohawk Language), traditional Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk People) customs and stories, as well as the oral traditions that are passed down from grandmother to grand-daughter. They believe that songs are the easiest way to pass on language and culture to future generations. Blessed with beautiful singing voices, the women put their talents and their messages together to form a group that would write and perform traditional Kanienkeha:ka songs.  Since their inception, the Ahkwesahsne Women Singers have brought their beautiful and powerful music to the community of Ahkwesasne.

Members of group are in various stages of life – grandmothers, mothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and cousins. They are teachers, environmental researchers, social workers and students. They take time out of their personal and professional lives to assist their community and volunteer for fundraising activities.

Aside from singing Haudenosaunee social songs, some members of Kontiwennenhawi are song writers.  They work with Elders and fluent speakers from Ahkwesahsne to ensure the correct usage and spelling of words. The songs contain their own messages that they believe are important for the Mohawk people to know and remember. Their songs honor our Elders, Kanienkehaka teachers, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, and Grandfather Thunder. Kontiwennenhawi is committed to continuing the traditions of our ancestors and preserving our language and culture through their beautiful songs and inspiring efforts.

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.”

Earth Guardians

Xiuhtezcatl and Isa are conscious hip-hop artists and activists who write and produce music to tell the stories of the movements and issues facing the world from the perspective of young ambitious musicians.

This music brings movements to the masses, written to inspire people to pursue their passions, and use art as a form of resistance to create change, battle oppression, bring people together and tell our stories.  They have spoken and performed in the United Nations and at events, colleges, conferences, and music festivals worldwide.

Feather River Singers

Feather River Singers is a Women’s Drum with exciting energy, a soothing beat and songs in Cherokee and English. Dedicated to preserving native language through songs, all original materials by group members their 2005 debut CD “Daughters of the Earth” by Feather River Singers broke into new musical territory. The group received a nomination in 2006 for Debut Artist of the Year by the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Current members are Kathleen Shain, Anna Eyre, Pamela Ames, all born in California.


Huayllipacha (pronounced Why-Lee-Pacha) a group conceived in 1987 by several Peruvian youths from the Andes. As a tribute to their culture and with respect, honor, and admiration of their ancestors, the meaning of their name is “Singing to the Earth,” and it is in this spirit that their music is offered.

Over the years, as the group evolved, they have expanded their style honoring both traditional and contemporary music of the Andes, as well as from other regions in South America. Embracing all these styles, the music of Huayllipacha will always come from their heart and Soul, to share with the people of the Earth. Truly a cultural treasure, it is said, “one listen to these world- class Andean musicians will sweep you away to the Peruvian highlands”.

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.

Kimberly ShiningStar

There was a time when stories told the history of the land, the plants, and the animals. Kimberly ShiningStar will bring that culture to life, sharing her Traditional Native Stories, some of which have been handed down for thousands of years.

Kimberly ShiningStar is Tume’lay Nissenan Miwok, a California Indian. She has been sharing the Indigenous Culture of her people since 1999 with thousands of people every year and is very excited to share her stories at the “World Fest” event.


Little Thunder

Cheryl Angel is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate or Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. A front line opponent of the pipelines threatening native homelands across America, Cheryl is a strong advocate for environmental justice and indigenous rights. She spent the recent fall-winter season at the Sacred Stone Camp of Standing Rock and will share her experiences within the soothing ambiance of a Lakota wacipi (dance).

Karen K Little Thunder is also a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. She is a proud graduate of Sinte Gleska University and a descendant of the University’s namesake and historical Sicangu leader, Spotted Tail. As a bloodline descendant of Little Thunder, Spotted Tail, and Crow Dog, Karen is helpful to the continuation of Sicangu Lakota ancestral knowledge and language by sharing her personal experiences in growth, recovery, and cultural reparations.

Cheryl and Karen are traditional dancers of the Sicangu Lakota wacipi and each speaks from the heart in defense of their homelands and indigenous rights. They are mothers and grandmothers, earth protectors and maske (sister-friends), who live and breathe their ancestral responsibilities on a daily basis. Join them in celebrating Mni Wiconi and their continuing advocacy for environmental justice. Revel in the Circle of Life and hear from these vibrant Lakota winyan (women) the latest about the #NoDAPL and #NoKXL movements of the Great Plains region. Water is Life. MNI WICONI.

Martha Redbone Roots Project

“Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake — a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.” – NPR

Martha Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets.

Redbone, since the establishment of her career in London and New York City, has humbly and steadfastly earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator – whether in the guise of Warner Chappell-minted songwriter, behind the console guide or earnest guest voice — amongst her peers. Mentored by Ohio Players/P-Funk mentor Walter “Junie” Morrison, she and UK- bred partner Aaron Whitby consistently provide essential direction and soulful support to knit track and artist into an indelible whole. Redbone’s latest music resonates with the influence of southeastern raisin’, echoing an earlier time/space through elements of folk, country gospel, stomp chants, and the high lonesome of a front porch Sunday pickin’.

Nash Tavewa

Nash Tavewa is a talented artist that uses his skills as a native flute and drum maker to hand-craft beautiful instruments and to create soulful music that honors his ancient Bene Walash (Zapotec) heritage of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Nash’s musical journey began as a child, when his parents, masters of traditional Zapotec pottery & clay instruments, made him small cane flutes and clay whistles to play with while herding goats. Surrounded by family artists and musicians, Nash soon learned to create his own instruments, while playing the traditional song of his ancestors “The Cloud People”.

In 2003, after several years of apprenticeship, Nash began to create his own Pre-Columbian clay instruments, Drums and Lakota style love flutes, native to Turtle Island (the Americas).

Nash speaks 3 languages. He has great appreciation for his native cultural heritage, with its rich traditions, ceremonies, and music. He is determine to help preserve his native tongue and keep the traditional ways alive.

Nash Tavewa sells his instruments and recordings globally.

Neena McNair Family Singers

Neena McNair Family Singers originally came together as a women’s drum group to deepen and strengthen our commitment to maintain a pure dedication to the healing that comes through the drum, for all living things.

They offer themselves as a conduit for the songs, in order to share and educate others in the nature way. Striving to maintain integrity throughout, always with the deepest respect, their intention is to preserve each song’s unique message and sound, so the songs will not be forgotten and people will be reminded of the sometimes invisible healing magic that binds all living things together.

Pamyua of Alaska

“The most famous Inuit band in the world.” – Rolling Stone

“One of the 10 greatest Alaska artists of the millennium.” – Alaska Magazine

“A Blizzard of interlocking harmonies.” – Native People Magazine

Many Americans were introduced to Inuit music watching the Canadian epic The Fast Runner, but for more than a decade Pamyua has released traditional Inuit (Yup’ik) Drumsongs from Alaska with a distinct and unique American sound.

Because some of their music is a combination or Yup’ik lyrics combined with a modern sound, they are popular with the youth culture as well, as reflected in some of the videos on their website. Pamyua’s music was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska and in numerous films. From Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to Secretary of State John Kerry, the group has entertained thousands with their fusion of traditional Inuit music and Yup’ik dance performance.

Red Circle

Red Circle is a Native American Dance group that was formed 8 years ago for the sole purpose of educating the public on Native American Dancing. Leonard and Tangerine Robles the founders formed the group because he wanted their adopted children to learn their heritage since all 6 kids are Native Americans by birth.

Percy “War Cloud” Edwards of the Colville Confederated tribes (Arrow Lake, Nez Perce) joined the group since he was already performing at schools, and special events throughout California. Percy Edwards was born and raised on the reservation with tribal member numbering over 10,000. Percy attended St. Mary’s Mission Indian Boarding School from K-8th grade then transferred to Chemawa Indian High School in Salem Oregon.

Past performances include Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days, Presidents Day Event Mt Vernon Memorial
California State Museum Sacramento, Stockton Cinco De Mayo parade, Lodi’s Street fair, Georgetown Flute Festival, Dept of Justice Sacramento, Vacaville Prison and Travis Air Force Base.

Raye Zaragoza

“While initially recognizable, Raye’s voice—and music, at large—has a unique elusiveness.” – Deli Magazine

Raye Zaragoza is a Native-American(Pima)/Taiwanese singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. At the age of fourteen, she moved across the country to Los Angeles and has since continuously been on the move touring and sharing her music with people of all walks of life. She has performed in more than twenty states on the East and West Coasts as well as Mexico, Canada and France.

The Fox and King calls her, “your new favorite singer-songwriter” and “seasoned, technical, classic, and effortless all at the same time.” The Deli compares her music to that of Norah Jones, and says “Raye’s voice-and music, at large-has a unique elusiveness.”

Her debut EP entitled Heroine was recorded at Red Bull Studios in New York City with Chris Tabron (credits include Beyoncé, Robin Thicke, Mobb Deep, Vacationer, Natalia Kills…) and was released on May 11, 2015. The title single Heroine has received acclaim across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Southern California Mexica Dancers

The Southern California Mexica Dancers (meshika) share the traditions of theri ancestors – the Mexica people from the Central Valley of Mexico once known as the great Tenochtitlan.

Their Danzas (way of dance) communicates stories and observations of the cosmic and the natural world. During their ceremony participants are invited to join in prayer for healing and restoration.

The dancers include Bernice Vasquez and Xochitl Palomera.


“In southeast Montana, thousands of miles from the birthplace of hip-hop, a man with the given name Christian Parrish Takes the Gun has been rapping to young people on the Crow Nation reservation. He calls himself Supaman, and he’s been merging inner-city music with more local concerns for more than a dozen years.” – NPR

As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Supaman” is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip-hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope through culture and music.

He has been the recipient of the Nammy “Native American Music Award”, “North American Indigenous Image Award”, and 7 “Tunney Awards”. He recently was awarded The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award in Canada for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week.

His latest videos titled “Prayer Loop Song” and “Why” both have gone viral and have received over 2 million views on Youtube and Facebook which has put him in high demand touring extensively throughout the U.S.A and internationally. He has performed for Google at the Google headquarters in San Francisco and got to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. He recently was asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and the Broadway play Hamilton.

7th Generation Rise

7th Generation Rise is a self-described “Indigenous Soul” band, combining modern rock, reggae, funk, and hip hop with traditional drums, flute, and native chants. Their message is one of spiritual unity and honoring cultural diversity, as their lyrics express a much needed collective awareness of who we are as a whole and what needs to happen in order for the next 7 generations to have a future on our Mother Earth who is crying for a paradigm shift.

7th Generation Rise has been an active voice for the last genetically pure, free roaming buffalo in Yellowstone for 14 years , as the buffalo have been being slaughtered by the Department of Livestock , and many other inter agencies. This year’s Global Indigenous People’s Village line up of the Band will consist of Goodshield Aguilar on guitar and vocals, Mignon Geli on Native flutes and Johnnie Martinez on drums and vocals.

Listen to and buy 7th Generation Rise music on CD Baby, the independent record store by musicians for musicians.


Buffalo Field Campaign

The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo. Volunteers from around the world defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Our daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, and document every move made against them.

Hempstead Project Heart

Hempstead Project Heart (Hemp Energies Alternative Resource Technologies) is dedicated to raising awareness about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of restoring industrial hemp in America. Since 2012, we have partnered with communities, farmers, musicians, green builders, entrepreneurs, students and sustainability organizations across the country to support hemp initiatives, build a hemp green economy and elevate public consciousness about the urgency to return hemp farming to our state and nation. John Trudell is the co-founder of Hempstead Project Heart with Willie Nelson. HPH is a 501 (c)3 Project of Earth Island Institute.

Mayan Tree Handicrafts

Mayan Tree Handicrafts aims to promote handicrafts made by the indigenous Maya peoples from Guatemala. It started with family members who make the beaded guitar straps and shoes with traditional handwoven fabrics.

Mayan Tree Handicrafts has since expanded to help other indigenous artists promote their creative works. The goal is to raise profits to provide Guatemalans with limited access to schools an opportunity to attend classes in computer skills and general tutoring.

Come by and chat with us about the needs of indigenous Maya and how you might support with education.

Rose Wood

Rose Wood says “Worldfest has been an exciting venue that I have participated in for the past 5 years. I have been an active supporter of Native American culture here in Nevada County as well as with tribal groups in Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Before my retirement in 2010, I worked extensively with tribes in Health and Human services for twenty plus years.

“I am of Native American heritage; Hawaiian, Mexican, and tribal member of the Ko-ta-bah Miwok tribe from El Dorado County, California. I’ve lived and supported tribal families in Nevada County since moving here in 1999.

“Since my retirement in 2010, I’ve created RoseCraft, etc., a small business which I share with my daughter. We create beautiful handcrafted soaps, lotions, and jewelry. I am an advocate and supporter of Hemp products which we use in some of our soaps and lotions. We will be displaying Hemp products as well, with current information on Hemp legislature. Our jewelry is eclectic ranging from prayer beads, bracelets, necklaces to Tree of Life motif.”

Sierra Native Alliance

The Sierra Native Alliance was formed in 2007 by a group of Native community members dedicated to the preservation of Native families, cultures, and environments. Incorporating as a non-profit organization in 2009, the Sierra Native Alliance provides cultural education, family resources and environmental preservation activities in the Sierra Nevada Foothills region.

Community Empowerment: working together to strengthen leadership skills and resources for families and communities of the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Cross-Cultural Awareness: building relationships across cultures, tribal groups and communities to raise awareness of indigenous cultures and environments.

Intergenerational Sharing: bringing our youth and elders together to promote extended family relationships and intergenerational education opportunities.

Activity-based Learning: teaching traditional knowledge, values and ways of thinking through hands-on cultural education and environmental activities.

Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya

Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya was born in Corpus Christi,Texas in 1956. When he was nine his family moved to San Francisco, California. His artistic abilities have been with him since his youth. As he made his way through school, his creativity was encouraged by his family and instructors. He remembers, “When I was growing up in Texas and later in California, my older brother and I spent a lot of time drawing and creating. Our family didn¹t spend time on emphasizing our “Indianess”. The Indian people in our family was common knowledge just as it was with many Tejano families. It seemed that we were just trying to survive and make a place for ourselves just like the rest of America.”

He lived in the San Francisco bay area until his move up to Humboldt County where he attended College of the Redwoods. It was there when he entered the Native American Studies Program and began his involvement with other native peoples in securing their culture and history. He remembers an elder Lakota brother referring to it as becoming a Born Agin¹ Savage. “It was at this time that I fully understood how much the Indian part of our family was a very important part of the foundation of my own life.”

He also began to paint using acrylics, his work making the most of ideas and inspiration from the native environment he was in. His art, from it¹s inception, represents the evolution of immersion in native teachings as it traced it’s way through ceremonies and the everyday part of his own personal life. Ikoshy has never had any formal art training. ” I was born with my artistic abilities and my elders, the sweat lodge and related ceremonies have been my art instructors”, he states.

Ikoshy is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. He currently lives in the community of Yankee Hill, California. His art has been featured in documentary videos on Native America, in various periodicals, on book covers, CD jackets and cassettes.

Vince & Jodi Castanon

We have traveled the western states selling our finished crafts and craft supplies at Native American Powwows, mountain man rendezvous and craft shows. For the past 16 years we have been showing kids how to carve using soapstone. We quickly learned how to make carving kits that beginners could use their first try.

The most important part of our kits is the soapstone. The soapstone we use is from Oregon and California and is asbestos free. Soapstone was used by all the California tribes in their daily life and by many other tribes throughout the United States. Native Americans used soapstone for making smoking pipes because it does not crack when hot. Soapstone was also used for carvings, beads and amulets. Talc powder from soapstone is the same powder we use today. Soapstone can be heated red hot and used for cooking stones, and in fact Native Americans would cook directly on flat pieces placed on hot coals. A favorite use was heating soapstone and burying under a thin layer of dirt to warm ones bed at night. Other uses were for tools such as scrappers, arrow straighteners, and weights.

My carving kits are used at four California state Indian museums as teaching aids and for resale at the gift shops You may find our kits and products at Big Trees in Arnold, California, Grinding Rock State Park in Volcano, California, California State Indian Museum in Sacramento, and Yosemite National Park’s Indian Museum. My soapstone carving kits are also used by the Los Angeles county department of education and the Indian educational programs. I have been attending the Indian Teachers Conferences for the past 4 years and have placed my kits in many California schools. I have also organized the craft program for 75 kids who take part in Indian Summer Camp held at Silverlake, California for the past 4 years.
Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya

Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya was born in Corpus Christi,Texas in 1956. When he was nine his family moved to San Francisco, California. His artistic abilities have been with him since his youth. As he made his way through school, his creativity was encouraged by his family and instructors. He remembers, “When I was growing up in Texas and later in California, my older brother and I spent a lot of time drawing and creating. Our family didn¹t spend time on emphasizing our “Indianess”. The Indian people in our family was common knowledge just as it was with many Tejano families. It seemed that we were just trying to survive and make a place for ourselves just like the rest of America.”

He lived in the San Francisco bay area until his move up to Humboldt County where he attended College of the Redwoods. It was there when he entered the Native American Studies Program and began his involvement with other native peoples in securing their culture and history. He remembers an elder Lakota brother referring to it as becoming a Born Agin¹ Savage. “It was at this time that I fully understood how much the Indian part of our family was a very important part of the foundation of my own life.”

He also began to paint using acrylics, his work making the most of ideas and inspiration from the native environment he was in. His art, from it¹s inception, represents the evolution of immersion in native teachings as it traced it¹s way through ceremonies and the everyday part of his own personal life. Ikoshy has never had any formal art training. ” I was born with my artistic abilities and my elders, the sweat lodge and related ceremonies have been my art instructors”, he states.
Ikoshy is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. He currently lives in the community of Yankee Hill, California with his wife, Nadine and two children, Raina and Teo. His art has been featured in documentary videos on Native America, in various periodicals, on book covers, CD jackets and cassettes.

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



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.