MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
"Such is Franti's unyielding belief in the power of music and message, it’s hard not to believe him when, at the album’s tranquil end, he sings 'love will find a way'..." - Rolling Stone
"...extraordinary power scorching rhythms one of today's most incendiary live acts." - Afro-Beat Music
"He massaged, manipulated and caressed more character out of a guitar than I’ve ever seen done before." - Guitar World Magazine
"...magic that can only come from rare legends-in-their-own time" - Las Vegas Tribune
"Etana’s beautiful voice is not only heard, but felt as she covers everything from the love of The Most High, to the love of self, to the everyday struggle."
– ReggaeVibe Magazine
"... it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance." - NPR
MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE
"...top-notch musicianship, mariachi swagger for days, and a performance style that captures all the power and emotion you'd hope for." - NPR
"For ‘Federspiel’ there are no dogmatic bottlenecks and no creative scruples. Seldom if ever has brass music come across so elegant, casual and tolerant..."
– Klaus Halamaa
"A New (and Beautiful) Promise in Global Music" - Redbull Panamerika
"Music that feels as if it traveled miles and ages to pulverize your heart." - Washington Post
“Ranky Tanky, from Charleston, S.C., sings old Gullah songs — some of them sly moral lessons — in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt.” – The New York Times
JOE CRAVEN & THE SOMETIMERS
“Joe Craven is magical.” – San Francisco Chronicle
"Her magnificently transparent music holds tidings of family, memory, solitude and the inexorability of time: weighty thoughts handled with the lightest touch imaginable." - The New York Times
"...thousands of miles from the birthplace of hip-hop ...he's been merging inner-city music with more local concerns for more than a dozen years." - NPR
"While initially recognizable, Raye's voice—and music, at large—has a unique elusiveness." - Deli Magazine
"...eclectic roots and a sound that embraces flavors of reggae, blues, funk, and island music." - Ukulele Magazine
"La Misa Negra promises a spirited, high-energy dance party with a vintage flair... In other words, get ready to dance." - Sacramento News & Review
"Simrit, to me, is the voice of this new day and age." - Belinda Carlisle
Artists, lineup, and pricing are subject to change.
presented by The Center for the Arts
Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming managing a 21,000 square foot venue in downtown Grass Valley and presenting over 150 events per year.
California WorldFest Embraces and Challenges in an Unlikely International Arts Haven at the Edge of the Sierra Nevada
Once a summer, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, near a former gold rush town, there’s a pop-up village that teaches beekeeping and sways to Afropop, where steampunk medicine shows cozy up to Arab Spring arts instigators. Where hiking and farm stands meet Apple researchers practicing street magic.
Drawing on California’s many facets–its wild-eyed dreams, its cultural savvy and technological edge, its down-to-earth rugged legacies–the California WorldFest in Grass Valley, CA shows how a small community can foster a friendly global arts hub within easy striking distance of the Bay Area. “Some people comment that it’s a strange place for a world music festival,” recounts Julie Baker, Executive Director of Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts. “But we’re pioneers and tend to be curious people.”
Held this year on July 13-16, 2017, the festival feeds this curiosity with high-caliber global sounds, both established names (past headliners include Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ani DiFranco, Ziggy Marley, Cake, Michael Franti, Los Lobos) and startling discoveries (past artists: Dakhabrakha, Beats Antique, Yemen Blues). This vivid diversity rocks multiple stages (8 stages of music for 3 days and 4 nights, to be exact) and has built a community of diehard fans: WorldFest regulars often buy tickets and reserve campsites at the woodsy Nevada County Fairgrounds site before the festival’s first act is announced.
Yet the festival also creates a space that manages to be exploratory and challenging, as well as welcoming and friendly. “We’ve struck a balance between family-friendly elements and activities, and opportunities for festival-goers to encounter something new, something that shakes their assumptions and makes them think,” Baker says. “We want people to hear something new, to learn something new, and to go away with a deeper understanding and connection to the world.”
Global Indigenous Peoples Village
We have expanded the Native People’s Village to the Global Indigenous Peoples Village to celebrate indigenous peoples, voices, crafts and entertainment and to encourage cultural exchange and awareness through music and dance.
The Global Village has its own stage dedicated to Indigenous People’s music and dance performances and workshops.
Get involved! WorldFest brings great ideas, exhibits and workshops with topics including solar building, nutrition, stream ecology, gardening and more.
Watch this page for details and schedules to be announced soon.
The Teen Scene is an area of creativity and fun! This section features many activities like ping pong, giant jenga, relaxing tents and painting. It is also right next to the Pine Tree Stage. So come over and expand your creativity alongside your fellow teen festival goers while listening to some awesome music. Sponsored by NEO.
Kids of all ages create their own WorldFest during the fun-filled supervised activities for children of all ages. Come play with us on the meadow, attend workshops for preschoolers through teens, create thematic art projects, hang out with other kids and join the spectacular kids’ parade.
Don’t miss our exciting art activities in the airy Sugar Pine Lodge. Children of all ages are welcome to come and create with us. We have a theme every year that helps get everyone excited and ready for the parade. Everyone leaves with WorldFest art treasures to remind them of the festival all year long!
Brazilian Inspired Games on the Green
NorCal Curumim’s sole purpose is to bring unity by serving the community with an array of children and adults classes in Brazilian arts. Bia Edwards, NorCal Curumim’s founder, has dedicated her life to educating children in percussion, dance and Brazilian folklore.
Games on the Green will have chill-out area, book tree, folkloric bean bag toss (map of Brazil), rain forest table games, musical experience, mini-soccer, creative recycled toys, moving the skeleton hula hoops, beach ball mania and MORE!
The Games On the Green is right next to the Music Meadow so parents can watch their kids and see the evening music as well.
An array of workshops are available throughout WorldFest including specially designed little one’s yoga, all age kid’s drumming, and the whirlwind of hula hooping.
Children are welcome at any of the music workshops or jam sessions during WorldFest.
The WorldFest Parade is an epic event for children of every age. Fabulous drummers and music makers lead the procession of costumed, decorated and excited revelry, highlighted by the art created at California Kids. The drummer’s jam at the end of the parade features an all ages dance circle of whirling bodies, stilt walkers, teens, jugglers and the young at heart!
Dozens of vendors from near and far provide world-class dining and shopping opportunities.
Our 2016 WorldFest Marketplace included:
Bam Bu Clothing
Dine in Style
An Honest Pie
Founded by Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers in 1997, WorldFest came under the umbrella of Grass Valley’s arts powerhouse, The Center for the Arts, in 2015.
Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming managing a 21,000 square foot venue in downtown Grass Valley and presenting over 150 events per year. In 2014, The Center purchased California WorldFest from Dan DeWayne and Christine Meyers. Dan and Christine selected The Center to purchase and inherit their over 20 year old festival because as DeWayne says, “Their commitment to the local community, strong board, vast experience in presenting diverse performers, and our shared values of family-first make them the perfect match for continuing WorldFest for years to come.”
Drawing inspiration from the Vancouver Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, MerleFest in North Carolina, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival, the California WorldFest includes eight performance stages, a complete children’s program, a community outreach history and a pledge to present the finest artists and performers from throughout our world.
From Afro/Pop to Bulgarian Harmonies, Latin to Bluegrass, Scottish fiddle tunes to Rock & Roll, Jumpin’ Jazz to Gypsy, Folk to New Acoustic, Mariachi to Russian Folk, Swing Jazz to Gospel, Bollywood to the newest Celtic incarnations, the California WorldFest is the home of our globes finest music and dance.
Past Performers at the California WorldFest have included:
Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys
Banana Slug String Band
Banana Slug String Band
And MANY more!