The 24th Annual California WorldFest is Postponed

Dear California WorldFest Family,

From homes around the world, WorldFest artists, leadership, and teams have been assessing the current crisis and trying to plan for the future. What is most important is the safety and well-being of our entire California WorldFest family. As we continue to face these unprecedented times, we had to make a very difficult decision.

We will be postponing the 24th Annual California WorldFest until July 15-18, 2021.

The impact of postponing this year’s festival extends to our crews, volunteers, partners, patrons, and our greater community. We spent the last 6 months planning and preparing a very special experience for you. We will continue to honor and build upon these efforts as we shift our focus to 2021. So, I guess you could say we have a significant head start for next year. 😉

In the meantime, please follow along on Facebook and Instagram as we highlight past performances, connect you with artists through virtual programming and workshops, showcase our vendors, and share partner stories. It is an incredibly challenging time for our artists and artisans. We can show our support and continue to create space for our WorldFest family, together online.

If you took advantage of our holiday pre-sale or early bird ticket offer, your 2020 tickets will be honored next year. This locks in your special pricing, helps us cover this year’s incurred expenses, and sets us up for a successful come-back.

WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to presenting and promoting the arts. We would be grateful if you would consider supporting us by making your tickets a tax-deductible donation. We can also issue gift cards for future use at WorldFest or shows held at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, or issue refunds. The deadline to request a refund or gift card is July 1, 2020.

We are planning something extra special for those of you who can hold onto (or donate) your tickets, so stay tuned!

Now, more than ever, we are reminded that music really does connect us all. We are all saddened that we will miss this chance to be together but we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe for us to gather under the tall pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

 

Be Well,

Your Friends & Family at WorldFest

 

thecenterforthearts.org
worldfest.net

 

If you have tickets, you have options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Coronavirus | Covid-19 Updates

Coronavirus, Covid-19 Update

Dear Friends,

Thank you for being a part of the WorldFest family. At the end of the month, we will be unveiling the third round of artists announcements for WorldFest 2020!

Currently, we do not plan to cancel any performances or events.

We will be monitoring the CDC, state, and local government agencies for any updates and encourage you to take standard precautions including hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are ill. You may transfer or sell your ticket to someone else by contacting the box office at 530-274-8384. Our current refund policy is here.

While at this time the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nevada County is low, the health and safety of patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers is always a priority. WorldFest and The Center for the Arts will be taking precautionary measures recommended by government authorities as we prepare for this year’s festivities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you,

Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director
thecenterforthearts.org
worldfest.net

 

For more information on how our first responders are preparing see this article. Nevada County is posting live updates here.

La Misa Negra

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La Misa Negra

GENRE: Latin Alternative | LOC: Oakland, CA

 

La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section,
and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-
kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.

 

La Misa Negra es una banda de Oakland, California, conformada por 7 integrantes y conocida por su mezcla única de cumbia y música afrolatina. En tarima, entregan un show que explota con ritmos contagiosos y energía punk, activada por los tambores, vientos, acordeón y un sonido inspirado de la era de
los años 50. Desde sus inicios en el otoño del 2011, La Misa Negra ha compartido escenarios y festivales a lo largo de los Estados Unidos con artistas como Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery
Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, Lila Downs, El Gran Silencio y Kinky. A través de sus fervientes shows, La Misa Negra se ha dado a conocer como una de las bandas más emocionantes que ha emergido de la Bahía en los últimos años, cultivando una fanaticada de diversas culturas, generaciones y gustos musicales.

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

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Banana Slug String Band

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Banana Slug String Band

GENRE: Children’s Eco-Music | LOC: Santa Cruz, CA

 

The Banana Slug String Band has been playing music for kids for over 30 years. they have played in 40 states, and 5 Countries, for over 2 Million people. They have released 12 award winning CDs. Their music is used in School curriculums and classes around the World. The slugs have brought their musical messages to noted festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and their home festival, Strawberry Music Festival, which they have played nearly 40 times! 

Their Live show is legendary, and include characters such as; the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab, and Big Red, the talking Redwood Tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original, and played in a variety of catchy musical styles…from Folk to Blues to reggae, Rock and Roll and Rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away, inspired, and ready to learn more about the Earth.

The Slugs are Environmental Educators, and met teaching in Outdoor Education in San Mateo county, working at Env. Ed. Schools deep in the Redwoods. Solar Steve and Marine Mark are currently the Administrators and directors of San Mateo county outdoor Ed.

Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Marine Mark, and Solar Steve are the Real Deal…..Impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, educators, and eco-warriors! With guitars, voices, crazy characters, and an extraordinary ability to connect with children…. they change the world, one child at a time!

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Amo Amo

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Amo Amo

GENRE: Psychedelic Rock | LOC: Los Angeles, CA

 

Amo Amo is a psychedelic dream pop band from Los Angeles, California.

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Albino Mbie

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Albino Mbie

GENRE: African Rock & Roll | LOC: Maputo, Mozambique

 

Albino Mbie is an award winning Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Sound and mixing engineer born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.

Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Albino began to play in a number of local bands. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds.

Today, Albino”s music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-Pop and Moz-Jazz sound. He will always continue to combine and capture the energies of different musical traditions to create a unified and original musical style.

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An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

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California WorldFest © 2020. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community. Site Photography by Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.

Ha’ Penny Bridge

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Ha’ Penny Bridge

GENRE: California Celtic | LOC: Chico, CA

 

Ha’Penny Bridge is a Northern California Celtic music band comprised of several musicians from the Chico, California area. Its dynamic, vocal-driven sound has been described aptly as “California Celtic” due to the band’s unique repertoire and arrangements of Mark McKinnon’s original songs, its stirring adaptations of classic and contemporary Celtic-style ballads, and creative infusion of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.

During its thirteen-year existence, Ha’Penny Bridge has garnered a reputation as one of Northern California’s strongest and most exciting Celtic music bands, including one of the Chico area’s most popular bands. At the very beginning of its existence, the Chico News and Review praised it as one of Chico’s hottest up-and-coming bands, and during its successful appearances at the prestigious KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016 Ha’Penny Bridge was hailed for its “rapid rise as one of the North State’s most popular bands” that has “garnered a large and enthusiastic following of music lovers of all ages drawn to the group’s powerful, ensemble-style playing and ringing vocal harmonies.” Since 2009, the band has also been a perennial nominee for a Chico Cammie Award as Chico’s best world music band, performing (to rousing standing ovations) at acclaimed Chico World Festivals, headlining Sacramento’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, and Feather Falls Casino’s St. Patrick’s Day Grand Opening celebration, and, among its many other performance venues in Northern California, was honored to open for esteemed Irish artists Karan Casey and John Doyle at Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Big Room .

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Vox Sambou

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Vox Sambou

GENRE: Hip-Hop | LOC: Montreal, QC

Vox Sambou is an MC, poet and multilingual performer who writes and performs in Creole, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a founding member of Montreal-based hip-hop collective, Nomadic Massive. He performed across North America, France, Chile, Brasil, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso, Colombia, Brasil, Morocco and Spain. His music focuses on the traditional rhythms of Haiti mixed with elements of afrobeat, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop, always committed to denounce injustices and social imbalances. 

Vox hopes to bring back a sense of pride to his people by shedding light on their rich and unique cultural heritage. He feels, however, that although it is important to identify the issues surrounding the problem, it is equally urgent to find concrete solutions. He exercises this credo everyday as director of a youth community center in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges.

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Shovels & Rope

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Shovels & Rope

GENRE: Folk | LOC: Charleston, SC

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

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California WorldFest © 2020. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community. Site Photography by Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.

MekLit

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MekLit

GENRE: Ethio-Jazz | LOC: San Francisco, CA

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more.

Her fame in Ethiopia skyrocketed in 2015 when her TED talk went viral in the country and her music videos began playing daily on multiple Ethiopian television stations. She goes back to Addis Ababa regularly to perform.

Meklit’s album – When the People Move, the Music Moves Too – was released June 23rd on Six Degrees Records, receiving rave reviews and quickly reaching #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the NACC World Charts and #12 on the World Charts in Europe. It was also named one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, one of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and amongst the 10 Best Bay Area albums of 2017 by KQED. These 11 songs were deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz). Back in 2011, he told Meklit, “find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!” Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks), the album also features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

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California WorldFest © 2020. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community. Site Photography by Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.