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presented by The Center for the Arts
a non-profit Arts organization
314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-274-8384 ext 14

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Sactown Magazine

This four-day celebration of cultures from around the globe will feature seven stages and over 50 acts, including the funk-influenced, socially conscious Michael Franti, who grew up in part in Davis, and his Spearhead (July 16)—whose 2008 radio earworm “Say Hey (I Love You)”—and legendary singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow (July 13), whose stint as one-third of the 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary earned him five Grammy wins.  READ MORE

Moonshine Ink 

Beacon of Light: Franti Headlines California WorldFest
Friday, June 9, 2017, By: Mayumi Elegado, Moonshine Ink Staff

World got you a little down right now? We’ve got the remedy.

After globetrotting the world on their Love Out Loud Tour 2017, Michael Franti and Spearhead are coming home. Franti, who grew up in the Bay Area, is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who has continually been at the forefront of “lyrical activism,” using his music as a positive force for change. The band, basically on tour since the 1990s, released their ninth studio album, SOULROCKER, last year, featuring their signature blend of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae with an added dose of electronic music. They are accomplished studio artists, but their live shows are arguably where the real magic happens. I don’t exaggerate when I say I’ve left more than one of their shows nearly levitating.

“Right now is a time in the world people are looking for inspiration,” Franti told Moonshine Ink in an interview. “And they are looking to come together with other people who are concerned about what’s happening in the world but at the same time haven’t forgotten how to enjoy life. That’s really what our shows are about.”

Franti and Spearhead come to the area to play at California WorldFest, which music industry magazine Pollstar calls a “festival of discovery.” Go on, discover how Franti and Spearhead can make you forget what ails you.



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Black America Web, Event preview, 07/15/2016, Boz Scaggs Headlining The California WorldFest’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
The Union, Event preview, 07/15/2016, Global Indigenous Peoples Village takes prominent role at WorldFest
SF Examiner, Event preview, 07/13/2016, Arts > Arts > Calendar July 13-14: Eric Lindell, Sir Spyro, Ngaio Bealum, Donald McPhail, David Reid, California WorldFest, Creed Bratton
SF Weekly, Listing, 07/13/2016, California WorldFest is July 14-17 in Grass Valley, CA
NBC, Feature story, 05/23/2016, On the Way: California WorldFest
Common Ground, Article, 05/27/2016, Common Ground: The Creativity Issue
JamBase, Event preview, 04/22/2016, California WorldFest Lineup Announcement
Event Seeker, Listing, 07/11/2016, California Worldfest
San Francisco Chronicle, Listing, 05/20/2016, The ultimate guide to summer concerts in Northern California
SF Gate, Listing, 05/25/2016, The ultimate guide to summer concerts in Northern California
The Union, Article, 05/11/2016, Green Screen Institute Sets Co-Working Lab Grand Opening in Nevada County
Bay Nature, Listing, 05/05/2016, July 14 – July 17
Blogfoolk, Event preview, 06/17/2016, Festival World e Trad
Sally’s Place, Listing, 04/10/2016, The Daily Dish, Event preview, 04/25/2016, Boz Scaggs, Nahko and Medicine for the People and More to Play California WorldFest
Harmony Connections , Article, 05/11/2016, 2016 California WorldFest
fRoots, Listing, 06/01/2016, Events
Pollstar, Event preview, 06/30/2016, California WorldFest Gears Up For No. 20
Santa Ynez Valley News, Event preview, 05/31/2016, Discover the treasures of Grass Valley
Fusicology, Event preview, 07/08/2016, California WorldFest
Broadway World, Event preview, 07/07/2016, California WorldFest’s 20th Edition Keeps the True Spirit of the Music Festival Alive
AXS Entertainment, Event preview, 04/05/2016, California WorldFest 2016: Boz Scaggs and beyond
San Francisco Gate, Event preview, 07/11/2016, California WorldFest boasts over 50 bands, Event preview, 07/06/2016, California WorldFest keeps spirit of music alive


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