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Pioneer Curiosity:
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 14-17, 2016, 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.”

Celebrating its 20th year, WorldFest has just started a new chapter, one that manages to be both more community oriented and globally minded. The festival’s history reflects how a tried-and-true festival model can morph and grow, can challenge and engage, without losing its heartfelt vibe.

Founded by a dedicated couple from not-too-distant Chico in 1997, WorldFest came under the umbrella of Grass Valley’s art powerhouse, The Center for the Arts, a local presenting organization that went from near bust to boom in a few short years. Baker and her team helped inject new life into the Center’s approach by thinking hard about what Grass Valley and the surrounding areas really needed from an arts presenter. In a few challenging years, the organization went from floundering in debt to fostering a multi-generational audience in the tens of thousands and nearly 2,000 members in an area with a year-round population of around 90,000.

Some of The Center’s new, very successful events included major outdoor concerts. They considered started a festival of their own until the opportunity to take over WorldFest came along.They looked at the festival in depth, saw its strengths, and leaped at the opportunity. They applied the same thoughtful approach to their new venture, listening to the local community while pushing the envelope by incorporating artists and ideas that nurture creativity and multifaceted fun.

To reenforce the intergenerational nature of WorldFest’s audience--to entice the kids who grew up attending with their parents to continue coming--the festival has included late-night events, like last year’s Beats Antique-powered dance set. Arts-based activities for young children based on the forested site, a special area for teens, a family chill out area, and musical adventures led by festival artists are coupled with learning opportunities for adults, covering everything from canning and beekeeping to habitat restoration and tiny house living. A section of the fairgrounds is transformed into a Global Indigenous People’s Village, where festival-goers can engage directly with the music, culture, and histories of peoples from around the world, an expansion of the original Native People’s Village.

WorldFest shows how a festival can grow in tune with its setting and people, following the curiosity, love of the land, and powerful global connections that shape the region. “We’re responding to what patrons, community, and the world long to hear,” Baker reflects.

About The Center for the Arts

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.




indigenous-soul-AnnaKastnerWFestGlobal Indigenous Peoples Village

In 2016, 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 will now have its very own stage dedicated to Indigenous People’s music and dance performances and workshops.

In year’s past the Native People’s Village has operated almost as a festival within a festival. With new emphasis on the area both including a more prominent stage, additional performers from California and internationally, more signage on the grounds and promotion of the Global Village in the printed program, on the website and in social media, we expect vendors in the village will see increased traffic and awareness.




Nahko Bear
Peter Mawanga
Terrance Simien
Eva Salina
Sahba Motallebi
Grass Valley Taiko
Johnny Moses
Lyla June
Calle Placer
Caleen Sisk - Winnemem Wintu

Desirae Harp
Kimberly ShiningStar
Southern California Aztec Dancers
Little Thunder
McNair Family Singers
Pamela Ames
Feather River Singers
Native Healing Music Workshop
Red Circle Powwow Dancers from California
Good Shield Aguilar
Indigenous Soul – Jam Sessions


11:00-11:30 - Learn the art of a silver jewelry making with Ikoshy Montoya
11:30-3:00 - Salmon Art - for the youth - come and decorate a Salmon Pendant
11:30-12:00 - Learn the Art of Flint knapping, pine needle basking making and Dream Catcher making with Dr. Susan Gleason and Janet Pedersen.
Cost for each class is $15.00
1:00-1:30 - Learn the art of Tule Matt making with Diana Almendariz
2:00-2:30 - Learn the tools needed to carve soapstone with Vince Castanon
3:00-3:30 - Learn how to decorate Gourds with Betty Jean-Droman and Pat Allen
3:30-4:00 - Learn how to make drums with Richard Flittie

Ongoing Demonstrations
Hempstead Project H.E.A.R.T - Learn the wonders of Commercial Hemp-from clothing to nutrition and beyond
Buffalo Field Campaign - Learn about the last of the genetically pure wild buffalo in Yellowstone Park.
Sierra Native Alliance - learn about how to empower Native youth and families through education cultural resources and environmental activities.
Basket making – with Shiwaya Peck-Maidu basket maker
Flute making - with Nash Tevawa


Conscious Living

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
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.



Banana Slug String Band

Banana Slug String Band - SATURDAY & SUNDAY

The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California.

With vocals, guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, banjo and percussion, Slug songs range from rockin’ boogies to gentle ballads; folk songs to reggae and rap. Music, theater, puppetry and audience participation create a fun-filled learning experience.

240-izzi-tooinskyIzzi Tooinsky - Saturday & Sunday

Izzi Tooinsky, The Wild Man, is a unique vaudevillian entertainer who has been performing at fairs, festivals, schools, and museums since the dawn of time. The Wild Man is a juggler, clown, comedian, storyteller, and educator. He is the author of two books, creator of 7 storytelling CDs, father of two wild women and has performed in 17 countries around the world.

All agree that The Wild Man's performance is bold and creative, flamboyant and fun for people of all ages. His quick mix of comedy, juggling and audience participation makes him a favorite everywhere from The International Children's Festival in Wales to the wild desert extravaganza of Burning Man.

artist500-merloch-the-magicianMerloch Silvermaine

"With Silvermaine in control, the mood shifts from amusing to amazing. He pulls off a card trick - yes, a card trick - so mind-bendingly good that you're likely to stay up an extra hour trying to figure out how he did it...Silverman does what great magicians ought to do: He reduces cynical adults to a state of holiday-appropriate wonder." - San Francisco Chronicle

Do you believe in magic?  Once you see Merloch Silvermaine work his wizardly tricks, we're betting you will.

By day, Dr Kim Silverman is a principal research scientist. But by night he studies the more, er, “esoteric” sciences. He is Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, better known as the world-famous Magic Castle. Many magical authorities believe he was the inspiration for a certain wizard in the Harry Potter series. Indeed, as Professor Merloch Silvermaine, he spent 12 months as Visiting Sorcerer at the Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While there he taught Spells and Divinations, and carried out research into advanced magical techniques, and the relationship between Magic and Emotion.

secret-agent-23-skidoo500Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - Sunday

“Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is the finest,  freshest artist of the family music movement.” - Time Out Chicago

As the first song blasts out, GRAMMY Nominated hip hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo begins a family dance party that is more Soul Train than Thomas the Train - his infectious love for beats, rhymes and originality invites the whole crowd to hit the dance floor.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s albums routinely appear on Best of the Year top ten lists, and he’s never dropped a disc that didn’t score a #1 hit on SiriusXM Global Radio. His latest, The Perfect Quirk, scored two of them and was just nominated for a GRAMMY!

The heart and soul of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s mission is the celebration of originality and childhood.

kids-Sheckter-1058The WorldFest Playground

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.

kids-Sheckter-9835California Kids Arts & Crafts

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!

kids-Sheckter-1164Brazilian Inspired Games on the Green

Brazilian Inspired Games on the Green The beautiful grass of the green kids’ meadow is full of fun as Bia Navarro Edwards lead the games and activities.

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.

Click HERE to see our list of workshops.


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!


Workshops at WorldFest

Get involved!  Move, Play, Sing and Dance at WorldFest 2016.
Click HERE for the current WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.

Yoga with Dr Paula
Slackline Yoga with Isha McCaskey
Kids Yoga with Dana Cohen
Yoga & the Emerging Story of You with Mandy Lucchese
Becoming a Hollow Bone with J.P. Tindell, M.S. & Michael Stone
Gentle Yoga with JoDee Nosanow Eatmon
Five Animal Frolic Qi Gong with Linnie O'Flanagan

Sweat Your Prayers with Jacia
Shake Estatic Dance with DJ Medicine Heart (Luke Anderson)
Moving Meditation with Michael Stone (aka dj Divine)
Zumba with Soozie Yearwood
Swing Dance with Tristan Gunderson
Dance Connection with Tyrone Gorre & Linnie O’Flanagan
Hula Hooping Workshop with Libby Woods
Tribal Bellydance Workshop with East Wind Bellydance
Brazilian Dance with Deanna Torres

Congolese and West African Dance with Kate Haight
Belly Dance with Marija
Sierra Salsa with Lucy Galbraith

Songs & Songwriting with Nahko Bear
Instruments of Malawi Africa with Peter Mawanga
Creole and Zydeco 101 with Terrance Simien
Romani Songs for All Seasons with Eva Salina
Persian Classical Art Music with Sahba Motallebi
Taiko Drumming with Mitzi Garnett
Native Healing Songs with Pamela Ames
UKE University with Dani Joy
Vocal Workshop with Rod Baggett - Singable Songs from Around the World
Troika Folkdance Troupe
WorldFest Chorus with Warren Haskell
Open Mic with Memo Keswick
Americana Instruments with Clifford Johnson
World Beat Community Drum & Dance Circles
The Universal Language of Rhythm with Michael Dimartino
The Healing Power of Rhythm
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - Rhyme Writing Workshop for (Most) All Ages!!!
Didjeridu with Andrju
Middle Eastern Rhythms with Pete Fairley
Brazilian Drumming with Victor Vasquez
Music Together Singalong with Beth Gillogly

and MORE!


workshop-dr-paula-barrosYoga with Dr Paula

Dr. Paula Barros has a natural ability to inspire students in the practice of Yoga. Paula began Yoga teacher training at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco in 1975.

Paula’s teaching career began in 1976, teaching at Santa Cruz School of Ballet, and also at the Watsonville YMCA. Paula’s compassionate interest in recovery after physical/emotional trauma has given her many opportunities to work therapeutically with individuals in private therapeutic Yoga sessions. In 1977, Paula studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar for four months of intensive training, where the therapeutic cases were successfully managed with Yoga Asana and Pranayama. Paula helped students suffering from scoliosis, heart disease, head injury and many other challenging health conditions.

Dr. Paula Barros became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1985 and currently owns her own practice at Clear Creek Healing Center in Northern California. Through her healing practice, Dr. Paula offers private therapeutic yoga sessions to many of her patients, in which she emphasizes whole person integration of mind, body and breath, for deep conscious healing. Dr. Paula has a strong, yet gentle manner of teaching and strives to promote the development of positive lifestyling through the healing practices of yoga.

Paula has earned a certificate as a Registered Yoga Teacher with 500+ hours of advanced teaching approved by the Yoga Alliance. Paula offers a Yoga Teacher Training/Advanced yoga studies in her yoga school, Align with the Divine. This 9mos YOGA teacher training program is approved by Yoga Alliance as 200/500 hour YOGA Teacher Training program. Presently, she is completing her formal certification in the Anusara tradition, after 600+ hours of training with her beloved teacher, John Friend.

Therapeutic Yoga classes with Dr. Paula are small groups with an emphasis on individual needs. Paula’s style adapts the posture and breath to ensure optimum health and full enjoyment. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, you are in good hands, guided through the Yoga practices for relaxation, rehabilitation and recovery.

workshop-slacklineSlackline Yoga with Isha McCaskey

Slacklining is a unique practice that teaches full body awareness. A moving meditation that will redefine your sense of balance and mental focus, you will learn to balance on a 1 inch wide 'yoga mat' (slackline).  In this workshop you will learn the basics of standing (commitment), kneeling (core strength), sitting (focus) and arm balancing (breath), as well as exercises for more seasoned slackers to expand their comfort zone on the line. Slacklining is great for yogis, climbers, couch potatoes, and athletes of all kinds. All skill levels encouraged, no experience necessary.


workshop-dana-cohenKids Yoga with Dana Cohen

Dana Cohen-Valerio walks the path of the heart through yoga, inspiration, healing, play, practice, presence, surrender, nurturing, love, & devotion.

Dana will lead Kid & Family Yoga - an hour of play in our bodies with breath, exploring the spirit of self, nature, animals, & life. She teaches kids of all ages transcendence thru active energetic explosions & peaceful grounding, flowing naturally with the energy of each moment.


workshop-mandy-horsesYoga & the Emerging Story of You with Mandy Lucchese

Mandy is the founder of Kinfolk Yoga Studio in Northern California. She has taught at yoga festivals such as Worldfest, Wanderlust, California Spirit Festival, and Honey Root. She facilitates teacher trainings, teaches workshops and retreats. She has completed teacher trainings in Astanga, Anusara, Restorative and Therapeutics, and Tantric Hatha Yoga. She has a Master's Degree in Art and sculpts life-size figures in clay. She has lived in Nevada County since 2000.

Mandy says, "I teach because it feels natural. Being at the front of the room is comfortable because it allows me to create. I am recognized for my love of sequencing and creativity designed within the framework of a class. There is nothing flashy, trendy, or incredibly innovative about it, except that I am constantly present with what I am teaching, constantly looking at my own practice and seeking out what is valuable and potent and offering that out. My teachings may stretch beyond traditional yoga with the influence of other forms I study which inspire me; sculpture, poetry, therapeutic body work, pilates, travel, and more. Regardless of what I teach, what style, level, or form, I am always trying it on , questioning, learning what is working, what is skillful, and what can be let go of. This organic approach to my teaching is accessible and welcoming."

Shamanic Journey Work with J.P. Tindell & Michael Stone

Saturday 9:00-10:30: Becoming a Hollow Bone: ShapeShifting into a New Story for Your Life and Living

Shamanism is the oldest human system of spiritual knowledge and healing. Its practices provide access to unequaled power from the spiritual realm. Shamanic journeying provides a portal into direct revelation of our divine and eternal nature, and the wisdom and healing to be shared with us by our personal helping spiritual beings. Come travel on the sounds of drums and rattles into the Spirit World. We'll do journeys of Shapeshifting and Dismemberment-Rememberment, becoming hollow bones through which deep personal transformation, empowerment and self renewal can come.

Sunday 4:- 5:30 dance/shamanic journey work: Let Spirit Move You
Embodied Shamanism: Honoring and Moving with the Elements
Join us for this Moving Journey into the Heart of the Elements

Practice embodied shamanism
Connect deeply with the elements and the Spirit that lives in all things
Merge with the elements
Deepen your heart connecting with the web of life
Retrieve a consulting power animal

Jworkshop-jp-tindell.P. Tindell, M.S., Shamanic Practitioner, is the Founder of Spirit Medicine Making: Teaching & Healing in the Tradition of Classic Shamanism in Auburn, CA. J.P. started her training in Contemporary Shamanism with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and continued with other master teachers and healers. She applies spiritual understanding of Energy Anatomy and Chakra Systems to her healing practice. Her abilities as Seer, Healer, Mystic, Counselor, Warrior, Catalyst and Teacher converge for a powerful healing assist. She has also faced and healed herself of cancer, and has much to share from her “healer, heal thyself” initiation. She has been in private practice as a Shamanic Practitioner, both teaching and healing, for 20 years.


michael-stone500Michael Stone has extensive training in movement and is a certified trainer in Trance Dance, Soul Motion, and Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms. He has brought his training in communications, gestalt, meditation, and psychology together with his spiritual and environmental conviction to develop a totally unique approach to bringing forth a new depth in environmental awareness. Earth Embodiment is a moving meditation process that combines these different modalities in such a way that people have a direct experience of their interconnectedness with all life and a deep and profound experience of their relationship with the earth itself. Michael is also the host of KVMR's award winning show Conversations which airs on Tuesdays at 1pm.

workshop-jodee3Gentle Yoga with JoDee Nosanow Eatmon

JoDee Nosanow Eatmon has been teaching Dance & Yoga to children and adults and special needs students for over 30 years in Stockton. She has worked at health clubs and Parks and Recreation and Delta College. JoDee studied Dance and Yoga at San Joaquin Delta College as well as Expanding Light at Ananda Ashram in Nevada City and Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She studied Vinyasa Flow with Sean Corn and Yoga Trance Dance with Shiva Rea at the annual Yoga Journal Conferences in San Francisco for many years.

Discover the benefits of proper breathing and learn how to relax the body and mind into gentle harmony to promote peace and wellness within. We'll be exploring gentle yoga postures that is easy for any body type exploring the joy of moving to meditational music and chanting. The class is easy to follow for any age and any ability. Namaste'

conscious-living-linnie-oflanaganFive Animal Frolic Qi Gong with Linnie O'Flanagan

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is an ancient form of exercise used in China for thousands of years to improve and maintain health and vitality. Through simple movement, breath and visualization exercises, you can reduce stress and improve strength, balance, immunity, organ function, mental clarity and emotional health.  In Five Animal Frolic, we emulate the movements and attitudes of the Bear, Crane, Monkey, Tiger and Deer. This form improves strength, flexibility, stamina, and organ health. Come play!

Linnie O’Flanagan is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Medical Qi Gong Therapist. She is also a certified health and fitness instructor, and has studied and taught dance and exercise for most of her life.

Awakening consciousness of the of energy flow within each of us, is one of Linnie’s passions. She loves to bring healing and joy to people’s lives through mindful movement and dance. Linnie has developed a series of courses on Meridians in Motion and also teaches regular classes on Daoist Cosmology and Chinese Medicine at her health center, One River Medicine, in Meadow Vista, CA.


workshop-jacia-kornwise500Sweat Your Prayers with Jacia

Saturday morning come sweat your prayers and open your heart to a 5 rhythms based dance wave.  A 20 minute warm up followed by an hour and a half dance to a wide range of musical styles. Jacia Kornwise has been leading healing dance and embodiment practices for the past 20 years.

Jacia Kornwise is a 5 Rhythms teacher trained and certified by Gabrielle Roth herself.

workshop-djmedicine-heart500Soul Shake Estatic Dance with DJ Medicine Heart (Luke Anderson)

Sunday morning: Drop in deep and shake it all loose to a wide range of musical styles, including world music, electronic, glitch, bass, funk, and house. We'll begin with a warm up followed by an hour and a half dance.


michael-stone5005Rhythms Moving Meditation with Michael Stone (aka dj Divine)

Friday 10-11:30
5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers: Embodied!

Sweat Your Prayers is a moving meditation with inspirational music from around the world. It is designed to release the spirit within, stimulate intuition and creativity, and leave you in a state of profound stillness… Come practice the ancient tradition of dancing to awaken and honor the spirit within. The purpose of a SWEAT is to build stamina, connect with your own inner dance, increase awareness and have a rocking good time.

The benefits of these practices, besides being a lot of fun and moving to an eclectic blend of music from around the world are: reduce stress, lose weight, experience psychological well-being, expand inner and outer awareness, integrate and align mind, body, emotions and spirit. Learn to connect more fully with your self, others and experience a deep community connection. Find out why so many people gather every Friday and Sunday to participate in this practice.

Michael Stone has extensive training in movement and is a certified trainer in Trance Dance, Soul Motion, and Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms. He has brought his training in communications, gestalt, meditation, and psychology together with his spiritual and environmental conviction to develop a totally unique approach to bringing forth a new depth in environmental awareness. Earth Embodiment is a moving meditation process that combines these different modalities in such a way that people have a direct experience of their interconnectedness with all life and a deep and profound experience of their relationship with the earth itself. Michael is also the host of KVMR's award winning show Conversations which airs on Tuesdays at 1pm.

workshop-tristan-gunderson500Swing Dance with Tristan Gunderson

Swing Dance is led by Tristan Gunderson, a swing and ballroom instructor and choreographer of 5 years, with the help of his partner Mahri Gray who has a background in ballet as well as dancing swing for countless years.

Grab a partner and put on some Cab Calloway. This workshop returning for another worldfest will teach you all you need to know to boogie to some of your favorite songs. Covering the basics of East Coast Swing and other swing styles from nightclub two-step to street hustle.

Great for beginners or if you just want a refresher and a chance to dance to some swinging tunes.


workshops-2016-zumbaZumba with Soozie Yearwood

Soozie Yearwood is a certified AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Group Fitness Instructor, and has been teaching adult and children’s fitness classes since 2012. Having moved to Nevada County in 2015, Soozie previously managed a full service gym before opening her own fitness studio in Plumas County.

Ms. Yearwood is Pilates Mat certified through NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association), and has been trained and holds licenses for teaching Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Toning and Beachbody’s PiYo Live program. Soozie holds online group challenges as a Wellness Coach focusing on healthy habits, nutrition and fitness. Her goal is to design classes that cater to fitness enthusiast who want to be challenged while offering modifications so that everyone, even beginners, can join in at their own pace and get an amazing workout. She loves to help motivate, inspire, and help people achieve their goals, one class at a time. Soozie is honored to be teaching at various fitness studios around this beautiful community, you can find her at Fit Culture Studio, Center of Movement Studio and South Yuba Club.

 worldfest-dance-connectionDance Connection with Tyrone Gorre & Linnie O’Flanagan

Add some fun to your relationship, by developing your dance connection! In this lively and innovative class, instructors Tyrone Gorre & Linnie O’Flanagan use their knowledge of dance and Qi Gong, to get you moving together like never before! (Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese art for developing one’s skills with energy.)

Tyrone Gorre & Linnie O’Flanagan have been dancing together since the day they met. Their dance style blends their experience in classical ballet, disco, swing, balboa, Argentine tango, hula, zydeco and Qi Gong.

While out dancing around town, you will often see them switching dance styles several times within one song. In this workshop, they share the most important elements of their dancing; their constant energetic connection to each other and to the music.

workshop-worldfestimagehoopsHula Hooping Workshop - Beginner to Intermediate - with Libby Woods

Hoop Fun for kids and adults

Discover your Natural Rhythm! Workshop will instruct waist hooping, hooping on the neck and shoulder, off body hooping, transitions, grip and traveling while hooping. An invitation to join a playful space for finding "the flow". Whether you have never picked up a hoop before or seeking new moves for your repertoire; this workshop will provide fun opportunity to learn new ways of dance and self expression.

Libby Woods, professional hoop dancer and instructor since 2008. Her passion for play and exercise merge in the expressive art form of hoop dance. Hula Hooping truly brings out the inner child and unites people of all ages in PLAY. In addition to teaching hoop dance, Libby Woods also is a personal trainer, specializing in women's strength training. She also teaches a monkey movement class and partner acrobatics. She is also a member of the Beyond Fire Tribe and a substitute movement teacher at the Nevada City School of the arts.

workshop-abigail-mooreTribal Bellydance with Abigail Moore

Tribal Bellydance is a beautiful dance form, with roots in folkloric dance from North Africa and the Middle East. This workshop will be led by Abigail Moore of Eastwind Bellydance with drumming by the Eastwind Band.

We will be exploring the relationship between dancers and drummers. We will be learning dance combinations that express specific Middle Eastern drum rhythms. With shimmies and circles, undulations and lines we will dance our way into joy! Join us!


nahko-solo500Songs & Songwriting with Nahko Bear

Friday at 4:30pm on the Global Stage

Nahko Bear will perform a solo set of his songs with explanation and discussion of his songwriting practices.

Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond, Americana musicians and storytellers like Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self discovery.

Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born.

Instruments of Malawi Africa with Peter Mawanga

Saturday at Noon on the Global Stage

Peter Mawanga of Malawi, Africa, will discuss his fusion of rare local instruments into his music. He will have instruments on display and give a tutorial on how they are used in his music.

Peter Mawanga is a self-proclaimed “Voice for the Voiceless.” Writing in his vernacular Chichewa his socially conscious lyrics speak for Malawi’s underprivileged. The music is equally Malawian. Traditional melodies and rhythms form the backbone of original songs orchestrated with modern and traditional instruments, a sound Mawanga terms Afro-vibes.

Fusing the rock outfit of drums-bass-guitar with the traditional sounds of Malawi’s marimba, thumb piano, and percussion, Mawanga’s Afro-vibes is a modern African sound that is intrinsically Malawian. He has the premier band in Malawi to boot who has been making headlines ever since their debut release Paphiri ndi Padambo (2009).

terrance-simien500Creole and Zydeco 101 with Terrance Simien

Saturday at 1:30pm on the Global Stage

For over 30 years, 2 time GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

This workshop will feature Simien talking about the Louisiana Creoles and their music, core instruments, origin and history of the music.

eva-salina500Romani Songs for All Seasons with Eva Salina

Friday at 10:30am on the Global Stage

Eva Salina will present Balkan Romani songs of love and joy and struggle and all things in between, with live accompaniment from the incredible Peter Stan. Bring your voice and your enthusiasm, no experience necessary!

Renowned vocalist Eva Salina grew up immersed in Balkan singing, and began her travels to the Balkans for study at the remarkable young age of 12. Growing up in the tradition, she had the good fortune to study directly with famed mentors from across the Balkans. Professionally, Eva cut her teeth in New York’s Balkan diaspora, and was welcomed into Roma communities there.

Sahba Motallebi

Persian Classical Art Music with Sahba Motallebi

Sunday at 1:30pm on the Global Stage

In her workshop Sahba Motallebi will present Persian classical art music (Radif, Dastgah, Avaz, Gusheh, etc.) in addition to other Persian music forms such as prelude (Pish Daramad), Reng (designed specifically for dance). Various Persian Music instrumentation will be demonstrated such as Tar, Santour, Tonbak and more.

As improvisation is a major characteristic of Iranian music, Sahba will present examples of a few such tracks, and will then perform Persian Music improvisational compositions for the CA. World Fest audience.

Sahba is the first person on the planet to ever offer Persian Music instruction via free Tar video lessons on the internet. She is known as a pioneer world wide in Persian Music performance, composition and teaching. To become so she had to leave her family and home country of Iran at a very early age to pursue her career and vision of the above in Russia, Turkey and ultimately the US.

There will be some time available for encouraged Q&A during and/or at the end of the workshop.

Grass Valley Taiko

Taiko Drumming with Mitzi Garnett

Sunday at 9:00am on the Global Stage

Grass Valley Taiko was established in 2000 by Founder and Artistic Director Mitzi Garnett from a basic one-time workshop that grew into the multiple of classes of varied levels that exist today. Mitzi was instrumental in bringing many taiko performances to Grass Valley/Nevada City that have featured Taiko groups from all over California and a vast variety of drummers of many genres. Grass Valley Taiko hosted a Taiko Festival in 2005 that celebrated two sold-out shows, annual Taiko Festivals each year since, an annual production that gives 100% of the income to a notable cause, and Taiko Camps in 2006, 2008, and 2010 that drew participants from around the world to train with the Masters of North American Taiko. Grass Valley Taiko also participated in the International Taiko Festival in San Francisco in 2012.

Mitzi has since returned to Grand Master Tanaka for training and the honors to play “Hiryu Sandan Gaishi/Isami Goma” and “Hachijo,” in addition to her training with world-renowned Kodo at Sado Island, Japan. Our members are dedicated and strong and we seek to attain a greater level of understanding and skill in Taiko and the practice of wadaiko – they way of Taiko.

“Drumming is a core part of all of us; it starts in the womb. We all have our own rhythm. With Taiko, you commit to a path, dedicate to a training, drum to a beat with many hearts; not all who possess a drum can honestly call themselves “Taiko”, but we can all call ourselves drummers. Taiko is so much more. We are practitioners. We are performers. We are dedicated to our tradition and breathe our life into our art form.” -- Mitzi Garnett, Founder and Artistic Director of Grass Valley Taiko.


Native Healing Songs with Pamela Ames

Pamela Ames is an artist with roots in Native American music. Her decade of work with Feather River Singers women’s drum provided inspirational music loved by many. The songs in English and Cherokee are uplifting and mesmerizing. The group received radio play nationwide and was nominated for a Native American Music Award. Pamela has a BA and an MA in Music. She sings, performs, writes and records Native American Contemporary, Rock, Jazz and electronic music. “Music heals” and “Energy” are musical mottos. Pamela goal is to spread the healing, energizing power of music around the world.

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.

Native Healing Music Workshop
“When you sing you pray double” - this quote, attributed to the Teja, embodies the Native American belief that singing is a spiritual act of prayer. Your good intentions are more powerful when carried by beautiful song. The act of singing heals and energizes the singer and the listener.

This workshop will demonstrate the practice of singing with healing with audience participation.

Feather River Singers

The Feather River Singers are 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.

workshop-dani-joy500UKE University with Dani Joy

Now that you've got the basics under your control (at least a little) let's try out some simple patterns that can give your music the twist and flavor that you've been craving!

In this workshop, Syncopated Patterns, we will explore a handful of techniques that will wow you and your audience. Yes, they will take some time to master, but in this 1 hour course we will do so much repetition your muscle memory will have no choice but to kick in.

Techniques include, Roll, Tap, Outside pull and Chuck.  These techniques are highly versatile and can be applied to various styles of music including Blues, Folk, Instrumental, Bossa Nova, R&B, Country, Bluegrass, Americana, Jazz, You Name It. You alone have soul discrepancy rights on when to add a Splash of Pizzaz, a flourish of arpeggiated notes, a slap, a knock, a playful tap, a bass drum boom!

workshop-rod-baggettVocal Workshop with Rod Baggett
Singable Songs from Around the World

Taught by the award winning choir director from Nevada Union High school, Rod Baggett. Bring the instrument that you never leave behind and experience sing-able songs from around the globe! Songs of freedom from Africa, native songs from Amazon tribes, songs from Haiti, songs in Gaelic and American shape-note songs are just to name a few of the various traditional songs that will be shared. Simple to learn part songs from a multitude of cultures will be lead and taught by the Village Song Ensemble. All participants are encouraged join in at any level you feel comfortable!

workshop-troika folkdanceTroika Folkdance Troupe

Troika teaches and performs World Dances (folk dances) to all ages. Come learn circle, line, or couple dances from Greece, Israel, Romania, Serbia and beyond! All are welcome - no partner needed.


warren-haskellWorldFest Chorus with Warren Haskell

Worldfest chorus:
Open to all worldfest participants. A love of singing and an ability to sing on pitch are the only requirements. Sheet music is provided, but a knowledge of reading music is not required. Rehearsals will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a short performance following Sundays practice. See schedule for times.

Guitar workshop:
This is an introductory workshop on classical guitar performance. Participants are invited to bring instruments so that rudimentary techniques can be explained and rehearsed. Handouts of essential exercises are provided.

Warren Haskell has lived in Chico since 1991. Now retired, he was on the music faculty at CSU, Chico, teaching music theory and classical guitar. He holds both a BM and MM in guitar performance from USC and he continues to teach privately and perform around northern California. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Doin’ it Justice chorus in Chico, an a cappella community chorus that focuses on music with themes of peace as well as social, economic and environmental justice. This is his fifth summer directing the Worldfest chorus.

memo-keswickOpen Mic with Memo Keswick

Show your stuff at Open Mic hosted by Memo Keswick.

Sign up to play an Open Mic slot on the Discovery Stage, Saturday or Sunday Mornings 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
Sign up at the Information Booth on Friday to play Saturday AM and on Saturday to play Sunday AM.



Americana Instruments 

Join Clifford Johnson in this fun class.  You can time travel back to yesteryear when American ingenuity allowed almost anyone to make music with almost anything.

Learn how to “make-do” music - and have fun. Included may be washtub (gut-bucket) bass, washboard, musical saw, harmonica, singing, jaw harp, and whistling.

workshop-michael-dimartinoWorld Beat Community Drum & Dance Circles

Community Drum Circles are an open and improvisational experience. Learn rhythms, while having the opportunity to freely express yourself!!! A great program for leadership development and team building. Applicable for corporate to tribal environments. Fun for all ages.

The Universal Language of Rhythm

The Universal Language of Rhythm is a hands-on workshop using a selection of drums and percussion instruments. Learn the ancient nonverbal language of communication. This workshop focuses on tradition and technique, while learning the verbalizations of the rhythms. We practice rhythms from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Applicable to all styles of percussion instruments, this program can range from a primarily creative focus to an academic, experiential, or research focus.

The Healing Power of Rhythm

The Healing Power of Rhythm workshop is based on the ancient science of Nada Yoga, indigenous drumming, and tenets of music therapy. This workshop activates entrainment, which is connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain (analytical and creative) and producing synchronizations. It includes breath work, rhythm realizations, and song. No experience is necessary.

Group leaders are Michael DiMartino, Kit Bailey, David Woods, Ricardo Covarubbias, Gary Greenberg and Rob Holland.

Michael Dimartino
Michael plays percussion and ethnic wind instruments. He has been playing and teaching for more than 30 years and has had the opportunity to travel to many countries. These include Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Europe, and Israel studying and learning from the keepers of various traditions. He also maintains a contemporary relevance by organically mixing in electronic influences with dozens of traditional instruments.  Mr. DiMartino has also performed with Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, Mickey Hart, Baba Olatunji, Yungchen Llhamo, Joules Graves, Umayapurim Shivaraman, Gordon Stone, Col Bruce Hampton, and at national festivals —Horde, Big Summer Classic, Gathering of the Vibes, and Starwood.

secret-agent-23-skidoo500-1Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Rhyme Writing Workshop for (Most) All Ages!!!

With a funky beat thumping continuously in the background and solid, simple advice from the best Family Hip Hop artist around, you, your child, and your grandma will all be able find the rapper hiding in your brain. This is a freeflow event, and you'll learn valuable methods in the first 5 minutes. Stay a little longer, and you'll be up on the mic, debuting your first creation! Fun for everyone who likes to have fun. Bring your brain, your heart, and (if you're going to get on the mic), a little bit of guts!!!

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is an internationally touring, GRAMMY Nominated Family Funk and Half Pint Hip Hop musician. With eight #1 hits on SiriusXM, glowing reviews in TIME, People, USA Today and on NPR, and rocking sets at Lollapalooza, the Smithsonian and New Delhi, India's Buddy Daddy Family Bash, you could say his childrens' music has grown up nicely.

Combining funk bass, stacked brass and banging beats with uplifting storytelling and party rock anthems, he has lit the fuse on bombastic dance parties worldwide and is just dropping his 5th full length album, "Infinity Plus One".

Didjeridu with Andrju

Andjru (Andrew Werderitsch), is excited to once again be teaching the wonderful, ancient, and expressive wind/percussion instrument - The Didjeridu (Aboriginal Australia).

This being Andjru’s 5th year at California World Fest and close to 20 years playing and teaching the instrument. Andjru brings focus, fun, knowledge and plenty of instruments for young and young at heart to learn how to play the didjeridu!

workshop-peter-fairleyMiddle Eastern Rhythems with Pete Fairley

From India and Africa to Brazil, Egypt and beyond, Pete Fairley’s MeadowRock Percussion explores music from across the globe. MeadowRock’s rhythmic voyages range from performances and recordings with a variety of traditional and world fusion musicians to classes, workshops, and drum circles that share many musical flavors with students. His teachers include Zakir Hussain, Layne Redmond, Thakur Chakrapani Singh, Babatunde Olatunji, and Emam.

Noting that the natural world surrounds us with rhythm, and that our bodies are filled with rhythms, his teaching philosophy can be summed up by the phrase, “If your heart is beating, then you’re a drummer too!”

workshop-victor-vasquez500Brazilian Drumming with Victor Vasquez

Please use the info from last year and maybe you can modify it with this description! Please note i will send another email with photos.

Victor Hugo Vasquez Native to Lima, Peru has been a drummer since grade school. He has come to live in California to be with his beloved. He happily volunteers to lead Brazilian Drumming and percussion workshops at the Worldfest for the past 3 years. It has become his favorite California festival. He loves teaching people how to PLAY and have fun no experience necessary !! If you have or haven't ever PLAYED drums with Victor come by this year and catch his workshops and/or join us for the Parade! Instruments provided and you are welcome to bring your own!

workshop-beth-gilloglyMusic Together Singalong with Beth Gillogly

Teacher Beth Gillogly, the Center Director of Sierra Foothills Music Together, loves teaching Music Together and sharing her passion for music with children and their parents and caregivers.

Beth plays ukulele, guitar, and piano, and dabbles in harp and violin, but her main and most beloved instrument is the human voice. She has been singing since she was a very small girl, and she now enjoys singing all day with her young daughter and any other children she meets! She studied classical voice for more than 15 years, and has nearly 25 years of experience performing as a member and soloist in choirs ranging from small, a cappella Renaissance groups to large 80-voice choirs.

She has also had many years of experience as a cantor/song leader for churches in Sacramento and the Bay Area. She earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Music from Santa Clara University, and a Master’s Degree in creative writing from New York University.

Beth is a Registered Music Together teacher and has taught in Auburn since 2005. She became director of Sierra Foothills Music Together in 2010. Teacher Beth also croons 20s, 30s, and 40s jazz tunes with The Crackerjack Jazz Band. She also belts out Pat Benetar and other rock favorites with a cover band called The Hip Huggers.




Food & Drink – Enjoy delicious treats at WorldFest!

Dine in Style at:

Babsi's Viennese Treats
Baker's Choice Kettle Korn
Coloma Wraps
Culture Shock Yogurt
Fatty Egg Roll People Pizza
Fry Bread Queens Native Tacos
Horn of the Bull Tacqueria
How Ya Bean
Hula Huts
India Gourmet
Jardin Del Rio Farmer's Market
Lazy Dog Ice Cream
Nectars Juice Bar
Peace Pops
Revive Kombucha
Spiro's Gyros
Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine
The Lemonade Stand
The Nacho Mama
Tropical Snow

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World Marketplace

Shop for stone & silver jewelry for all ages that compliments cool & comfortable summer clothing, from Africa, Indonesia, Central and South America.

Artison Vendors

Bam Bu Clothing
Bliss Slings / Nada Chair
Blue Sky Supply
Da African Village/ SambaDá
Dolce Vita
Dom Chi Company
From Nature To Art
Gold Sun Studio
Gypsy Jenny’s
Henna Trails
High Jinks
Himalayan Traditions
Hooked Productions
Jedzebel / Ecogirl
Kat’s Creations
Kritter Klips
Lei Lotus
Live Wire Neon
Lobos Del Mar
Native Sol
Nirvana Jewel
Pacifica Adventures /
Funshine Daydreams
Quest by Magdalena
Saraba African Arts
Sierra Jewelers
Stone Circle Studio
Strap + Strand
Strong Hands with Heart
Synergy Organic Clothing
Tenzing Collections
The Different Drum
The Divine Gypsy
The Shaman’s Garden, AKA Tranquill Gardens
The Skirt Shack
Transformation Portals
Tres Spa
What's in Store

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Click HERE to access the 2016 Artisan Vendor application.



By air: Closest airports are Sacramento (1 hour drive) and Reno (1.5 hour drive).

By train: Amtrak connects in Auburn, CA to Gold Country Stage.

By car approximately: 1 hour from Sacramento, 1.5 hours from Reno, 2.5 hours from SF Bay Area

Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading east from Sacramento:
Use the Hwy. 49 off-ramp in Auburn. Proceed north on Hwy. 49 toward Grass Valley – appr. 25 miles. In Grass Valley, take the first off-ramp, McKnight Way. Turn left on Mcknight Way and proceed over the freeway, past the shopping center on the left. Turn right on Freeman Lane, past another shopping center on the left. Freeman Lane will turn into McCourtney Road at the second 4 – way stop sign. Continue straight on McCourtney Road until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, appr. 2 blocks. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.

Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading west from Reno:
Use the same directions as above, Hwy. 49 offramp in Auburn, head north to Grass Valley. Or, for a scenic and mildly curvy shortcut, take the Hwy. 20 offramp to Grass Valley, just after the Eagle Lakes Rd. offramp on Hwy. 80. Travel time on Hwy. 20 is appr. one-half hour. Stay on the highway through Nevada City and Grass Valley. Do not get off the highway when Hwy. 20 takes off west towards Marysville. Stay on and the highway becomes Hwy.49. Take the McKnight Way offramp and turn right on McKnight Way, traveling past the shopping center on the left. Turn right on Freeman Lane, past another shopping center on the left. Freeman Lane will turn into McCourtney Road at the second 4 – way stop sign. Continue straight on McCourtney Road until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, appr. 2 blocks. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.

Traveling on Hwy. 20 heading east from Marysville:
Take the McCourtney Road/Fairgrounds exit off of Hwy. 20 just before actually entering Grass Valley. Turn right on McCourtney Road, until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, appr. 1 block. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.

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gold-country-stageTAKE THE BUS FOR FREE!

County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Route 3 Fairgrounds bus stop will be available at Brighton St. & McCourtney Rd. every hour.  

Route 3 will be stopping the :08 of every hour from 7:08 am through 7:08 pm Thursday & Friday and 8:08 am through 4:08 pm Saturday at the Fairgrounds Stop.



The California WorldFest began in 1997 as a showcase for some of our world’s finest artists performing music and dance from the United States and around the world.

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.