California WorldFest


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The 20th annual California WorldFest is July 14-17th, 2016 and features eight stages of music and dance from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and the renowned children's program... celebrate mid-summer with us under the cool, tall pines of the Sierra foothills.
 

Contact

Publicist
Samantha Brickler
812-339-1195

Current News

  • 07/07/201607/14/2016
  • Grass Valley, CA

Real Music Discovery: California WorldFest’s 20th Edition Keeps the True Spirit of the Music Festival Alive and Kicking

In a wooded spot within view of the Sierras, there’s a festival that does everything a festival should: Open ears and minds, get the party started, make spaces for people of all ages to kick back or get amped. At California WorldFest (http://worldfest.net/) the focus is on the music and on creating a sustainable global community.

“In any kind of festival with a strong curatorial perspective, it’s crucial to find that balance, the flow of the event from one performer to...

Press

  • Auburn Journal, Event preview, 07/15/2016, California WorldFest this weekend: Boz Scaggs headlines Sunday Text
  • The Union, Feature story, 07/14/2016, World music starts at home Text
  • The Union, Feature story, 07/14/2016, 2016 California Worldfest: Connecting all of us Text
  • Capital Public Radio, Event preview, 07/07/2016, Sound Advice: 20th Annual California WorldFest Text
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News

07/14/2016, Grass Valley, CA, Nevada County Fairgrounds
05/11/201607/14/2016, Pioneer Curiosity: California WorldFest Embraces and Challenges in an Unlikely International Arts Haven at the Edge of the Sierra Nevada
Event
07/14/2016
Event
07/14/2016
Venue
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Venue St. Address
11228 McCourtney Rd
Venue City, State
Grass Valley, California
Venue Zip
95945
Ticket Price(s)
Advanced Tickets $65.00
Ticket URL
https://apps.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=f0b5b4bb98936c5c70bdcaceec7ea324&vqitq=0dcd89f1-1096-4734-bc0a-e8a487d2d6d6&vqitp=4c699b69-919b-4891-99eb-b497b8940ded&vqitts=1455141877&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=e0a1b08e80b65ac2b8b08be6c1e7e5a3
Event Notes
July 14-17, 2016
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. MORE» More»

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.”

California WorldFest 2016
July 14-17, 2016
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Nevada City, Grass Valley, CA
http://worldfest.net/

"Last year World Fest in Grass Valley was awesome will never miss this event, like being a child again!" - Anita Meulenberg Huster, festival-goer

"We have had the occasion to run into some acquaintances we knew while living in Plumas County while attending World Fest over the years. Especially when visiting the Indigenous cultures area. So glad to see this becoming more and more part of World Fest!" - Jerry Marr, festival-goer

"This lineup just keeps getting more and more fantastic!!" - Lisa Ann Caparra, festival-goer

2016 Artists (subject to updates and changes):
Boz Scaggs
Fannah Fi Allah
Dustin Thomas
Paige Anderson and the Fearless kin
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds
Joe Kye
Grass Valley Taiko
Secret Agent 23 skiddoo
Earth Guardians
Third World
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Delhi 2 Dublin
Mariachi Flor De Tolache
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
Emel Mathlouthi
Awa Sangho
Sahba Motallebi
Boogat
Elage Diouf
Peter Mawanga and the Amaravi Movement
Baskery
Los Pinguos
My Bubba
Kanekoa
MaMuse
Sambada
Joy & Madness
MyStafya
Nano Stern
SInhasin
Eva Salina
Dirty Revival
Salt Petal
The Suitcase Junket
Liz Vice
Dead Winter Carpenters
Rita Hosking
Banana Slug Stringband
Merloch the Magician


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.

Event
07/14/2016

07/14/2016, Grass Valley, CA, Nevada County Fairgrounds
07/07/201607/14/2016, Real Music Discovery: California WorldFest’s 20th Edition Keeps the True Spirit of the Music Festival Alive and Kicking
Event
07/14/2016
Event
07/14/2016
Venue
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Venue St. Address
11228 McCourtney Rd
Venue City, State
Grass Valley, California
Venue Zip
95945
Ticket Price(s)
Advanced Tickets $65.00
Ticket URL
https://apps.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=f0b5b4bb98936c5c70bdcaceec7ea324&vqitq=0dcd89f1-1096-4734-bc0a-e8a487d2d6d6&vqitp=4c699b69-919b-4891-99eb-b497b8940ded&vqitts=1455141877&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=e0a1b08e80b65ac2b8b08be6c1e7e5a3
Event Notes
July 14-17, 2016
In a wooded spot within view of the Sierras, there’s a festival that does everything a festival should: Open ears and minds, get the party started, make spaces for people of all ages to kick back or get amped. At California WorldFest the focus is on the music and on creating a sustainable global community. MORE» More»

In a wooded spot within view of the Sierras, there’s a festival that does everything a festival should: Open ears and minds, get the party started, make spaces for people of all ages to kick back or get amped. At California WorldFest (http://worldfest.net/) the focus is on the music and on creating a sustainable global community.

“In any kind of festival with a strong curatorial perspective, it’s crucial to find that balance, the flow of the event from one performer to another,” explains festival head Julie Baker. “It’s about phenomenal quality, first and foremost, we want people to have a great time, discover new artists and come away feeling connected on a global level.”

WorldFest puts the emphasis on “world” for its 20th edition, while keeping the community-rooted, locally grown spirit. From big-name crowd pleasers (Boz Scaggs) to new discoveries (My Bubba, Eva Salina, Suitcase Junket, Boogat, Liz Vice) from rebel voices (Third World, Nano Stern, Emel Mathlouthi) to celebratory pleasures (Mariachi Flor del Toloache, who have recently been on the road with members of the Black Keys, Los Pinguos, Delhi to Dublin), WorldFest creates spaces for intimate connection with unexpected music and people from across the planet. “A festival of discovery”, says Baker.

The quality is showcased in traditional festival format, on stages, as well as in less expected contexts. WorldFest arranges times for festival-goers to meet and talk with performers in the Global Lounge, as well as hear novel combinations of musicians jam, a format that brings fans right into the creative process.

This year, for example, in the Global Indigenous Village, festival goers this year will get to hear several young Native American bands play together, including activist musician collective Earth Guardians who will be teaming up with Nahko & The Medicine for the People for unique musical (and non-musical) conversations.

WorldFest also caters to families. With three areas dedicated to activities and music for kids from toddlers to teenagers, parents can relax knowing their children are engaged in a safe and friendly environment. Patrons can camp onsite in tents or RVs, participate in over 50 workshops in music, dance, and wellness; shop world crafts from artisans and food vendors; and learn about beekeeping and cob home building in the Conscious Living expo.

“WorldFest is a place for people to engage. To disconnect from the world of gadgets and technology and instead connect with people on a global scale. The music is amazing. If you look at the lineup, if you’re very into world music, you’ll know some of these names. If you’re a general music fan, there won’t be a whole lot of names you’ll recognize, necessarily,” Baker says. “It’s about artists who will be able to open music fans’ eyes and ears and minds. You may not hear this music on commercial radio, but you’ll be blown away in person. You will walk away with a brand new playlist.”

California WorldFest (www.worldfest.net, July 14-17)
Nevada County Fairgrounds (11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA  95945)
Tickets online at http://worldfest.net/get-tickets/
Advance tickets start at $65
On-site RV and tent camping are available
Special discounted tickets are available for teens and children.

"Last year World Fest in Grass Valley was awesome will never miss this event, like being a child again!" - Anita Meulenberg Huster, festival-goer

"We have had the occasion to run into some acquaintances we knew while living in Plumas County while attending World Fest over the years. Especially when visiting the Indigenous cultures area. So glad to see this becoming more and more part of World Fest!" - Jerry Marr, festival-goer

"This lineup just keeps getting more and more fantastic!!" - Lisa Ann Caparra, festival-goer

The Artists of WorldFest 2016
Awa Sangho
Banana Slug String Band
Baskery
Boogat
Boz Scaggs
BuckStar
Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds
Dead Winter Carpenters
Delhi 2 Dublin
Dirty Revival
DJ Mysdefy (Friday Late Night Dance)
Dustin Thomas
Earth Guardians
Elage Diouf
Emel Mathlouthi
Eva Salina
Fanna-Fi-Allah
The Fearless Kin
Global Indigenous Peoples Village
Grass Valley Taiko
Kanekoa
Joe Kye
Joy and Madness
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Lee Bob & the Truth
Liz Vice
Los Pinguos
Ma Muse
Mariachi Flor de Toloache
My Bubba
Mystafya
Nahko & Medicine for the People
Nano Stern
Peter Mawanga & the Amaravi Movement
The Rattlin' Bones
The Rayos with the Ray-O-Sun Orkestra
Rita Hosking
Sahba Motellebi
Salt Petal
Sambada
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Sihasin
The Suitcase Junket
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Third World

Event
07/14/2016