Three day and camping tickets are on sale now for the 25th annual world peace and summer solstice gathering, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. With its name and origins in the mountain lowlands east of here, its evolved into a beloved destination for music fans of Reggae, World, Dub, Dancehall, Afrobeat and global culture. Situated in the picturesque Anderson Valley in Boonville June 22, 23 & 24, the event brings together over twenty acts from around the world. Single day tickets are on sale at the gate and in the final weeks leading up to the festival online and at regional outlets.
Beginning Friday afternoon, June 22 bands perform in two areas of the fairgrounds, the Valley stage, and the Village stage, while children’s activities are held in the Kids Zone. Dance and drum troupes perform throughout the weekend and in a parade held on Saturday and Sunday. An international food and craft bazaar and late night authentic Caribbean-style dancehall (Friday & Saturday only) make for a complete weekend of fun! Onsite camping allows for family-friendly and alter-able options for accommodations. A free daily yoga class starts the mornings off Saturday and Sunday.
Curated by owner/operator Warren Smith for the past 25 years, the festival is noted for hosting a diverse roster of Reggae artists from across the globe, many of whom make their U.S. debut on the SNWMF stage.
Tarrus Riley returns to Boonville to perform his string of modern-day Reggae hits. His commanding vocals, gifted songwriting, and vibrant stage show make him a festival favorite. Steel Pulse hail from the United Kingdom and have maintained worldwide appeal since their start in 1978.
This year’s lineup features a Brazilian based in France, Flavia Coelho making her first ever US appearance at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2018. Her eclectic style fuses Brazilian bossa nova with rap, reggae, hip-hop, samba and the melodies of the forro from northeastern Brazil in what she describes as “a traveler’s diary”.
Often called ‘the voice of Jamaica,’ Beres Hammond is considered Jamaica’s greatest practicing singer-songwriter and his electrifying live show at SNWMF 2016 left such an impression that fans asked for his return this year.
Cocoa Tea is one of reggae’s most talented and versatile artists who first came on the scene in the mid-1980’s. With song lyrics performed in a soaring vibrato that often reflect topics from current events, his latest single is entitled “Medical Marijuana”.
Mixing dub poetry with pop, Jazz, R&B, reggae and dub recording techniques combined with a vintage “rude boy” style, No-Maddz returns to the festival for the third time. The group was featured in a commercial for Puma that aired in 2011.
For more information on tickets, camping, and more visit www.snwmf.com. Kids 12 and under are offered free admission. The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. Come celebrate with us!