Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Boonville, California USA
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Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
P. O. Box 208
Ryde, California 95680 USA

Festival Description

This yearly summer solstice celebration creates a veritable global village where people come to a beautiful setting to enjoy a diverse lineup of new and legendary artists from around the world. This world-class festival features three days of music performed on two stages, convenient camping, and an eclectic group of ethnic food and craft vendors in the Festival Village. An amazing line-up of world musicians whose genres include Reggae, African drumming, blues, ska, latin jazz, and much more.

The Mendocino County Fairgrounds provide camping for festival-goers as well as a pine-shaded Village stage and covered grandstand for seating in the Main stage area. The Children’s Corner features educational children’s activities including storytelling, drum workshops, and arts and crafts.

Festival Dates June 20 - 22, 2014
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Lineup 2014:
  • Tarrus Riley
    • Tarrus Riley’s foray into music was inevitable. The talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music from an early age. His father is veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley. Tarrus has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and made his recording debut as a teenager. “I’ve always loved music; I used to deejay but everyone used to encourage me to sing. They used to call me “Singy Singy” because I was always singing,” Riley commented. The secret to his success is quite simple – “when preparation meets opportunity”, stated a self-assured Riley. ‘I sing for the people - this is the contribution I can make and after I make a song; it isn’t even mine anymore; it belongs to the people.”
  • Morgan Heritage
    • Nearly two decades and ten albums later, the mission has come full circle for Morgan Heritage. Globally known as the “Royal Family of Reggae,” and now today being dubbed as the “Rolling Stones of Reggae” (in large part due to the act’s electric stage shows), Morgan Heritage has established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit. From an extraordinarily talented teen quintet to one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces, Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy “Gramps” Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan (percussion/vocals) are back with Here Come The Kings —the collective’s first musical arrangement in five years. The band’s latest studio album on VP Records will “stimulate the minds of the people and let them know what we’ve created, it’s real,” proclaims Peetah Morgan, the group’s lead vocalist. Prepare for the revolution.
  • Shaggy
    • With a commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable throughout the world and titles such as artist, businessman, philanthropist and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy is and has been a force to be reckoned with. A son of the brambly streets of Kingston, Jamaica, his discipline-which he credits to his military background-has been the foundation of his success. An exemplary career that has spanned well over a decade, Shaggy has enjoyed cross-over success and is the only certified Diamond-selling Dancehall Reggae artist. However, Shaggy has remained humble, taking his career in strides. He has defied the odds, succeeded on his own terms and continues to break down barriers for those who dare to follow in his footsteps.
  • Barrington Levy
    • One of the great success stories of the 80’s, arrived on the dancehall scene and swiftly remodeled it in his own image. Although numerous DJ’s and vocalist would rise and fall during this decade, Levy was one of the few with staying power, and he continued releasing massive hits well into the 90’s. After enjoying enormous popularity in Jamaica and the U.K., Levy attempted to cross over into the North American market with the MCA album of 1983 Barrington. Produced by Lee Jaffe, the album featured a re-recorded “Under Mi Sensi”, and boasted strong songs as “Murderer” and “Vice Versa Love” and “Be Strong”, a major hit in the Caribbean and South America. Levy continues to tour extensively, selling out shows all over the world. In September 2013 he released the single “Love the Way She Love”, a collaboration with Mr. Vegas, and announced an acoustic album featuring new songs and reworkings of old songs such as “Prison Oval Rock” and “Black Roses”. He expresses love and appreciation to all his fans across the world, and looks forward to seeing you in future events.
  • Clinton Fearon
    • If you know reggae music, you know Clinton Fearon. In 1969, Fearon joined Albert Griffiths as a member of The Gladiators with whom he would perform throughout the world for nearly 2 decades. Clinton released his first compilation of original songs, Feel the Spirit, in 1990 and has released nearly a dozen albums since then. Clinton Fearon is counted among Jamaica’s most talented musicians by peers and professionals in the reggae music industry. His infectious bass riffs lead the way; whether playing bass or guitar or percussion, singing lead vocals or providing background harmonies, Fearon has earned his reputation as the “backbone” of The Gladiators. What he has already accomplished – and what he continues to create – is so significant that, unlike many band members who have been a part of a famous group, Clinton Fearon’s musical contributions are sure to live on.
  • Chuck Fenda
    • Chuck Fenda was born Leshorn Whitehead, June 15, 1972, in Brooklyn New York. He has always had a special love for music. In 1997, Fenda decided to relocate to Jamaica to focus on his career. In 2000 he joined the Fifth Element Records family where the real revolution began to take place in the DJ’s musical career. He became famous for a string of songs many of which are contained on the 2005 album “Better Days.” His “Afromantic” character of glorifying black women was revealed in The Living Fire album released in 2007. With a career spanning over 15 years that has catapulted him into a world renowned artist, the DJ is now taking his career to a higher level by establishing his own recording, management and booking label. Through Living Fire Records, the Poor People Defenda is planning to make an even greater impact on the global music stage. Through his conscious songs and high-energy performances, Chuck Fenda has cemented himself as one of the few that will play a great role in the revolution of Jamaica’s music across the globe.
  • Hollie Cook
    • Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London in a household dominated by music - with Sex Pistol Paul Cook as her dad, music was always around – and she gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure. Entering professional acting, singing and modeling at a young age, Hollie soon rejected her performance arts schooling for musical ventures truer to her influences. The summer of 2011 saw the release of her self-titled debut album produced by the legendary Prince Fatty (Lily, Allen, Graham Coxon, Gregory Isaacs) which received critical acclaim from many and resulted in being on an array of ‘Top Albums of 2011’ lists. The year 2013 saw Hollie release of a dub album and a 20-date tour, with notable performances including her outstanding appearance at SNWMF. We are very happy to present Hollie Cook again this year.


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Practical Info:

  • Mendocino County Fairgrounds
    14480 Highway 128
    Boonville, California 95415
    Phone: (916)777-5550


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