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40 artists, 9 stages, 3 days, 1 ticket!

     

 

 

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The Alcatraz Islanders is an instrumental ensemble that performs Hawaiian and mainland jazz from the swing era. The band aims to recreate the lush sounds that once filled the Waikiki night clubs and classic tiki bars in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The band was formed in 2015 by steel guitarist Mikiya Matsuda and has performed extensively throughout the Bay Area and along the Pacific Coast.

Autumn Sky Hall (she/her/they/them,) is a non binary and queer folk rock artist from California. She began her writing and eventually touring at 15, in 2005, releasing “Diminutive Petite,” an EP, and “All Which Isn’t Singing,” an album, right out of high school. Her instrumentation and performances range from intimate, heartfelt singer-songwriter musings in solo shows to full instrumentation with a band that can range from indie, folk rock and bluegrass.

Band of Coyotes is a group of Sacramento songwriters who began blending their sounds and stories into a unique mix of rock, pop, blues, and psychedelia. Having a wide array of influences like The Beatles, Tame Impala, and The Supremes, the Sacramento Bee described their debut single “Hypnotized” as “a varnished piece of viscously plush indie rock, illuminated by a prism of zig-zag guitar riffs and soaring vocals, flashing plenty of reasons to be intrigued over their potential” and earning them Best New Artist of 2019 by the Sacramento News and Review.

The Big Poppies are Davis’ own rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse with a wide range of styles from seductive funk to grunge-infused rock riffs and psychedelia.

The Blank Tapes is the moniker of Los Angeles & Joshua Tree based multi-instrumentalist and artist Matt Adams, who has produced over a dozen albums of retro folk rock on various national and international labels. The band has toured throughout the US, UK, Europe, Canada and Brazil many times as well as Japan and Costa Rica. Matt has also produced bands Sugar Candy Mountain, The Regrettes, Pearl Charles, Kath Bloom and Veronica Bianqui as well as being an illustrator for the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson, Volcom, FolkYeah, Jam In The Van, Langhorne Slim and many more.

Bobcat Rob is a songwriter / multi-instrumentalist with a voice likened to honey drizzled over burning coals. His songs are as uplifting as they are haunting, drawing on visceral truths and common threads to weave captivating tales. From quiet to loud, reserved to explosive, each song carries its own weight and settles deep into the listener. Bobcat’s recently released music ventures deeper into a sound he’s been cultivating in recent years that he likes to call Surf Country. Swimming, sometimes psychedelic guitar and keyboard tones with the backbone of a solid rhythm section, paired with heartfelt honest songwriting, powerful vocals and lush harmonies.

Boca do Rio is a Brazilian-American samba-funk explosion. Born of the mixing of waters of Brazil and the San Francisco Bay, Boca do Rio has created psychedelic samba – music that developed through the rhythm of living and working between the Americas. After a decade performing all original material during the heyday of San Francisco’s live music scene, Boca do Rio has evolved into a multi-layered electro-funk party boat with a sound that is fluid and edgy, adaptable and free. Things really started flowing when Kevin Welch and Alex Calatayud formed a musical partnership in the late nineties that would redefine Brazilian music in the Bay Area. The electro-whiz kid, Jacob Aginsky, soon joined the group adding a mystical element. The musical collaboration was founded in deep respect for past traditions, steeped in the sambas and choros that echoed through the Brazilian favelas, while always evolving forward to create an organic sound that is decidedly modern and funky.

Boot Juice is a band that is hard to lock into a single genre, Boot Juice finds a sense of freedom in their ability to float from bluesy rock’n’roll to progressive bluegrass and back. Inspired by the likes of Railroad Earth and soulful harmonies of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Boot Juice curates a sound that is uniquely their own, resulting in a layered and dynamic live performance. Boot Juice has been kickin’ around the west since 2017, leaving audiences happy, and dance floors sticky. The 7-piece band features electric and acoustic guitars, three vocalists, bass, drums, trumpet and alto saxophone. The band has its heart in Americana songwriting, with a high energy rock delivery that gets crowds moving. Boot Juice plays music that will attempt to bring you to the street corner, the river side, or the open highway.

Cardio Star is a melt-show of jagged post-punk dance grooves, clumsy prog riffs, and melodic hollering, all performed by four well-trained poodles and one super sexy saxophonist who collectively decided to call anything they couldn’t play right “noise rock”.

Dear Darling is the Sacramento-based trio of Natalie Hagwood (cello and voice), Casey Lipka (bass and voice) and Hannah Jane Kile (guitar and voice). Together, their joyous meld of jazz, folk, classical and pop delivers a fresh new sound that is being recognized both locally and nationally. Happenstance and the Covid lockdown brought the three “Darlings” together in late 2019. Casey Lipka and Hannah Jane Kile immediately bonded after the two met while performing in the thriving Sacramento music scene. Natalie Hagwood and Casey Lipka joined forces after Lipka hired Hagwood sight unseen for a gig and realized the duo’s undeniable chemistry. At Lipka’s suggestion, the three women met, and Dear Darling became a reality. Dear Darling’s uplifting vocal harmonics echo Joni Mitchell and the Laurel Canyon sound of the late ‘60s. Augmented with classical instrumentation fused with modern day messaging that encourages empowerment and inner strength, Dear Darling put a distinctively feminine spin on the Americana music form.


Dog Party formed in 2005 when guitarist Gwendolyn Giles was nine years old and her sister / drummer Lucy was just six. From that day on, the sisters continued writing songs, practicing and playing the occasional show as they juggled music with school and growing up. They released their first record, a seven-song self-titled EP, in January 2009, then followed it two years later with the similarly self-released P.A.R.T.Y. The duo has remained true to their punk-pop roots while expanding their sound and audience.

Element Brass Band plays New Orleans Second Line, Trad Jazz, and Hip Hop. The band was founded in Sacramento in 2011 by Ryan Robertson and Anthony Coleman. Usually performing as a 7-piece group, the band is now over 20 members deep; featuring trumpets, trombones, saxophones, tubas, drums, emcee, and percussion. This entourage of musicians bring the spirit, love, and energy of Mardi Gras along with their own voice every time they play. People of all ages and walks of life are drawn to the unique sound of the band. Every instrument in the band has the capacity to become mobile, creating a second line parade, taking the music directly to the people. In 2018 Element Brass Band released an album of all original music entitled, “Cali Got A Brass Band” and they are currently working on their next album. Element Brass Band has shared stages and shows with GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Blackalicious, Dumpstafunk, Andy Frasco, The California Honeydrops, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Angelo Moore of Fishbone and many, many others. E.B.B. has toured to New Orleans, New York City and Atlanta. The band has performed at festivals including the Fillmore Jazz Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Guitarfish, & For The Funk Of It. Element has enjoyed playing many venues in the bay area including the Fillmore, the Elbo Room, the New Parish, the Independent and the Boom Boom Room. In addition to festivals and clubs, the band often performs for special events, parties, parades, weddings, and funerals.

Foxtails Brigade is the musical project led by the Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian Laura Weinbach. She grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T, and Larry from Perfect Strangers. Laura’s upbringing is present everywhere in Foxtails Brigade, from the lyrical imagery to the hand-drawn artwork and sophomoric Instagram cartoons. The Foxtails live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura’s trademark voice and classical guitar intricacies. Together with producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist core member Anton Patzner; the two are a fully fortified all around powerhouse art rock band of elite musical craftsmanship and visionary songwriting. A rotating cast of additional players includes drummer / film maker Dominic Mercurio, multi-instrumentalist and general badass Josh Pollock and bassist Alex Weston, bring high energy and maximum fun to their live show. Over the course of the pandemic, Foxtails Brigade released a handful of singles however ceased to play any in-person live shows. This will be their first in-person show as a full band since 2019.

The Gold Souls are bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to the Northern California scene and beyond. Drawing from a wide range of influences and experiences, they deliver captivating lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound. “The Gold Souls [are] crafting good-time music while never losing sight of its implications about life, the self and the soul.” – Submerge Magazine

Hooveriii was born as a solo drum machine project by Bert Hoover, Hooveriii (pronounced “Hoover Three”) but has evolved into it’s true final form – a six member band adept at creating their own brand of psychedelic space rock.  After almost a decade in, the band is set to release their sophomore album and debut for The Reverberation Appreciation Society, Water For The Frogs.  Influenced by Iggy’s The Idiot, Bowie’s Berlin records, and Soft Machine, the LP sees the band creating their own version of prog rock, circa 2021.

Ideateam is an evolving cast of Sacramento-based musicians who work together collectively to refine their craft through their distinct original compositions, along with an array of both vintage and modern cover arrangements. The band’s live sets are known for flowing in and around a fusion of grooves while leaning on a foundation of funk, soul, and R&B sounds. “What sets Ideateam apart from other bands is that they’re a force to be reckoned with, whether as an instrumental band or with a singer. It’s not hard to imagine that if Tower of Power, Larry Graham, Eddie Kendricks, and Lettuce had birthed a baby, Ideateam would be that spawn.” – Paul Piazza, Submerge Magazine

Ismay is a musician whose songwriting connects deeply to the land. Melding the experience of taming wild horses, escaping wildfires, and birthing lambs with the mystical soundscape that nature inspires, Ismay has sharpened their musical craft over the last decade while living and working on their family ranch in Northern California. With Songs of Sonoma Mountain, their debut full length album recorded in the family barn and released in 2020, Ismay realized a contemplative vision blending field recordings and intricate melodies with live, inventive composition. In the wake of Songs of Sonoma Mountain, Ismay has developed the sound further, letting their singular melodies breathe, interact, and come to fruition through a full band groove with psychedelic color. Ismay represents the collaborative work driven by singer-songwriter Avery Hellman, who grew up backstage at their grandfather’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, where they were inspired early on by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Hazel Dickens.

Jessica Malone blends soulful lyrics with a sultry sound that seem to illuminate the landscape itself, her voice guiding you across terrain at once folk, jazz, Americana, and blues. This award-winning songstress, who holds a BA in Vocal Performance, has played a multitude of festivals including Napa Earth, Davis Music, and BottleRock, performed on stages as prominent as the Harris Center Three Stages and the Mondavi Center, and opened for the likes of John Paul White and Front Country. Described as, “the real deal,” by Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum, her tone a blend of Nicki Bluhm, Joni Mitchell, and a magic all her own, Malone released her fourth album, “The Alley Avenue Sessions,” in Spring of 2021. 

Joe Kaplow describes music as his “currency for life. We all have something, or a few things that we do, we work at, we commit to and that’s how we pay for our time here.  It’s like life is a Ferris wheel at the county fair.  You can’t just ride all night.  Every 4 times around you have to stop at the bottom and pay for another half hour or whatever.”  When faced with the question, “Why am I doing this?” Kaplow answered, “because this is how I feel best paying for my time.”

Joules Satyr is the founder of Sea Of Bees. They are an American multi-artist, producer, singer and songwriter. Joules recorded for the first time in their life at the legendary Hangar Studios in Sacramento, Ca with friend and producer, John Baccigaluppi (Tape Op Magazine). John gave the band a free space in the B Room to make “The Bee Eee Pee,” their first release of Sea Of Bees. “Song for the Ravens” and “The Bee Eee Pee” were signed and put out by the Davis, Ca record label, Crossbill Records, in 2010. The album’s UK debut release was with record label, Heavenly Recordings, in 2011. The bands next album, “Orangefarben” was released in 2012 and put out by, Teamlove Records, in New Paltz, NY. After that, their next record “ Build a Boat to the Sun” was recorded at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA, and was put out by UK label, 3Loop Records. Joules has worked and played along with friends and artists such as Little Wings, Granddaddy’s, Jason Lytle, Fruitbats, Eric D. Johnson, Andy Cabic of Vetiver, Kera and the Lesbians, Y La Bamba, Tre Burt and so many other close buds.

katgrüvs (Kat Gallardo) is a modern acoustic fingerstyle guitarist based in Davis. A self-taught artist with a solid sense of time and rhythm, she discovers new ways to nurture her passion for percussive fingerstyle guitar arrangement and composition. The name “katgrüvs” captures her innate feel for “grüv” and pocket, a trait steeped in years of playing in jazz, funk, and rock ensembles. A graduate from the University of California, Davis in Mechanical Engineering, she aspires to marry her lifelong passion for music with creative engineering.

King Dream is an indie psych-rock project from Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyon. With a soulful voice, roots planted in the golden era of California psychedelia, and a wry energy that places him firmly in the 21st century, Lyon charts a path through timeless themes: disillusionment with oneself, with adulthood, with one’s country — and the discovery, time and again, that somehow there’s still plenty worthy of a love song.

The Lifted Spirits longtime friends Andy Lentz (fiddle, vocals) and Danny Chaves (guitar, banjo, vocals) have been collaborators since 2003, when they met at UC Davis and played in a number of projects together, including the Mad Cow String Band. After moving to Austin, TX, to pursue a career in music, Andy met Emily Triplett Lentz (bass, vocals). The couple married and relocated to the Bay Area, where together with Danny, they formed a fresh new trio: The Lifted Spirits. The group blends originals with traditional Americana, ranging from western swing to bluegrass and folk. Their steadfast harmonies and lighthearted energy truly lift listeners’ spirits whenever they play.

Marque Cass maybe be most recognizable to DMF fans as lead singer of Tha Dirt Feelin. Tha Dirt Feelin members met by chance at school in Davis California almost 10 years ago. The music came from random jam sessions and turned into shows at bars, restaurants, breweries including Drakes, farmers markets and large festivals including Whole Earth Fest at UCDavis. Since moving to Alameda in 2019, Marque keeps the tradition of local collaboration alive with new musicians from the Bay Area and the original band members as well. You’ll hear family friendly versions of modern songs, classics and originals.

The Midnight Dip takes the audience through a unique and creative, high energy theatrical experience. The sultry and sassy Liz Kat pens powerful messages which are refreshing and relatable, confronting gender stereotypes and promoting body positivity, and her voice is mesmerizing and soulful with an undeniable depth of feeling. Their style has been described as circus funk, an eclectic blend of swing, funk, polka and rock with underlying elements of jazz. Unique and infinitely danceable, this double keyboard combo is everything sweet and salty. 

Misner & Smith are a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. Headlining regularly at venues such as the Freight & Salvage, and the Palms Playhouse, they have also appeared at The Kate Wolf Music Festival, Davis Music Fest, San Francisco Folk Festival, and can be heard on radio dials all over the world. Misner & Smith’s vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved bands around.

Natalie Cortez Band is based out of Sacramento and plays originals and cover tunes ranging from folk/rock/pop to swing/lounge/rockabilly and some surf and hard rock thrown in. Natalie is known for her vocal stylings, and she’s a Sacramento Area Music (SAMMIE) Hall of Fame winner since her days with the Ultra Violets.

The One Train is the folk-pop project of singer / songwriter / guitarist and Davis High School student Marcos Zaragoza. Marcos’ sound balances lush pop arrangements, spare acoustic playing, and poignant lyrics, and earned him recognition as the Davis Music Fest Tiny Desk Youth Band Competition winner!

Opus Orange is a vibrant independent pop collective that deftly traverses sonic and geographical landscapes. Drawing influence as much from the natural world as the musical one, the journey so far has taken them bobbing exuberantly in the ocean of infectious indie pop, hiking across the wide sweep of resonant film scores, and scaling the heights of angular alternative rock. Led by composer Paul Bessenbacher, the group creates a sound that is equal parts ecstatic, melancholic, and anthemic. The name is a nod to Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu, Opus 66 and Charles Mingus’ “Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress,” both emblematic touchstones of Bessenbacher’s disregard for musical boundaries. Their latest album Object Lessons is mixed by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse) and mastered by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, Damien Jurado, M. Ward).

Peligro Brass is a 8 piece ensemble from Sacramento that reinvents the old with a Latin style through horns, percussion and vocals in English and Spanish.

Red Dirt Ruckus comes from deep in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with a toe-tapping, hip shakin’ sound that couldn’t be pinned down. With a healthy dose of bluegrass, a sprinkle of reggae and a big-ole spoonful of funk, Red Dirt Ruckus has been leaving crowds smiling with their own brand of “Foothill Rudegrass” for almost a decade.  RDR rides a high-energy blend of original music by songwriters Doug Not Josh (Vocals + Guitar + Mandolin) & Dan “Mad Monk” Abbott (Vocals + Bass)… brought to life with the fiddle skills of Lisa Bond, spiced up by Jared Collins on Sousaphone and Trumpet, and held down by Rob Keedy on Drums & Percussion.

Red Dog Ash is an award-winning bluegrass band from California’s central valley. The quintet is known for its original compositions, hard-driving tunes, tight harmonies, and authentic high-lonesome vocals.

“Swinging Soul” is the best term Royal Jelly Jive can find in describing their unique and intoxicating sound. Led by dynamic front-woman Lauren Bjelde, this sultry sextet rocks into uncharted musical territories with their infectious blend of modern and throwback sensibilities. Armed with retro horns, heavy grooves, and catchy songs that are impossible to resist, RJJ can pair with your fancy cocktail at a smoky jazz club and shake up the funkiest dance party. 

Royal Jelly Jive was born out of funk and happenstance at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, and has gone full-steam ahead in embracing music as their truest calling. From prominent festival stages all along the West Coast, East Coast and U.K., they continue to sweep crowds off their feet with a high energy live show that leaves crowds yelling for Mo’ JELLY! Tour highlights include sharing stages with The Roots, Michael Franti, Lake Street Dive, Thievery Corporation and Avett Brothers, as well prominent slots at festivals such as Napa Valley’s Bottlerock, Portland Waterfront Blues Fest and Outside Lands. The future is Jelly!

SpaceWalker is Sacramento’s own hip-hop priestess, loop pedal wizard, battle rap champ, celestial being of light, and Soul Retriever. She’s back to Planet Earth after an Intergalactic Reunion and brings with her a New yet Ancient perspective and a deep appreciation for the Non-Linear. She lands in an enchanted forest where she is presented with yet another opportunity to grow. Music and Healing are seeds planted generation after generation that will continue to grow infinitely for the greatest good of all. Are you ready for the Harvest? LET US CELEBRATE OUR EXISTENCE AND ALIGN & SHINE TOGETHER! So Mote It Be. ASE’! AND SO IT IS.

STRQ (Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet) is actively reviving the birth of cool contemplated by Miles and realized by those who have used this approach as their musical foundation, such as Robert Glasper, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, and Kendrick Lamar. Band leader Shawn Thwaites is a Trinidadian-American musician and educator from Washington, DC. His area of expertise is unique – the steeldrum, a relatively new and underexplored instrument born out of the colonial history of Trinidad and Tobago.  His trademark style integrates the very best of his Trinidadian ancestry and his D.C. upbringing, intertwining jazz, hip-hop, funk, calypso, reggae, and more.  This distinct sound, along with his coy style of performing, has helped establish Thwaites as a rare and sought after international recording artist, musician, and educator.

Sunmonks are California natives Geoffrey C Knecht and Alexandra Steele, who began performing at house parties in California and were quickly urged to begin performing in public venues. The two began touring the west coast under the name SUNMONKS, and released their first EP, In a Desert of Plenty (Crossbill Records) in 2014, followed by an LP, TWO PLAY (Digisquad Records), in 2017, with a plenty more singles following.

Ten Foot Tiger is a Sacramento based collective of musicians driving solely by the desire to create stirring original music. With a sound beyond traditional categories, they’ve found themselves absorbed into the jam-band scene. Although, they stand well outside that lane with their catch indie-pop like tunes. “To define is to confine” says frontman Dan Green, formerly of the rock/funk/folk duo Black Star Safari. The primary roster is filled out by Sacramento funk bass legend Michael Lynn Palmer (The Nibblers/Mumbo Gumbo) and the up and coming drummer Billy Thompson (The Gold Souls). They’re often joined by a rotating guest list of local musicians from whatever city they find themselves in. They have poignant and provocative songs as well as instrumental improvisations that stem from almost every imaginable musical niche. It is undeniable that their exhilarating live performances make Ten Foot Tiger a must see for any music lover.

Tom Conneely & Birds of Paradise are a country-tinged indie rock band from California. Pulling from strange dreams and games of chance, it’s all original all the time. Songs from the heart swirled with twang.

Tom Relling first emerged on the Bay Area music scene as a co-leader of the San Francisco rock outfit and DMF alums Hibbity Dibbity. Known primarily for his slide guitar work, Tom earned a reputation among local musicians as a versatile and emotive guitarist, and has been a featured musician on a wide array of recordings and live performances. Tom’s debut solo LP, “American Groover” arrives Summer 2022 courtesy of Mover Records.

Wolf Jett is from the Santa Cruz mountains in California, and they’re coming to make you dance, sing, and probably even howl! Their roots run deep into the soul and help you heal from the heaviness of life. The bands sound is a celebration of perseverance, infusing folk, blues, americana and soul into what can only be described as “Cosmic Mountain Music.” Frontman Chris Jones (from Scary Little Friends) was born in the south and raised in California and his songs combine the best of both worlds to create a vibe that is fresh, but immediately familiar to a broad audience. The band has a full and vibrant sound due to the 6 piece lineup which includes long-time musical collaborator Jon Payne (Elliott Peck, The Painted Horses) on drums, Jeff Kissell (Marty O’Reilly and the OSO) on bass, Will Fourt (McCoy Tyler Band) on dobro/guitar/pedal steel, Alex Jordan (Midnight North) on keys, and Laura T Lewis on vocals and guitar. 

Wolf Jett was conceived in pre-pandemic 2019 with the intent of bringing people together and putting smiles on their faces. With a brand new album, 3 multi-state tours, and various festival appearances booked, their world was brought to a screeching halt by the pandemic. In response, they constructed an analog studio at “House on a Hill” in Boulder Creek California, which also served as their drummer’s home, a live music venue, and artist retreat. Unfortunately in August 2020, the CZU Lightning fires ripped through Big Basin State Park consuming the home and new studio along with it. Their story was featured in the SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Lookout Santa Cruz and Good Times. Seeing an opportunity to help their community heal, they recorded a breathtakingly emotional live video among the ashes and rubble of where House on a Hill once stood with the help of their friends the T Sisters. The song “Garden of Pain” has since become a local favorite. 

Despite the hardships, the band continued forward with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2021, which features amazing Bay Area musicians and friends James Deprato (Chuck Prophet), Stelth Ulvang (the Lumineers), Lorenzo Loera (the California Honeydrops), Eric Yates (Hot Buttered Rum), and Jan Purat (AJ Lee & Blue Summit). The band had a busy 2021, playing some great California festivals including Whale Rock Music Festival, Mountain Sol Fest, May Day, Jerry Day, and Sierra Bigfoot Music Festival. They will be finishing the year strong supporting The California Honeydrops at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. You may hear tracks from the record online or on local radio stations KPIG and KBCZ in Santa Cruz. As of June 2021 they have signed a record contract with Warner Chappell.