Monday, May 29, 2023

Kate Wolf Music Festival Celebrates Its 25th and Final Year—Line Up Includes Taj Mahal, Ani DeFranco, Calexico


The following is a press release from the Kate Wolf Music Festival:

The 25th Kate Wolf Music Festival [KWMF], takes place June 23rd – 26th at the beautiful Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California. It is one of Northern California’s most loved summer events. This will be our farewell gathering for the KWMF festival and will feature more than 60 acts on 4 stages.

“Watching this community grow thru the years and share with a common purpose of creating an atmosphere of love, peaceful coexistence, and an immersion into the joys of making and listening to top quality music has been one of the most awesome and inspiring experiences of my life, “said Cloud Moss, founder, and co-producer. Cloud Moss continued; “That this particular event is annually shared by up to four generations of attendees makes it even more special. I am looking forward to all of us being able to gather once again amongst the beauties of Black Oak Ranch and finally get to celebrate our 25 years of a shared festival experience together, one that will ultimately culminate in the bittersweet reality of this being our Farewell Festival. Thanks to everyone that has helped to keep this waking dream going for so long and provided your own unique dab of color to this special festival canvas. It’s been a great ride, these past 25 years, plus. In the words of Kate, Give Yourself To Love.”

Black Oak Ranch will be pleased to have hosted 20 years of the Kate Wolf Music Festival in 2022. With over 500 different artists performing here since our first one in 2000, we have been honored to be a part of bringing local, regional, national, and internationally known artists to the north coast each year, making music available for everyone in a setting that allows a small community to spring forth for a few days amongst the ancient oaks in Mendocino County. We want to thank all the fans who have made this a special time each year, for bringing subsequent generations of family on board, and for making everyone present feel welcome in this like-minded crowd of music lovers. Hogs and kisses to all! – The Black Oak Ranch Community

MUSICIANS INCLUDE: Three-time GRAMMY winner and American music icon Taj Mahal; fiercely independent singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco; one of Canada’s finest artists and recipient of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Bruce Cockburn; Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, proclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine to be “one of the greatest singers of all time”; roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones; four time Grammy Nominee and recipient of seven Blues Music Awards Ruthie Foster; plus, many more artists confirmed. For complete lineup and stage schedules visit http://www.katewolfmusicfestival.com

SOME OF THIS YEAR’S SPECIAL SONG SETS AND IN-THE-ROUNDS: Kate Wolf song set w/Poor Man’s Whiskey, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Phil Salazar & The Kinfolk, Jimbo Scott, David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach, Dayan Kai, Alice Howe & Freebo, Keith Greeninger, The Two Tracks, Sam Chase, Rainbow Girls, Berkley Hart; In-the-round with Jorma Kaukonen, Chris Smither, & Charlie Musselwhite; In-the-round with Dave Alvin, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmie Dale Gilmore; In-the-round with Bruce Cockburn & Ruthie Foster; Kate Wolf song set with multiple performers (Tom Paxton, Laurie Lewis, Old Blind Dogs, Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie, Eliza Gilkyson, Nina Gerber, John Craigie, Guthrie Girls, Lucy Kaplansky); The closing song, ‘Give Yourself to Love’, will be led by Ruthie Foster.

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ABOUT KATE WOLF MUSIC FESTIVAL: Originating as a one-day Retrospective to honor the music and community gathering style of Kate Wolf, at Caswell Vineyards in western Sonoma County, the Festival grew in to a four-day event, with four stages of music, plus a KidZone Stage, Open Mic, Tai-Chi, Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Ukulele Jam Circle, Mr. Music & The Love Choir Gospel Sing-along. It is a celebration of a variety of musical styles in a warm and friendly community environment that attracts multiple generations of festivalgoers and campers.

ABOUT BLACK OAK RANCH: The Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California, is Northern California’s most loved concert venue. So, it’s no wonder that the Kate Wolf Music Festival has become a “destination festival” for music lovers with its extensive grounds covering approximately 150 acres, year-round flowing creek, and camping in old growth oaks. Just a three-hour drive north of San Francisco and two hours south of Arcata. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a weekend with friends, family, and lovers of great music. Black Oak Ranch is home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow — a circus camp for kids and has hosted many world-class events over the years.

Holiday Priced Tickets ON SALE NOW Through February 14th, 2022

Kate Wolf Music Festival ’22 COVID policy
The event will closely follow all state of California Covid-19 event safety guidelines. Ticket holders, as well as accompanying kids of all ages, will have the option of either presenting proof of vaccination or the negative results of a test administered within a 72-hour period of arrival to the festival venue site. We will continue to work and be in communication with the Mendocino County Health Dept., and State of California, to monitor and update any specific details (such as which type of tests will be approved) or guidelines that we may need to address. We expect to update everyone with those specifics sometime in the near future.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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