On June 18, 19, & 20, 2010 Mendocino county welcomes the 17th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF). Created as an annual summer solstice and world peace celebration, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival has been called “life changing” for many of its regular attendees the majority of which come as campers, committing to a three-day bonanza for the senses. Its name originates from its original festival location in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The event takes place for the fifth consecutive year at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.
This year’s SNWMF lineup features some of music’s greats in world, roots, vintage, dancehall, modern reggae and ska artists and sound system DJ’s. Bands are scheduled in tandem on the two stages, and conclude with a fire dance performance on what is known as the Valley stage, a site that is built from the ground up in the Grandstand area of the fairgrounds. The show’s varied offerings for children including music performers a parade, and opportunities for participation in free drum, dance, and yoga sessions throughout the weekend make it possible for cultural exploration on many levels.
The Village stage and Kidz Zone host Children’s educational and multi-cultural entertainment. Sageman Drums workshops take place throughout the weekend and are open to all ages in the Drum Temple. There is a full program of activities designated for the younger generation with kid performers, Arts & Crafts projects are underway throughout the weekend and a daily Kids Parade that will be led by the wonderful Samba Stilt Circus, a troupe of stilt performers.
The festival hosts several non-profit organizations and a diverse of ethnic food vendors from Indian to Ethiopian as well as vegetarian and sustainable raw food vendors. Crafts in the international bazaar in the village area are curated to present a unique array of items from around the world and a zero waste initiative is vigorously pursued to manage the impact of the festival on the environment.
Fat Freddy’s Drop
George “Fully” Fullwood
Ooklah the Moc
selector, Rory Gilligan of Kingston’s Stone Love Movement
and David Rodigan (SKY FM, BBC Radio) of the United Kingdom.
DJ Ras Kush
The event takes place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14480 Highway 128, Boonville, California, 95415, just 35 minutes West of Ukiah.
A 3-day music ticket is $145 available for purchase through Mail Order and via Paypal. Camping is for 3 day music ticket holders only and is not included in the 3 day ticket price. SNWMF offers Family Camp and Alter-abled camp areas located close to the venue gates. Single day tickets are also available online and via Mail Order.
Single-Day Tickets are $55.00 for Friday or Sunday and $65.00 for Saturday.