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July 2013

Alison Brown Quartet 2013

Sun, July 14, 2:00 PM

The Alison Brown Quartet is bluegrass plus. Their sound has been likened to a combination of bluegrass, country, and jazz.

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An Evening with Jorma Kaukonen 2013

Sun, July 14, 8:00 PM

Grammy nominee and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Jorma Kaukonen will turn the white tent blue with his own interpretations of American roots music, blues, and Americana.

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The House Jacks 2013

Tue, July 16, 8:00 PM

The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle).  The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance.

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$15

House Jacks Vocal Workshop 2013

Wed, July 17, 12:00 PM

Wednesday July 17, 12:00pm Matheson Theater The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle).  The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance.  From Carnegie Hall to the World Expo, from Brazil to Sri Lanka, Rolling Stone to CNN, and in live performance with Ray Charles, James Brown, Train, and LL Cool J, The House Jacks continue to electrify audiences worldwide.

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POCO Benefit for MMF 2013

Wed, July 17, 8:00 PM

POCO is “All Fired Up” with their new album of that name, and plans to rock their trademark blazing instrumentals and soaring harmonies at a fabulous benefit concert made possible by the generosity of an anonymous POCO fan. For 45 years, POCO has been making the classic country rock sound that they helped found in the late sixties. They have continued creating their trademark harmonies and never stopped touring over the years despite lineup changes that make POCO a storied…

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July 2014

$12 – $37

Claire Lynch Band: Taking Bluegrass to New Heights 2014

Sun, July 13, 8:00 PM

Combining strength and purity of voice, enchanting and subtle song writing, and superb musicianship, the Claire Lynch Band takes bluegrass to new heights. The band is known for its intense sound, as well as for brilliant picking, of course. Claire Lynch was winner of the International Bluegrass Association’s award for Female Vocalist of the Year 3 years in a row! “Listening to Claire Lynch sing is not something to be undertaken casually.  Her songs and stage presence demand the listener’s…

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$27

A Cappella Fever 2014

Wed, July 16, 3:00 PM

The Coast is home to several excellent small a cappella groups, all singing for the pure love of it while holding down their day jobs.  Men’s Acafellas, women’s In the Mix, women’s trio River, and SATB Sine Nomine will sing music from four centuries, everything from do-wop, to gospel, to hit tunes from the ‘40s, to madrigals. The singers in A Cappella Fever all were inspired by the House Jack’s workshop last year. As House Jacks member Deke Sharon put…

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$12 – $37

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen 2014

Sun, July 20, 2:00 PM

Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, teams up with his buddy Herb Pedersen from the Desert Rose Band to play their own blend of bluegrass, folk, and country music. They have the superb blend and easy interchange that only long-time friends can achieve. They can play nearly any instrument you could throw at them and will give you a good, rocking country time. “These guys are really special. They’ve been playing together all along and have influenced so…

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$12 – $46

POCO: Encore Concert 2014

Sun, July 20, 8:00 PM

One of the first and longest-lasting country-rock groups, POCO will perform an encore concert on the stage of the Mendocino Music Festival.  Rusty Young has announced the band’s February 2014 retirement from regular touring, but has agreed to do one more performance for the Festival as a result of the great reception the band got in 2013. Formed by members of Buffalo Springfield in 1968, POCO was originally a southern California group, but many of its members live in Nashville…

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$12 – $46

Irma Thomas, Queen of the Delta Blues 2014

Fri, July 25, 8:00 PM

Irma Thomas won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Contemporary Blues Album and was chosen as one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices. Dubbed the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Thomas will warm your heart with her blend of roots and blues. She has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and continues to win awards every year. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a legend of our own time, inviting you to share a trip with…

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July 2015

$12 – $39

California Honeydrops 2015

Mon, July 13, 8:00 PM

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music – they throw parties, and have taken the party all over the world. From European tours to featured slots at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Outside Lands, their shared vision and main purpose is always for the audience to sing and share their joy. They’ve come a long way since two of their members started busking in an Oakland BART station; now five members strong, this enormously energetic band draws on diverse musical…

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$12 – $29

A Cappella Fever 2015

Wed, July 15, 3:00 PM

Featuring Acafellas, In the Mix, River, Cor Unum, Mendonoma Chamber Chorus Is it something in the bracing coastal air? Or is it a kind of fever? It seems this sparsely coastline boasts a far above average number of excellent a cappella groups, all singing for the love of it, while working jobs ranging from judge, to gardener, to doctor, to innkeeper, and more. This year has seen the birth of two new groups: Cor Unum, a mixed voice trio, and…

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$12 – $49

Blame Sally 2015

Sun, July 19, 8:00 PM

Blame Sally, formed in 2000, doesn’t fall into the usual “girl group” category.  Each of the members – Pam Delgado (percussion and vocals), Renee Harcourt (guitar, bass and vocals), Jeri Jones (guitar, bass and vocals) and Monica Pasqual (piano, accordion and vocals) – put aside individual careers when they were in their late 30’s and 40’s to form the band. Their original and exciting sound has generated broad appeal and rave reviews. One of the finest bands in America right…

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$12 – $39

Matt Andersen, John Németh: Blues Double Bill 2015

Thu, July 23, 8:00 PM

Matt Andersen’s narrative driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, delivered in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high energy performances have captivated audiences from Canada, to the U.S., to Australia and the U.K., in both small clubs and festivals. I’m not trying to change anyone’s life in a big way but I love it when listeners really get involved in the…

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July 2016

$12 – $29

Side Note 2016

Wed, July 13, 2:30 PM

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Fresh. Funky Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twentysomethings, from wildly different musical backgrounds, who draw their diversity to create an all-new sound. It’s contemporary a cappella – pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some buzzin’ beats, rockin’ riffs and hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music!

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$12 – $39

Stray Birds 2016

Wed, July 13, 7:30 PM

Hailing from Pennsylvania and flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album, The Stray Birds is a genre-melding acoustic trio of classically trained musicians who have been making music of all kinds since childhood. The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench – has received rave reviews at the 2014 Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland, following that appearance with a number of sold-out concerts in England and Ireland. Crowding around…

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$12 – $49

Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line 2016

Sun, July 17, 7:30 PM

American singer/songwriter Nora Jane Struthers, a former Brooklyn high school English teacher, grew up singing and playing music with her father, a bluegrass musician. Making a major life and career change during a visit to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the early 2000’s, she made the decision to move to Nashville and went on to win the 2008 Telluride band competition with her first solo-fronted group, the Bootleggers. Described as “quietly brilliant” by NPR, Struthers formed The Party Line in…

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$12 – $39

Jack Broadbent, Liz Vice: Double Bill 2016

Tue, July 19, 7:30 PM

Jack Broadbent started his career with humble beginnings busking, and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his live shows and unique style of slide guitar. Raised in rural England and with a musician father, Jack was brought up on a diet of music that could later be described as his main influences, including acts such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. With feet planted firmly in an authentic blues…

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$12 – $49

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 2016

Fri, July 22, 7:30 PM

Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of Zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

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$12 – $29

Gwyneth Moreland and Friends 2016

Sat, July 23, 2:30 PM

Gwyneth Moreland’s gift for open-hearted storytelling is perfectly suited to the modern art of folk music. No wonder, then, that “Slaughterhouse Gulch,” the first single from her latest album, landed her on the Folk Airplay charts. Gwyneth’s songs flow with a graceful simplicity infused with the ambience of her home perched in the majestic redwoods and fog of the Mendocino Coast. Gwyneth’s unique and captivating songs and voice have created devoted fans across the U.S. and, with her latest album,…

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July 2017

$12 – $50

The House Jacks 2017

Sat, July 8, 7:30 PM

Describing themselves as a “rock band without instruments,” The House Jacks have been leaders in the contemporary a cappella world for 25 years. Their arrangements were used for the smash hit movie Pitch Perfect and their music has been the soundtrack for NBC’s The Sing-Off and ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Primarily performing original music, The House Jacks have transcended simple “band” categorization and are now a thriving institution, always featuring some of the best vocalists in the world.

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Free

The House Jacks Workshop 2017

Sun, July 9, 11:00 AM

Watch the House Jacks singers work their magic on several local a cappella groups.

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$12 – $30

Side Note 2017

Sun, July 9, 2:00 PM

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Funky. Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twenty-somethings, each from a wildly different musical background, who draw on their diversity to create an all-new sound. Performing everything from classic 60s hits to mashups of the latest chart toppers, it’s contemporary a cappella pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music.

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$12 – $40

Laurie Lewis, Rita Hosking 2017

Mon, July 10, 7:30 PM

A key figure in bluegrass, traditional and folk music circles, Berkeley’s Laurie Lewis has established herself as one of the finest and most diverse talents in music today. A winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year, multiple times and a Grammy winner for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, it doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. Northern California’s own Rita Hosking is a…

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$12 – $30

Kathleen Grace 2017

Wed, July 12, 2:30 PM

“Smart, alluring and evocative” (Washington Post), Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her country, folk and jazz inspired music with audiences from New York to Peru. Her latest release, No Place to Fall, presents Grace’s dynamic original songs alongside revelatory covers of artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and The Meat Puppets. Grace’s trademark pure sound and deep lyrical connection infuse every moment of the album, from her deliciously honky-tonk interpretations of standards, to her own original music. The LA Times…

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$12 – $40

Band of Heathens 2017

Thu, July 13, 7:30 PM

The term “Americana” was practically invented to describe the Band of Heathens’ sound, rich with lyrical content and supported by soaring guitar work and a rock-solid rhythm section. Hailing from Austin, Texas, and together ten years, the group fuses Lone Star blues, rock, and soul sounds with influences from Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul, heartland country-rock and all points in between.

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July 2018

$15 – $30

Business Casual 2018

Mon, July 9, 2:30 PM

Formed in 2012, vocal band Business Casual is rapidly becoming a fixture in the Bay Area vocal music scene. The group explores a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B, guaranteeing that there is something for everyone in their energetic, all-ages shows. With powerful leads and sizzling beats, audiences can’t believe this group is using only their voices.

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$15 – $40

Lucia Micarelli 2018

Mon, July 9, 7:30 PM

Violinist Lucia Micarelli journeys through many musical influences from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, all bound together by her trademark vulnerability and technical wizardry. Called “a violinist of heart-melting talent” by the Wall Street Journal, Micarelli is best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and classic rock band Jethro Tull, as well as her starring role as Annie in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Treme.

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$12

The King: Special Benefit Screening

Tue, July 10, 7:30 PM

Mendocino Area Parks Association & Mendocino Film Festival present a screening of THE KING. Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of…

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$15 – $40

Eric Bibb 2018

Wed, July 11, 7:30 PM

With a career spanning five decades, three dozen albums, countless radio & television appearances, and concerts all over the globe, Eric Bibb is one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A fiery singer with soul, gospel and folk roots, his blues are honest and powerful. Born in New York and raised in a musical family, Bibb currently lives in Sweden.

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$15 – $40

Barefoot Movement 2018

Thu, July 12, 7:30 PM

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home, The Barefoot Movement has been heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising new bands on the bluegrass scene.” Selected as showcase artists at conferences of both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival, this acoustic band takes listeners back to another place and time with a show as fun to watch as it is to hear.

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$15 – $40

The Dustbowl Revival 2018

Tue, July 17, 7:30 PM

With a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds, this eight-piece group “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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$15 – $40

Venice 2018

Thu, July 19, 7:30 PM

Performing together since 1980 and consisting of two sets of brothers, Venice’s music is a reflection of growing up in the California beach town for which the group is named. With sounds at once familiar and fresh, their music is a winning hybrid of folk/rock/soul. Venice’s trademarks are their beautiful harmonies, personal lyrics, and high-energy shows; their distinctive vocal sounds have allowed them to perform and record with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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$15 – $50

Pine Leaf Boys 2018

Fri, July 20, 7:30 PM

A smash hit at last year’s festival, the Pine Leaf Boys have been described by the New York Times as “the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time.” Four-time Grammy-nominated and hailing from southwest Louisiana, they are known for their own inimitable brand of music, blending the sounds of Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp-Pop, Country, and Soul. Their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements have breathed new life into Louisiana music. …the link that connects the young and…

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July 2019

Guitars in the Mendocino Village

Fri, July 19, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you’re out and about Mendocino on Friday afternoon July 19 during the Festival you may happen upon a little Bach, some bossa nova, or even a classic pop song being conjured up on one or more guitars. The Mendocino Guitar Workshop, in co-operation with the Mendocino Music Festival, will unleash another eclectic crew of guitarists in shops and galleries around the village to add a little spice to the fortnight’s already festive air. Watch for signs indicating the locations…

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$15 – $52

Ruthie Foster

Sun, July 21, 7:30 PM

Hailing from rural Texas, Foster is a singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. Mixing a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul, she is often compared to Bonnie Raitt. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster has developed a unique sound not contained in a single genre. That sound echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career—marching to the beat of her own drum. Click here…

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$15 – $42

Carolyn Wonderland

Tue, July 23, 7:30 PM

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

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$15 – $42

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Thu, July 25, 7:30 PM

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter who started his career as a Blue Grass Boy in 1964. By Bill Monroe’s own admission, Peter sounded a lot like him and when the two harmonized, they were said to have reached “heavenly heights.” The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band is made up of outstanding musicians; joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Keith Little, banjo; Paul Knight, bass; Chris Henry, mandolin; and Blaine Sprouse, fiddle. The band plays original songs written by Rowan along…

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$15 – $52

Sweet Honey in the Rock®

Fri, July 26, 7:30 PM

Sweet Honey is a well-known Grammy Award-winning (and many times nominated) a cappella ensemble that expresses their history as African American women through song, dance, and sign language. Rooted in the hymns, gospel music, and spirituals, the troupe seeks to preserve and extend the traditions of African American vocal music while addressing the critical issues of our time. This vibrant group educates, entertains, and empowers with a compelling theatrical flair and beautiful singing. There will be a sign language interpreter…

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$15 – $30

Business Casual

Sat, July 27, 2:30 PM

Bay Area vocal band Business Casual explores a wide range of genres including pop, jazz, soul, folk and swing to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers, today’s top 40 hits, and award-winning original songs. In 2018, Business Casual was named National Champion at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival and their first original single, “Ain’t No Way,” was released. With the powerful leads, floor-thumping bass, and sizzling beats in this energetic show, audiences can’t believe the singers…

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