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Preview: Redwood Mountain Faire

This weekend’s eclectic lineup at Roaring Camp

Orgone headlines the Redwood Mountain Faire on Saturday.

The Redwood Mountain Faire is one of the annual highpoints for laid-back locals who love to dance, mingle, eat, drink, check out local arts and crafts, and not have to find daycare for the kids. A family-friendly event that showcases the thriving mountain music scene, the faire seems to get better each year, with a lineup that nicely balances standout local bands with big-name, nationally touring acts.

This year is no exception. From the morning warm-up acts through the headliners, the Faire’s lineup of 22 bands promises to keep festival-goers dashing from stage to stage to catch as many acts as possible. Whether you prefer kicking back in the shade while listening to some high lonesome picking, or kicking up dust to the hottest funk and dance groups around, the Redwood Mountain Faire has you covered. The event is again presented by the Valley Women’s Club, who have been putting it on for decades, and benefits local nonprofits and service organizations so you can do some good while you get your groove on.

The fantastic Los Angeles-based funk and soul group Orgone headlines Saturday, and the rest of the day is packed full of great music. Other Saturday acts include progressive bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum, Bay Area jam band Shady Groove, the rocking blues of Harpin Jonny & Friends, our beloved Banana Slug String Band, contemporary funk band Polyrhythmics, Portland-based rocker Scott Pemberton, classic soul outfit Pawn Shop Soul, local reggae group Soulwise, Americana band Heathen Hill, and rockers Scary Little Friends.

Headlining Sunday is the fabulous 20-piece, carnival-style party band MarchFourth. The day’s stellar lineup also includes Lake Tahoe-based indie-roots act Dead Winter Carpenters, long-running Latin music favorites the B-Side Players, local roots band Sharon Allen & the Dusty Boots, Bay Area standout the Sam Chase, Americana jam band Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers, local folk trio the Painted Horses, musical collaborative Rainbow Girls, alt-rock cover band Zebra 3, Grammy-nominated roots band Yarn, and pop/soul band Joy & Madness.


INFO: 11 a.m. Saturday & Sunday June 4 & 5 at Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. More information: redwoodmountainfaire.com.

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Cat Johnson is a writer and content strategist focused on community, collaboration, the future of work and music. She's a regular contributor to Shareable and her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Yes! Magazine, No Depression, UTNE Reader, Mother Jones and Launchable Mag. More info: catjohnson.co. Follow her on Twitter at @CatJohnson.

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