HARMONY FEST: 6/8-10

29TH ANNUAL HARMONY FESTIVAL
Northern California's Premier Music and Camping Festival
June 8, 9, 10 Sonoma County Fairgrounds
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

As the earth spins toward the summer solstice, people naturally feel a need to come together outside and celebrate – it's hardwired into our instincts. In Northern California, we call that the Harmony Festival. Last year's Festival was the largest and most successful ever, and just to make sure this year is even better, the Festival organizers have gone into partnership with the institution that defined concert production nationwide, Northern California's own Live Nation (formerly Bill Graham Presents). Said Festival Director Scott McKeown, "Combining the strengths of both organizations allows us to bring to the North Bay a world-class music and lifestyle festival as has never before been seen in Northern California." It's an unbeatable combination.

On June 8, 9, and 10, 2007, the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds will host the 29th Harmony Festival, a gathering that unites music of all sorts, spiritual and environmental consciousness raising, camping, and a darn good party – and much more. Hey – it's just that time again. Tickets are available NOW for all events and packages at www.harmonyfestival.com.

For the first time in the festival's substantial history, Friday will offer a full day of music and events: three days, three nights, and three Main Stages full of fun and music.

Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), soul diva Erykah Badu, conscious hip-hop revolutionaries The Roots, Common, Rickie Lee Jones, New Orleans Social Club (featuring Ivan Neville and the legendary Leo Nocentelli among others), and the cream of the jam band and acoustic world, including moe., Umphrey's McGee, the Waybacks, Hot Buttered Rum, ALO, Mike Stern Allstars (featuring Victor Wooten of the Flecktones and Dennis Chambers along with Miles Davis guitarist Stern), Vernon Bush, New Monsoon, and STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) lead the musical entertainment.

As always, there will be further music late at night with the "Harmony After Dark Zone," featuring Jai Uttal, One at Last, Sheila Chandra, and Shimsai among many others.

The "After Dark Zone" will be in three different venues for one modest price. Along with that, the Techno Tribal Dance with Stanton Warrior, Shpongle, Ganga Girl, and Rabbit in the Moon among others, will go late with the very best of trance dance culture – when we asked the producers about it, the phrase "over the top" seems to be the best description.

Of course, music is only one aspect of the 29th Harmony Festival, which will bring together many different facets of leading-edge information and approaches to healthier, more satisfying lifestyles with an amazing array of distinguished speakers, including Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Edwin Black, Van Jones, and Rabbi Michael Lerner – and many more.

This year's Festival theme is "Promoting Global Cooling." Every conscious person is aware of the current planetary crisis, and forums, speakers, and exhibits will provide much valuable information; but the theme has a double meaning as it seeks to present an alternative, calmer worldview that seeks to cool down the currently over-heated and divisive partisan atmosphere in which these matters are being considered. Harmony means many things here, in musical, political, and spiritual terms, and the Festival is a holistic gathering that presents the most compelling advances in personal and social transformation, health, healing, ecology, art, activism, food, politics – in fact, the whole life package. It is a Party with a Purpose.

http://www.harmonyfestival.com

[Published on: 4/24/07]

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Comments

gmoo Tue 4/24/2007 03:07PM
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gmoo

Looks awesome. I'd be there in a perfect world...

QuantumTubaMan Tue 4/24/2007 03:09PM
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QuantumTubaMan

Mike Stern Allstars looks incredible, Victor Wooten and Dennis Chambers in one band!!! Also, according to New Monsoon's website, Mike Stern will sit in with them. For all those who attend, I hope you enjoy it!

androckguitar starstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 03:09PM
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androckguitar

Great line-up!
I'll be there

soulink starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 03:58PM
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soulink

I know there are some great bands playing, but I'll be there just for the Techno-Tribal Dance... if you don't know about Rabbit In The Moon ... you need to.

theRabble Tue 4/24/2007 04:23PM
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theRabble

we need more festies like this in the midwest, summercamp just isnt enough...someone answer my prayer

sleewell Tue 4/24/2007 04:28PM
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sleewell

WHAT A LINEUP!!! wow i am really pumped about this one, and its on my birthday too, sweet!!! the roots are worth the drive alone, umphrey's and moe. are like icing on the cake.

digideley223 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 04:42PM
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digideley223

Northern Funkified Love, for your imagtigtion. This should be
wilderness of funkified fanfivlived Buellers. Agree To Lineup.

umfree19 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 05:14PM
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7 miles from my House. Hell Yeah!!!!

JudahItes starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 05:21PM
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JudahItes

Yeah this is going to be Great!!! Check out Consciousness in Motion, an event within the Harmony Fest!!! There is going to be conscious minded professional Skateboarders there doing demos and workshops with the children!

deftone984 Tue 4/24/2007 10:39PM
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deftone984

i wish i could go to outer shpongolia

rulosa01 Tue 4/24/2007 10:46PM
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shpongle!

TimCorcoran starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/25/2007 07:18AM
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TimCorcoran

we need more festies like this in the midwest, summercamp just isnt enough...someone answer my prayer...

Joepeary, There Ain't Nothing Like A Grateful Garcia Garcia Gathering! www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com

shackdude starstarstarstar Wed 4/25/2007 07:51AM
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Sundog

Uh duhhhh Where is Wakarusa, 10K Lakes located? east coast? west coast? You have plenty of killer festies

Harmony is only 1 hr N of SF. So although not killer lineup, its good enough (esp with moe). Its more of a tribal techno gathering with many Burning Man / Rave type of events and things. Not really setup to be Jam music fest - like HSMF - which is really weak lineup this year compared to last several years.

Unfortunately - thgere is no KILLER JAM FEST on west coast at all like Langerado, 10K Lakes, Wakarusa, All Good, etc. There sure needs to be. Can anyone loan me a mil or 2 to have killer festy?

shack

shackdude Wed 4/25/2007 07:55AM
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Steve Kimock added - prob playing with New Monsoon

check out Friday schedule

Marcsmall Wed 4/25/2007 08:31AM
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Marcsmall

Arianna is the shit.
www.Huffingtonpost.com

chasetc20 starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/25/2007 10:15AM
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Too bad im on the opp coast, otherwise id be there. Wow looks steller

TimCorcoran Wed 4/25/2007 11:41AM
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TimCorcoran

Shackdude,
You misunderstood my coment... All I did was copy, and paste what JoePeary said on his comment(which is the 7th comment above my comment)and pasted it with my answere. But yeah, I know about 10,000 Lakes and Wakarusa festival, and they are all great.

trini. Wed 4/25/2007 11:26PM
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trini.

Live Nation = Visit your local TM outlet? Bummer.


EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 08:29AM
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EVILFUNK

Harmonyfest is out of hand this year!

Badu, Umphreys, Stern, the Roots, Leo, Rickky Lee Jones, Common...sick!sick!sick!

Aorta Frequency starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 12:10PM
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Aorta Frequency

this fest is gonna kick ass.

i was thinkin about flying out there before they released the lineup for Camp Bisco VI. shpongle/sts9 are the shit!

peace, love and harmony

Dwizard Mon 4/30/2007 06:39AM
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Kimock with Monsoon sounds great as does the rest of the line up, To bad it's same time as Waka, probably a tighter scene though. although I haven't heard of Rabbit in the Moon, can anyone give me a true description. I'm a huge fan of STS9 and Lotus how do they all relate?

Makisupa_McGee starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/8/2007 03:50PM
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Makisupa_McGee

Harmony is going to be UMbelievable this year! compare it to last year and you'll wonder how the heck it got so much bigger so fast. Although I saw Kimock wiht monsoon last year 2x (once being at harmony - that was why i drove out for that afternoon) and that is a real good time.

Im def going, just hope i can make it up on fri in time to get moe.'d down before sts9 late night.

Dwizard, Im pretty sure Rabbit is straight up trance (could be wrong) but I dont think it will sound anything like sts9, but you'll prolly like it nonetheless.

Why drive all the way out to the booneys for High Sierra when you have such a great lineup just a quick boggie up the 101?!?!?! (not to mention HS is really lacking this year)

I will say that the camping scene last year looked kinda shitty/sketchy and wonder how thats going to play out with an even better lineup this year - i just dont know if they have enough space to be anywhere close to comfortable. hotels nearby may be the way to go