On Saturday, Ridgestock once again graces the green lawns and amphitheater of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Celebrating 14 years, Ridgestock Music and Sustainability Expo will feature various types of green speakers and demos during the day along with local and regional music.
Ridgestock features an environmental theme emphasizing green living in the foothills. This year speakers will be coordinated by Mud and Pearls, a local organization that hosts hands-on workshops. The short talks and workshops will feature a wide range of topics, including solar power, alternative building and more.
This year we hope to have more workshops and hands-on learning. Informational, organic food and craft vendors booths will fill in the pine-shaded grounds of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center along with a kids space and performance, and picnic area, according to event organizer Roo Cantada.
Ridgestock also highlights local and regional talent with more than eight musical acts, including Reno funk band Mojo Green and Bay Area favorites Zepperella. Other bands include Nevada County native Justin Ancheta and Friends, Mt. Whateverest, singer-songwriters Brett Shady and Heather Normandale and 17-year-old Kalyja Rain (pronounced Kah-lisha).
There will also be a kids program in the mid- to late afternoon, featuring Izzi Tooinsky’s amazing juggling.
Headiner Mojo Green (http://mojogreenmusic.com) has a deep funky groove boasting a seven-piece band including a complete horn section and ripping vocals. It is a high-energy funk and sound powerhouse with a sound all its own. With followings deeply rooted in Burning Man, Motown and beyond it is sure to keep folks dancing.
Zepperella (http:// zepparella.com) is the classic rock band with a twist. Hailing all-female members, it promises to put on an epic display of raw talent and skill while rocking the stage.
Ridgestock is a family event and includes many community organizations, such as the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, KVMR 89.5FM, and KYRR FM. The goal is to showcase and educate people about ideas and information with an ecological bend.
There will be speakers and demos throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. interspersed with music.
The evening stage kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 11. The full schedule is available on the website, http://Ridgestock.org. Ticket price is $30 for all day, $15 for youth, with those 10 and under free. Advance tickets are available at: Mother Truckers on the Ridge, BriarPatch Co-op and at BrownPaperTickets.com.
For information call 530-477-4724 or visit http://ridgestock.org.