Lucinda Williams Band, Richard Thompson set to headline WorldFest |

Lucinda Williams Band, Richard Thompson set to headline WorldFest

"...Lucinda Williams has channeled her perspective as a proud but vulnerable Southern female into a string of stellar albums, each of which weave rock, country, folk and blues so tightly that each of the elements seems to disappear." - Rolling Stone

WHAT: The Center for the Arts presents 19th Annual California WorldFest

WHEN: July 16-19

TICKETS: Tickets and information at 530-274-8384 or


The Center for the Arts has announced two headline performers — Lucinda Williams and Richard Thompson — to close the four-day California WorldFest on Sunday, July 19.

“These two stellar artists will be the perfect finale to four days of camping, workshops, great food and spectacular music at the Nevada County Fairgrounds,” said Center for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker. “We are just thrilled with how the whole lineup came together and can’t wait to share these artists with our community and the thousands that come to visit for the festival.”

Williams emerged from Lake Charles, Louisiana — a town with a rich tradition in all of America’s indigenous music, from country to the blues — imbued with a “culturally rich, economically poor” worldview. Several years of playing the hardscrabble clubs of her adopted state of Texas gave her a solid enough footing to record a self-titled album that would become a touchstone for the embryonic Americana movement. For much of the next decade, she moved around the country, stopping in Austin, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and turning out work that won immense respect and a Grammy for Mary Chapin Carpenter’s version of “Passionate Kisses.” Her music is invariably hailed for its indelible impressionism — like 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which notched her first Grammy as a performer.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time, Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically-acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received lifetime achievement awards for songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic — from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson was the recipient of the OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for “Artist of the Year.”

Already announced performers include King Sunny Ade and his African Beats, EmiSunshine, Beats Antique, Portland Cello Project, DakhaBrakha, The Sam Chase, Marie Sioux and many more.

Check out the full lineup for WorldFest at

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