Third wave of 2019 California WorldFest artists announced |

Third wave of 2019 California WorldFest artists announced

Lila Downs has been added to the line-up for this year's WorldFest, the single largest fundraiser for Grass Valley's Center for the Arts.
Photo by Marcela Taboada

The Center for the Arts has announced a third wave of artists joining this year’s California WorldFest lineup. The annual celebration of global music provides a platform to discover a whole new culture through music.

Lila Downs will join Trombone Shorty and Toots and the Maytals as this year’s headliners.

Grammy award winner Lila Downs brings a unique range of textures and genres, blending Latin, world and folk music from Mexico by way of New York. Her band includes husband and longtime musical partner Paul Cohen playing keyboard, sax, clarinet. Yayo Serka plays drums, Nikki Campbell and Marcos Lopez provide percussion, Rafael Gomez guitar, George Saenz on trombone and accordion, Josh Deutsch on trumpet, Sinuhe Padilla Isunza on jarana and zapateado, and bassist Luis Guzman.

Lila leads a growing roster of Latin artists performing this year including Spanish Latin Grammy winner, songwriter, and guitar bender Twanguero joins Chicago’s Radio Free Honduras, and Puerto Rico’s ÌFÉ.

Announcements continue with up and coming acts including Berkeley folk artist Mikey Pauker, Australian soul blues and roots rock singer-songwriter, Kara Grainger, and London’s Gypsy Klezmer Turkish Folk Frenzy Band, The Turbans.

Returning artists include Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, a Grammy Award-winning family hip-hop musician and Taimane, who first appeared at WorldFest playing ukulele with Michael Franti in 2017.

Tickets are on sale now for the four day festival happening July 11-14 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The family-friendly festival includes music on seven stages and is filled with activities for kids and adults, workshops and artistic opportunities. WorldFest allows festival-goers to experience global music in a whole new way and allows everyone that experiences this festival to gain a deeper understanding and connection to our world.

For the current list of artists, details about camping, workshops and ticket information can be found online at

The Center for the Arts is currently undergoing a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

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