Get ready to hear old and new favorites |

Get ready to hear old and new favorites

Returning fans of the annual California WorldFest tonight through Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds know what to bring and what to expect.

They’ll bring plenty of sunscreen, an ATM card to purchase the irresistible food and drink specialties and merchandise spotlighting many cultures, and low-back chairs to watch the ongoing music and dance acts.

What these veteran audience members will expect is to be amazed by their favorite groups and to revel in checking out groups unfamiliar to them. By Sunday night, at least 26 diverse acts will have performed on seven stages.

These acts include Youssou N’Dour & the Super Etoile from West Africa; multi-Grammy winner Lucinda Williams; Cuban-Afro Tiempo Libre; Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel; Paris-based Les Yeux Noir combining Gypsy, klezmer and swing jazz; the Peking Acrobats; Americana’s Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum; Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser; Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Badi Assad; folk harpist Christine Bonner; Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Led Kaapana and Grammy winner Mary Youngblood.

In addition, several of the entertainers will lead vocal, instrumental and dance workshops each day. Daily children’s activities, and children’s parades Friday through Sunday, return again to the festival.

Radio station KVMR (FM- 89.5) will provide continuous coverage tonight through Sunday night.


WHAT: Eighth annual California WorldFest

WHEN: Tonight from 5 to 9:45, Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $110 at the gate for four days with camping, $35 at the gate for one-day adult tickets, $15 at the gate for one-day youth (ages 13-16) tickets and $5 at the gate for one-day child (ages 5-12) tickets

INFORMATION: 273-3892 or on the Web

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