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WorldFest offers eclectic lineup

Pam Jung

Almost 30 performers on eight stages and workshops all day long for four days – it’s enough to make you want to camp out at the fairgrounds so you could just roll out of your tent and join the crowd to dance, listen, learn vocals, play with the kids, do some tai chi, eat and drink, and have the best time of your life, all day. Indeed, some locals do exactly that – camp out.

It’s the 10th such event and it starts today, bringing with it some of the best performers you’ll find: Tish Hinojosa, Rory Block, Hawaii’s super band Hapa, the folks on the Prospector cover (Franti, Emmanuel and Nickel Creek), our own wild Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser – the lineup is electrifying. So, too, is what the acrobats from Peking do; it looks impossible, you’ll see.

If you’ve waited to get tickets, they are available now only at outlets or the gate, say organizers, not online or at the WorldFest office in Chico (they’re all at the festival). RV camping is sold out, but day camping is still available.

To view and hear an audio slideshow with some on-the-spot interviews, go online at http://www.theunion.com; a sampling of the sights and sounds of the opening will be posted by Friday morning and a complete slideshow by Sunday. California WorldFest also has a Web show at http://www.worldfest.net; click on “2006 Preview Slideshow with Music” to preview the artists. There is also a link to share a ride at spaceshare.com/worldfest.

Another tip: The weather is expected to heat up, going from high 80s today to the mid-90s Sunday, so do what it takes to keep cool. See you there!

Know & Go

WHAT: 10th California WorldFest

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday. Gates open Thursday at 4 p.m., with music starting at 5. Friday through Sunday, gates open 9 a.m. with music continuing to 11 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: One-day tickets are available for $35/adult at outlets (BriarPatch and Windhorse Rugs in Grass Valley, Yabobo in Nevada City); at the gate an adult one-day ticket is $40.

INFORMATION: On site, 273-2645 or 588-4109. Online at http://www.worldfest.net.

Workshops at the WorldFest

What makes the WorldFest even more fun are the workshops, where you actively participate as you lean. Workshops are musical, hosted by many of the performers, and dance – dance your favorite flavor Celtic, African, World Beat, Latin at the Pine Tree Stage.

Sign up at the Information Booth for an open mic slot on the Discovery Stage, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. And start each day with yoga and tai chi.

California Kids offer arts, crafts, games and parade activities all day.


8 a.m. Yoga, Evergreen (and every morning through Sunday at this time)

9 Tai Chi, Evergreen (and every morning at this time)

11 Yoga, Evergreen

11:30 Joe Craven-Kids n’ Rhythm, Welcome

12 p.m. Troika Folk Dance, Discovery

1 Women in Docs, Oak Grove

1:30 Salsa Sierra, Discovery

2 Kid’s Drumming with Khemya, Evergreen

3:30 Jammin 101, Lath House in Evergreen

4:30 Alasdair Fraser’s Kitchen Jam, Discovery


9:30 African Dance, Cultural Center

11 Drumming for Kids, Evergreen

11 Troika Folk Dance, Cultural Center

11:30 Joe Craven, Play the Kitchen Sink, Oak Grove

12:30 p.m. Afro-Brazilian Dance, Evergreen

12:30 Contra Dance, Cultural Center

1 Banana Slugs, Kid’s Tunes

2 VOCO Group Sing, Lath House in Evergreen

2 Salsa Sierra Dance, Cultural

2:30 Gjallarhorn, Scandinavian Style, Oak Grove

3 Yoga, Evergreen

3:30 Jammin 101, Discovery


9:30 Sisters Morales, Mariachi Vocals, Cultural Center

10 Banana Slugs “Kids R Us,” Oak Grove

11 Yoga, Evergreen

11 Salsa Dance w/ the Trendas, Cultural

11:30 Wailin Jennys, Harmony Vocals, Oak Grove

12:30 p.m. Jammin 101, Cultural Center

12:30 African Dance, Evergreen

2 Troika Folk Dance, Cultural

2:30 Bills Hillbilly, Arranging, Oak Grove

3:30 VOCO Group Sing, Cultural Center

3:30 Incendio Poly-Rhythm, Discovery

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