We’ve had an amazing couple of days at the California WorldFest! It’s one of the best music festivals I’ve ever been to or performed in. First of all the Grass Valley/Nevada City area is really cool. It reminds me a lot of the Mt. Shasta area with it’s beautiful scenery and super friendly people. In fact Maz and I ended up staying with one of my good high school friends whom I hadn’t seen for a years while we were in Grass Valley. We had a mini Mt. Shasta High reunion.
I’ve been completely blown away by the other bands at the WorldFest. You know a band is really good when they make you realize you like something that you never knew you did. I totally had a moment like that watching the Old Blind Dogs work the audience into a hypnotic dancing frenzy. The band’s rhythms and vocal harmonies were so tight it was ridiculous and I thought “Wow, I didn’t know I liked Scottish roots music.”
After our two performances on Friday Maz, Kelvin and I stayed to watch the evening acts play on the main stage. We didn’t have very good seats and then out of the blue someone offered us these amazing seats not ten feet from the stage (Thanks Dale!). The headline act was the Indigo Girls who were fantastic. Amazing energy, great song writing, great vocal harmonies and just great music.
On Saturday we got the play the main stage ourselves. We were the opening act to the opening act of the opening act to the opening act of the opening act of Los Lobos, the East L.A. legends themselves!
We’d like to thank Dan Dewayne and the entire staff and volunteers at the WorldFest. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, great to work with and to top it off there were even free massages for the artists backstage! Also a big thank you goes out to Yoko-san who made us sound great and to Thad for putting half of On Ensemble up for the weekend. Hopefully we can make it back to Grass Valley next year!