California WorldFest is July 12-15 at Nevada County Fairgrounds

SEVEN STAGES OF MUSIC, more than 50 artists from around the world, a full work- shop and educational schedule, daily yoga, family and children’s activities, an artisan marketplace, Global Indigenous People’s Village and onsite camping are all areas to explore at this year’s 22nd annual California WorldFest, presented by The Center for the Arts. The […]

Michael Franti: Not your average rocker

“Music has the power to bring people together like no other form.” – Michael Franti WE ARE LIVING IN A DIVISIVE TIME, so it is uplifting to hear words like this. The internationally acclaimed band Michael Franti & Spearhead will be the headliner at California WorldFest on July 16 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Franti […]

California WorldFest on July 13-16: Celebrating World Cultures

AMERICA IS HOME TO SOME ICONIC MUSIC festivals: Lollapalooza in Chicago, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado and Norfolk Folk Festival in Virginia, among others. In the West, the annual California WorldFest in historic Grass Valley has built a loyal following and is growing in stature. Last November, WorldFest received […]

California WorldFest turns 20 in Grass Valley

CALIFORNIA WORLDFEST BEGAN IN 1996 to showcase the world’s finest artists performing music and dance. The summertime jam at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley was founded by longtime Chico residents Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers. The couple also co-founded the popular Strawberry Music Festival and pioneered the concept of bringing the Bluegrass festival […]

Boz Scaggs performs at WorldFest in Grass Valley on July 17

Rock/blues icon Boz Scaggs will close out the 20th anniversary presentation of the four-day California WorldFest music festival on Sunday, July 17 at the Nevada County fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Festival producer Julie Baker says, “We were looking for the perfect way to wrap up the diverse lineup we’ve assembled for this year’s WorldFest and […]

Art Works Gallery: winning regional honors for its local artwork

ARTWORK IS MORE WIDELY available than ever, revealing new and up-and-coming talent. Arts education also is on the rise. The California Arts Council, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 (see box), is investing millions of dollars in communities across California, including our region. Nevada County is a growing arts hub: It has more artists […]

Lake Tahoe Music Festival: “Small is beautiful”

The arts & culture scene in western Nevada County is spectacular for a population of our size: This summer alone, we’ve enjoyed WorldFest, thanks to The Center for the Arts; Randy Newman, thanks to Music in the Mountains; and in October, Joshua Bell, thanks to InConcert Sierra. I do worry, however, about the stress and […]

Center for the Arts receives $36,768 grant from California Arts Council

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley is receiving a $36,768 grant from the California Arts Council for WorldFest, the council announced. It is one 347 grants totaling $4.3 million. A one-time budget increase allowed the California Arts Council to award the largest number of grants provided by the state agency in 13 years, […]

The Center for the Arts purchases California WorldFest

The Center for the Arts has purchased the iconic California WorldFest from its founders, Sierra FoodWineArt has learned. It has been held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since its founding in July some 18 years ago. The magazine called the founders, Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers in Chico, after a report appeared — apparently prematurely […]