This full weekend celebration will feature music from around the globe, comedy, vendors, an informational forum on hemp/cannabis related issues and a fascinating film on hemp.
Friday, Nov. 8 is the Hemp Fest kick-off with a special expanded edition of the monthly Mateel Comedy Cabaret. The comics are Ngaio Bealum and David Gborie, plus the Bada Bling! Burlesque from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
At 10 p.m. the Brazillian Carnivale-Style Soul Food Session will take the stage featuring DJ Lucio K from Brazil and DJ Olly Boon of the U.K, with Les Shiaman on cello and special live guests playing a combination of Afrobeat, tropical grooves, bossa, samba, funk, breaks and bass, with live art, Capoeira and more.
The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with comedy starting at 8 p.m. and the DJs continuing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door only.
Saturday, Nov. 9 is the Hemp Fest’s biggest day. The main event starts with a full schedule of musical entertainment and vendors.
Doors open at 11 a.m. and music starts at noon with Ngaio Bealum hosting Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, Jah Sun & Dubtonic Kru, Candelaria, The Underscore Orkestra, Midnight Sun Massive, Some Of The Truest, The Fabulous Resinaires, 7th Generation Rise and The Rockin’ Rubies.
Sunday, Nov. 10 will include a Hemp Fest forum and a documentary film on the uses of industrial hemp.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday there will be an up-to-the-minute, informational forum entitled Legalization and The Future of the Canna-Business Industry -- What This Means For You, and a screening of the documentary, Bringing It Home, a fascinating look at the future of industrial hemp.
This free event is sponsored in part by The Emerald Cup and will feature a variety of cannabis and hemp experts including Matt Kumin (civil rights litigator and regulatory adviser); Scott Bergin (cannabis edible manufacturer and policy advocate); Anna Owen (industrial hemp advocate with Redwood Hemp); Kyndra Miller, Esq., attorney from Canna Business Law, Inc; Pebbles Trippet, a lifelong marijuana advocate and co-founder of several organizations; and Kristen Nevidal of the Humboldt Growers Association who will serve as moderator of the forum.
For more information on Hemp Fest performers, speakers and the film Bringing It Home, visit www.mateel.org or call the Mateel office at 923-3368.