Mateel kicks off 20th Annual Hemp Fest weekend Nov. 12

With the 20th annual Humboldt Hemp Fest coming up on the weekend of Nov. 12-14 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, this special three-day celebration (a Hemp Fest first) will kick off on Friday with the hilarious theatrical comedy, The Marijuana-Logues.

Featuring renowned comedians, Tony Camin, Rob Cantrell, and Dan Gabriel, The Marijuana-Logues played Off-Broadway throughout 2004/05 and has since been touring nationally to great audience acclaim. Told from all points of view, from hazy to highbrow, The Marijuana-Logues never loses the pot ... er point, demonstrating that the stories surrounding the bud are as varied as those who indulge. The show sets herb center stage, delving into fact and fiction, myths and misnomers alike. And, as a special treat, this Hemp Fest comedy kick-off will also feature a stand up set by the evening’s host, Ngaio Bealum, a side-splitting Sacramento based comic known for his pot comedy and activism.

The weekend will then unfold with the main Hemp Fest event on Saturday, which will feature a full day of music, speakers, dance, comedy, film, and vendors, showcasing performances by The 420 Funk Mob (featuring members of Parliament/Funkadelic), Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Tribalvoice featuring John Trudell, Chief Greenbud, Ambush, To Life!, Crossroads, Selby Minner, Ngaio Bealum, Naomi Louise Warne, Sahra Indio, Rockin Rubies, Onyx Moon, and the Mashakai/Round Valley Dancers, plus a tribute to Jack Herer and lots more.

Check out the Hemp Fest page at for the full entertainment and speaker schedule, plus other featured activities which will include a medical marijuana photo contest and a thickest stalk competition (call the office for more details). Doors for this event open at 11 a.m. with a suggested donation of $20.

On Sunday, the weekend’s festivities will culminate with a free hemp fest forum. Open from 2 to 6 p.m., this event will offer a panel discussion with a wide variety of expert speakers including John Trudell, Mark Lovelace, Elvy Musikka, Chris Van Hook, Robert Sutherland, Dennis Turner, Max Del Real, Julia Carrera, Omar Figueroa, and more plus a Q&A/breakout session where the public will have an opportunity to engage directly about what’s next for hemp/marijuana reform in Humboldt, California, and beyond.

For more information on any of the above events, contact the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or visit