First wave of talent announced for Summer Arts & Music Festival

Coming up on the weekend of June 1 and 2, the Mateel Community Center will once again kick off the summer festival season with the 37th annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area.

A beloved Southern Humboldt tradition to celebrate the arrival of summer, this favorite family event will offer the most comprehensive and affordable celebration of arts and culture on the North Coast, with more than 100 diverse performances on four stages, over 150 handmade craft and food booths, an all-media fine arts showcase, outrageous kid zone, the generation green tent and much more.

Featured talent will include Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Moksha and the Allstar Horns (featuring Peter Apfelbaum, Jen Hartswick and Skerik), Diego’s Umbrella, Gaudi, Rupa and the April Fishes, El Radio Fantastique, Markus James and the Wassonrai, Indubious, Yogoman Burning Band, Brother, Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review, Blackberry Bushes String Band, Candelaria, Aloha Radio, Alice DiMicele, To Life!, the Jaunting Martyrs, Dread Daze, the Littlest Birds, Chris Juhlin and the Collective, and Joanne Rand, plus more to be announced, including over 60 of the best local bands, musicians, dance troupes and children’s entertainers.

Stay tuned to the festival website at for more performer updates and other festival information.

Tickets cost only $15 per day or $25 for the weekend pass and are available at the gates only.

Tent camping is offered at various local campgrounds and a free festival shuttle offers service to select campgrounds and the towns of Redway and Garberville.

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Yogoman Burning Band