Los Lobos, Joan Baez to Headline Kate Wolf Fest

Posted on June 9, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

“How will the wolf survive?” the members of Los Lobos famously asked in their hit album of the same name. Well, if it’s the Kate Wolf Music Festival they’re talking about, it’s not only surviving—it’s thriving thanks to a lineup that includes Los Lobos, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell, and more.

The festival —named in honor of the popular 1970s folk singer Kate Wolf, who died of leukemia in 1986 at age 44—will celebrate its 19th incarnation June 27 to 29 in Laytonville, California. The 150-acre Black Oak Ranch will be a picker’s paradise once again, with more than 25 artists rocking four music stages, while visitors can enjoy camping, workshops, a kids’ area, a “music jamming area,” plus yoga and tai chi.

Joining the Saturday and Sunday headliners, Baez and Los Lobos, on the schedule are such names as Jackie Greene, Eliza Gilkyson, Garth Hudson, Tim O’Brien, Tom Paxton, Spark and Whisper, Poor Man’s Whiskey, and Playing for Change, among others.

The festival made its debut in 1996 as the Kate Wolf Retrospective Concert—a one-day event put together by friends and family to celebrate Wolf’s influence on folk music. The show’s success inspired concert organizers to bring it back as an annual event.

For information, call 415-256-8499 or visit katewolfmusicfestival.com.

For a glimpse at the festival namesake in her prime, check out the above clip of Kate Wolf performing “Green Eyes.”

Receive lessons, songs, advice, and news like this straight to your inbox

Join the Los Lobos, Joan Baez to Headline Kate Wolf Fest discussion

Get all things acoustic guitar in your inbox with our free newsletters. Your E-mail: