Los Lobos, Joan Baez to Headline Kate Wolf Fest
â€śHow will the wolf survive?â€ť the members of Los Lobos famously asked in their hit album of the same name. Well, if itâ€™s the Kate Wolf Music Festival theyâ€™re talking about, itâ€™s not only survivingâ€”itâ€™s thriving thanks to a lineup that includes Los Lobos, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell, and more.
The festival â€”named in honor of the popular 1970s folk singer Kate Wolf, who died of leukemia in 1986 at age 44â€”will celebrate its 19th incarnation June 27 to 29 in Laytonville, California. The 150-acre Black Oak Ranch will be a pickerâ€™s paradise once again, with more than 25 artists rocking four music stages, while visitors can enjoy camping, workshops, a kidsâ€™ area, a â€śmusic jamming area,â€ť 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 Oâ€™Brien, Tom Paxton, Spark and Whisper, Poor Manâ€™s Whiskey, and Playing for Change, among others.
The festival made its debut in 1996 as the Kate Wolf Retrospective Concertâ€”a one-day event put together by friends and family to celebrate Wolfâ€™s influence on folk music. The showâ€™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 â€śGreen Eyes.â€ť