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All-star lineup set for art, music fest

The Mateel Community Center will present the 41st annual Summer Arts & Music Festival June 3 and 4 at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in Garberville.

The event features over 100 performances, including more than 70 of the best local and regional bands, dance troupes and children’s entertainers. Advance tickets are on sale now through the website. The 2017 music lineup includes roots reggae and dub band Easy Star All Stars; Latin, rock, hip hop fusion from Locos Por Juana; Southwest-tinged string band The Brothers Comatose; blues singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland; the “Jazz on Dub” sound of Jah9 & The Dub Treatment; Peruvian Chicha/Jamaican raggamuffin from La Inedita; Afrobeat jam band Elektric Voodoo; Creole/Cajun with The Zydeco Flames; vintage Soul group Durand Jones & The Indications; folk/beat box artist Dustin Thomas; bluegrass roots from Wicklow Atwater; Latin-Cumbia/Dub group Candelaria; traditional bluegrass quintet Hot October; and psychedelic folk singer-guitarist Joanne Rand, along with others.

In addition to music offerings, the Summer Arts and Music festival features more than 150 handmade craft, food and nonprofit vendor booths, a Kid Zone with arts and crafts, a bounce house, children’s entertainment and a daily parade, an all-media Fine Arts Showcase, dance and interactive light and sound experiences in the Belly Dance Temple, SummerTronica Tent and Generation Green Dome. All of these festival offerings are set against the backdrop of the ancient redwoods at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area along the majestic Eel River.

Volunteers are encouraged to be a part of the fun at the Summer Arts and Music Festival 2017. Volunteering is an opportunity to give back to the community, meet new people and experience first hand what goes on behind the scenes at a large-scale event.

An online volunteer application is available on the Mateel volunteer pages at or by contacting Anne Sachs, Mateel volunteer coordinator, at or 707-923-3368.

This 41st edition of the event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Mateel Community Center. Advance tickets are available at a considerable discount than the day of show pricing. Advance pricing is available online only for two-day passes; single-day tickets are available at the gate only. The event gates open at 9:30 a.m. both days with entertainment starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $40 for a two-day pass in advance and $50 at the gate. Single-day passes are $30 at the gate.