Sonoma Mountain Music Festival Combines Folk and Farmland

Tanbark, a band playing the Sonoma Mountain Music Festival
Tanbark, a band playing the Sonoma Mountain Music Festival (Sonoma Index-Tribune)

The Sonoma Mountain Music Festival will be July 8 at Five Springs Farm in Petaluma. In its second year, the festival combines folk music with natural beauty.

“The main driver of the festival — aside from my lifelong love of music, obviously — is a desire to bring people onto working farms and ranches, to celebrate the land, and nature, in a way that people can easily relate to,” says Petaluma singer-songwriter Avery Hellman, who started the festival. “So the music festival is a way to do that. They’ll see what happens on a farm, and they’ll get to experience some of the ways that the land and the arts overlap.”

Artists include Grammy-winning fiddler-folksinger Laurie Lewis, with her band The Right Hands, along with San Francisco’s Kendra McKinley, New York City’s Tanbark, and a number of Bay Area rising stars including American Nomad (with Hassan El-Tayyab), folk-rocker Rainy Eyes (aka Irena Eide), and Ismay.

The daylong festival includes tours and farm-fresh food. Point Blue, a Petaluma-based conservation nonprofit, will the beneficiary of this year’s festival.

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