Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. "I make music because I believe it can change people's lives and make a difference in the world," enthuses Franti, "music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose." Michael rocked Santa Cruz Mountain Sol in 2015 and we look forward to his return this year!
With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii's #1 female artist. The future is bright for this Maui songbird. Anuhea's determination, passion, optimism and raw talent are the foundations for the success that is to come. "I just feel lucky that I've found my dream and am able to pursue it... My main goal as a music-maker is to help people find theirs, whatever it may be." Fluent in Hawaiian Anuhea is proud of her island roots and plans to honoring her heritage by utilizing her growing fame for the good of her land and people.
Cyril Neville and Swampfunk
Grammy Award winning New Orlean's Neville Brother Cyril Neville has been called a philosopher, poet, and one of the last great southern soul singers.
Cyril has co-written songs with Bono of U2, Taj Mahal, Daniel Lanois to name a few, is featured on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson and has most recently fronted and sang for New Orleans Funk band Galactic and the Neville Brothers.
Swamp Funk is Cyril Neville lead vocals and percussion, Norman Caesar on keys, Omari Neville on drums and vocals, Queen Gaynielle Neville on vocals and percussion, Joy Clark on Guitar and vocals and Dean Zuchero on bass.
With this group Cyril is able to perform the material he wrote and performed with the Neville Brothers, The Meters, The Wild Tchopitoulas and RSB,making for a musical Gumbo like no other, where you can let your hair down or take it off while you shake what your Momma gave you to their Gumbo Grooves!
Mountain Sol is thrilled that Cyril will be bringing his latest funky, New Orleans all-star project "SWAMPFUNK" to this years fest!
Los Amigos Invisibles
Since their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the "gozadera" - an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. The band got their first break when David Byrne (Talking Heads) discovered one of their albums by chance in a Manhattan record shop. He immediately called the band up in their native Venezuela and soon after, signed them to his label: Luaka Bop. Byrne opened doors for the band across the globe and Los Amigos Invisibles soon became an international touring machine.
Afrolicious has established itself as both one of the most legendary weekly parties in San Francisco, and of the top live/electronic bands on the scene. Started as a weekly dance party featuring DJ's and brothers Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz alongside percussionists, MC's and horn players, and an amazing crowd from day one. Over the years it has evolved as founding DJ/Producer Pleausremaker (Joe McGuire) alongside brother Señor Oz (Oz McGuire). They've played with such artists as Thievery Corporation, Jimmy Cliff, Fishbone, Balkan Beat Box, Rob Garza, Novalima, The Pimps of Joytime, Nickodemus, Johnny Osbourne, Ghostland Observatory, Beats Antique
Nahko and Medicine For The People
As a musical collective, our mission is to be the motivation and inspiration for all that have become members of our Tribe. Within our global community, we have access to the tools needed to make changes, take action and spread awareness of how to live in harmony with Mother Gaia herself. We are honored to be a force of attraction for positive and creative minds during these often-corrupt times. With your trust and support, we humbly accept this role and speak our prayers of intention to take direct action." "Hoka Hey" means, "today is a good day to die", but perhaps with your help, it could transform into a better day to live. Thank you again for your love and support. Tribe members, let us come together today to be the change that we wish to see tomorrow. Respect and love, Nahko and Medicine for the People
The Wailers thewailers.net
The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston "Familyman" Barrett and joined in solidarity with original Wailers' guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to "keep The Wailers together," just as Bob requested, affirming: "By doing that, you keep me alive through the music."
The California Honeydrops cahoneydrops.com/
The California Honeydrops don't just play music-they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences including Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line, they have taken those parties all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. The band was honored to tour with Bonnie Raitt on her 2016 North American album release tour, and in the past has been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Dr. John. Whether playing for audiences of thousands or in intimate venues where they can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops' shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.
Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don't understand one another's languages - we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose - the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone. The six souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass); Darren Garvey (percussionist).This Nederland, Colo., sextet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced - especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk.
The Nth Power
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power - tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.