In a versatile career spanning over 30 years that has produced 23 hit singles, over 30 million albums sold worldwide and four Grammy nominations, Jewel is a rare talent who can span genre and medium. She is a singer-songwriter, actress, author and advocate whose personal story has fueled her art, connecting her to audiences with its deep authenticity. Jewel went from a girl who grew up in Alaska with no running water, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award-winning, Multi-Platinum recording Artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all times, Pieces of You, which produced Platinum singles "You Were Meant for Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul," and "Foolish Games."
Some people start life with a plan. Not Steve. He opens himself up to the universe in a way most of us will never be loose enough to achieve, and the universe responds with a wink, a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration, and the talent to truly connect with an audience.
AJ Lee and Blue Summit
AJ Lee and Blue Summit made their first appearance in Santa Cruz in 2015. Led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, the bluegrass band has performed all over the world, but finds home in California's Bay Area. In 2019, they released their debut album, Like I Used To. Their second full length project, I'll Come Back, came out August 2021 - with national touring in support of the record ongoing.
With nothing more than a guitar in hand and a song with a story to tell, Keith Greeninger completely captivates his audiences. Keith Greeninger is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats, absorbing every note and every word. They just don't come any more authentic, or humble for that matter...
This special performance is in collaboration with The Coffis Brothers. "The Coffis Brothers mix a blend of folk, country and rock with the intensity of personal lyrics into a gritty and often tender harmony of sound... a show that delivers one part Avett Brothers and one part early Neil Young for a full night of dancing and fun."
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
We are thrilled to welcome Ben Harper back to the Mountain Sol stage with the Innocent Criminals! Born October 28, 1969 as the sixties came to a howling end, and having been raised in such a potent community, Ben's music and career embodies that musical brilliance, open mindedness, lyrical honesty and abiding social activism of that pivotal time. With over 15 million records sold worldwide, the career of this multi-GRAMMY® award-winning musician, producer, activist and now, record label founder, spans decades, during which he has been established as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with range across multiple genres with a rare ability to blend the personal and political.
Still Skinny after all these years! Jackie and Tim get together for a rare Skinny Singers reunion at Solfest!
Over the course of her career as an award-winning artist, singer/songwriter/guitarist Samantha Fish has brought extraordinary power to her self-expression, capturing her inner world in combustible riffs, visceral rhythms, and spine-tingling vocal work
Kevin Bong, aka 'KBong' is a multi-instrumental artist who is well known for his "key" role in reggae band Stick Figure. Touring with the group since 2012, KBong has solidified his place as one of the top keyboard players in today's current Reggae scene. Johnny Cosmic is a producer, artist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, performer and contributor to a Grammy Award winning album based out of Oakland's Great Stone Studios, former home of Green Day. Cosmic rose to prominence in his role working with Stick Figure on production and performing in the live band, for which he is still a member.
Jive Machine habitually bends the rules, blurs the lines, and stretches musical boundaries. Their music takes listeners on a sonic rollercoaster that fuses elements of old-school funk, progressive rock, blues, and soul. Throughout their set, you can hear diverse influences such as The Meters, Jimi Hendrix and Trombone Shorty.
A music-maker, community icon, educator, spiritual uplifter; Burning Spear's importance to culture existed before the media spotlight, and has only grown since.
For nearly four decades and more than 25 albums, he has carried the torch of the gospel of political activist Marcus Garvey, promoting self-determination and self-reliance for African descendants through lyrics and rhythms that truly deliver the messages of peace and love to all.
After a 20 year hiatus, Mountain Sol family is honored to welcome Winston Rodney, the legendary Burning Spear, back to Santa Cruz!
The Nth Power present Earth Wind and 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. 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. Coming to Sol Fest this year with an all star tribute to the music odf Earth Wind and Fire!
For over two decades, Railroad Earth has captivated audiences with gleefully unpredictable live shows and eloquent and elevated studio output. The group introduced its signature sound on 2001's The Black Bear Sessions. Between selling out hallowed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, they've launched the longstanding annual Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA and Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival in Ozark, AR-both running for a decade-plus. Well-versed in rambling around, as you might expect from a band named after a Jack Kerouac poem, the New Jersey-built jam-grass engine Railroad Earth has let no moss grow under its rustic wheels.
With a signature sound signified by lockstep rhythms & a deep grasp of soul and funk, ORGŌNE has built a reputation over the past 2 decades as being one of the tightest, fieriest live bands in the country & a top notch crew in the studio. "Orgone make life-affirming music; their irresistible funkiness and ability to transcend genre will force anyone out of their seat and onto the dance floor. Even the band's name - a cosmic amalgamation of the words orgasm and hormone - is a reference to a spirit of creativity and universal life force that they hope will have an inhibition-canceling effect."
Vince Herman Band
The longtime co-leader of the popular and pioneering jamgrass band LEFTOVER SALMON releases Enjoy the Ride, his first-ever solo album in 30 years of making records and debuts the all new Vince Herman band at Mountain Sol!
Wreckless Strangers is a collective of six seasoned Bay Area musicians known for their collaborative songwriting and high-energy live shows, performing an infectious blend of music they call "California Americana Soul."
Matt Hartle heads up the Hartle Strictly stage at Sol Fest each year. This year his hometown favorite China Cats plays Saturday and Sunday