Whale Rock announces festival lineup
–The Udsen family of Castoro Cellars has announced the lineup for their 2019 Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival. Grammy Award winning and legendary reggae artist Toots & the Maytals along with Australian singer-wongwriter Xavier Rudd, will close Saturday September 14th, and the experimental world fusion group Beats Antique along with the California Honeydrops will close Sunday Sept. 15.
Toots & the Maytals is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggae,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation. More recently, the group’s album, True Love, won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. At the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.
Oakland California’s Beats Antique is a an experimental world-fusion and electronic music group. Formed in 2007 in conjunction with producer Miles Copeland, the group has become noted for their mix of different genres as well as their live shows, which mix samples and heavy percussives with Tribal Fusion and performance art.
The styles combined to create Beats Antique’s sound are a union of old and new inspirations. There are infusions of Middle Eastern belly dance music, down tempo, hip-hop, old school jazz, afro-beat, and many styles of electronic music. The musicians have been influenced by their diverse musical backgrounds. They incorporate many live instruments to produce their style of music.
In this seventh year, Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival (formerly known as Beaverstock) will again deliver two stellar days of wine-loving, peace, and jammin’ in the vines, all benefiting Templeton Music Education.
In addition to the headliners, the always eclectic lineup will include: Xavier Rudd (roots/folk), The California Honeydrops (street corner soul), The Lil Smokies (bluegrass/americana), Lawrence (Soul/Pop), Ben Morrison of the Brothers Comatose (Americana rock n roll), T Sisters (folk), Próxima Parada (soul), Swatkins & the Positive Agenda (Funk), Joe Craven & the Sometimers (eclectic folk), Whale Rock Allstars (local all-star band), Brass Mash (brass band), Samba Loca (afro-brazilian), Dante Marsh (high energy soul), and Carolyn Sills Combo (traditional folk).
Tickets are now on sale at the festival’s website. Discounted “Eager Beaver” two-day passes are on sale now for a limited time and are only $100. Once “Eager Beavers” sell out, two-day passes are $120/pp until Sept. 1, along with $75 single day passes.
Starting Sept. 1 prices go up to $85 for a single day and $130 for a two-day pass. Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival features back-to-back band performances on two stages, a gallery of local artists, all-ages yoga, kid crafts and games, Castoro wines, craft beers, hard ciders, food trucks and more. The Udsen family has gifted event proceeds to local, education-based non-profit organizations each year. Total donated over the first six years exceeds $90,000. The 2019 benefactor is again the Templeton Instrumental Music Boosters Association (TIMBA), a parent volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Templeton High School musicians.
The 2019 Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival will be held September 14-15, amidst Castoro Cellars’ Whale Rock Vineyard in Templeton, California.