Huichica Music Festival returns to Sonoma with Mac DeMarco, Yo La Tengo – CBS San Francisco



SONOMA (CBS SF) – Beloved psychedelic indie rockers Yo La Tengo, songwriters Mac Demarco and Cass McCombs and psychedelic SF hero Devendra Banhart are among the headliners of the Eleventh Huichica Music Festival taking place in Sonoma this weekend.

Presented and hosted by Northern California concert promoter (((folkYEAH!))) And winery operator Jeff Bundschu, the Huichica Festival (pronounced “wah-CHEEK-ah”) was launched as a more alternative. smaller and more intimate at big festivals like BottleRock Napa and Outside Lands with a narrower musical focus while still offering the kind of gourmet food and expansive wine options these festivals are known for. The fires in North Bay in the fall of 2017 threatened the cellar, Gundlach Bundschu and the grounds where the festival takes place have thankfully remained intact.

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Organizers took a calculated risk last year when they announced forward-looking dates for mid-October, but the lingering coronavirus pandemic forced the festival to be postponed to fall 2021. But last June, the lineup complete of Huichica was announced and has remained largely intact. .

The relatively small size of the festival crowd and the amount of real estate available at the winery should allow great social and / or physical distancing for all involved participants. The two-day festival kicks off on Friday afternoon.

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In addition to appearances by Canadian songwriter DeMarco, Bay Area product McCombs, and famed East Coast trio Yo La Tengo (who performs both days), the two-day event lineup includes VIPs such as the Chicago-based band Whitney (led by former Smith Westerns members Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich), songwriters from San Francisco Kelley stoltz and Meg baird – a solo act that is also a member of the supergroup Sub Pop Heron Oblivion – R&B outfit from San Diego You sacred souls, cosmic country duo Mapachesongbird Emma Swift performing the tunes of Bob Dylan, psych-folk band from Bay Area Vetiverroaring psychedelic rockers from LA the entrance fanfare and folk-pop number Shannon lay, who recently performed a series of intimate dates in the Bay Area in support of his brand new album Sub Pop Geist.

While Friday’s smaller artist roster will only use the smaller Giraffe stage and the larger Redwood Barn performance area, Saturday’s music day will feature larger acts on the stage. amphitheater of the cellar. For the full lineup, more information on the festival’s COVID protocols (only vaccinated attendees will be allowed) and tickets, visit the Huichica Music Festival website.

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Huichica Music Festival
Friday-Saturday, October 15-16, 2 p.m. (Fri) and 11 a.m. (Saturday) $ 125- $ 350; children 12 and under free
Gundlach Bundschu vineyard


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