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Thursday, March 15

Festival: 2nd Annual The Gaia Festival - August (3rd, 4th, & 5th)


Lineup Additions: THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME -- ORGONE -- INDUBIOUS -- RUPA AND THE APRIL FISHES -- ABSYNTH QUINTET -- MAMUSE, plus Michael Franti and Spearhead, Dumpstaphunk, Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, Baka Beyond, Hot Buttered Rum, Pimps Of Joytime, David Lindley, Orgone, Rupda & The April Fishes, SambaDa, Indubious, Afromassive, MaMuse, Clan Dyken, Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble, Absynth Quintet, Dirt Floor Band, The Freys. Plus many more acts to be announced.

Rock The Bike & Their Bicycle Powered Stage With Aerialist Performances
Yoga Workshops by Yoga Tree San Francisco
Back Roads Productions is happy to present our second year of The Gaia Festival [TGF] on the first weekend of August (3rd, 4th, & 5th) at the beautiful Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California, one of Northern California’s most loved concert venues. TGF will again assemble a potent lineup of world-class performers and presenters and we are very pleased to announce additional confirmed performers and the extension of Winter priced tickets on sale now thru March 19th. Tickets can be purchased online at

MUSICIANS just added to the roster: THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME, if you haven't yet encountered this Brooklyn-based band prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country; ORGONE, an ultra-funky intertwining of infectious grooves with melodic phrases, their music is terrifically unfussy, big slabs of grizzled R&B, greasy as fatback and thick as a very particular kind of smoke; INDUBIOUS, leaves audiences stunned, and downright amazed, this genre-bending reggae power trio comes pumping a positive message, and wielding impressive instrumental skill. Their infectious reggae driven sound has exploded both national and international markets, igniting a revolution, and leaving in the wake a mob of loyal fans, affectionately called Indubians; RUPA AND THE APRIL FISHES, combine the sensual lyricism of Latin American nueva trova with the rhythmic punch of cumbia and the theatricality of cabaret, the April Fishes' sound is ecstatic and powerfully evocative; ABSYNTH QUINTET, is one of the most rapidly rising jamgrass bands in the country, a tasty fusion of genres that melds the familiar and the avant-garde. This is foot stomping bluegrass, exotic gypsy swing, and virtuosic jazzy folk intertwined with playful forays into the depths of funky experimentation; MAMUSE, beautiful harmonies woven into a tapestry of strings and silliness that creates sweet, soul, folk revival music served with a playful splash of uplifting lyrics in haunting harmony. Plus many more acts to be announced.

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new stage this year, El Arbol. It's being provided by Rock the Bike, an organization of "bike" people from San Francisco. It's a bicycle powered stage featuring live music and some great aerialist performances. "Go Green" and join Rock the Bike on their bicycle ride from SF to the festival. Stay tuned for details on how you can hook up with them and join them on their ride up from the city. We are also super excited to have the bay area's premier yoga center Yoga Tree SF sponsoring a series of yoga workshops throughout the weekend, workshop schedule to be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival is just a three hour drive north of San Francisco and two hours south of Arcata. TGF will include a series of connected villages and stages throughout the grounds featuring a wide array of workshops and presentations on sustainable living, social & environmental activism, alternative energy, green building technology, permaculture, healing arts, world-class theater, a kids’ area, plus premier onsite camping, and flowing creek, makes the annual TGF the perfect place to enjoy a weekend with friends, family, and lovers of great music. There will also be plenty of great food & crafts provided by local non-profits and artisans featuring some of the north coast’s finest organic and sustainable products.

Black Oak Ranch is home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids and has hosted many world-class events over the years including, Earthdance – The Global Festival For Peace. TGF is fast becoming a “destination festival” for music lovers with its extensive grounds covering approximately 150 acres. This is a “green festival” and the event is powered by biodiesel generators.

Telephone toll free at 866-558-4253 (Inticketing). Winter ticket pricing has been extended until the 19th of March and offers the best possible pricing for full festival tickets; with adult tickets priced at $155 and youth tickets (12 – 16 yrs. old) at $65. Full festival tickets include three nights of camping.