California: Tanya Stephens @ Organic Planet Festival

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Grammy-winning Del McCoury Band, hailed as the best bluegrass band on the face of the Earth, will fittingly headline the Organic Planet Festival's day of nonstop and spectacular music on the Eureka waterfront on Sunday, August 30.

Tanya StephensSharing the billing on the festival's diverse musical lineup will be international reggae star Tanya Stephens, Humboldt's own poet-songstress Lila Nelson, Oakland's multicultural Latin fusion band LoCura and award-winning songwriter for kids, Peter Alsop. Del McCoury, celebrating his 50th anniversary and capping a nationwide tour, is joined by a virtuoso band that includes two of his sons. His appearance will highlight the festival, California's only celebration of natural, non-toxic living, now in its fifth year and presented by the Eureka-based Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs).

The incredible music at Halvorson Park will accompany a full-morning of gardening workshops and a keynote address by Mike McGrath, former editor of Organic Gardening Magazine and host of the nationally syndicated radio show "You Bet Your Garden." Also on tap during the celebration will be scores of exhibits displaying natural and healthy products, a kid�s village and petting-zoo, an eco-hip fashion show, a drawing for a thousand dollars in groceries, and delicious organic food and drink. What's more, visitors can enjoy partaking of the world's largest organic salad.

The activities go nonstop from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and tickets are just $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Get tickets at the Arcata and Eureka Coop's, the Works in Arcata or Eureka, Riversong in Willow Creek, Wild Horse Records in Garberville, and on the festival website through InTicketing. For more information, please visit www.organicplanetfestival.org or call CATs at 707-445-5100.

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