The Kate Wolf Festival continues its annual tradition of presenting top notch acoustic music. Held the last weekend in June at Wavy Gravy's Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino, the festival honors Kate Wolf, the singer-songwriter who re-popularized folk music in Northern CA in the 70’s. She died in 1986 of leukemia. Her music lives on not only with the festival, and also at Bread & Roses institutional shows where her song “Give Yourself To Love” remains a favorite.
It means so much to us that Kate Wolf’s family has been supportive of Bread & Roses. Terry Fowler, Kate’s husband, along with their son Max Wolf, has donated proceeds from festival merchandise to help bring live music to those who need it most.
We have had a presence at the Kate Wolf Festival since its earliest days at the Caswell Ranch in Sebastopol when our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, was invited to sing and to promote Bread & Roses. Ever since then we have made the pilgrimage north almost every summer to have a presence at the festival which for the past decade or so has been north of Laytonville.
The good folks at the Kate Wolf Festival -- Wavy Gravy, Cloud Moss and Danny Scher – are part of the team of angels who have assisted us throughout the years in promoting our mission and cultivating upcoming artists.
Cloud Moss of Cumulus Productions oversees the music line-up at both the The Kate Wolf Music Festival and The Gaia Festival. He knows how to put a great show together, something we strive to do daily at Bread & Roses.
With Bill Graham Presents, Danny Scher helped with production support for Bread & Roses legendary acoustic music benefit concerts at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Danny has also hosted benefit concerts for Bread & Roses and The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation continues to support Bread & Roses today.
At this summer’s Kate Wolf and Gaia Music Festivals in Mendocino, Bread & Roses staff and volunteers were able to meet and reach out to acoustic Americana, as well as ethnic and multi-ethnic performers and groups who are particularly needed for Bread & Roses youth audiences.
Both The Kate Wolf Festival and Bread & Roses are committed to presenting emerging performing artists. Producer Francesca Lee and volunteer Elizabeth Irby attended the festival on behalf of Bread & Roses this year. They connected with many wonderful performers including Blame Sally, Ma Muse, Nicki & Tim Bluhm, Teresa Tudury, The Sam Chase Band, Justin Townes Earle, Ruthie Foster and the California Honeydrops, among others. We look forward to producing Bread & Roses institutional shows with some of these artists in the coming year.
Do you know any upcoming performers you think might be effective for Bread & Roses younger audiences? Let us know.
The next Kate Wolf Festival will be held June 28-30, 2013. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you there.
Post by Marian Hubler
Photos (Top to Bottom): Album cover photo "Kate Wolf and the Wildwood Flower: Back Roads", Sunflower Puppet at the Gaia Festival August 2012 by Marian Hubler, Blame Sally at a Bread & Roses concert at Delancey Street 2008 by Ken Friedman