Soul Blues and Rockin’ Tunes at the Live Oak Music Festival this Father’s Day Weekend

Posted on Jun 8 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy of Live Oak Music Festival. Illustration by Kristopher Doe.

Courtesy of Live Oak Music Festival. Illustration by Kristopher Doe.

The Live Oak Music Festival is back for its 30th year and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to kick off the summer with some soulful blues and rockin’ tunes? The festival, taking place at the Live Oak Camp from June 15-17, boasts an eclectic lineup of performers ranging from folk, blues, and soul to jazz, Americana, and R&B.

Courtesy of Live Oak Music Festival

Headlining this year’s festival is the West Coast Bluegrass and Americana group, Cache Valley Drifters. Having performed at Live Oak Music Festivals in the past, audiences were saddened to hear that the group had disbanded, but worry not! The group has reunited to take the stage on Sunday morning, June 17. Their modern reinterpretations of bluegrass tunes precede them and they can most often be found playing covers of Greg Brown, Etta James, and Woodie Guthrie. Group member, Bill Griffin, is an award-winning producer, having gained fame for producing many of Kate Wolf’s recordings. Check out their past performance below!

A family-friendly event, the Live Oak Music Festival features fun for all ages, including tie-dye, sushi making, and silk painting. Various vendors will be scattered around the event, providing various shopping and eating experiences in addition to the music. Attendees can also opt to camp overnight at numerous designated campgrounds around the park. Both single-day and three-day passes are available. Other notable performers include Grammy-winning legendary R&B and Gospel singer Mavis Staples, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, JD McPherson, and Joe Purdy. Previous festival-goers also have the opportunity to share an outstanding Live Oak memory for a chance to win two 2019 full festival passes by emailing stories@liveoakfest.org or calling 805/548-2226.

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this once-a-year experience on this Father’s Day weekend! Click here to view past Live Oak Festivals. For more information about tickets, performers, and activities, visit their website here or call 805/781-3030. The Live Oak Camp is located northwest of Santa Barbara on State Route 154, near Cachuma Lake.

—Samantha Lee

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