Free Tickets Available for World Class Music, Great Speakers, Green Living and more at the 27th Annual Harmony Festival; Jon Anderson of YES available for Interviews

Free tickets are available for radio/TV on-air giveaways and promotions for the 27th Annual Harmony Festival, which returns the weekend of June 11-12 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa with a world class musical lineup featuring Rock Hall of famers George Clinton & PFUNK, The Family Stone, Kitaro and Jon Anderson of YES (available for interviews). Visit www.harmonyfestival.com.

(PRWEB) May 29, 2005 -- The 27th Annual Harmony Festival returns to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa with a new name, new look and a stellar musical lineup the weekend of June 11-12, 2005

Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame artists George Clinton, The Family Stone, Rock legend Jon Anderson (YES) & Grammy Award winner Kitaro will perform, along with 40 bands on 10 stages. Speakers include Randy Hayes, David Cobb, Holly Near, Roy Campanella, Elson Haas and Reverend Billy.

Free tickets are available for on-air giveaways and Jon Anderson of Yes is available for interviews.

With a newly expanded “Harmony After Dark” (open until 2am on Saturday night) the Harmony Festival features a world-class musical lineup with over 40 bands on 10 stages including Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame members George Clinton, The Family Stone, plus Grammy Award Winner Kitaro and rock legend Jon Anderson (lead singer of Yes).

With an annual attendance approaching 20,000 people, the Harmony Festival is recognized as the West Coast's premier community celebration of progressive culture, promoting music, arts, ecology and Healthful Living. Produced by Harmony Events (Sonoma County based 501 (C) 3 organization) The Harmony Festival was voted by readers of the Bohemian Newspaper as the "Best Music Festival in Sonoma County" for the first time this year, and the “Best Festival in Sonoma County” for the past 12 years.

The Harmony Festival is many events in one; a world-class music festival, a vibrant health expo, a sustainable business and technology forum -- a dynamic community marketplace for the exchange of ideas, services and products that promote art and creativity supported by a natural and healthy lifestyle. The Harmony Festival is produced largely by community brainstorming and group energy, utilizing more than 500 volunteers and calling on the talents of hundreds of musicians, artists and performers.

The event is supported by progressive business leaders, including: Toyota, Whole Foods, Organic Valley, New Belgium Brewery, KRSH radio, News Channel 50, The North Bay Bohemian and over 400 independent vendors and exhibitors. The Harmony Festival is recognized as the leader in a network of progressive festivals that have evolved through out Northern California, events that utilize music and art to promote environmental education, sustainable business development, social advocacy and community celebration.

This year’s theme “Global transformation, local activation” encapsulates the mission and vision of the events creators: Working together in harmony, we can create the world we hope see; the future Is now; come and join the celebration!

Facts at a Glance and Entertainment Schedule:

The 27th Annual Harmony Festival 2005, Northern California’s Community Celebration of Progressive Culture, Music, Arts, Ecology, Healthful Living

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California

When: Saturday June 11th – 11AM to 8PM
Saturday Night “Harmony After Dark” – 8PM to 2AM
Sunday June 12th – 11AM to 7PM

Theme: “Global Transformation, Local Activation”

What’s New for 2005:

A New Name: After 26 years, the festival's name has changed from “The Health & Harmony Music and Arts Festival” to simply, “The Harmony Festival,” a name that encompasses all aspects of the leading-edge progressive cultural trends that the Harmony Festival represents.

A New Design: The entire main field layout has been redesigned and improved, becoming much more attractive and user friendly. The five major attractions of the main field –– Eco-Village, Healing Sanctuary, Goddess Temple, Global Bazaar, and Crafters Village -- have all been redesigned with unique identity and look of their own. The straight rows, replaced by curves and turns that allow festival attendees to wander through each distinct area as its own separate “village.”

New expanded programming: Harmony After Dark: For the first time, the event will stay open late on Saturday night with extended night-time programming in three separate venues, allowing for the celebration to continue until 2am.

New Foods of the Earth Expo: Hosted in an indoor expo hall, the Foods of the Earth Expo includes more than 30 organic and natural food exhibits showcasing the industry leaders in the rapidly expanding natural and healthy foods area. The expo specializes in helping companies promote their products through sampling, special introductory offers and onsite presentations to enable children and adults better education on healthier food choices. The expo also promotes local community outreach for these products and services.

New “Putumayo World Playground” Kids Zone: To further family outreach programming, the Harmony Festival is proud to partner with friends at Putumayo Records in creating this new children’s attraction. This area has a live performance stage featuring Putumayo musicians, performance artists, a puppet theater and a variety of activities from toddlers to teens. Kids 12 and under get in free, and this year, there will be special “teen discounts coupons” for youths and teens.

ENTERTAINMENT AND SPEAKERS (see www.harmonyfestival.com for details)

Saturday June 11:
The Nu Ladies of Funk featuring members of P-Funk with special guest George Clinton
Holly Near (folk legend)
Wisdom (conscious hip hop)
David Jacobs Strain Band w/ Joe Craven (Blues-rock)
Asheba (Putuamayo Records)
Patrice Pike (Roots rock from Texas)
Al Howard & the K-23 Orchestra
Rifat Sultana & Party
Free Peoples
Kali’s Angels
Lemon Lime Lights

Speakers: Elson Haas, Reverend Billy, David Cobb

Saturday Night “Harmony After Dark” (8PM to 2AM)
Three music venues playing on into the night

Sonoma “Hall of Moons” (8PM-Midnight)
Jon Anderson (YES)
Kitaro
The Yoshida Brothers

The Eco-Village “Moonlight Theater” (8PM-Midnight)
“Voices of the World” featuring:
Markus James & Wassonrai, David Jacobs Strain, Joe Craven, Patrice Pike, Majek Fashek and special guests

The Grace Pavilion (8PM-2AM)
The Techno-Tribal Community Dance
An amazing dance extravaganza of live performers, International DJ’s, performance artists, circus acts, and multi-media. Performers include The Mutaytor, Karsh Kale (DJ & live set), DJ Lorin (Bassnectar), Midival Punditz (India), Dhamaal Soundsystem, El Circo, Apsara & more!

Sunday June 12:
Jon Anderson, Grammy Award winner and legendary lead singer of YES
Kitaro (Grammy Award winning World Music pioneer)
The Family Stone Experience (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s featuring founding members of Sly and The Family Stone)
Majek Fashek (Nigerian Afro-Beat)
Patrice Pike (Roots rock from Texas)
The Hot Buttered Rum String Band (Blue Grass)
Ali Akbar Khan College Ensemble (Indian Classical)
Adaawe
Coper Wimmin’
Shimshai & The Natural Mystique Ensemble

Speakers: Dan Sheehan, Randy Hayes, Vicki Noble, Roy Campanella

TICKETS:
One Day Pass: $20 advance / $25 gate
Saturday Night “Harmony After Dark”: $25 (admission to all three venues)
Youth pass ages 13 –19 only $10 at gate
Kids under 12 free
Special weekend pass: $55 (Includes both days and Saturday night)
Online ticket sales and ticket outlet information www.harmonyfestival.com
Tickets by phone at 415-389-TIXX

"Camp Harmony" on site camping available; information at www.harmonyfestival.com

This is a car-lite event. Please carpool and bring your own bottle and food service supplies.

SPONSORS: Toyota, New Belgium Brewery, Whole Foods, Sunrise Center, The North Bay Bohemian, In-House Ticketing, Domo Records, Pezzi King Winery, Ali Akbar Khan College, Blue Sky Soda, Revolution Moto, KRSH, The River, Mix 104.1, KMUD, News Channel 50, KPFA, KZST/KJZY.

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