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Humboldt Musicians

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Absynth Quintet

A bionic string band? Fire breathing traveling gypsy circus indie grass? Acoustic, with benefits? The Absynth Quintet is a group of pickers purveying a truly unique brand of high energy acoustic music.

The band's sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, California melds a reverent treatment of time-honored American music, with a reckless, virtuosic and often zany approach to innovation. There's something Django-esque, something distinctly eastern European that saturates many of the songs, but always present is the foot-stomping influence of the bluegrass roots.

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AkaBella is a world-fusion vocal group dedicated to learning, sharing and performing traditional songs from around the world. Their original arrangements of ancient melodies borrow from Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B and Jazz. When combined with traditional rhythms and five-part harmony, the effect is pure inspiration.

Whether rocking the main stage at summer festivals or teaching at Northern California schools, AkaBella moves people with their voices and audiences emerge dancing, clapping and singing along.

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The best in human powered music for the Redwood Coast! Humboldt Bandemonium is a community driven music ensemble based in Humboldt County.

Led by world music composer and researcher, Gregg Moore, the band offers an utterly original sound inspired by music from around the globe. An ensemble of diverse age, backgrounds and skill sets make for a unique pairing of theatrics and soul, and have made Bandemonium a crowd favorite since it's inception in 2005. The group offers everything from folk to klezmer to anti-war and Galician bagpipe music. They are a champion of community involvement and a leading supporter of local charities.

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Compost Mountain Boys

The Compost Mountain Boys have been together since 1992, playing a variety of vocal and instrumental songs in the old-time bluegrass style. They build smooth vocal harmonies around the solid instrumentation you would expect of a traditional bluegrass band.

From their home in Northern California, they have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts, as well as parties, dances and other festive occasions.

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Ishi Dube

Ishi Dube is a talented and determined artist with a profound love for reggae music. On stage, Dube doesn't miss a beat; he gives a sincere, energetic, and uplifting performance. Not only a singer/ song writer, Dube is also a skilled producer, musician, and sound engineer, he is involved in nearly every process of production from the roots to the fruits. Dube's natural talent and hard work are sure to gain notoriety in the world of reggae music.

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Jah Sun

Fusing the sounds of hip-hop, reggae and world music with conscious and uplifting lyrics, Jah Sun hopes to awaken the human spirit and inspire others to live to their ultimate potential.

From the heart of Humboldt County, where the Redwoods meet the Pacific, Jah Sun emerges as an artist dedicated to global and social healing.

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Kulica plays grass-roots groove rockin' feel good music. A combination of groove, funk, and soul shaking rhythms is an amazing blend that helps give Kulica its signature style.

Kulica's style is a delicate mixture of Dave Mathews Band-like melodies with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper's soulful rhythms, including inspiring lyrics in the same vein as Van Morrison and David Gray, with a touch of old Doobie Brothers for good measure.

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