Pedal-Powered Live Music Highlights Saturday’s Whole Earth & Watershed Festival

Miracle Mile Records in partnership with Rock the Bike and Shasta Living Streets is taking the 2018 Whole Earth & Watershed Festival in a whole new direction.

The Miracle Mile Stages in the Civic Center fountain area will be powered entirely by people on stationary bikes. This is truly green power in action and will be the first time our region has experienced the energy of pedal power literally “powering” live music.

There are 13 extraordinary teams ready to bring this new energy to the Miracle Mile Stages from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Make plans to bring your lawn chair, your friends and enjoy a day filled with awesome music, more than 160 inspiring exhibitors, great food, cool drinks, craft beer and lots of amazing information and activities.

For the whole scoop, visit http://wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org/

Rock the Bike is based in the San Francisco Bay area and has spent the last 13 years developing pedal-powered activities that help everyday people experience their power to make change.

Miracle Mile Records has been the power behind the high caliber of musicians who have graced the fountain area stages for the past 4 years. The 2018 Festival is set to rock the north state area with a nationally recognized headliner band as well as the amazing independent artists and musicians recording under this local independent record label.

Shasta Living Streets is a local organization dedicated to building better bikeways and trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places in Shasta County. Established in 2010 by a handful of enthusiasts, Shasta Living Streets has grown considerably, innovated new programs and services, helped shift public and agency vision and direction, and supported projects that have brought more funding, better policy, and breakthrough change to our community.

The musical lineup for Saturday:

Kristin Spence  11:30am

Newcomer Kristin Spence, a singer-songwriter from Redding, joins the festival for the first time bringing us her new blend of intelligent lyrics and soulful vocals that have folks turning their heads and ears in her direction during this past year.

Jim Dyar & the Barefoot Band   12:00pm

We welcome back longtime festival favorite Jim Dyar who brings a new ensemble to the stage for some soulful roots and conscience rock music with the Barefoot Band. Jim Dyar has a dedicated following from his recordings and performances for several years with the Jim Dyar Band and Muletown. “Dyar’s music offers a feast of recognizable influences from Merle Haggard to The Byrds. His band has more than earned its spurs on its debut album, ‘Magical Land.’ – Johan Shoenmakers, Alt Country Forum

Harmonica Steve  12:45 p.m.

Fresh off the release of his new album “Vanished in the Blue,” Harmonica Steve (Steve Cheek) joins the Whole Earth & Watershed Festival roster for the first time and will be joined by Brittney Butch and Hannah Johnson (The Rustling Roses).

Carl Anberg Trio  1:15 p.m.

The festival welcomes back the trio for another performance of roots acoustic blues music. The Redding music scene has long enjoyed Anberg’s beautiful taste of guitar style mixed with thoughtful lyrics and the perfect ensemble of upright bass and percussion.

Annie Coty w/ Scott Joss   2 p.m.

For the first time at the festival we welcome Annie with special guest Scott Joss! Annie Coty began her music career in coffee houses at age 14, moved to California by 16 and began playing up and down the west coast soon thereafter. One of the highlights of her career was when she was chosen by the United Service Organization (USO) to entertain stateside and abroad for nearly 20 years.

She and her band toured 37 countries including many embassies, NATO in Macedonia, 49 nations represented in Bosnia, International Friendship Day in Panama and the Italian and American Navy in Sardinia, Italy.

Annie is both an accomplished singer and songwriter featuring a mixture of folk, rock’n’roll, blues and R&B presented with a style often compared to Janis Joplin or Bonnie Raitt and delivered with the soul of Gospel. She will be joined by fiddle legend Scott Joss (Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard) who also produced Annie’s latest album that will be coming out in early summer.

Heather Normandale  2:30 p.m.

The festival is also very excited to welcome Heather Normandale to Redding for the first time.

As a musician who tours by bike and train with the Pleasant Revolution, and also powers performances by pedaling, Heather Normandale already has a lot of green cred. But her environmentalism doesn’t stop with her methods of traveling or amplification; she also finds the inspiration for her music in the natural world. Her current project looks to the source of all life on the planet: water.

Nick Ciampi   3:15p.m.

The man who first brought music to the Whole Earth and Watershed festival returns preaching the truth with insightful lyrics and distinct vocals as a 5-decade long Northern California musician and songwriter.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the ‘60s and settling down in Redding for the last 15-plus years, music is all that matters to Nick and it can be heard on his latest recordings.

The T Sisters 4 p.m.

The Whole Earth & Watershed Festival is excited to welcome the T Sisters to this year’s 12th annual event on the Miracle Mile Stage.

The family band, a construct as old as music itself, is a complex and dynamic organism. Bonds of blood can produce unparalleled musical chemistry and connection, but also carry the baggage of a lifetime of mutual experience.

The T Sisters are an Oakland-based mostly acoustic, Americana sextet built around the vocal harmonies of sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen. With one foot steeped in old-time bluegrass tradition and the other stepping forward, blazing their own stylistic path, the sisters headline the Great Americas Songbook

Mark your calendars for Saturday April 21st and bring your friends and a blanket or lawn chair because you won’t want to miss any of these musical offerings!

Don’t forget there is a free RABA shuttle from the downtown terminal to City Hall all day along with a guarded bike corral.

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