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Music Lineup

The 2020 California Nut Festival offers a lively musical showcase of the diversity of talent and styles available locally. With music coordinated by Amanda (Mandy) Sherman, festival guests will be delighted to sit back, relax and listen to talented local bands perform on two outdoor stages.

2020 California Nut Festival Musicians

On the Lawn

Beyond the Pale

11:00 – 11:55

After a 15 year hiatus, this array of well-known Chico-area musicians has reunited to play its vocal harmony-driven, unique brand of Americana rock originals and covers with Mark McKinnon, Kim Kimbal, Jack Lemley, Jerry Morano, John Glick and Sven Bronelow

Brad Petersen & Friends

12:15 – 1:10

Dynamic Country/Americana band honoring the music of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, along with Brad Petersen originals with Mike Cook on bass, Lenny Serdahl on guitar, Sid Walker on fiddle and Lance Nelson on drums.

Alan Rigg Band

1:30 – 2:25

A gumbo of Jazz, New Orleans, R&B, Zydeco and MORE with infectious rhythms, solo improvisation with vocals to match.

Joe Craven and The Sometimers

2:45 – 3:45

Featuring Bruce MacMillan, Jonathan Stoyanoff & Barry Eldridge – These “leave no style behind/genre-bustin’ boys” return as a quartet with a new sound in celebration of their tribute to Grateful Dead patriarch Jerry Garcia, whom Joe played with in the first half of the 90’s. Their recording “Garcia Songbook” is a very unique re-interpretation of a great mix of music.

On the Porch

Mood Swing

11:00 – 11:45

Robert and Pam Laughlin’s guitar and clarinet arrangements take you back to the era of Django Reinhart, Fats Waller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and features Matt Christensen on bass.

The Gnarly Pints

11:55 – 12:40

Husband and wife duo are the “White Stripes” of acoustic music.

Johnson and Miller

12:55 – 1:40

Modern-day troubadours provide skillful guitar and pure harmonies in folk tradition, accompanied by Matt Christensen on bass, Bob Littel on harmonica and John Bidwell on guitar.

Sunday Iris

1:55 – 2:40

“Texas natives cross paths in Northern California where they began their musical journey”. Dave Elke and Lisa Langley are a superb Indie Folk duo who deliver stirring harmonies and dreamy melodies with emotive lyrics.

CmajoR’s: Channel 66

2:55 – 3:45

Offshoot “Channel 66” covers British invasion and folk-rock from the mid-60s.