Music Lineup

The 2024 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.

2024 California Nut Festival Musicians

On the Lawn

Emcee - Joe Craven

With his poetic introductions, Joe Craven has enchanted audiences and performers coast to coast for 28 years. In addition to our to our beloved Nut Festival, he has notably Emcee'd Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado, Delfest in Maryland, Grand Targhee Bluegrass in Wyoming, Wintergrass in Washington... and many others

Hattie & Joe Craven Trio

11:25 – 12:40

Joe Craven (fiddle, mandolin, percussion, vocals), Hattie Craven (banjolele, guitar, vocals) Webster Moore (keyboards, vocals). From a full bloom of roots music, both original and reimagined, this multi-generational trio presents a fresh, unique sound for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Los Caballitos de la Cancion

1:05 - 2:15

Chico based band of musicians of diverse musical backgrounds and ages, come together to play the wildly passionate song and dance music of Latino cultures. Jo Chavez (vocals, keyboard) David Cowan (accordion, vocals) Caroline Fairchild (violin, vocals) Chris Wenger (guitar, vocals) Jerry Morano (percussion) Jim Williford (guitar) Aron Linker (bass)

Brad Petersen & Friends

2:40 – 3:50

Superb Country/Americana band honoring the music of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, along with Brad Petersen originals. Brad Petersen (lead vocals, guitar) Lenny Serdahl (lead guitar, vocals) Johnny Rodriguez (bass guitar, vocals) Lance Nelson (drums)

Sound Provided by Paradise Audio Services
Kyle Porter & Kelly Broman - Lawn Stage
Dillon Flemming - Porch Stage

On the Porch

Emcee – Bob Littell

With both mic and harmonica in hand, Bob Littell has presented performers and entertained audiences at Sierra Nevada Big Room for more than 20 years

Sound of Soul

11:20 – 12:15

Sound of soul, comprised of Lisa Langley and Dave Elke, takes you to the soulful side with the music they grew up with. The duo unleashes an abundance of raw emotion with Dave’s dynamic guitar playing and Lisa’s vocal grit.

Johnson & Miller

12:30 – 1:25

Sharing a time-tested chemistry, Johnson & Miller weave guitars and blend intricate harmonies, harkening to traditional folk duos from the 1960’s and 70's. Bob Littell joins them as a guest player on harmonica.

LeAnn Cooley & The Occasional Swingers

1:40 – 2:35

Presenting a lively and gusty blend of jazzy blues, vintage favorites and homestyle swing! LeAnn Cooley (vocals, guitar) Eric Peter (jazz guitar) Donald Bowman (saxophone).

John Seid Trio

2:50 – 3:45

Chico musicians join forces as John Seid Trio, performing a variety of classics across multiple music genres. Featuring John Seid on keyboard, Bob Littell on harmonica and Chris Wenger on guitar, each a prominent musician in his own right.