Jimmy Cliff, Yellowman, Max Romeo, Ken Boothe among big names for Sierra Nevada Festival

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jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgThe 22nd annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival takes place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California this weekend. SNWMF features three days of the very best Roots Reggae and World Music.

The festivities kick off on Friday afternoon with a Native American blessing from Pomo elder Clayton Duncan. Roots reggae music from Jamaica will be in full effect on the Village Stage with rising star Hempress Sativa, the band Pentateuch, Admiral Tibet and Yellowman.

Saturday has always been roots reggae day at SNWMF, and this year will be no exception. The morning will get started with some Solstice Yoga after which The Itals will get the music going. Performing next will be Meta & The Cornerstones, a roots reggae band whose lead singer was born and raised in Senegal. Jesse Royal will be bringing his musical message and so too will Nattali Rize who has spent the past year living and recording in Jamaica and the fruits of that labor will be revealed when Nattali Rize & Notis take the stage. Taj Weekes, Soul Syndicate, Jamaica's consummate cultural DJ, Big Youth, along with his son, Tafari, Ken Boothe and Max Romeo, are all scheduled to appear. Interestingly, Max Romeo will be making his first U.S. appearance in over 25 years. Reggae Ambassadors Third World will be returning to Boonville again this year. Rounding out the Valley Stage lineup on Saturday will be Jimmy Cliff.

yellow-man-photo-1.jpgThe dancehall will be rammed on Saturday night when SNWMF presents a very special Dancehall Session with Nattali Rize, Hirie, Ras Muhamad and members of No-Maddz and Pentateuch pass the microphone around backed by Jah Warrrior Shelter Hi-Fi. The dancehall will be capped of when Rory returns to SNWMF as Rorystonelove Black Dub.

max-romeo.jpgSunday's musical festivities will begin with some uplifting conscious music courtesy of Mendocino County's own Joseph Israel. He will be followed by what is sure to be a very entertaining set from another new band out of Jamiaca, No-Maddz. Evening time will see the return of 'vintage music' on the Village Stage compliments of Monty Morris and B.B. Seaton, who was a founding member of The Gaylads. The blast from the past will continue with the return of Keith & Tex who blew away those that witnessed their performance at SNWMF in 2013. The Melodians will bring down the curtain on vintage night on the Village Stage.

ken-boothe.jpgThe Valley Stage on Sunday features self-proclaimed Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia, Ras Muhamad, Gentleman's Dub Club, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, "Jah Messenjah" Luciano, award-winning group The Very Best and Thievery Corporation.