–The Udsen family of Castoro Cellars has announced the lineup for their 2018 Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival. Multi-Platinum Grammy Nominated Aloe Blacc, known worldwide for “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to #1 in over 100 countries across the globe, is set to headline opening night on Saturday, Sept. 15, and the harmony-driven red-hot Lake Street Dive from Boston, will headline Sunday, Sept. 16.
Aloe Blacc is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman and philanthropist. Three years after the release of his solo debut Shine Through, Blacc began work on the record that would change his life and career: Good Things, an album certified gold in the UK, France, Germany, and Australia, among other countries. Along with “I Need a Dollar” (the platinum-selling single that was selected as the theme song to HBO’s How To Make it In America), Good Things included the singles “Loving You Is Killing Me” and “Green Lights.” With “Wake Me Up” having sold more than 2,867,000 copies in the U.S., Blacc notes that one of his main ambitions is to use his surging popularity to affect social change while continuing to infuse his music with a mindful positivity.
Boston’s Lake Street Dive are a fascinating blend of influences and complexity: jazz at heart, with an alternative D.I.Y. sensibility and a passion for classic rock and garage aesthetics. The band, comprised of singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, and trumpet-playing guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, first met and formed at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The initial idea was to be a kind of free jazz country band, playing country songs in an avant-garde style, but the group’s natural pop instincts kicked in, and the final sound the band came up with was a bright, fresh, charming, and exploratory version of jazzy pop/rock, full of hooks and plenty of R&B and soul flavors, with a big dose of the Beatles and British Invasion bands.
In this sixth year, Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival (formerly known as Beaverstock) will again deliver two stellar days of wine-loving, peace, and jammin’ in the vines, all benefiting Templeton Music Education. In addition to the headliners, the always eclectic lineup will include Orgōne (funk/soul), Fruition (folk rock americana), Con Brio (funk/soul/rock), Rayland Baxter (Americana, folk, jam), Mipso (bluegrass), Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men (folk/blues/R&B/rock), Joey Dosik (soul), Jade Jackson (country/americana), Nicole Stromsoe (eclectic/old soul/jazz/ blues), B and the Hive (soul/rhythm/rock), Mannequins By Day (electronic, rock, indy), Samba Loca (afro-brazilian), Mama Tumba (world beat), Arthur Watership (experimental folk), and Miss Leo & Her Bluegrass Boys (bluegrass).
Tickets are now on sale at the festival’s website. Discounted “Eager Beaver” two-day passes are on sale now for a limited time and are $80. Once “Eager Beavers” sell out, two-day passes are $100/pp until Sept. 1st, along with $65 single day passes. Starting Sept. 1 prices go up to $75 for a single day and $110 for a two-day pass.
Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival features back-to-back band performances on two stages, a gallery of local artists, all-ages yoga, kid crafts and games, Castoro wines, craft beers, hard ciders, food trucks and more. The Udsen family has gifted event proceeds to local, education-based non-profit organizations each year. Total donated over the first five years exceeds $70,000. The 2018 benefactor is again the Templeton Instrumental Music Boosters Association (TIMBA), a parent volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Templeton High School musicians.
The 2018 Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival will be held September 15-16, amidst Castoro Cellars’ Whale Rock Vineyard in Templeton, California. For more information call (805) 238-0725 or go to whalerockmusicfestival.com or castorocellars.com.