Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival announces 2017 lineup

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Michael Franti & Spearhead to headline

TEMPLETON — The Udsen family of Castoro Cellars has announced the lineup for their 2017 Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival. Michael Franti & Spearhead, known for their authenticity and powerfully dynamic performances, is set to headline opening night on Saturday, Sept. 16, and the storytelling indie rock/alt country duo Jamestown Revival will headline Sunday, Sept. 17.

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. He and his band Spearhead are known for their uplifting and thought provoking music, and have found global success with multi-platinum songs.

Fast friends since they first met at the ripe young age of 15, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival have been writing stories and songs together for most of their lives. Moving from Texas to California, and then back again, they draw on their travels and life experiences for their inspiration.

In this fifth year, Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival (formerly known as Beaverstock) will again deliver two days of wine-loving, peace, and jammin' in the vines. In addition to the headliners, the always eclectic lineup will include Turkauz (powerfunk), The Motet (funk), The Suffers (gulf coast soul), Las Cafeteras (cumbia/ rock/punk/hip-hop/beat), Hot Buttered Rum (west coast bluegrass), Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men (folk/blues/R&B/rock), Bear Market Riot (power-folk americana), Shawn Clark Family Band (country), Proxima Parada (soul/rhythm), Dan Curcio (eclectic folk rock), Samba Loca (afro-brazilian), The Cimo Brothers (jazz/tango/rock/folk), The Turkey Buzzards (americana folk outlaw country), Hillary + Kate (folk/bluegrass/gospel), and Nicole Stomsoe (eclectic/old soul/jazz/ blues).

Tickets are now on sale. Two-day passes are $70 through April 30, $80 through Aug. 30, and $90 thereafter. One-day passes are available after May 1.

Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival features back-to-back 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. The total donated over the first four years exceeds $50,000. The 2017 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 2017 Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival will take place Sept. 16-17, at Castoro Cellars' Whale Rock Vineyard in Templeton. For more information, call 805-238-0725, or go to whalerockmusicfestival.com or castorocellars.com.