The 2015 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival took place for its 22nd year on June 19-21 with many incredible experiences recorded by thousands who will remember the fest for many years to come. The lineup was amazing and no one can quibble about that statement because it's pure fact. If anyone wants to foolishly quibble, they just don't love great Reggae and World music the likes of Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Luciano, Yellowman, Max Romeo, Stick Figure, Sister Carol, Thievery Corporation and so many more.
Every set that was performed on the two stages was worthy of thunderous applause and respect. The artists all rocked their socks off, if they were wearing socks in the warm summer days that the festival took place. The days were indeed warm and a mite dusty but the festival provided expansive shade options and the Village Stage was set amongst the tall, green trees. The green field around the Valley Stage welcomed hula hoopers, folding chairs, blankets, parasols and thousands of happy music lovers who had the option of setting up under several very large shade canopies provided for their comfort.
Children played in the kids center or joined their parents in the bowl where performers kept the magic going all day long. Dancers, tilt walkers, drummers and a variety of entertainment could often be enjoyed while strolling from one stage to the other or meandering through the venue. Food vendors were ample enough to provide many choices and merchandise vendors tempted the crowds with colorful crafts, art and clothing. The overall festival provided an atmosphere of a huge family gathering celebrating a Summer Solstice love for World Music.
Following are some of the highlights that Sierra Nevada World Music Festival guests may agree were among the top of hundreds, more probably thousands, of delightful and memorable moments and aspects of the fest.