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Didging the Gap

Xavier Rudd headlines Petaluma Music Fest for area schools

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ALL HANDS Xavier Rudd, center, plays a contraption that looks like an ancient spaceship.
  • ALL HANDS Xavier Rudd, center, plays a contraption that looks like an ancient spaceship.

The sixth annual Petaluma Music Festival soars to new heights this year—or should I say to a new continent.

The fest, running Aug. 3, brings as its headliner Xavier Rudd, an Australian singer and one-man band. Since debuting in 2002, Rudd has become a mainstay in the folk, blues and reggae scenes while making his mark in the industry with his talent.

How did this acclaimed one-man band—who plays an array of guitars, stomp boxes, didgeridoos and percussion instruments—become the festival's headliner? It's all about the connections. "Ken O'Donnell was booking for the Mystic Theatre," explains festival director Cliff Eveland, "and decided he would put a hold on Xavier Rudd because he knew he was coming this direction as part of his tour, and he offered Xavier to me as part of the festival."

Rudd leads the remaining lineup of artists set to perform at the festival, including the Pimps of Joytime, Sean Hayes, Stroke 9, the Stone Foxes, Nahko and Medicine for the People, the Brothers Comatose, the Easy Leaves, David Luning, Dgiin, the Incubators, Victoria George, the Grain and Soup Sandwich.

While kicking back to the soothing sounds or dancing like a maniac to livelier tunes, attendees can enjoy the many other options present throughout the day, including wine, food, a silent auction and raffle, a kids' area and more.

The annual festival raises funds for music education programs in Petaluma public schools. "We hope to make another $30,000 this year like we did the last two years," says Eveland. "The last three years we've donated over $75,000 to various public schools in Petaluma."

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