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What a Year it Was....

Steven Stubblefield

wow friends.... this time around was next-level for all of us it seems... thanks to everyone for being rad,, we see the future of this community coming together more and more and we couldn't be more psyched... here's the full update...

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DIO Fest is Sold Out! No tix at the door. Thanks for your support... yeww!

Steven Stubblefield

Yeww! If you did grab a ticket, please review our festival guide to have an easy breezy arrival at

And please remember to carpool, respect our neighbors in Boulder Creek, bring cash for delicious food & drink, leave the glass at home and be ready to get psyched. Thanks for being a part of this wonderful tradition, we'll see you soon...

- the DIO family...

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dio sessions ep.1: "LET'S DO-IT-OURSELVES"...

Steven Stubblefield

We are critically close to opening the gates of DIO Fest 2017! Can't wait. Here's a sweet couple of videos and some updates to get you psyched, and convince all those friends who are on the fence to buy their tickets! Read more for stage schedule, food & drink menu updates, additional activities, yar...

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DIO is a Month Away! Hype Night this Weekend, Our Supporters, & More Rad Stuff...

Steven Stubblefield

We are getting so psyched... it's been quite the winter and we can smell the excitement as people begin emerging from hibernation into another glorious California summer. Tickets to the fest are going fast, and everytime we talk with our artists for this year, the excitement just keeps building. We can't wait to see you soon. Here's some stuff coming up. And oh yeah, spread the word! Get all those folks that you want to see to get their tickets before they're gone! Yar...

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Presale Ends Tomorrow Night! Stage Schedule is here...

Steven Stubblefield

Presale 3-day passes avail through tomorrow night 11:59pm! Stage schedule is here for your enjoyment...

Well friends, family, artists, do'ers... here we are again at the end of presale... the season is starting to turn and the vibes are gaining frequency by the day... the land might dry out at some point, and the sun might one day return... in the meantime we want you to know that we are psyching to see you so soon,, we're less than two months away at this point... presale tickets are available through tomorrow night, with the rest of the ticket options and parking passes becoming available tomorrow... until we get to see each other in April - be well, do good and stay strong in these crazy times. We can't wait. Tell yer friends!

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Presale and Lineup are LIVE!

Steven Stubblefield

Friends. We can't express how stoked we are to share this first round of lineup announcements with you. And this is just the beginning. We've got even more badass stuff to come. Not only will we be exploring new musical boundaries this year with a fresher than ever cast of characters, we'll also be featuring all the other classic  DIO fun: portrits, da pooool, food and beer at its finest when on a mountain top do it ourselves, and more. So git yer tix...! Presale runs 'till March 1st.


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Bonnie Prince Billy

Steven Stubblefield

this solo performance from songwriting legend Will Oldham is pretty much the exact reason why we love our amphitheater stage so much... it's as good as it gets for diving deep into an artist's expression... so before you get ready to dance to Soul Jelly late night... grab a friend, a lover, a partner... sit down, relax and enjoy the raw passion of this artist we call Bonnie Prince Billy. Stoked...!

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The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. Recent projects in 2012 include Now Heres My Plan (EP), Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy (An Autobiography edited by Alan Licht, published by Norton), as well as two singles; Billy F. Gibbons/ Matt Sweeney & Bonny Billy "Oh Well" b/w "Storms", and Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy "Christmas Eve Can Kill" b/w "Walkin the Dog". In 2013, Bonny released a new full length record of duets with Dawn McCarthy on Drag City.

Possessed by Paul James

Steven Stubblefield

it's been a long time coming to get PPJ out to DIO Fest, and now it's our lucky year... this guy is larger-than-life on the stage, and a heart of gold off of it... PPJ is a special needs educator from TX and has been filming a documentary project related to special needs the last few years while touring the country with his family... it was simply a no-brainer to get him out to Camp Krem and start building a relationship with the Music Enrichment Program that all of us at DIO have helped to support... so stoked to have him...

Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people’s lives doesn’t. When Possessed by Paul James performs, his passion equals the passion he brings to his class Monday through Friday, with many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one-man music show.

"If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression

Y La Bamba

Steven Stubblefield

upon first listen to Y la Bamba it was all crystal clear... DIO had been missing something all along... Luz rivets audiences in an a way that will leave us breathless... and with a badass band that comes with her too... this one is not to be missed...

It’s easy to talk about an artist’s growth as a series of musical decisions: an expanding sonic palette, a change in mood or tempo, an escape from the trappings of genre. It’s harder to talk about an artist’s personal—or even spiritual—growth, because that kind of progress is hard to track. Until, that is, an album like Y La Bamba’s Ojos Del Sol comes along and screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act’s fourth offering is a sweeping, playful and vulnerable collection that’s ripe with both musical and personal discovery. From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish-language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of “Ostrich,” this is an album that’s painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw.

Throughout the collection, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis. On one level, this is born from the Y La Bamba frontwoman’s continuing exploration of her identity as Mexican woman. Both of Mendoza’s parents grew up in Mexico—Luz was born in San Francisco, then brought up in a strict Catholic household in Southern Oregon. She spent her childhood summers playing in the orchards of California's San Joaquin Valley with her cousins, and it was there that she soaked up the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional folk songs with three-part harmonies. These are sounds that remain a vital building block of the songs on Ojos Del Sol, an album which she says represents “a celebration of family and community.”

But on another level, Ojos Del Sol is about Luz’s search for shared humanity outside of her own community, and for a faith that is greater than just religion. These are themes that run throughout Y La Bamba’s body of work work—with roots in a 2003 journey to India, which found Mendoza falling ill and trading her Christianity for something broader—but there’s a maturity to Ojos Del Sol that speaks to true, lasting transformation. You can hear this on the lush “Kali,” where she sings—with wonderment rather than fear—that “to know yourself is to lose everything.” And you can hear it on the album’s epic closer, “Ulysses,” where Mendoza sings that her life is “written in sand and ash and stone.”

These are songs built to soundtrack coming to grips not just with one’s own mortality, but with the fragility of the world. This is heady, emotional fare, and “this record is about being a mother to these emotions,” Mendoza says.

Her clarity of voice is intimately tied to a renewed musical approach, which Luz attributes to a greater self-awareness that developed through recent collaborations with singer-songwriters Edna Vazquez and Lila Downs, as well as an exploration of mariachi, cumbia, and Latin pop with Calexico’s Sergio Mendoza—no relation—on a collaborative 2015 album released under the name Los Hijos De La Montaña.

Those collaborations helped Mendoza find her own voice as a more confident producer and songwriter on an album that is often a stripped-down affair. Mendoza plays guitar throughout Ojos Del Sol, and worked actively with composer Richie Greene to create a new sonic voice. Percussion from another regular Mendoza collaborator, Nick Delffs (Shaky Hands, Death Songs), is a welcome near-constant that adds depth and soul to the album. To that same end, Mendoza hand-cut stencil art pieces, which appear in Ojos Del Sol’s liner notes, to pair with each new song. All of this is presented as a cohesive offering, an entry in Y La Bamba’s ongoing musical conversation about community, about the self, and about survival.

“I am thankful for all of my hardships,” Mendoza says in the album’s liner notes. “They have guided me to find rest in my soul, time after time. Over and over again.”

Thomas Campbell

Steven Stubblefield

we are certain that T Campbell will bring the surfy vibes at dio fest this year to the next level. look for some live projections on the mainstage during Sandy's set 9-10pm saturday night. stoked to have his creativity around... we are pleased to feature Thomas Campbell's work this year... see his publishing company below Um Yeah Arts. photo: Devon Howard

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Steven Stubblefield

rushad has become a staple of the DIO scene at this point.. although we're not sure if Rushad and staple should ever be used in the same sentence... you'll likely find him in his usual Saturday afternoon amphitheater spot... but who knows what he'll be up to this year... we hear he's been fooling around with a looping pedal... watch out! The goblin king returns...

Rushad Eggleston (“Rushadicus”) is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person. Using his cello (and occasionally a guitar) as the steering wheel, Rushadicus will take you on a rocket-fueled melodic journey through space and time, and from the ridiculous to the sublime. Hopping nimbly around the stage with his cello strapped to his body while passionately singing songs that range from stuck-in-your-head-for-weeks to elaborate yet compelling miniature operas in his own language of Sneth, Eggleston is an incomparable soulful jester of modern times. A fearless improviser, Eggleston spontaneously navigates through his seemingly endless repertoire of instrumentals and vocals, only pausing briefly to set the stage for a battle between him and Bach, or rattling off with incredible speed a 3 page poem of self-fashioned words*.

If this sounds a bit far-fetched or incoherent, make no mistake: Rushad Eggleston is a world-class entertainer, with credentials. He won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and was nominated for a Grammy award while still studying there, a feat which no other member of its laundry list of legendary alumni have pulled off. Eggleston singlehandedly invented bluegrass cello and spawned a huge revival of cello in roots music. Now it seems every other band you see has some transformed cellist jamming along. In addition to acting in television commercials for the likes of Mazda, appearing on movie soundtracks and hundreds of studio recordings, Rushad was also a founding member of the popular alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, legendary stringband Fiddlers 4, and explosive rock trio Tornado Rider. He has performed at renowned venues (including Carnegie Hall) in 45 states and 13 countries, and taught hundreds of youngsters worldwide how to let loose their musical imaginations and rock on the cello.

Soul Jelly (Royal J + Marty O)

Steven Stubblefield

two OG members of the DIO family (Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra + Royal Jelly Jive) are coming together for a performance of the ages... seriously... when we realized the potential for this super-group we couldn't resist... closing things down on Saturday night in the Mess Hall... damn...

This year we're bringing together two of the most talented founding crew groups into one all-star late night cast. Who knows what others will join? This is going to be epic. Royal Jelly Jive + Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra = all-time vibes. Let's do it ourselves...


Steven Stubblefield

we've been hoping to get Sandy's down to DIO for some time now... representing all things great about the SF surfy-rocky-throwback vibes, Sandy's couldn't be a better fit to wrap up a Saturday evening... and you might even see a special guest friend of the DIO family come thru with some projections to boot... stay tuned..

On his new EP, Prom, songwriter Alexi Glickman (Sandy) wraps five melodic gems with layers of vintage tape echo and open ­tuned Stratocaster shimmer for a dreamy late­ summer slow dance. Recorded mostly live to a 1960s Scully 4-track in a house in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, Prom centers around Sandy's guitar— an on old Fender, open tuned, echoplexed—reverberating in the wood panels of the forest dwelling ­turned recording studio.


Praise for Prom

“An intelligent, gently soothing piece of work, recalling the more blissed out, sunkissed moments of Big Star's catalogue” CLASH

“Imagine if The Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds again after listening to the Polyvinyl back catalog and you get some idea of where this is rooted” New Noise Magazine

“A short, but sweet collection of five melodic gems” KCRW RADIO

Strike Iron

Steven Stubblefield

Strike Iron is the latest of afro-beat/funk super group coming out of the Bay Area... and every year we can't seem to resist bringing in one of 'em! Headlining Friday night, this ensemble is sure to bring the house down.. get ready to groove...

formerly known as Albino...

Strike Iron is an Oakland based, 13-piece juggernaut who's high-energy grooves and explosive stage show thick with hypnotic percussion, heavy horns, African dance, wild costumes and elaborate group choreography. Born out of the ashes of the international afrobeat act Albino, Strike Iron brings sexy, socially charged dance music into the 21st century.

Sacri Monti

Steven Stubblefield

every year we try to represent the SoCal psych-rock scene,,, and this year that scene will be represented in force by Sacri Monti... these dudes bring it heavy, bring it freaky, and always bring you home psyched... mainstage shredfest...

Psych rock... In the thread of San Diego bands such as Earthless, Astra, Radio Moscow, Harsh Toke, Joy, Brian Ellis Group, Psicomagia, Artifact, Red Octopus, Loom, Kraut Diaper ... etc