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Marin's favorite fest returns

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Surrounded by Tomales Bay, picturesque Love Field in Point Reyes Station is once again the home of Marin's popular music festival and community benefit, the ninth annual Far West Fest.

In the last decade, the festival has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for local community causes, and this year's event again combines live music, artisan foods and local crafts. The afternoon of July 26 will see multiple stages of entertainment and activities for all ages.

The North Bay Hootenanny, with a stage highlighting local roots and folk acts, joins the fest this year featuring San-Francisco-by-way-of-New-Orleans headliners the Honey Island Swamp Band. Another popular S.F. staple appearing is New Monsoon, the jam-rock band that finds influence in everything from jazz to funk to classic rock. Other bands making their way to Love Field include LoCura, the Flamenco Cuban reggae outfit and the Grateful Bluegrass Boys playing with members of Hot Buttered Rum.

Winetasting, oysters and a kids' zone are also on-hand, and once again the fest stresses its environmentally responsible and community-focused practices, leaving nothing on the field but footsteps.

The Far West Fest takes place on Saturday, July 26, at Love Field, Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 10am to 7pm. $20–$25 general admission; $75 VIP.

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