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Todd Snider headlines EarleFest

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Now in its seventh year, EarleFest returns for an afternoon of spirited Americana music performed on the family-farm property where the Earle Baum Center resides.

Serving people with sight loss, the center has packed its annual benefit with a blend of local musicians and nationally touring acts, and this year, Portland troubadour Todd Snider headlines the event.

A popular singer-songwriter since his emergence in the '90s, Snider has recently expanded on his witty, crowd-pleasing tunes by fronting the newly formed jam-band supergroup Hard Working Americans. The band also features cult folk heroes like Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, and their self-titled debut album, released January of this year, hit the top spot on iTunes. This fall, the band takes the show on the road, but not before Snider comes to Earle Fest for an intimate and freewheeling set.

Also at EarleFest this year is a new collection of North Bay folk musicians assembled especially for the event. The Great Idea Band speaks for itself, featuring Frankie Boots, John Courage, David Luning, Corinne West and others sharing the stage. The Brothers Comatose and the Blues Broads also play the main stage, while Spark & Whisper and One Grass, Two Grass, Red Grass, Bluegrass take up the second stage, ensuring a nonstop afternoon of tunes.

EarleFest happens on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Earle Baum Center, 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Doors open at 11am. $35–$40. 707.523.3222.

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