Local Favorites Jackie Greene, Steve Kimock Headed to Petaluma Music Festival

6/13/2009:B1: Eyes closed, Steve Kimock performs Friday. PC: Steve Kimock performs during the 31st Annual Harmony Festival held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Friday June 12, 2009.

Tickets are on sale now for the ninth annual Petaluma Music Festival, set for Aug. 6 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma.

The festival lineup features a long list of regional favorites, including Jackie Greene, Steve Kimock and Friends, The David Nelson Band, The Mother Hips, Moonalice, Mark Karan (Artist at Large), David Luning, The Sam Chase, Joy & Madness, The Highway Poets, Kingsborough, MoeTar, The Grain, Saffell and The Melt.

Concerned about the future of school music programs, Petaluma High School band instructor Cliff Eveland started the festival in 2008 to raise money for them. As of last year, the festival had raised more than $125,000 in the five previous years to keep music education programs going in Petaluma area public schools.

General admission tickets cost $40, $95 for VIP tickets until April 30. On May 1, the prices go up to $45 for general admission, and $110 for VIP. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. Tickets for teenagers 13-18 cost $20 and will be sold only at the gate.

For tickets and information: petalumamusicfestival.org.