RootsView By: Ray Vizera

As always, the “roots” scene in the Central Valley is booming. Since we ‘re in the middle of festival season I decided to feature an upcoming festival: Sheatherfest III.

Sheatherfest is an annual event that takes place over a course of a few days at various venues between Modesto and Knights Ferry, such as the Cow Track Lounge and The Rivers Edge. The Festival is named after our beloved friend from England Dave Sheather.

Dave has long been an avid music enthusiast and collector. His thirst for music combined with his background in radio has allowed him to experience a vast amount ofmusic throughout his years. His musical journey eventually led him to The Central Valley.

Sheatherfest I was held in celebration of Dave’s first visit to the Valley by a group of musicians who greatly admired him. The first one was such a blast that they decided to do it every year.

Some of the previous performers include Soda, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Tom V, Larry and His Flask.

This year the festival will be held Sept 7-9. The lineup has not yet been finalized, however, some of the bands that have already been announced are Willy Tea, The House of Orange, The Harmed Bros and Bloody Ol’ Mule.

For more info check out the event Sheatherfest III on Facebook.

Photo Willy Tea is one artist playing SheatherFest from the film “Kingdom of Survival.” Editor Photo: Ray Vizera performing with Big Earl and Eli Lester in Poor House Millionaires at Deva



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.