Bay Area Music Festival Announces Lineup With NorCal Artists

The atmosphere during Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals' performance at the inaugural Mill Valley Music Festival on May 7, 2022 in Mill Valley, California.

The atmosphere during Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ performance at the inaugural Mill Valley Music Festival on May 7, 2022 in Mill Valley, California.

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After a successful debut in 2022, the Mill Valley Music Festival is set to return to the Bay Area in 2023 for its second edition, with bigger names and a longer runtime. Cake, along with Michael Franti & Spearhead, will headline the event scheduled for May 13-14 at Friends Field, adjacent to the Mill Valley Community Center, in Mill Valley, CA.

After selling out as a one-day event last year with folk artist Ben Harper headlining, the festival has expanded to a weekend format, with more acts musicals, local artists and food vendors.

Rapper and singer-songwriter Michael Franti is a regular on the Bay Area music festival circuit. The Oakland native played a set at BottleRock in Napa last year and is set to perform at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey in late May.

Michael Franti of Michael Franti & Spearhead performs on day three of BottleRock Napa on May 29, 2022 in Napa, California.

Michael Franti of Michael Franti & Spearhead performs on day three of BottleRock Napa on May 29, 2022 in Napa, California.

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The members of alternative rock band Cake are also Northern Californians, originally from Sacramento. Cake is best known for his tongue-in-cheek style, exemplified in 1996’s “The Distance” and his cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”

Tank and the Bangas, Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew perform “Remain in Light” by Talking Heads, The Alive, Durand Jones, The Dip, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Valerie June and Orchestra Gold.

In a press release announcing the event, festival organizers also promised to provide “a curated assortment of Marin County’s finest artisans, food vendors and philanthropic organizations, along with family-friendly activities, immersive art installations, local craft beer and so much more.”

Tickets (which start at $219 for two-day general admission passes) are available here.



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