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The friends, neighbors and musicians who produce the Wild Iris Folk Festival each spring are getting together one last time to throw a final, wonderful musical party in Boonville’s Apple Fair Grounds this June 2nd, 3rd and 4th. “Our lives have moved on and we don’t have the time to continue producing Wild Iris,” says long time festival organizer Diane Paget, “but we couldn’t let it go without inviting all the people who have come and enjoyed Wild Iris, and all the people who always planned to come some year, to join us once more before we said ‘good bye.’”

The Festival begins Friday night with a Contra Dance. Renowned singer, storyteller and rabble rouser Utah Phillips returns by mutual acclaim to the Wild Iris stage for a third year late Saturday afternoon. Utah will be preceded by ragtime punkabilly band The Devil Makes Three, the swingy, acoustic folkgrass of Coyote Blue, the Ukeholics theatrical ukulele novelty act and the youthful and alternative jug band music of the Karosene Kondors.

Last year Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit, played music, which was such fun to dance to that they have been invited back this year for the Saturday night dance under the stars on The Green. The dynamic world rhythm and soul acappella group, SoVoSo, will be opening for Steve Lucky.

Come Sunday afternoon to hear The Bills, global acoustic roots music, the energetic bluegrass Americana of The Greencards and captivating, witty lyrical storyteller Todd Snider. Earlier on Sunday, hear Anderson Valley’s Wild Oats singing their three part folk harmonies, the gypsy twang of Roof Top Four and the winner of the Band Scramble. Or possibly be a band scramble winner yourself by signing up to join the band scramble on Saturday, finding out which band you have been picked for (organizers choose band members on the basis of instruments and only then discover who the players are) on Sunday morning, practicing with your newly formed band, then playing for the judging late Sunday morning.

The Wild Iris Folk Festival is produced in conjunction with public radio station KZYX&Z, and sponsorships from Skip Gibbs Company, Inc., Paula Murphy, Printing XPress, The Liana Trust, as well as public radio stations KRCB, KMFB and KMUD.

For information call (707) 895-3589; to purchase tickets, (707) 895-2825; to volunteer, (707) 895-2006 or check the website at http://www.wildirisfolkfestival.org.



- Diane Paget


Discography

RoofTop 4 -
Tapa Batám - EP released March 2008

Live at the 2006 Wild Iris Festival, Boonville, CA
Available at www.cdbaby.com/rooftop4live and on iTunes

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RoofTop is a unique musical perspective of life on planet earth. Fresh sound with accessible melodies and solid groove, RoofTop music brings innovative and eclectic rock blends spanning American roots that are solidly framed by Latin, Arabic and Indian influences. RoofTop consists of cuattro, guitar man Yousef Saádeh, ukulele aficionado Dru Rodgers, bass virtuoso Tom Anonymous and world music percussionist, Rami Ziadeh.

Yousef Saádeh has been immersed in a mix of culture ever since his Palestinian mother unknowingly turned him on to Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again. Yousef concentrated on guitar yet quickly developed an affinity for various world instruments. His musical styles range from American roots R&B to Latin and Arabic music. After many years in a number of live bands and recording projects, many with an “anonymous” bass player, Yousef recorded his first solo record “14 miles east of nowhere”.

A Palestinian born in Kuwait with a Jordanian passport in hand, Rami began studying Dombeck at the age of 3 and by the age of 10, was performing live with Middle Eastern dance groups. Rami plays percussion with a unique style that combines Middle Eastern finger techniques with a variety of traditional grooves. His style has earned him the nickname “fingertips” from Bonnie Raitt.

From the farmlands and beaches of southern California, with nearly 20 years of bass experience, Tom has an eclectic style derived from punk rock, jazz, and rock. He approaches the bass like a wrestling match between two friends where there’s never a clear winner. Along with cuattro slinging Yousef, Tom made his first solo record “I am Be”.

Adding spice to it all, the fiery Dru Rodgers brings his years of guitar, ukulele and vocal chords to the party having been with bands all over the stylistic map. He cofounded the fundamentalist acoustic originals-only band “Heavy Wood” predating the unplugged era. He now can generally be found jamming up on the RoofTop, and quite enjoying the view.