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Back Roads ProductionsOver the past couple of years the name Back Roads Productions has become an ever- present presence associated with the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival. Formed in December of ’07 as a new partnership to continue to produce this festival, and other future projects (such as this year’s inception Gaia Festival, also at Black Oak Ranch in August) it is made up of three components; Cumulus Presents (Cloud Moss), Long Valley Events (Bob Barsotti), & DanSun Productions (Danny Scher).

The three partners of Back Roads Productions have a combined nearly 100 years of experience in concert, festival and entertainment production:

Cloud Moss, Festival founder and director, has produced over 35 festivals, including the Sebastopol Celtic World Music Festival, In the Spirit of Tu B’Shvat: Birthday of the Trees Jewish Music Festival; A Celebration of Music, Dance & Storytelling, Festival for C.A.R.E., Harvest Celebration and Dance Festival, well over 100 concerts and events, and the Jugalbandi Music & Arts in the Schools Project; which has brought such luminaries as Arlo Guthrie, George McGovern, Michael Franti, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Second City, The Persuasions, and more to west Sonoma County school children.

Bob Barsotti, 30 years with Bill Graham Presents, acted as producer, general manager of Winterland Arena, co-innovator of Grateful Dead camping concerts, producer / production head of such famous international and domestic events as the Moscow Peace March Concert, Amnesty International Concerts, first US Festival, the first successful rock music concert series on Broadway with the Jerry Garcia Band, co-producer of Seva Foundation benefit concerts, the Laughter, Love and Music, the historic memorial concert for Bill Graham in Golden Gate Park, and the current director of the Bill Graham Foundation).

Danny Scher, 24 years with and Vice President of Bill Graham Presents, was a talent-booker for everything from rock and roll to jazz concerts, to stadium sized events, Broadway shows, closed circuit boxing, founder of New Orleans by the Bay and the Fourth of July San Francisco Symphony Fireworks and Americana show, and helped to develop three major amphitheatres, with one being the Shoreline, not to mention a fourth, much smaller one in his back yard, Coventry Grove, that has played host to a variety of benefits with such performers as Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John, and for the production of his first documentary movie, Brotherly Jazz: The Heath Brothers.

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We would like to send out our many thanks to the Black Oak Ranch community for opening their gates each year and allowing us to share the peace and magic of their land. Everyone that works to put these festivals together appreciates the ongoing community and public support, the numerous folks that work with a smile to help make these festivals run smoothly, our sponsors, and you, the festival-goers, for bringing yourselves to join in a weekend of celebration; sharing time, music, and space in a peaceful and positive way.

All the best,
Back Roads Productions

Upcoming festivals:
The Gaia Festival
August 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2012
Website: www.thegaiafestival.com

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