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Stand for The Redwoods Festival

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Save the Redwoods League

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News Release Date: September 25, 2018

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Redwood National and State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, and Redwood Parks Conservancy are hosting Stand for the Redwoods Festival in Orick, Calif., on Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The free festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Redwood National Park and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Save the Redwoods League. The event takes place at the Orick Mill Site, 545 Bald Hills Road, the southern gateway to Redwood National and State Parks in Humboldt County.

The festival features live performances by a dynamic and diverse array of artists: soul band Monophonics, cosmic roots quartet Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, and conscious roots songstress Saritah.

The family-friendly festival will also feature activities to engage all ages; ranger-guided forest walks; a beer and wine garden featuring Sierra Nevada beer and wines from Barefoot Cellars; local food trucks; a participatory Creatures of the Redwoods Parade featuring dancing redwoods and other forest creatures; and numerous booths from Redwood National and State Parks, Redwood Parks Conservancy, and other non-profit organizations.
““Join us to celebrate the visionary work over the last century to protect our redwood forests culminating in the creation of Redwood National Park 50 years ago," said Steve Mietz, the National Park Service superintendent of Redwood National and State Parks.  “This anniversary festival is an opportunity for us all, as a community, to not only honor the hard work done in the past, but to also to renew old partnerships and establish new ones committed to restoring our redwood ecosystem and economy.”
Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, added, “It’s time we celebrated our redwood forests. These quintessential California icons that inspired our nation’s conservation movement stand today because of the dedication of Save the Redwoods League, our partners, and the communities who care deeply for these ancient giants. Our festival, kicking off our Centennial Celebration Week, is an opportunity for everyone to come together to stand for the redwoods, celebrate California’s world-renowned public lands, and commit to a vibrant and resilient future for the redwood forests that sustain us.”  
Complete Festival details and schedule are available at:   or

Artists Performing at the Festival
Monophonics are just hitting their stride as one of the premier soul bands in the country. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area’s Marin County, the band delivers cinematic songs with timeless hooks anchored by Kelly Finnigan’s soulful organ and powerhouse vocals. Their sound is inspired equally by classic soul, heavy funk, psychedelic rock and classic American song writing. The band members simultaneously revere and honor the Bay Area’s colorblind and highly diverse musical tradition that dates back to Haight-Ashbury’s psychedelic revolution and Sly Stone and the Family Stone’s multiracial, funky grab-bag.
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra features Marty on electrified resonator guitar and vocals, Chris Lynch on violin and keys, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff on drums and percussion. The group specializes in roots music with evocative lyrics that are conceptually cryptic, relying on imagery and symbols to convey emotion. Artistic touchstones for the group include John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, the darkly cathartic oeuvre of Tom Waits and the experimental arrangements of Radiohead. Passing through tradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.
Conscious roots songstress Saritah is on a worldwide musical mission to uplift, inspire and heal. Bursting with an organic sound that is a refreshing and uniquely feminine weave of reggae, soul and acoustic inspired flavors, Saritah has a relentless passion for inspiring people to live their purpose and to follow their dreams. Playfully powerful, Saritah’s live shows are colorful celebrations of life. A festival favorite with her infectious, beaming smile, Saritah has graced the stages of some of the world’s most renowned musical gatherings. Born in Seoul, South Korea, the country of her mother’s heritage, Saritah grew up by the Indian Ocean in the most isolated city in the world—Perth, Australia.

Last updated: October 1, 2018

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