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San Diego Ranchita Rock Festival California


Yonder Mountain String Band


Cost: $80/day, $135/3 day pass. Location: 36255 Grapevine Canyon Road, Ranchita, CA.


Ranchita Rocks is a three-day music festival, which debuted in 2007 as a fundraising concert for community and environmental groups opposed to San Diego Gas & Electric's proposed Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission line. It returned in 2008 with national headlining acts and an emphasis on solar, biodiesel and wind energy to power the event.


Headliners include earthy jam-band favorites Yonder Mountain String Band, DJ Bassnectar and hard-rocking Woodstock veterans Mountain, of “Mississippi Queen” fame. Also set to perform are Weapon of Choice, Interstate Blues, Vegitation, Tom Freund, Mojow & The Vibration Army, Chi Club, Haywire, Blackbirdz, Grand Canyon Sundown, Stolen Rose, Glenn Smith, Red Warrior Drum Group, Dope Girl, Cheap Thrills, Julie McCollough and Cubensis.

The festival will be held near Ranchita, on the 160-acre Golightly Farms horse ranch of Carolyn Morrow. She solicited nearly $60,000 in donations of cash and services to stage last year's fete, including $25,000 from the nearby Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino. Three-day tickets – which include camping and parking – cost $100 each, through July 31, and $135 thereafter, and are available online from All proceeds will go to the Protect Our Communities Fund.


Where to stay: Because of its remote location near Anza Borrego State Park, you may have to drive a little ways to stay in hotels. Tent camping & RV camping is available at the event, while hotels in Julian, 35 minutes by car, and an hour away in Escondido, the nearest big city with 13 hotels. Event management received many complaints about the Warner Springs Hotel accommodations and they don't recommend them.

Three Days and Three Nights of Non-Stop Live Music and Events on 6 Stages

Nature, music, love and fun in the sun! Enjoy music, mountains, sunsets and more!

Amazing Music * Comedy * Camping * Crafts Vendors * Kids Zone * Healing Arts * Great Food * Beer & Wine * Drum Circles *
Fire Breathing Fire Truck with Aerial Performers
* Raffle & Great Prizes *

The Cause: 100% of the profits are donated to Protect Our Communities Fund. The Mission of the POC Fund is to stop the Powerlink and at the same time help San Diego County achieve its long-term goal of local power generation and distribution of renewable and clean energy.

Fighting the proposed SDG&E 150 mile long, devastating transmission line that would cut through Anza Borrego Desert State Park, you can help at Ranchita Rocks, have fun and be heard.

Ranchita Rocks concert is the ONLY fundraiser planned for Protect our Communities Fund (POC) to generate the necessary money to continue the battle. POC has been instrumental in getting the Public Utilities Commissioners to listen and understand the complexity and enormity of this issue. POC's money has bought studies, expert witnesses and legal counsel – all this does not come cheap.

But the fight is not yet over. We need to replenish our war chest. The success of Ranchita Rocks is critical to our continued presence in the face of massive opposition from SDG&E and Sempra. They have unlimited funding – we don’t.

YOU CAN HELP CAUSE by getting the word out about Ranchita Rocks. Spread the word, email your friends, and post bulletins on myspace. If you have a website, put a link on your site to ours. Then let us know you've done so by emailing [email protected], and we'll put your link on our site! If you live in Southern California, you can hand out flyers and put up posters in your neighborhood - if you're interested in doing that, email Alli at [email protected] THANKS!


* Gates will be open from 6pm to midnight Thursday September 11th FOR PRE-SALE TICKET HOLDERS ONLY!
* Hours for the Box Office, Will-Call & Gate, located on Grapevine Canyon Road, are Friday September 12th, 8am to midnight, Saturday September 13th, 8am to midnight, and Sunday September 14th, 8am to 10pm.
* All Tickets Purchased After September 1st will be held at Will-Call.
* No one will be allowed down Grapevine Canyon Road (the only entrance road to the venue) without a pass or ticket. NO EXCEPTIONS.
* Parking is limited. When the event parking and car camping spots are full, a shuttle will be at Grapevine Canyon Road and S22 for transportation to the venue.
* 1 day passes include event parking until it is full. Cars in event parking will be towed after 1AM.
* Music Starts at Noon on Friday and NEVER Stops! Only 3-day pass holders can stay for late-night shows.
* The Ranchita Rocks Music Festival event and camping is located at Go Lightly Farms, a private property that is being threatened by the Sunrise Power Link. We ask that all participants and attendees treat this property kindly.
* There will be food, beer and wine vendors, but you are welcome to bring your own coolers filled with food and beverages of your choice.
* The venue is a high desert location (4,000' +). Weather is unpredictable so come prepared.
* Portapotties and sinks with running water will be available.
* Drinking water and ice will be available for purchase, but you may want to pack plenty of your own.
* No dogs allowed.



* You must have a 3 day pass to camp.
* Party friendly camping is available and having fun is encouraged! But don't worry parents, there will be a family camping zone as well.
* Car Camping and Dry Camping RV Spots are limited and are first come first serve.
* If you are interested in reserving a dry camping spot for your RV, please contact Carolyn at [email protected] to make arrangements.
* The venue is a high desert location (4,000' +). Weather is unpredictable so come prepared, including shade, shelter (tent or truck), good shoes, sun screen, clothes for very hot and very cold weather, and wet wipes, to name a few.

BASSNECTAR  MOUNTAIN with Leslie West and Corky Laing
PARTICLE RUBY with the Fire Breathing Fire Truck
featuring Aerial Performers
Zircon & Wish
Melvin Seals & JGB

Gram Rabbit
Tom Freund
MoJow and the Vibration Army
Alfred Howard And The K23 Orchestra
Stolen Rose
Mike Delux Band

Delta Nove
The Naked Sun
The Maykers
Shafter Wasco
Funky A
A Dull Science
Compass Rose
Christopher Hawley Rollers
Pangea Collective
Off Track
LA 5
DJ Smitty J
Linda Sublett
Destructo Bunny
Fishamon & the MindWorld Steppers
DJ Atom Matter

The Frequency
Beth Preston
Interstate Blues
Still Time
The Nate LaPointe Band
Chi Club
4 Minutes Til Midnight
Techno Hillbillies
Grand Canyon Sundown
Red Warrior Drum Group
The Glenn Smith Band
Cheap Thrills
Left Hand Monkey Wrench


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