The American River Music Festival is an annual, 2-day music event held on the banks of the American River in friendly little town of Coloma about one hour east of Sacramento and two hours east of the San Francisco Bay area.
Coloma is one of the original gold rush towns in California. in fact, gold was first discovered in Coloma. In 1848 John Marshall, who ran John Sutter’s mill in the settlement of Coloma, noticed something sparkling in the sluices in the American River. What sparkled turned out to be gold and sparked the biggest gold rush in history.
In 2011 the American River Music Festival will run from September 16th to 17th.
How do I get tickets and how much?
- You can get tickets online here.
- You can buy tickets by phone: 530-622-6044
- You can buy tickets at the Main Stage of the event beginning at 10 am
Adult tickets are $35.00 per day plus a $2 fee. Youth(youth are 8-17) tickets are $15 per day plus the $2 fee. Under 8 years old are free.
Tickets for 2 days are $59 for adults and $20 for youth plus the $2 fee
There are also campground tickets which include entry for the music, you can check those prices here.
You cannot enter the campground without a music ticket. There are three campgrounds and you can find out more about them at this link.
Check-in at the campgrounds begins at 9:30 am on Friday, September 16th.
Are you adventurous?? Check out the whitewater rafting. camping AND music package!! This ticket includes lunch at the “gorge”. Click here for more info on this package
How do I get there?
OK, so what kind of music are we talking about??
.This is the schedule of musicians on the Main Stage.
|Saturday, September 17, 2011||Sunday, September 18, 2011|
|11:00 A.M.||Jill Knight Trio||11:00 A.M.||Ma Muse|
|12:15 P.M.||Elliot Randall and the Deadmen||12:15 P.M.||The Brothers Comatose|
|1:30 P.M.||Keith Greeninger with Dayan Kai, Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald||1:30 P.M.||The Band of Heathens|
|3:00 P.M.||Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand||3:00 P.M.||Blame Sally|
|4:30 P.M.||Truth and Salvage Co.||4:30 P.M.||James McMurtry|
They will also have shows and workshops in the campgrounds. Check the list here.
Here are three videos where you can check out the music.
BiPolar Pizza, Hope In The Truck
Truth And Salvage Company, Call Back
Blame Sally, Bird in the Hand
What can I bring? What can I NOT bring?
There are lists here for what you can/cannot bring to the Main Stage concert area and into the campgrounds.
So tell me more about Coloma.
You know I am from Sacramento and that my family has been here since 1850. Actually one relative traveled to San Francisco by ship around the Horn and tip of South America, in 1847/48 and traveled inland to Sacramento. He returned to his home in Washington DC before gold was discovered….dammit!!
His relatives eventually made it back to California after the Civil War. So, we have been in this area for a bit.
The discovery of gold and the stories of James Marshall and John Sutter and the subsequent gold rush has been told in thousands of books and I could not even attempt to tell it here without boring most of you.
But, take my advice: when you go to the American River Music Festival take some time to visit Coloma and explore the area. Even try panning for some gold. They say the American River still holds four times as much gold as the 49ers removed from the riverbeds. People still find very big gold nuggets. hard work, definitely.