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Sri Moonshine Music Festival 2018

This music series continues dynamic, distinctive, and original performances that foster direct experiences between artists and audience.


Sri Moonshine Music Series brings New Music to a small, historic, Gold Rush era town in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 2016, world-renowned composer and musician, Terry Riley, curated the first Sri Moonshine Music Series in Camptonville’s  new, 100-seat Performing Arts Hall. It was a risk, because most live music in Camptonville was heard at the school’s talent show or rock and roll at the local bar’s Open Mic. Terry’s vision was to bring New Music to this underserved, rural area, and to bring world-class musicians into the heart and homes of a community that would never have had such an intimate experience with musicians and their music.

The four performances of the 2016 series were played to full houses, exceeding everyone’s expectations of what this small community of 650 could accomplish and support. Performers ranged from emerging local artists to world-class musicians at home on the stages of Carnegie. The audience spanned the ages of school children to nonagenarians. Lois, 91, who worked at the local mill all her life, bought season tickets, and though she still prefers Cowboy Poetry, is ready to hear more of that unusual music in 2018.

Artists for the Third Sri Moonshine Music Series are scheduled from March through August 2018. Terry and the Performing Arts staff are willing to push even harder in 2018 to make Camptonville’s Performing Arts Center a regional cultural destination for New Music.  For the musicians, the intimate setting is an opportunity to connect with the audience, before, during, and after performing – an opportunity extended by being welcomed as guests into Camptonville’s homes.


Artists are given 60% of the paid gate. Funding from this New Music Grant will help underwrite the travel costs of bringing performers, Gyan Riley from Brooklyn, NY, and Gwyneth  Wentink from the Netherlands.

Project Media

Terry Riley and Gyan Riley – Turning

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Live at Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA on Mar. 8, 2011. CD release show for their album, “Live.”

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George Brooks – saxophone, Kala Ramnath – violin, & Gwyneth Wentink -harp. This distinctive trio performs George and Kala’s original compositions and contemporary settings of traditional Indian Ragas unifying the aesthetics of the European classical, Indian classical and American Jazz traditions.

Start and End Dates



Camptonville, California

Associated Events

March 31, 2018 | Camptonville, CA
August 25, 2017 | Camptonville, CA
Archived Events

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Camptonville, California
The Little Town That Could During the 1849 Gold Rush, Camptonville, California, was a bustling stage-stop of 1,500 people on the route between Marysville and Downieville. Camptonville survived major fires in 1889, 1908 and 1959, and it was rebuilt every time by people who couldn’t bear the thought of leaving. This community has survived winters…

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Brooklyn, New York
Berkeley, California


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