.Huichica Music Festival revives summer dates, shares full lineup

For more than a decade, Northern California event curator (((FolkYEAH!))) and the state’s oldest family-owned winery joined forces each summer to present the Huichica Music Festival on the pictorial grounds of Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma Valley.

Huichica made it’s name (pronounced wah-chee-ka) by delivering intimate access to great indie-rock bands and artists, local food purveyors and estate-grown wines. Yet, the festival suffered the same fate as all social gatherings in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic canceled the event. Last year, Huichica changed it’s summertime schedule to a fall offering, taking place in October 2021.

This year, with health restrictions lifting on gatherings, Huichica Music Festival returns to Gun Bun Winery for its typical summer dates, June 10–11, 2022, and will feature a dynamic array of rock and folk acts and artists such as Allah-Las, ESG, Turnover, Damien Jurado, La Luz, Woods and others.

“Over ten years ago, we created Huichica because we believe that music and wine is best shared in intimate and epic settings with our community, family, friends,” Jeff Bundschu, President of Gundlach Bundschu and co-founder of Huichica Music Festival, says in a statement. “My family has farmed and lived on this property since 1858, and it’s an honor to share it with these amazing artists and our community every summer at Huichica Music Festival.”

The all-ages, family-friendly music festival takes place throughout Gundlach Bundschu’s winery estate in Sonoma, including a historic barn and outdoor amphitheater that offers vineyard views. Musically, the self-described ‘micro-music festival’ highlights both established and emerging artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

The festival’s 2022 full lineup includes Allah-Las, ESG, Turnover, W.I.T.C.H., Woods, La Luz, Damien Jurado, Midlake, Tamaryn, Avey Tare, Isobel Campbell, Bobby Oroza, Wand, Lilys, The Altons, Mega Bog, Mary Lattimore, Tropa Magica, Mystic Chords Of Memory, Dummy, Starcrawler, Tapers Choice, Spaceface, Jess Williamson, Oog Bogo, Brigid Dawson, Frank Locrasto, Thumpasuraus, Light Fantastic, Oliver Ray, Sylvie, Uni Boys, Madeline Kenney, The Shacks, Nico Georis, Matt Baldwin and Companion (Lineup subject to change).

To ensure the health of staff and all guests, Huichica Music Festival will comply with any laws and mandates recommended by the county and CDC. All Covid-19 safety policies are subject to change anytime.

“After a couple of tough years for live events and the music industry, it means the world to us to present this fun and diverse music experience at the oldest family-owned winery in California—it’s always one of my favorite music and family weekends of the year,” Britt Govea, founder of (((folkYEAH!))), says in a statement. “Huichica is smaller in size, but resonates big in the hearts of music and wine lovers looking for something more intimate and relaxing than the typical show. It is a treat to spend two glorious days at Gundlach Bundschu with some of the best artists of our time.”

Huichica Music Festival happens June 10-11, at Gundlach Bundschu (2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma). Two-day general admission passes ($295) to Huichica go on sale Friday, March 4 at 10am, with single-day tickets to follow. Children under 12 are free. To purchase, please visit huichica.com.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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