Miracle Mile Stages
The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival is dedicated to bringing amazing local musicians to your ears, as well as a nationally acclaimed headliner band! Our partnership with Miracle Mile Records has created a brilliantly reviewed “Music Festival within the Festival” on the Miracle Mile Stage located in the large fountain area in front of the City Hall building that continues to evolve and grow each year! Last year’s lineup delighted audiences all day long!
Miracle Mile Records is a boutique, independent record label supporting independent artists who continue to produce amazing work. Established in 2014, in Redding, California, Miracle Mile Records hosts a founding roster of artists and albums. Miracle Mile Records’ objective is to expand the opportunities and showcase the talents of our artists and bring on new projects and musicians under this collective umbrella and community both regionally and globally. Last year they partnered with Shasta Living Streets and Rock the Bike and brought an extra special experience to the Miracle Mile Stage at the 2018 Festival! Teams of 6 riders at a time provided 100% of the power for the stage all day long!
2018 Miracle Mile Stage Performers:
Kristin Spence 11:30am
Newcomer Kristin Spence, a singer-songwriter from Redding joined the festival for the first time bringing us her new blend of intelligent lyrics and soulful vocals that have folks turning their heads and ears in her direction during this past year.
Jim Dyar & the Barefoot Band 12:00pm
We welcomed back longtime festival favorite Jim Dyar who brings a new ensemble to the stage for some soulful roots and conscience rock music with the Barefoot Band. Jim Dyar has a dedicated following from his recordings and performances for several years with the Jim Dyar Band and Muletown. “Dyar’s music offers a feast of recognizable influences from Merle Haggard to The Byrds. His band has more than earned its spurs on its debut album, ‘Magical Land.’ – Johan Shoenmakers, Alt Country Forum
Harmonica Steve 12:45pm
Fresh off the release of his new album Vanished in the Blue, Harmonica Steve (Steve Cheek) joined the Whole Earth & Watershed Festival roster for the first time and will be joined by Brittney Butch and Hannah Johnson (The Rustling Roses). What began as songs for his unique and established harmonica playing morphed into lyrics, vocals, other instrumentation and players to form a full length album with some pomp and rest is history. The album has a touch of rock songwriter angst mixed with personal dilemmas to delicate moments of reflection. It is influenced from the social and music scene of the Bay Area’s past with modern day themes related to life’s situations, has a little edge and what’s best it’s authentic. “Grabs you by the scruff of the neck and throws you down Tom Petty lane” – Peter Newton
Carl Anberg Trio 1:15pm
The festival welcomed back the trio for another performance of roots acoustic blues music. The Redding music scene has long enjoyed Anberg’s beautiful taste of guitar style mixed with thoughtful lyrics and the perfect ensemble of upright bass and percussion.
Annie Coty w/ Scott Joss 2:00pm
For the first time at the festival we welcomed Annie with special guest Scott Joss! Annie Coty began her music career in coffee houses at age 14, moved to California by 16 and began playing up and down the west coast soon thereafter. One of the highlights of her career was when she was chosen by the United Service Organization (USO) to entertain stateside and abroad for nearly 20 years. She and her band toured 37 countries including many embassies, NATO in Macedonia, 49 nations represented in Bosnia, International Friendship Day in Panama and the Italian and American Navy in Sardinia Italy. Annie is both an accomplished singer and songwriter featuring a mixture of folk, rock’n’roll, blues and R&B presented with a style often compared to Janis Joplin or Bonnie Raitt and delivered with the soul of Gospel. She will be joined by fiddle legend Scott Joss (Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard) who also produced Annie’s latest album that will be coming out in early summer.
Heather Normandale 2:30pm
The festival was also very excited to welcome Heather Normandale to Redding for the first time!
“Bike-touring musician inspired by “the trembling music of water” As a musician who tours by bike and train with the Pleasant Revolution, and also powers performances by pedaling, Heather Normandale already has a lot of green cred. But her environmentalism doesn’t stop with her methods of traveling or amplification; She also finds the inspiration for her music in the natural world. Her current project looks to the source of all life on the planet: water….Heather takes inspiration from water and its ubiquity in our bodies as well as in the natural environment and blended banjo, cello, and percussion to make some really gorgeous music…Heather notes in the Kickstarter campaign that the current state of the world’s waterways (as well as our own bodies) includes pollution and blockages. Her aim is “to heal, to reflect, to educate, to inspire those who want to sing, reflect, heal and connect.” — Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, SUNfiltered
Nick Ciampi 3:15pm
The man who first brought music to the Whole Earth and Watershed festival returned preaching the truth with insightful lyrics and distinct vocals as a 5-decade long northern California musician and songwriter, we welcome back Nick Ciampi (pronounced Champ-e)! Growing up
in the San Francisco Bay Area in the ‘60s and settling down in Redding for the last 15+ years, music is all that matters to Nick and it can be heard on his latest recordings. “I consider Nick one of the best unheralded songwriters in America” – Mike (review on CD Baby)
The T Sisters 4pm
The Whole Earth & Watershed Festival was excited to welcome the T Sisters to this year’s 12th annual event on the Miracle Mile Stage!
“The family band, a construct as old as music itself, is a complex and dynamic organism. Bonds of blood can produce unparalleled musical chemistry and connection, but also carry the baggage of a lifetime of mutual experience.
The T Sisters are an Oakland, mostly acoustic, Americana sextet built around the vocal harmonies of sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen. With one foot steeped in old-time bluegrass tradition and the other stepping forward, blazing their own stylistic path, the sisters headline the Great Americas Songbook
The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows.
The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as upright bass (Steve Height), mandolin/guitar (Andrew Allen Fahlander), and drums (Marlon Aldana). Their sound represents a continuum of music, from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana.
In the last two years, they’ve been honored to support such acts as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, The Waybacks, Laurie Lewis, ALO, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Merlefest, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (support role), Sisters Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.
Following their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by folk/bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis), the T Sisters released their self-titled full-length album in October of 2016. T Sisters has already received extensive airplay leading to a top position in the Roots Music Reports and continues to climb in the Americana Charts.” Joshua Zucker, San Francisco