Petaluma Music Festival

Non-profit festival helps Keep Music in Petaluma Schools

Petaluma, Calif. – On Saturday, July 29, 2023, the 16th Annual Petaluma Music Festival will be returning to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

This grassroots festival is set to feature 14 unique and genre-spanning artists on 3 state-of-the-art stages. There will be merchandise, food, and refreshments available from local vendors. All proceeds from the event will be distributed amongst Petaluma’s public elementary and secondary schools to provide funding for their music Programs.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe / The English Beat

At the top of this year’s festival billing is Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, a soulful ensemble from San Diego featuring the eponymous saxophonist, flutist, and vocalist who has played with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the Rolling Stones, and D’Angelo. Also headlining is the legendary British ska band The English Beat, led by original vocalist Dave Wakeling.

“We hope that music lovers will come out to enjoy a fantastic day of great music and community, and with their attendance, help support the music programs in our local schools. “It’s for our kids!”

Cliff Eveland, executive director

Tickets & Pricing

Tickets are currently on sale at

● General Admission: $60
● Students (13-17): $25 (only for purchase day of festival at the festival entrance)
● Children (12 and under): Free
● VIP (includes hors d’oeures, beer and wine tasting, and shaded seating): $169.00


The Petaluma Music Festival is also looking for interested volunteers to help staff the event. There are many types of volunteer shifts available, including set-up, box office, hospitality, and clean-up, and anyone who works one or more shifts will gain free entry. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up ONLINE

Full Lineup

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The English Beat, The Brothers Comatose, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Royal Jelly Jive, Stroke 9, Kingsborough, San Geronimo, The King Street Giants, Dear Darling, Erica Ambrin & The Eclectic Soul Project, Dan Martin & The Noma Rocksteady Band, One Armed Joey, and DJ Dyops.

Festival gates open at 11:30 AM. Performances start at 11:30 AM and end at 9:30 PM. For more about the Petaluma Music Festival, visit, or find us on Instagram and Facebook.

About Petaluma Music Festival

The Petaluma Music Festival has a simple goal: keeping music in the schools. Since starting in 2008 as a non-profit festival, it has donated over $425,000 to the music programs in all Petaluma area public schools.

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