Inspired by art from the counterculture of the late 1960s and early ’70s, this year’s Live Oak Music Festival art is an original hand-colored woodburning. The annual Father’s Day weekend festival, a three-day camping and concert event in the idyllic Santa Ynez Mountains, is June 19-21.
Created by local artist Janelle Younger, the art combines the style of vintage concert posters with the image of a banjo. Younger chose to feature a banjo because of its cross-cultural uses that represent the wide variety of music genres at the festival. Known locally as the host of KCBX’s Broken Spoke Folk Show on Saturday afternoons, Younger has long-time affiliations with the Live Oak Music Festival as the backstage manager, a position she’ll be retiring from this year after 13 years.
A fan of “outsider art,” Younger often uses assemblage as her medium, where she combines found objects to make repurposed art. She utilizes rusty kitchen utensils, vintage toys, and salvaged wood to design sculptural pieces. Her art has been exhibited at many local venues in recent years, including a recent exhibition at the San Luis Obispo office of Information Press.
Younger said she appreciates music that, like her art, is “handcrafted and homespun,” much like the art and music found at the Live Oak Music Festival. The family-friendly weekend is a great way to kick off summer. This year’s headliners include Steve Earle & The Dukes, the Easy Star All-Stars and Glen David Andrews. All festival proceeds benefit KCBX Public Radio, serving San Luis Obispo, Southern Monterey, and Santa Barbara Counties. Festival gates open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015
. Ticket prices range from $20 (child’s day ticket) to $130 (adult full festival/3-day pass). Camping is included with the 3-day pass. Parking fees are additional. Ticket information for the 2015 Live Oak Music Festival, entertainment line-up, and complete festival details are available at www.liveoakfest.org.