This year's SolFest will be more exciting than ever. We have been busy preparing the site, and are happy to report that we are good to go. A new stage location, redesigned workshop tents, and many other changes will make the event more fun and more pleasant than ever. And what a lineup we have!
Headlining the show will be the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. For more than 40 years, mandolinist/composer David Grisman has inspired a whole new genre of acoustic string instrumental music. David has recorded and produced dozens of critically acclaimed recordings of acoustic music, five of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards.
Of course, world-class music is just one of many reasons to come to SolFest. Great speakers and workshops are just as important to many of you. We will have six workshop areas this year, covering topics from renewable energy and post-petroleum preparation to yoga and health. Over 50 workshops are free with the price of admission. There is truly something for everyone at SolFest.
Perhaps most exciting is the incredible lineup of panels and speakers on our mainstage. You can hear the latest news in alternative fuels, with experts discussing pros and cons of biodiesel, hydrogen, ethanol and electric vehicles. Experts will update you on the latest breakthroughs in solar and renewable energy technologies and policy. And keynoting on the mainstage will be national political commentator Jim Hightower, often called "America's most popular populist." Don't miss him!
The first ever SolFest took place over the weekend of the Summer Solstice in June, 1996, celebrating the Grand Opening of the Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, California. 8,000 to 10,000 attended the gala three day event, inaugurating the Solar Living Center as a premier destination for those interested in learning about renewable energy and other sustainable living technologies. Speakers, entertainment, educational workshops, exhibitor booths with renewable energy and earth-friendly products, along with an electric vehicle parade and display have all contributed to making SolFest a highly successful world-class event.
Each SolFest event has continued to host many well-known speakers and experts in the fields of renewable energy, social responsibility and sustainable living, solidifying SolFest's reputation as the premier event of its kind.
Official Website: http://www.solfest.org/
Added by raines on February 21, 2006