Expanding its annual fundraiser to two days, The Dunsmuir of Chamber of Commerce will present the 7th Annual Mossbrae Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

Dunsmuir, Calif. —

Expanding its annual fundraiser to two days, The Dunsmuir of Chamber of Commerce will present the 7th Annual Mossbrae Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

The vast array of artists’ styles for the musical weekend include R&B, blues, soul, afro-funk, folk-rock, jazz, psychedelic rock, Americana and bluegrass, Latin, and electric to acoustic sounds.

On Saturday, 2-8pm, four acts will take the stage. Sista Monica, who carries the baton for great blues women such as Etta James, Koko Taylor, Katie Webster and Ruth Brown, is dubbed as the “lioness of the blues.” She sings croons, shouts, and belts with power, sass and sultry phrasing and was nominated for the 2012 Best Soul Blues Female Artist by the Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.

Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors will return to this year’s festival due to the many fans they won over last year with their performance of blues, rock, funk, and soulful rhythms. An internationally respected artist, Thomas is also an award winning songwriter, scoring hits for Etta James, Solomon Burke, Janiva Magness, and most recently, Tom Jones.

New World Ape, an eight-piece band featuring purely original music, is propelled by its rhythmic backbone and its guitar and keyboard textures of progressive arrangements. The Ape’s afro, Latin and funk grooves have forged a niche in the West Coast world music scene.

The Fabulous Blackwell Brothers, featuring Miss Debbie will deliver their psychedelic, retro rockin’ blues, soul, country and disco goods on Saturday, with Harry Blackwell on left-handed lead guitar.  

Sunday’s lineup will feature more regional acts and will be geared as a “family day” with additional fun activities for kids.

Sound Advice, a five-piece band, has weaved its way into the heart of the North State for the last 15 years, unifying people together from all walks of life. Fueled by the love of their many fans, their R&B/funk sounds will have you swiveling, dancing, hopping, jumping, and definitely smiling.

The Sundown Poachers, using a combination of musical talent, showmanship, heart, and humor, will take you from front porch pickin’ to back porch trippin’ in the space of one song, spinning stories of life in the hills and the road.

Allison and Victor + the Midnight Band, with their mostly original acoustic jazz soul sound, are slated to perform on Sunday as well as Ted Taforo and Friends. Taforo is a two time past recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and of the Downbeat Student Jazz Award.