The official artwork for the 31st Annual Live Oak Music Festival has been unveiled, along with the announcement of three additional acts to the festival’s lineup. This year’s artwork, from Central Coast artist, Kris Doe, represents the festival’s relocation back to San Luis Obispo. After 29 years at Live Oak Camp in Santa Barbara County, this year’s concert-goers will enjoy the 31st annual festival in San Luis Obispo County at El Chorro Regional Park. The three-day, family-friendly festival will take place June 21-23, 2019, drawing music aficionados of all ages to experience live music in a beautiful setting, with the county’s iconic volcanic peaks, the Morros, as the backdrop.
As both a Southern California native and a career artist—with more than 25 years of experience as an illustrator, painter, and art instructor—Doe drew on his robust experience to capture the spirit of the festival. “When I was invited to visualize and design this year’s Live Oak poster, I wanted to communicate the festival’s move to SLO. I imagined hovering over the area of El Chorro Park and looking south to witness the migration of the music arriving both around and over our striking Morros, from the festival’s previous location,” Doe said.
Seventeen acts have been confirmed for 2019 so far, with many more to be announced. Performers include Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with the Guilty Ones (American Roots), Antibalas (Afrobeat), Bombino (North African Desert Rock), Shinyribs (Country-Soul Swamp-Funk), T Sisters (Americana Indie-Folk), John Craigie (Americana Singer-Songwriter), Orquesta Akokán (Joyous Cuban Big Band), Soul Scratch (SoCal Soul), The Sons of the Soul Revivers (Traditional Gospel), Arthur Watership (Experimental Folk and Baroque Rock), Phil Salazar and The Kin Folk (Acoustic Folk Fusion), The Ghost of Paul Revere (Foot-Stompin’ Holler Folk), The Sam Chase & The Untraditional (Kick-A** Folk), Chris Beland and Harmony (Father-Daughter Singer-Songwriters), Brass Mash (Brass Band Mash-ups), The Upside (Ska), and The Cimo Brothers (Folky Classical World Rock). In addition to music, the festival offers a way to kick off summer, with local food, wine and beer, as well as activities and talent shows for children and teens.
Live Oak is providing discounted “Love-It” ticket pricing for a limited time, through April 30th. A Full Festival Pass allows access to the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Single-day passes are also available for adults, teens (13-17), and children (4-12). New this year, the festival is offering Thursday entry for a minimal additional fee with a full festival pass.
For those who prefer a real bed to camping, Live Oak’s new location in close proximity to San Luis Obispo offers many options, including hotels ranging from corporate to boutique, budget-friendly motels, quaint inns, and family-owned bed and breakfasts. The Live Oak website offers information about local hotels. Attendees who book a stay at any of the SLO hotels listed at sanluisobispovacations.com/find-a-hotel during the festival can receive up to $10 off their festival tickets by providing their hotel booking confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org and receiving a promo code to use when purchasing festival tickets online.
San Luis Obispo is a California dream, bordered by mountain peaks with a quaint downtown and ideal weather and located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. At the center of Downtown SLO lies Mission San Luis Obispo, which serves as the city’s cultural and historic hub. The downtown features a variety of unique boutiques and cozy restaurants, while the rest of the city is an inviting mix of historic homes and gorgeous open space.
All Live Oak Music Festival proceeds benefit KCBX Public Radio, serving San Luis Obispo, Southern Monterey, and Santa Barbara Counties. Ticket information for the 2019 Live Oak Music Festival, line-up and festival details are available at liveoakfest.org.