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Cake headlines at the WorldFest Saturday in Grass Valley

By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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Know and Go: What: 15th annual California WorldFest When: Starts today at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 10 p.m. Where: Grass Valley Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley Admission: One-day tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for youth, 13 to 16, and $15 for child, 5 to 12. Free for children under 5. There are also ticket prices for multiple days. Acts: Eight stages with more than 100 music and dance acts. Among the headliners are Mumbo Gumbo at 9 tonight; Ani Di Franco at 7:15 p.m. and Delhi 2 Dublin at 9:15 p.m. Friday; Cake at 9:15 p.m. Saturday; and Tommy Emmanuel at 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Food: Vendors sell international breakfast, lunch and dinner items during the festival. Information: (530) 891-4098 or worldfest.net Cake headlines at the WorldFest Saturday in Grass Valley California WorldFest attendees Saturday will be in for a big treat when Cake makes a rare (for Northern California) appearance. It?s not that the band doesn?t perform. Rather, Cake, tours most weeks of the year, just throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. The alt rock/country/funk band, which formed in Sacramento in 1991, still calls Sacramento home. But founding member Vince DiFiore, who plays trumpet and vocals, recalls the last Sacramento area performance was at the University of California at Davis? Freeborn Hall last year. ?Touring was very heavy in 2011,? DiFiore said, ?and we?re continuing touring through 2012. Then we?ll have a slowing pace as we?re getting ready to record again in Sacramento in a house zoned commercial/residential.? The diverse audiences that show up at a Cake concert is testament to the band?s ongoing relevance for two decades. When other longtime groups just attract loyal fans from their beginning performances instead of new audiences, Cake concerts are packed with teens, young adults and the ?baby boomer? generation. And all ages know the words to every Cake song. They are hardcore fans. How has Cake stayed relevant for two decades? ?The songs have made a connection with people. The lyrics are somehow pertinent to everyone?s intellectual life, some kind of thinking as a community, society, analytical view of how things work,? DiFiore said. ?And we make strong arrangements as a band.? Plus ?there?s nothing preachy in the lyrics,? according to DiFiore, ?just our observations.? It?s up to the listener to decide what to do with the observations. ?In the social media, we post a lot of environmental conscious articles. When you read scientific information, you have to make a judgment on what you read,? DiFiore said. ?We like to bring scientific evidence to light but it?s up to the listener to interpret it. On the social media site, we?re people like other people watching how things progress.? Cake members post daily on cakemusic.com. ?If you?re interested in more social media, if you don?t have enough social media, check out cakemusic.com,? DiFiore said. The message DiFiore hopes to share with audiences ?is not to pull the wool over our eyes, don?t sweep dust under the rug, be aware of the dark side of the life as well as the humor, embrace all the different polarities of life.? ?Life is full of polarities. You need to be awareness of the darkness so you can manage. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer even,? DiFiore said. ?The enemy is the darkness within yourself as well as the rest of the world.? DiFiore meant the above statement to be positive. ?Once you?re aware of the negative aspects of life, you can fun,? DiFiore added. ?Have fun with life. You can put it outside. The fun is a necessary tool at looking at the unpleasantness.? Besides DiFiore, band members include frontman John McCrea, bassist Gabriel Nelson, drummer Paulo Baldi and guitarist Xan McCurdy.