The godfather of soulful Motown music headlines at a festival named for a beloved California folksinger, when Smokey Robinson stars in June at the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville.

The 20th annual festival held in honor of Wolf, who died in 1986 at age 44 of leukemia, will run four days this year for the first time, June 25-28.

A star since his early days with the Miracles in the late ’50s, Robinson scored a list of hits, including “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and “I Second that Emotion.” After “Tears of a Clown,” hit No. 1 on the charts, Robinson left the group for a solo career.

Other acts booked for the festival include singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Judy Collins and Australian folk-rock band The Waifs.

Holiday-priced advance tickets are on sale through Jan. 25, at $235 for a four-day pass and $185 for three days. For information and tickets:







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