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Let's village together

The sixth annual Peace Village Festival — a summer music, arts and wellness festival — kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, in the meadow at Jackson WellSprings, 2253 Highway 99 S., Ashland. Look for a range of live music, from rock and reggae to kirtan and Japanese taiko, along with dance performances, a wellness fair, vegetarian food and a kids' village.

Hours will be from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Late-night parties will begin at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 10 p.m. Sunday, and include live entertainment.

Friday's headliner will be guitar guru Jeff Pevar, joined by drummer Noa Barga and bassist Jacob Ackerman. Vocalist Inger Jorgensen will make an appearance with the trio. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Friday's opening acts include LOVEBITE at 6:30 p.m. and taiko drummer Kelvin Underwood at 8:15 p.m., among others.

Look for a slate of world music and dance Saturday. The headlining act will be Web of One, a California-based jam band. Also on the lineup are Celtic duo Talia Rose and Richard Cole, Don Diego and the Gypsies, and Windsong and Kat Del Rio.

Soul and Latin artist Frankie Hernandez and local jam band State of Jefferson will be showcased Sunday. The headliner is yet to be announced.

This year's event will feature an artisans' village with crafts and imports, a kids' village and a "goddess temple."

Organizers' intent is to embrace the inner peace of a village model, in all its aspects of life and community, including sustainability, health and wellness. Regional healers, intuitive readers, natural-health practioners and wellness products will be available at the event's wellness fair.

The meadow behind Jackson WellSprings provides the setting for Peace Village Festival 2012. The main stage is carved out of the hillside, and the venue offers hot springs, a mineral pool, a swimming pool, a steam room and a dry sauna, along with tent and RV camping.

Advance tickets cost $15, $40 for a three-day pass, and are available at Jackson Wellsprings, Music Coop and Hemporium in Ashland, Bad Ass Coffee in Medford, Heartsong in Grants Pass and the Williams Store in Williams. Tickets will cost $20 per day at the gate.

Additional tickets are required for the late-night parties. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

Friday's late-night party will feature Beloved and the Pure Love Band, along with kirtan band Eostar and Mathias. Dancer Samantha Sweetwater and DJ Solus will be featured Saturday, and The Human Revolution will perform an eclectic mix of roots and country rock Sunday.

Ages 12 through 17 will be admitted for half-price tickets, and ages 11 and younger will be admitted free. No alcohol, drugs or dogs will be permitted.

Latin and soul artist Frankie Hernandez will be showcased Sunday, Aug. 19, at the 2012 Peace Village Festival. - Photo by Bob Pennell