Taking place on a small winery in Sonoma, with only two stages and a carefully curated list of talent and local food, Huichica Music Festival is the festival for people who hate music festivals. Founded in 2010 by Jeff Bundschu, owner of Gundlach Bundschu (California's oldest family-owned winery), and Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, Huichica eliminates the chaos and crowds of the typical festival experience. Instead, there are clean bathrooms, a low band-to-audience ratio, and culinary offerings that meet wine country standards. Modest in size and unpretentious in atmosphere, it includes a Friday night concert and a Saturday of sunshine, bands, and the classy kind of day drinking.
This year Huichica celebrates its fifth birthday with a lineup that includes Vetiver, Mt. Eerie, and David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, plus exclusive Gun Bun wine tasting and food offerings from Bay Area spots like Craftsman & Wolves and Salumeria. We caught up with Andy Cabic, leader of local outfitVetiver and a veteran of Huichica Music Festival to discuss Vetiver's upcoming album, his recent gig at Carnegie Hall, and the benefits of an intimate music festival. Vetiver performs this Friday, June 13, at Huichica.