Dreamforce is the largest gathering of Trailblazers — and music lovers, too! That's why we’re excited to bring the music festival experience back to the center of the Dreamforce '18 campus in the Dreamforest, previously called the Dream Valley or Dreampark. Located in the middle of the Dreamforce campus (on Howard Street), Dreamforest will host non-stop fun all week long, with 14 bands, opportunities to give back, and even a Ho'olau'lea — a Hawaiian culture celebration honoring ancient customs and contemporary sounds.
Curious to know who's performing this year? Check out the full stage schedule:
The music of Katie Cash harkens to a time when rock-n-roll inspired revolution. In the manner of legends, she handles her guitar with an unparalleled command, embodying the music with every fiber of her being — hair flung as staccato punctuations to the heart she wears on her sleeve. She owns her vocal delivery, swinging you between high and low in an array of lustful richness and provocative rhythms.
Mariachi San Francisco
Hailing from Jalisco and Michoacán, Mexico, Mariachi San Francisco has been one of Northern California's favored Mariachi bands since the early 90's. Their nine-piece Mariachi pays homage to a musical expression that dates back to the 18th century in Western Mexico, playing a variety of styles ranging from Rancheras and Cumbias to Waltz and Classical.
Nima Mostafavi, a Bay Area native, goes by the DJ name of Nimble. With a decade of experience at top-tier clubs and high-end events, he strives to ignite a dance floor of any setting. Using technologies like Ableton Live and Serato, he loves to string various genres of music together to create a collective arrangement of inspirational and up-beat sounds. He considers himself a true music evangelist of all genres, ultimately allowing for dance floor moments to unite any type of audience.
Amazing Embarrassonic Human Karaoke Machine
The Amazing Embarrassonic Human Karaoke Machine is an interactive rockstar fantasy experience that allows you to front a real, live, three-piece rock band. They've got guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, a stage, and a repertoire of over 500 songs — but without you, they're nothing but a jazz/fusion instrumental headache. So, read over the song list, pick a song you’re familiar with, and sign up to sing with the Amazing Embarrassonic!
Since 2005, they have been delighting audiences with energetic, stylish performances. The collective ensemble brings together the Bay Area's finest string players, managed and led by the cellist Rachel Turner Houk. Members of the ensemble regularly perform with SF Opera, SF Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and New Century Chamber Orchestra. "Get ready to hear the songs of your favorite brands set to the sound of strings."
Since 2009, Foreverland has been mesmerizing audiences around the country with their larger-than-life tribute to the one and only, Michael Jackson. Featuring four dynamic vocalists, a powerhouse rhythm section, and the hardest working horn section in the biz, Foreverland recreates hits from the Jackson 5 era through the end of Michael’s incredible career in a way that honors the King of Pop’s musical genius and legendary showmanship like no other tribute band has ever done.
Yacht Club of Paris
Yacht Club of Paris is Ross Howe’s recent Gypsy Jazz project that features some of the best swing players in the Bay Area. Their sound is both sincere to the swing aesthetic and boldly modern and improvisational in the most uniquely refreshing way. If you're looking for a fun swinging show, this is the band for you.
Heavy Accent Music
Heavy Accent was founded in the Bay Area by two long time friends from North Carolina: guitarist/singer/songwriter Charlie Fitzgerald and bassist/keyboardist Thomas Logan. Their simple sound is creative, catchy, and melodic with thoughtful and personal lyrics. Heavy Accent is excited to create and explore new music and share it with others at their energetic live shows.
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful of cigarettes and curse-words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat-stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body, so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. No matter where they are, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the love-fest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music.
Dogpatch finds its unique San Francisco sound in the interplay between an unstable land and an unforgiving sea, between the rock that rolls and the rolling surf that rocks. Drums that careen like the hills and streets, guitars that blaze like the sun and slip like the fog, and lyrics that evoke the lust of the boom and the regret of the bust.
Laura & Anton
Laura Weinbach and Anton Patzner of Bay Area indie art-pop group Foxtails Brigade, strip down from their usual full-band arrangement to a minimal two-piece guitar, violin, and voice duet. Both seasoned players, having toured Europe and the U.S. and sharing stages with countless bands, the two bring their more hidden but equally engaging talent for elegant French-cafe, classic jazz and romantic original songs in this intimate line-up.
Kofy Brown, an Oakland, California-based musician, singer, and songwriter has been a pioneering force in the Bay Area’s hip-hop soul scene since the early 90’s. She and her band have developed a reputation for putting on an outstanding live show. Her music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues, and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song.
Born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand, LT Smooth spent many years of his life doing drugs and alcohol, and running from the law and the people that loved him most. He has been eighteen years sober now and would not change a thing. His music has changed his life, his lyrics a journey through the struggles he has conquered. He uses his music to help, encourage, heal, and mend what we go through in life.
All full conference pass holders will have access to the Dreamforest music festival, and Free Expo+ pass holders will have access to select performances (get details on Free Expo+ Pass accessibility here). We'll see you on the dance floor!