Live Oak Music Festival


The Live Oak Music Festival is held every June to benefit KCBX Public Radio, and features musicians performing a variety of genres,  including funk, bluegrass, soul, folk, alternative rock, Americana and world music. The three-day, family-friendly festival  will take place Friday through Sunday, June 23 – 25, 2023. The Live Oak Music Festival will draw music aficionados of all  ages to experience live concerts in a beautiful setting, with the county’s iconic volcanic peaks, the Morros, as the  backdrop. 

Thirteen acts have been confirmed for 2023 so far, with more to be announced. Performers include Neko Case (indie  singer-songwriter), Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph (New Orleans funk jam band), Wild Child (indie folk pop),  Cracker (alt-rock/Americana), Brothers Comatose (rowdy California string band), Próxima Parada (groovy California soul  and R&B), Parker Millsap (Americana), Las Cafeteras (Afro-Mexican Americana futurism), Diggin’ Dirt (West Coast funk  and soul), Carolyn Sills Combo (western swing/Americana), Shawn Clark and Ryan Delmore (folk and country gospel),  Miss Leo & the Handsome Fellers (California soulgrass), and Hot 45 (R&B). In addition to music, the festival offers a way  to kick off summer with local food, wine and beer for adults, and plenty of games, activities and talent shows for  children and teens. 

KCBX Program Director and Live Oak Artistic Director Marisa Waddell, who works closely with Todd and Korie Newman  of Good Medicine Presents, said, “We’re excited to present such a diverse array of talented performers across so many  genres of music. We can’t wait to announce even more artists soon.” 

A Full Festival ticket allows access to the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with overnight camping throughout the  park. Single-day tickets are also available for adults, teens (ages 13-17), and children (ages 4-12). Those who would like  to enter and camp on Thursday, one day before the festivities begin, may do so for a minimal additional fee, with a Full  Festival ticket. Tickets are available at the festival’s website (, along with a map of the campground,  photos and videos, and a schedule of performances and family activities. 

About Live Oak Music Festival: The Live Oak Music Festival is a 3-day festival held each year in mid-June. The festival is a  major fundraiser for KCBX Public Radio, an NPR member station, which broadcasts from San Luis Obispo, CA. Over 500  volunteers work together to create a unique atmosphere of music, art and family fun. 

Event Dates

  • 2023: June 23, 24, 25

Event Location

El Chorro Regional Park
Highway 1 at Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Event Type

  • Live Events
  • Festivals