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The Main Stage is where we showcase the main attractions including bands and key speakers!  Check back as we update the lineup for the Main Stage!

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE

Schedule subject to change without notice

Here is our Schedule from 2017.  As we add bands and speakers for 2018 we’ll update the list.

If you’d like to perform or speak at VegFest Los Angeles in 2018 please click here to submit an application.

10:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Mariana Tosca - Vegan Actor, Producer & Social Activist

http://www.mtosca.com

MARIANA TOSCA starred in Christmas in the Clouds opposite Graham Greene, M. Emmet Walsh and Wes Studi. Her other film and television credits include: Masters of Sex, Parenthood, I Knew a Girl Named ... Hollywood, War, The Rites of Spring, So I Married an Axe Murderer, John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned and The Doors. Following up EQUINE DESTINY, an award winning documentary about the mounting issues facing America’s horses, which she co-produced and in which she stars, Mariana is currently producing JOURNEY TO ROYAL, which tells the story of Lt. Royal A. Stratton, a 22-year-old United States Army Air Corps rescue pilot who spent his war career saving lives, not taking them, and who died heroically on his final rescue mission in the South Pacific during World War II. Matching the storyline of compassion, this film is proudly being produced as an entirely vegan production, utilizing cruelty-free products for all aspects of production (wardrobe, makeup/hair, props, craft services, catering, etc.) For decades, Mariana has been at the forefront of social advocacy and founded the Los Angeles Homeless Coalition, which offered shelter, relief and skills training to the homeless population there. She sits on the Board of TheTenDollarClub.org, a nonprofit organization which funds poverty alleviation projects around the world. To date, they have undertaken over 100 projects in 70 countries, providing life-changing services for thousands of people in underdeveloped countries. Mariana serves on the Advisory Boards of Rex & Friends Charitable Foundation, which provides music education and music therapy to people who are blind and/or autistic, ElephantVoices, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of elephants through conservation, advocacy, research and education, Born Free USA, a leading wildlife conservation group which campaigns to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity and to protect wildlife in their natural habitats, and DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, which takes in previously rounded up and/or adopted wild horses and returns them to their natural wild state within a herd environment.   She also proudly serves alongside Dr. Jane Goodall on the Advisory Council of Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary which is home to hundreds of chimpanzees retired from the NASA space program, bio-medical research and the entertainment & pet trades.  Mariana studied Acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Repertory Company and Theatre East.  She is a member of Mensa International and is a Humane Education lecturer at several middle schools in the Los Angeles area.  She is an adopted member of the Sac and Fox nation.  Mariana has served as a campaign advisor for candidates for Governor, Attorney General, State Senate and State Assembly in California, New York, Oregon and Montana.MORE INFO!
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11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Joe Marson - Electric Rock Soul Magic

http://www.joemarson.com

How to make a Joe Marson step 1: blend key ingredients on high: the art of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the grace of Jeff Buckley, the soul of Ben Harper and craft of Jimi Hendrix. step 2: notice how ... mixture takes the form of a unique, soulful singer/songwriter step 3: serve at high volumeMORE INFO!
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12:10 PM to 12:40 PM

Nina & Randa - Vegan singer/songwriting twin duo

http://www.ninaandranda.com

Youtube stars and lifelong vegan identical twins Nina and Randa Nelson are singer/songwriter/performers who started singing and dancing before they could walk. On their popular youtube channel ... NinaandRanda, they delight in introducing a whole new generation of kids to the many benefits of the vegan lifestyleMORE INFO!
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12:55 PM to 1:05 PM

Dr. Neal Barnard - PCRM

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Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians ... Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center. Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research. Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.MORE INFO!
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1:15 PM to 1:55 PM

Darden - Sister band with four-part harmonies

http://www.dardensisters.com

Four sisters, four-part vocal harmonies, ten musical instruments (and growing) and four prolific songwriters all adds up to - DARDEN! Selah (20), Clarah (19), Havilah (17), and Tabithah (16). Darden ... is an alternative vocal group from Fullerton, California. As four of six children, the girls began singing at an early age, traveling in an RV across America with their parents. Soon, the girls began seeking out their own opportunities to develop their talents as singers, songwriters, and musicians. Selah plays the violin and piano. Clarah plays acoustic guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele. Havilah plays guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. Tabithah, the youngest, plays the up-right bass, acoustic bass, electric bass, and ukulele. Most recently they have honed their vocal style which reflects their influences – a hybrid of Folk, Americana, Pop, Country, and Blue Grass, creating a distinctive original sound dubbed Alternative Americana. With a vocal style reminiscent of The Eagles and the crossover potential of bands like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and the The Zac Brown Band, Darden is carving their own lane through the current musical landscape. Their musical statement, built on a foundation of great songs, a down to earth image, and musical talent well beyond their years, is a refreshing antidote to today’s music scene. The Darden sisters are developing into prolific songwriters with sensitive and thought- provoking lyrics and strong melodies that float through effortless harmonies. The Darden journey is not about fortune or fame, but rather about sharing their love of music.MORE INFO!
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2:05 PM to 2:10 PM

Alexandra Paul Wellness Coaching - Actress, Health Coach, Activist

http://AlexandraCoaching.com

ALEXANDRA PAUL BIOGRAPHY Alexandra is an actress  and certified health coach. She has starred in over 75 films and television shows and is most known for her 5 year stint on the international hit tv ... show Baywatch. This year, she stars in the second season of the web series Mentor, for Logo.com. Alexandra is a Boston Marathon and Ironman triathlon finisher. In 2014, she swam 14 miles in an ocean swim race off the coast of Mexico.   Alexandra has been vegetarian since age 14 and is now a vegan.Alexandra has committed civil disobedience about a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site to protest nuclear weapons. . In 2003, Alexandra spent 5 ½ days in jail after peacefully protesting the Iraq War. In 2005, Alexandra garnered worldwide attention when she was arrested for protesting the crushing of GM’s electric vehicle, the EV1. In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her environmental activism. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and non-violence. She has owned electric cars for 26 years, and will not use any products tested on animals. She has traveled to Nicaragua with a medical aid group, to Sierra Leone for a family planning organization and to South Africa to register voters. She also speaks fluent French, was a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years and registered voters every Wednesday evening for 15 years.  She now volunteers weekly for the vegan meal program Food Not Bombs. Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted the award winning films JAMPACKED, about the human overpopulation crisis, and THE COST OF COOL, on happiness and materialism. Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over 6,000 Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. Her TEDx talk on overpopulation continues to spread the word. In 1986, she co-founded YOUNG ARTISTS UNITED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need. Alexandra's health coaching business is busy and fulfilling.MORE INFO!
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2:35 PM to 3:20 PM

Alarma - World Music

https://www.alarmaband.com

Alarma is a world music indie band blending music styles. Danceable, melodic and sending out a positive message, the group was formed in Lincoln Heights, California. Known for their unique sound and ... high-energy live performances, the band incorporates styles in Cumbia, Reggae, Ska, African, Middle Eastern, and Flamenco. Alarma has been interviewed on LA’s KPFK and has been played on a number of radio stations across the country. They have played many battle of the bands finals, several festivals all over California, large city community concerts and a few colleges/universities. With a live performance on Fox 11’s Good Day LA and their most recent self-released full-length album “World Ignition”, this LA band is taking their sound out to the world.MORE INFO!
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3:30 PM to 3:45 PM

Gene Baur - vegan activist best selling author

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/living

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized ... factory farming and our system of cheap food production. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals. Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, andThe Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in treatment toward animals and in our food system. Gene began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. In 2015, Gene was granted an Associate appointment in Health, Behavior, and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this prestigious position, Gene is focused on implementing courses related to evidence-based work on diet and farming as it aligns to Farm Sanctuary’s goals of shedding light on factory farming’s threat to public health, the environment and animal welfare.MORE INFO!
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3:55 PM to 4:45 PM

GIDON - Reggae Soul Groove

http://gidonmusic.com

Gidon is fast emerging as one of the brightest new stars on the international reggae circuit. With roots in Israel and the Netherlands, and raised on the sun-kissed coast of Southern California, ... Gidon’s high-vibe music reflects the diverse, cross-cultural influences that defined his early years. Fusing elements of rock, jazz, soul and old-school Roots Rock Reggae, Gidon creates a sunny, groove-filled sound that is every bit as soulful as the Jamaican legends who inspired him. After a decade spent playing the clubs of Los Angeles, London and Miami, Gidon’s lush, golden vocals and talent for writing future hits caught the attention of legendary reggae singer Beres Hammond. Gidon spent a week jamming with Hammond in his Miami hotel room, before the ‘King of Lover’s Rock Reggae’ sent him to the island of Jamaica to record his first full-length album with an all-star line-up of the most legendary names in the business. This gifted musician and singer is equally at home playing sax as he is on guitar, percussion, drums or bass. Gidon recently spent time in Jamaica recording with the high priests of reggae themselves in their legendary Kingston studios. Beres Hammond at Harmony House; legendary rhythm duo Sly & Robbie at Anchor Studio; Clive Hunt at House of Hits. Gidon cut his first single, “Call Me,” which got daily air play on MELLOW FM and IRIE FM, Jamaica’s and the World's number one radio station. His latest EP release "Rise" (Sept. 2016) has been played on David Rodigan's BBC 1 radio Xtra and Dennis Bovell's "Dub on Air" program on SOHO Radio, as well as local L.A. legend Chuck Foster's "Reggae Central" radio show. Gidon – Hebrew for Gideon – played the Ostroda Reggae Festival alongside Stephen Marley, Sly & Robbie and Katchafire in 2011; won the Carbondale, Colorado 2012 Mountain Fair Songwriters Competition; and opened the 2013 “Reggae to Reggae” show in Portland, Jamaica.MORE INFO!
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4:55 PM to 5:00 PM

The 300# Vegan - Athlete Panel

Animal Rights + Food Justice Activist • Public Speaker • NFL Defensive Lineman • David Carter aka The 300 Pound Vegan is an American football defensive end and vegan activist. Carter and his wife, ... Paige, work through their organization The 300 Pound Vegan to spread a message of plant based health and ethical veganism.MORE INFO!
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5:00 PM to 5:10 PM

Steve-O - Activist Panel

Steve-O, is a Canadian-British-American[ stunt performer, comedian, animal-rights activist, and television personality. His entertainment career is mostly centered on his performance stunts on the ... American TV series Jackass, its related movies, and its spin-off series Wildboyz. Steve-O narrated a short video titled "What Came Before, featuring Steve-O: The Truth About Meat and Modern Farms" about some of the individual animals rescued by Farm Sanctuary and he also reveals the life of the less fortunate animals that are born into modern farming in the US. He is currently a vegan due to his concern about animal rights. He does not eat any meat or dairy and does not wear fur or leatherMORE INFO!
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5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

The Turners - Turn it out, Turn it up

They're BACK!  The Turners have been playing at WorldFest and VegFest L.A. for the past few years and are gonna burn up the stage again this year.  The band consists of some of L.A.'s finest musicians ... (several are Grammy Winners!) and have been such a favorite we have to have them back every chance we get!MORE INFO!
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