WAMM's Freedom and Music Festival

About WAMMfest

Our annual celebration was born in response to the Bush Administration’s attack on our collective garden. In 2002, thirty armed DEA agents raided the home of WAMM founders, Mike and Valerie Corral, arresting them at gunpoint. Agents then used chainsaws to hack down the garden.

What We Did Next

Ten days after the raid, WAMM members responded by having a meeting on the steps of City Hall and provided free medical marijuana to our members. Fortified by the support of our community, WAMM, the Santa Cruz City Council, and the County Board of Supervisors joined in a lawsuit to stop the aggression of the federal government. The raid was intended to be a blow from which we could never recover; instead it prompted us into action.

WAMMfest Lives On!

WAMMfest is a way to say thank you to the city of Santa Cruz and the community as a whole for all the support throughout the years. It's also an event to enrich awareness and promote the civil liberties of sick and dying patients through medical marijuana, and a fundraiser to help us continue the services that we have been provided since 1993.

Join Us This Year!

Join us on October 22, 2011, from 12:00 to 6:00 at San Lorenzo Park, Duck Island, in the beautiful Santa Cruz, California.


September 1, 2011 by Joe WAMM

Bayonics is a 10-piece powerhouse that combines elements of roots music such as salsa and reggae with hip hop, funk and r&b to create a soundscape that reflects the face of urban music and culture in the Bay Area and abroad. Bayonics have performed for packed houses from San Francisco to Miami, including The House of Blues, Yoshi's, Independent, Ruby Skye, Elbo Room, Cafe Du Nord and the Shattuck Down Low, Humboldt County's annual Mateel Summer Arts & Music Festival, L.A.'s Temple Bar, On the Rox, and Boardners of Hollywood, and popular Miami venues such as Jazid, Tobacco Road, and Transit Lounge. Bayonics have shared the stage with international touring acts ranging from Ozomatli and Katchafire to Wu-Tang Clan and Mos Def, and recently backed Philadelphia singer Jaguar Wright at Yoshi's in San Francisco.