Four more bands added to High Sierra lineup

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Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule rocked Tahoe on March 3 and will be back for High Sierra Music Festival this summer.
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Four more bands have been added to the High Sierra Festival lineup: Tank & The Bangas, Grupo Fantasma, SunSquabi and Butcher Brown.

Tank & The Bangas are winners of the recent 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest where High Sierra headliner Trey Anastasio was one the judges who unanimously picked the band out of more than 6,000 contestants.

“Tank and the Bangas is like a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans,” Anastasio said. “I love this video. It makes me want to be there.”

High Sierra is held June 29-July 2 at the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds in Quincy, California. Four-day passes are on sale for $265.75 The price will increase to $270.75 on March 28. Tickets and information at

Formed by Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes in 1994, blues and jam giant Gov’t Mule packed the MontBleu Theatre on March 3. The band played two blistering sets over nearly three hours, displaying superb musicianship as it stretched out songs such as “Goin Out West,” “Rocking Horse,” “Slackjaw Jezebel” and a psychedelic version of  “Smokestack Lightning” that echoed the spirit of Howlin’ Wolf up in the cosmos.

Here’s the updated lineup:

The 2017 High Sierra Music Festival lineup: Trey Anastasio Band (two sets), Ween, STS9, Gov’t Mule, Andrew Bird, Snarky Puppy, Galactic, Mike Gordon, The Greyboy Allstars, Hard Working Americans, Deer Tick, BoomBox, The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, The Record Company, White Denim, Jeff Austin Band, David Lindley, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Ott & The All-Seeing I, Con Brio, Lebo & Friends featuring Melvin Seals, Fruition, Aoife O’Donovan (Solo), Keller Williams (Solo), Earth, Wind & Power: The Nth Power w/TAB Horns & more perform the music of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Comatose, The Suffers, Dopapod, Manic Focus, The Werks, Phutureprimitive, Carolyn Wonderland, Billy Strings, River Whyless, The Nth Power, I Draw Slow, El Ten Eleven, Bokanté, The Lil’ Smokies, Polyrhythmics, Skerik, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Afrolicious, Gene Evaro Jr., BIG Something, Sweet Crude, Hamish Anderson, Placerville’s Achilles Wheel, Kat Myers & The Buzzards, Tank & The Bangas, Grupo Fantasma, SunSquabi and Butcher Brown.

Hamish Anderson

Hamish Anderson’s first solo tour in the United States included a stop at Bluesdays at Squaw Valley in 2015.
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A rising artist in the genre of blues and rock, Hamish Anderson is a 26-year-old sensation from Down Under.

Blues players in Australia are as rare as a kangaroo that doesn’t like drinking muddy water and sleeping in a hollow log, yet Anderson was intrigued by the music from a very young age. He began playing guitar at 12 years old.

“I learned about blues through the British Invasion guys,” Anderson told Tahoe Onstage in 2015. “People like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton who didn’t come from the Mississippi Delta, how they translated that kind of music.”

David Lindley, 72, is diverse as any artist can be. He recorded with artists such as soul’s Curtis Mayfield and country’s Dolly Parton and he headlined Reggae on the River. He’s best known for his work with Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon.

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Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz returns to the scene of the jam.

Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz of Lebo and Friends featuring Melvin Seals has played High Sierra several times. Jam fans will be thrilled to see him with Seals, the Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist.

And speaking of the Dead, BoomBox is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and is the duo of DJ Harry and Zion Rock Godchaux, the son of Donna Jean Godchaux.

Manic Focus is the beat-bumping project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Chicago-based electronic producer hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota. His new album, “Minds Rising,” will be released in April. His music is the intersection of hip-hop, funk and electronic soul.

High Sierra 2017 with MuleEl Ten Eleven is Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty, a SoCal post-rock duo known for combining guitar-bass doubleneck or fretless bass with heaving looping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electronic drumming. They have released six albums, an EP and a remix album.

Sweet Crude hails from South Louisiana: “We would like to show the world we can make progressive music that also embraces this region’s French-speaking tradition. We are joining a small but fervant group of young Louisianians engaged in keeping the language relevant via art. Also, we would like to drink whiskey and dance all the time.”

Skerik, aka Eric Walton, is a saxophonist from Seattle who plays tenor and baritone sax, often with electronics and loops. He is a pioneer of a style that has been termed “saxophonics.” He is an original member of Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Flying Frog Brigade, and also worked with the grunge band Mad Season. Skerik started playing the sax in the fifth grade and his father’s love of jazz was an inspiration.

The Brothers Comatose has made Americana great again in its hometown San Francisco and at the Crystal Bay Casino, where it has played several times.

FestivALL VIP Packages, Vehicle and Off-Site RV Passes, and Kids and Teen Passes also are available now.

The festival features intimate artist “playshops,” an interactive Family Area, daily parades, fabulous food with no waiting lines, Yoga, Pilates and dance classes along with the opportunity to just relax and camp with good friends. With a full spectrum of music offered on multiple daytime stages and multiple nighttime venues, the High Sierra Music Festival is an anticipated yearly event and an experience for people of all ages.

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Alex and Ben Morrison started the Brothers Comatose. They are pictured above at the 2014 High Sierra Music Festival in the Vaudeville Tent.
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About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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