Q&A: Al Drachman lays out Mountain Vibe Music Festival

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Allen Drachmen’s Mountain Vibe Music Festival suits music lovers to a “T.”
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In 1865, Mark Twain penned a short story about “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” These days, music and outdoors enthusiasts jump to the tiny town of Wilseyville in Calaveras County each summer for three days of good vibes and upbeat tunes. They may even see a jumping frog or two.

The ninth edition of Mountain Vibe Music Festival will be held July 13-15 at the Blue Mountain Event Center. Tahoe Onstage photojournalist Pheonix Gruneich, a veteran Viber, sat down with festival founder Allen Drachman for a question-and-answer session.

What is this Mountain Vibe you speak of?

Mountain Vibe is a grassroots outdoor music festival.

How long has this been going now?

Mountain Vibe has been going on for eight years, we celebrate No. 9 this summer.

What keeps you going after all this time?

The people, musicians and outdoors.

Give people an idea who has never been what this event is all about?

The event is about spending a weekend in the mountains with your closest friends and family listening to amazing live music. A lot of folks look forward to unplugging from the world for a bit.

What makes this event so unique?

What makes it unique is that it is a grassroots effort with camping, off-road and live music showcasing some of the best artists on the West Coast.

What kind of music can people expect to hear?

Reggae, rock, folk country and bluegrass.

When and where does Mountain Vibe take place?

It takes place July 13 through July 15 at the Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilseyville, California.

Will there be vendor booths? Mountain Vibe merchandise and band merch, too?

Yes, there will be vendors and bands usually have stuff there, too

What should people bring to the festival?

Bring a good vibe, everything else is listed on our website.

Is this Mountain Vibe festival kid friendly?

Yes, we are a family event, with a kid zone area (Baby Shoe, named after a song of one of the MV bands).

Where can people find out all the information they need for Mountain Vibe Music Festival?

Check mountainvibemusic.com.

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ABOUT Pheonix Gruneich

Pheonix Gruneich
Photojournalist Pheonix Gruneich is a native of Southern California where her love of music began. She moved to Tahoe when she was 16. She now resides in the Carson Valley. She is a lover of arts and, most of all, live music!

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