Bands to look for at High Sierra Music Festival

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Homemade outfits create a human disco ball at the High Sierra Music Festival in 2017.
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The High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California, will be held July 5-8. Tahoe Onstage will post stories each day of the festivities, as its done since the publication’s inception in 2013. One of our photojournalists covering the fest, Tony Contini, lists the bands he is most looking forward to seeing.

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Sturgill Simpson – “All genres of music have a few people doing the most purest form, Simpson is one of those,” Liam McCormick of The Family Crest said. “He’s keeping country honest. He does it right.”

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The Wood Brothers – Nashville three-piece that tells rich love stories. Oliver Wood’s Voice is entrancing, Chris Wood is an upright bass prodigy and their percussion is produced on a shuitar. Link: Look it up!

Tony ContiniThe California Honeydrops – Oakland-grown, feel-good blues and R&B. This five-piece never disappoints. Horns, strings, keys and positivity.

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Lotus – Indiana-base five-piece that fuses electronica with jam-band tendencies. They’re used to festival stages and shufflin’ feet.

Tahoe OnstageSpafford – You know a band in meant for High Sierra when you type it into Youtube and the Top 6  videos are all hours long. These Arizonans combine every genre of music you know.

Y La Bamba

Y La Bamba – Portland indie-pop six-piece featuring some new band members with the same beautiful appeal. Frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza is entrancing. Watch their performance at KXP to get excited. Look it up!

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Scott Pemberton – A guitar God amongst men. This man is the chicken-pickin’ guru and can jam for hours. I personally can never get enough of his live show. He’s Buckethead without the gimmick.

Mt. Joy

Mt. Joy – Pounding alternative indie five-piece recently featured on Conan. And we all know Conan don’t play. Look it up!

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Twiddle – Vermont four-piece jam band with endearingly truthful lyrics. Join them as they bridge jam and singer/song-writer propensities.

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Frazzled freaks feature funk. These Baltimore jammers are nuts! Get a taste. Look it up!

The Motet – Denver-based seven-piece funk band blow up like a supernova of positive vibes, popping bass, horns and flashy bouncing keys. “When you’re listening to us, I want your mind to be taken away from wherever you are during the day and into some other place,” drummer Dave Watts said on their website.

-Tony Contini

Related story: The Family Crest takes a unique approach to High Sierra.

About Tony Contini

Photographer and journalist Tony Contini graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in art photography. He loves working with bands and telling stories. Photography portfolio:

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