High Sierra Festival’s lineup grows like a Snarky Puppy

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The Trey Anastasio Band will play the 2017 High Sierra Music Festival.
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Several repeat offenders will return to the scene of the jam.

The latest batch of bands announced for the June 29-July 2 High Sierra Music Festival include returners such as STS9, Gene Evaro Jr., Hard Working Americans, Afrolicious and White Denim.

Artists covet an invitation to play at High Sierra, which is annually held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy.

“It’s a big festival and there’s a lot going on,” said Neal Casal of the Hard Working Americans. “It hits all the marks and it just feels the most authentic … from how it’s organized to the artists who play, everyone who is there is doing it for the right reasons,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like a moneygrab, ever. It just feels like it’s truly about music. You never get that lowly corporate festival feeling at High Sierra.”

There are three primary venues at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The biggest is the Grandstand, a field inside an old stock car racing oval. The midsize Grand Meadow is an outdoor area next to the fairgrounds’ main buildings, and it’s adjacent to the Vaudeville Tent. The Funk and Jam House and High Sierra Music Hall hold the late-night jams that last almost until sunrise.

Here is the up to date list of this year’s lineup. More bands will be announced. Andrew Bird, Snarky Puppy, The Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, STS9, Galactic, Mike Gordon, Con Brio, Gene Evaro Jr., The Greyboy Allstars, Hard Working Americans, Deer Tick, The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, The Record Company, Carolyn Wonderland, White Denim, Jeff Austin Band, The Werks, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Ott & The All-Seeing I, The Nth Power, Dopapod, Phutureprimative, River Whyless, I Draw Slow, Kokante, Polyrhythmics, Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, Afrolicious, Big Something, Kat Myers & The Buzzards, Earth, Wind & Power, Fruition, The Suffers, Billy Strings, Aoife O’Donovan, Big Something, The Lil’ Smokies, Achilles Wheel.

For tickets and more information, click the LINK http://highsierramusic.com/

Afrolicious singer Freshislife is photographed at the High Sierra Music Festival Big Meadow in 2014. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Afrolicious singer Freshislife is photographed at the High Sierra Music Festival Big Meadow in 2014.
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The Record Company had two inspirational performances at the High Sierra Music Festival, including this one in the Vaudeville Tent. The Grammy-nominated band will return for the second-straight year.
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Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland, who rocked the High Sierra Music in 2013, will be in will be back in 2017.
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Cecil Wilcomb, left April 9 from Campo, Mexico, hiking Pacific Crest Trail. He passed Quincy but hitched back, bought a 4th of July shirt on the way and surprised friends at the High Sierra Festival in 2013.

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Con Brio debuted at High Sierra in 2015.

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Kat Myers and the Buzzards will make the High Sierra scene.
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A Slip and Slide is one way to beat the heat at the High Sierra Music Festival.
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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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