Leave it to Pleasuremaker and his crew of Afrolicious merrymakers to get the crowd dancing.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, the 27th edition of the High Sierra Music Festival was well underway in picturesque Quincy, California. The great 21st Century Land Grab had been completed, with the Plumas County Fairgrounds fully transformed into a campgrounds filled with festy folks and happy hippies. Smiles were the order of the day and squirt guns helped cool the scorching Sierra sun, actually a bit milder than in recent years.
“I just love how music makes me feel,” offered Afrolicious, the San Francisco-based party band. The fans chanted back the mantra.
Tim Evans of Sierraville exchanged a high five with frontman Freshislife. At his 14th High Sierra gathering, Evans had scoped out and secured the first spot at the Shady Grove camping enclave. He was in particularly festive mood.
Two New Orleans bands, Sweet Crude and Tank and the Bangas, had opening-ceremony honors as they prepped the early arrivers at the Big Meadow and Vaudeville stages for things to come. See Tahoe Onstage’s interviews and reviews of what transpired, and stay tuned to this space each day for daily coverage as High Sierra Music Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with its own dose of peace, love and music.
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