The 29th Annual High Sierra Music Festival wrapped in the early morning daylight on Monday, July 8th as another resounding success.
Standout performances from this year’s festival were in no short supply over the Independence Day weekend. From top headlining acts Umphrey’s McGee and Dispatch, through lower card-surprises from Amo Amo, Ron Artis II, Star Kitchen or More Fatter, all the way down to pop-up renegade sets inside the camping, every performance had something for someone. Musically, the weekend offered up zero regrets.
The event kicked off first thing Thursday morning with the now-traditional “land-grab,” where those who arrived first on the grounds sprinted from their parking spaces to lay claim on a campsite. While Shady Grove, Hillside Drive, and the area between the Vaudeville Tent and Big Meadow Stage are some of the obvious and first scouted destinations, the Plumas County Fairgrounds offers expansive options for creativity in camping options, be it in the barns or the open corrals along the edge of the grounds.
Ask anyone who has ever attended High Sierra and they’ll tell you it’s a special festival. They will all have a unique reason, too. The individuality of the attendees and the variety of acts play a large part, and there is simply too much onsite to possibly do and see everything, which is not an accident–It’s by design.
Additionally, the late-night options were three-fold. There was always a late set starting under the Vaudeville tent at 11:30 p.m. just as the main stage lights went down. There were also two on-site buildings that hosted indoor late nights. The indoor venues were available through purchase of a separate ticket for each night. Fans had the option of choosing from The Funk’N Jam House or the High Sierra Music Hall. The music ended under the Vaudeville tent by 2:00 AM the next morning, while the indoor venues both hosted a second act which would play 4:00 AM.
The weekend also featured a mix of stand-out performances from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Midnight North, The Marcus King Band, Tauk, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Gene Evaro Jr., Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, John Craigie, The New Mastersounds, the Cris Jacobs Band, Jennifer Hartswick Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Star Kitchen, and Del & Dawg (David Grisman and Del McCoury), just to name a few.
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