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22nd Annual High Sierra Music Festival

Sunday, Jul 8, 2012 8:00a

The 22nd Annual High Sierra Music Festival, July 5th through July 8th, 2012 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA will feature Ben Harper, STS9, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Built to Spill, and many more. The High Sierra Music Festival celebrates music with its trademark sense of community and annual traditions among festival-goers and music lovers. The picturesque location, the wide variety of artists, the unique musical settings at affordable prices all combine to make High Sierra… Show more

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22nd Annual High Sierra Music Festival

High Sierra Music has been producing world-class music festivals since 1991. An independent production company based in Berkeley, the company remains committed to its grassroots origins.

Performers at this Event
Toots & the Maytals
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The Maytals were key figures in reggae music. Comprised of leader Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, Nathaniel "Jerry" Matthias, and Raleigh Gordon, all natives of Kingston, the Maytals are said to have been the first group to use the word "reggae" in a song title with their Leslie Kong-produced "Do the Reggay....
Mike Dillon
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A Texas native, vibraphonist Mike Dillon is an eclectic musician with a bent toward jazz, funk, and avant-garde rock. Having performed since the late '80s, Dillon has worked with a varying cadre of similarly minded artists including Les Claypool, Garage a Trois, Karl Denson, and others....
Ben Harper
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Ben Harper is a musician, artist, and activist. Whether it's through the soul of southern Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar have been stunning audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting....
Ike Stubblefield
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We just love drummer Johnny Vidacovich, and what’s not to love. Anyone who has ever been to Jazz Fest in New Orleans has most likely seen and heard Johnny on drums, most likely more than once, quite possibly in the same day....
Built to Spill
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Who would have guessed that one of the more influential indie rock bands of the 1990s would emerge from Boise, Idaho? That's exactly what happened in the case of Built To Spill, who started out as a somewhat ragged, lo-fi outfit....
Skerik
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Skerik has performed in bands named 'The Les Claypool Frog Brigade', 'Garage a Trois', 'Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet', 'Critters Buggin', 'Crack Sabbath', 'Tuatara', 'Beta Popes' and 'Ponga'.
Steve Poltz
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Steve Poltz is an adult alternative-pop singer/songwriter who released his debut album, One Left Shoe, in the spring of 1998. Born in Canada but raised in San Diego, Poltz began his professional musical career as a member of the Rugburns, who toured throughout America during the early '90s, nurturing a small cult audience....
Mocean Worker
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The ranks of jazzy drum'n'bass swelled considerably with the debut of Mocean Worker, the recording alias of jazz producer Adam Dorn. Dorn's father, Joel, was one of the stalwart producers at Atlantic Records during the 1960s and '70s, helming sessions by Coltrane and Mingus as well as pop records like Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Bette Midler's debut album, and the Allman Brothers' Idlewild South....
Davíd Garza
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Born in Irving, TX, Davíd Garza (pronounced Dah-VEED) was exposed to music at an early age. His mother sang in a choir, his older brothers were diehard classic rock fans, and Garza himself worshipped the Mexican music he picked up on his radio....
Split Lip Rayfield
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The Kansas-based post-punk progressive bluegrass outfit Split Lip Rayfield was comprised of vocalist/banjoist David Lawrence, guitarist/dobroist Kirk Rundstrom, and one-string bassist Jeff Eaton, whose instrument was fashioned from the gas tank of a 1965 Ford....
Matt the Electrician
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Austin based quirky acoustic pop artist Matt The Electrician is touring behind his new CD: Accidental Thief. Once upon a time, there was a young man named Matt Sever. He lived in Austin, TX, and he worked as a journeyman electrician....
ALO
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A band with improvisational tendencies and a laid-back California vibe, ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) became a hit on the jam band circuit while enjoying a close association with superstar Jack Johnson....
Garage a Trois
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Garage a Trois started as a quick one-off improvised session that grew out of sessions originally done for Stanton Moore's All Kooked Out! album in 1999. The lineup -- Charlie Hunter on his eight-string guitar, Moore on drums, and Skerik on sax -- was basically the same for both projects, but the sound was quite different....
Soulive
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Three-piece soul jazz combo Soulive formed in that cradle of music, Woodstock, New York, in the waning months of the 1990’s. The trio would quickly become a force in the jazz world, releasing its acclaimed debut disc, DOIN’ SOMETHING, on Blue Note Records in 2001....
Lettuce
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Celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce drops their third studio album Fly—a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems....
The Slip
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The Slip began their career firmly entrenched in the jam band scene, but as time passed, members changed, and tastes within the group shifted, they evolved into a guitar-heavy indie rock band....
Nathan Moore
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Born in 1965. Nathan Moore has performed in bands named 'Brother Beyond' and 'Worlds Apart'.
STS9
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Founded in Georgia in the late '90s, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (now STS9) quickly refined a style of dub-influenced, breakbeat-infused psychedelic music with a heavy emphasis on group improvisation, comparable to the work of jam band peers such as the Disco Biscuits, and the New Deal....
The Motet
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2013 brings a new sound to a familiar face in the national music community. With an astonishingly talented cast of musicians, The Motet has refined their sound and their vision into a dynamic and expressive improvisational force....
Railroad Earth
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There's a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band's final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm....
Ben Sollee
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A classically trained cellist, Ben Sollee made his name as a backup musician before launching a songwriting career in 2008. Raised in Lexington, KY, he began playing cello as a fourth-grade student and slowly blossomed into a talented instrumentalist, receiving encouragement from his two music-minded parents along the way....
Marco Benevento
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Marco Benevento is a young keyboardist whose jazz-rooted work has expanded to include indie rock, jam band, and post-rock/experimental influences. Born in 1977 and raised in the northern New Jersey town of Livingston, Benevento studied piano and befriended an aspiring drummer named Joe Russo in a junior-high detention hall....
Grupo Fantasma
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Austin-based Latin funk jam band Grupo Fantasma formed in 2000, and quickly established a reputation for their high-energy live shows. Comprised of musicians hailing from all over Latin America, Fantasma's players were brought together by Austin's bustling music scene, finding in each other a hunger and drive to create something truly unique....
Heartless Bastards
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Anchored by the powerful vocals and incisive songwriting of Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards are a roots rock band whose tough, emotionally resonant music incorporates elements of blues, hard rock, garage punk and country as filtered through tales of a hardscrabble life lived in the American Midwest....
Matisyahu
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When Matisyahu emerged in 2004 with his debut album, Shake Off the Dust...Arise, his musical persona seemed a novelty to some. Here was a Hasidic Jew -- dressed in a black suit with a broad-brimmed black hat worn over a yarmulke, and sporting a full, untrimmed beard -- who nevertheless performed toasting raps about the glories of traditional Judaism over reggae beats in a dancehall style directly from Jamaica....
The Devil Makes Three
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"There's a road that goes out of every town. All you've got to do is get on it," Pete Bernhard says. The guitarist/singer and his cohorts in the raw and raucous trio The Devil Makes Three have found their way onto that road numerous times since they first left their picaresque rural hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont....
Greensky Bluegrass
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If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs....
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
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Brothers Brad (vox,guitar) and Andrew (drums) Barr and Marc Friedman (bass) from the Boston based The Slip team up with songwriter extrordinair Nathan Moore (vox, guitar) from ThaMuseMeant to form super rock pop alter-egos Mr....
MarchFourth Marching Band
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MarchFourth is a date, a command, and a large band poised to take on the world. How do you define the experience of a MarchFourth show? What kind of images emerge when you listen to their eponymous 9-song debut disc? Imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia evoking a familial community reminicent of the Grateful Dead....
Delta Spirit
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After the San Diego-based emo outfit Noise Ratchet called it quits in 2004, co-founders Jon Jameson (bass) and Brandon Young (drums) decided to ditch their punk-influenced sound for something more rootsy....
Lotus
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Lotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all electronic music festival and then the next night crash a traditional rock festival with their dance heavy beats, synths and samples....
Deer Tick
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John McCauley, the songwriter behind the Deer Tick moniker, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where he began his career by teaching himself to play drums, guitar, piano, and pedal steel....
Ryan Bingham
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Americana singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham was raised in rural Texas, where years of hardscrabble ranch work and rodeo competitions would later lend a sense of authenticity to his music. Living alone since his mid-teens, Bingham shuttled back and forth between Southwestern border towns and relatives' homes, often sleeping in his truck after rodeo shows....
Elephant Revival
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Nederland Colorado neo-acoustic quintet Elephant Revival plays a unique blend of an emerging new musical genre called Transcendental Folk. The quintet can be seen delving into Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, psychedelic country, indie rock, powerful reggae grooves, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat amongst other styles....
Papadosio
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The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a revolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sewing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exultation....
Rubblebucket
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Led by the musical couple of front woman Kalmia Traver and bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth, Rubblebucket has spent the last four years building a reputation as a band that blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and radiant, left-field arrangements....
Red Baraat
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Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk and expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound....
Big Gigantic
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Big Gigantic, whose blend of mind-bending beats, thunderous bass, and frenetic melodies has developed a rabid following since forming in 2008, has taken their sound to yet another dimension with the release of their newest album 'Nocturnal' (available now for FREE download at www....
Galactic
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It's incredible that GALACTIC has never made a carnival album yet, but now it's here. To make CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS, the members of GALACTIC (Ben Ellman, harps and horns; Robert Mercurio, bass; Stanton Moore, drums and percussion; Jeff Raines, guitar; Rich Vogel, keyboards) draw on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all-night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day....
Paper Diamond
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Hot off a continuously successful festival season, relentless Paper Diamond is once again hitting the road on his headling Night Vision Tour 2012. Be sure to catch this progressive and thrilling producer and DJ as he makes his way across the expanse of the US....
Dead Winter Carpenters
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With feet firmly planted in the Northern California music scene Dead Winter Carpenters is a newly formed quintet emerging on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, CA. Boasting members of San Francisco’s Montana Slim String Band and Lake Tahoe’s Rusty Strings, Dead Winter Carpenters are poised with an arsenal of original and an unyielding tour schedule (rolling across the country in their 1997 15 passenger green Ford van named Willy The Pimp)....
Delicate Steve
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Delicate Steve is the brainchild of New Jersey-based songwriter Steve Marion. Having previously recorded friends' bands, Marion realized one day that he had enough gear lying around his home studio to record an album of his own and decided to just go for it....
The Lumineers
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Twenty years ago, Wesley Schultz saw the future. Back then, growing up in the New York City suburb of Ramsey, New Jersey, Wesley spent his days drawing side by side with his best friend, Josh Fraites....
Gardens & Villa
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Gardens & Villa is the project of five college friends from Santa Barbara, formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. Members Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop began playing in earnest as Gardens & Villa in 2008....
Location & Nearby Info
Plumas County Fairgrounds
204 Fairground Rd.
Quincy, CA 95971
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