High Sierra Fest Announces Lineup

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Galactic (with guest emcee Boots Riley) at the Fillmore, 2007


We've enjoyed summer-like weather the past few days here in the Bay Area, so what better time to announce a summertime music and camping festival? Today, the High Sierra Music Festival, which takes place July 2-5 in Quincy (Plumas County - about four hours from SF) announced its 2009 lineup, which looks promising indeed. While High Sierra typically leans heavily on folk and nu-Americana acts, festival organizers have landed a well-rounded bill notable for its inclusion of funk, reggae, indie rock, world music and even dub/electronica outfits.

From the official PR: "For almost twenty years, the Festival has built a very strong sense of community and created annual traditions among festivalgoers and music lovers. The picturesque location, the wide variety of artists, the unique musical settings and the affordable prices all combine to make High Sierra the premiere four-day camping and music event in North America."


The confirmed artist list so far includes John Butler, Umphrey's McGee, Ani DiFranco, Disco Biscuits, The Del McCoury Band, Galactic, Marco Benevento Trio, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Featuring Melvin Seals, McTuff Featuring Skerik, The Wailers, Tea Leaf Green, Ollabelle, Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue, ALO, Vieux Farka Touré, Dr. Dog, Devil Makes Three, The Travelin' McCoury's, The Lee Boys, Cornmeal, Bonerama, Joe Craven & Sam Bevan Duo, Fareed Haque and the Flat Earth Ensemble, Nathan Moore, Pretty Lights, Everest, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band, Pimps of Joytime, J-Boogie and Dubtronic Science, Poor Man's Whiskey, Living Folklore and many more.

Pimps of Joytime? J-Boogie? ALO? Vieux Farka Toure? The Wailers? Galactic? That's not a misprint, folks.

As might be expected, the festival offers both rustic and modern conveniences, from hiking and biking trails, to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, to yoga and Pilates classes, to a KidZone (so you can drop the rugrats off while you get your groove on), and even a VIP lounge with beer and wine tastings and a massage chair for all you big ballers. And, as is becoming the norm these days, green/sustainable efforts have been made to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact. Ticket info is here.
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