High Sierra Music Festival

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High Sierra Music Festival
Dates First weekend of July, preceding Thursday and Friday
Location(s) Quincy, California, United States
Years active 1991–Present

High Sierra Music Festival is a multi-day music festival held in Quincy, California, a mountainous area about 80 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada.

The festival is held each year the weekend of July 4. The four-day festival features an eclectic mix of some of the most famous national and international names in jamband, newgrass and funk. Other represented genres include bluegrass, roots rock, electronica, reggae, jazz and afrobeat. Away from the music stages, patrons can attend films and movement playshops - yoga, pilates, etc., shop for arts and crafts, or enjoy a wide variety of gourmet food and drink. It's a family friendly and community oriented event with an expanding Family Area full of activities and certified nannies available throughout the weekend.

The first High Sierra Music Festival was in 1991, and was the genesis of High Sierra Music, of Berkeley, California. The organization has also produced festivals and concerts elsewhere in California, and in Maryland, Nevada, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Missouri.

Past artists have included The Black Crowes, Bob Weir & RatDog, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Bruce Hornsby, The String Cheese Incident, Nickel Creek, moe., Widespread Panic, Medeski Martin & Wood, Yonder Mountain String Band, Gov't Mule, John Butler Trio, Umphrey's McGee, My Morning Jacket, Les Claypool, Leftover Salmon, and The Slip (the only band to play the festival 12 consecutive years).

Yearly description[edit]

26TH ANNUAL: JUNE 30 – JULY 3, 2016 QUINCY, CA Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Tedeschi Trucks Band Thievery Corporation Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Dr. Dog The Del McCoury Band The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Greensky Bluegrass Femi Kuti & The Positive Force JJ Grey & Mofro Xavier Rudd Leftover Salmon Lettuce North Mississippi Allstars ALO The California Honeydrops Anders Osborne The Floozies DRKWAV (John Medeski, Skerik, & Adam Deitch) The Motet The New Mastersounds Turkuaz Elephant Revival Sierra Hull Lebo & Friends feat. Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garrett Sayers, Lesley Grant and The Combustible Horns The Soul Rebels Kung Fu TAUK Jamestown Revival Steve Poltz Liz Vice The Main Squeeze Break Science Twiddle The Rhythm Council feat. Papa Mali (Henry Butler, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd) Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang Scott Pemberton Samantha Fish Horseshoes & Hand Grenades The Record Company Nolatet (Brian Haas, Mike Dillon, James Singleton, Scott Amendola) Manic Focus Ripe Industrial Revelation SunSquabi Kiev Billy Strings The Dip Session Americana Gene Evaro Jr The Accidentals Laney Jones and The Spirits Baskery World’s Finest Gipsy Moon Artist at Large: – Scott Law – Eric McFadden

25TH ANNUAL: JULY 2-5, 2015 QUINCY, CA The String Cheese Incident Umphrey’s McGee The John Butler Trio The Word (John Medeski, Robert Randolph, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Chris Chew) Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Galactic Lake Street Dive Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers Shovels and Rope Lotus The Wood Brothers ALO Jeff Austin Band (feat. Danny Barnes, Ross Martin and Eric Thorin) Nahko and Medicine for the People Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe The California Honeydrops BoomBox Pimps of Joytime The Barr Brothers The Motet Surprise Me Mr. Davis Papadosio MarchFourth! The Slip Omaha Diner (feat. Charlie Hunter, Skerik, Bobby Previte, & Eric Bloom) The Revivalists Rising Appalachia Turkuaz Fruition Jennifer Hartswick Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds The Waifs Dopapod Marco Benevento The Nth Power Steve Poltz Dan Bern HONEYHONEY Phutureprimitive Nathan Moore Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque Trio feat. Greg Fundis Living Daylights The Main Squeeze The Werks The Brothers Comatose Scott Pemberton Cabinet The Black Lillies The Dustbowl Revival Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe Con Brio Sonny & The Sunsets T Sisters Midnight North Patchy Sanders Eagle Rock Gospel Singers The Nibblers Michael McNevin The Sam Chase Bo Carper Living Folklore Bug Family Band The Bumpity Bumps Banana Slug String Band Katdelic Acoustic Rhythm Child Artists-At-Large: – Eric McFadden – Fareed Haque – Jennifer Hartswick – Jessica Lurie – Scott Pemberton

24TH ANNUAL: JULY 3-6, 2014 QUINCY, CA Widespread Panic STS9 Ms. Lauryn Hill Beats Antique Trampled By Turtles Lord Huron The Del McCoury Band The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Lettuce Punch Brothers Greensky Bluegrass Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Hard Working Americans Darkwave (John Medeski, Skerik & Adam Deitch) The Budos Band Incidental Animals The Polish Ambassador w/ a special appearance by Wildlight Carolina Chocolate Drops The Travelin’ McCourys Ernest Ranglin & Avila Bill Frisell GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! Featuring Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen Nahko and Medicine For The People Stanley Jordan Trio Bombino The Mother Hips Typhoon Jonathan Wilson BoomBox The Floozies Dead Winter Carpenters Dopapod Shakey Graves The Duhks The California Honeydrops One Big Guitar featuring Scott Law, Lebo & Bo Carper Turkuaz Avi Buffalo Sturgill Simpson Ashleigh Flynn & The Back Porch Majority Moon Hooch Hey Marseilles Sierra Hull Afrolicious Steve Poltz Fareed Haque and Friends Heather Maloney + Darlingside Scott Pemberton RonKat Spearman’s Katdelic SambaDá Steep Ravine Hollow Wood Sensations featuring Greg Loiacono, Reed Mathis & Dave Brogan T Sisters Wheeland Brothers John Craigie Living Folklore Bug Family Band Artists-At-Large: – Skerik – Fareed Haque

23rd Annual: July 4–7, 2013, Quincy, CA[edit]


Artists at Large

22nd Annual: July 5–8, 2012, Quincy, CA[edit]



21st Annual: June 30–July 3, 2011, Quincy, CA[edit]



20th Annual: July 1–4, 2010, Quincy, CA[edit]



19th Annual: July 2–5, 2009, Quincy, CA[edit]


18th Annual: July 3–6, 2008, Quincy, CA[edit]

In late 2007, the festival left a message on its website:

Initial line-up announcements for the 18th annual High Sierra Music Festival, taking place July 3–6, 2008, will begin this winter. Please stay tuned here and to our eNewsletter for updates![this quote needs a citation]

In December 2007, two acts were confirmed on websites other than the festival's; the Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck on Pollstar, and Railroad Earth on JamBase. In January 2008, twelve artists, including the two previously announced, were revealed on the festival's website.[1] On Valentine's Day, the festival headliner was announced, Bob Weir & RatDog, as well as other artists such as James Hunter, New Monsoon, and the Mother Hips.[1] The next group of additions was announced about two weeks later, and included Michael Franti & Spearhead as well as Phish alum Mike Gordon.[1] The next block of additions included headliners Gov't Mule and Built to Spill, and the next April addition included Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll, and Sipe, and festival first Buckethead.[2]


17th Annual: July 5–8, 2007, Quincy, CA[edit]

Rock + Jam

Bluegrass + Americana

Bluegrass + Americana (cont.)

Funk + New Orleans

Soul + Jazz + Improv

Tribal + Electronica + World Beat

16th Annual: June 29-July 2, 2006, Quincy, CA[edit]

featuring Abdoulaye Diabate

15th Annual: June 30-July 1, 2005, Quincy, CA[edit]

  • The Everyone Orchestra
  • Flowmotion
  • Gabby La La
  • Goddess of Funk
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Jared Tyler
  • Jamie Janover
  • Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons
  • Jessica Lurie
  • Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
  • JP Cutler Band
  • JT and the Clouds
  • Kan'Nal
  • Larry Keel and the Natural Bridge
  • Lauren Shera
  • String Theory
  • Surprise Me Mr. Davis
  • Surrounded By Ninjas
  • Ten Mile Tide
  • ThaMuseMeant
  • Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra
  • Blue Turtle Seduction
  • The Dead Kenny G's
  • DJ Williams Projekt
  • Free Peoples
  • Living Folklore Medicine Show
  • London Street
  • The Lymbyc Systym
  • Meltone
  • Michael Manring
  • Michael McNevin
  • Mile 8
  • The Mother Hips
  • Old School Freight Train
  • Old Union
  • Samantha Stollenwerck and the Ritual
  • Scott Fisher
  • Sharon Gilchrist
  • The Slip
  • Sneakin' Out
  • Hit & Run Bluegrass

14th Annual: July 1–4, 2004, Quincy, CA[edit]

  • Xavier Rudd
  • Moonshine Still
  • SambaDá and the Leva Samba Dancers
  • Perpetual Groove
  • Animal Liberation Orchestra
  • Jim Bianco
  • Jim Page
  • Taarka
  • Jamie Janover
  • Fuzz and Carrie
  • Hot Buttered Rum String Band
  • Scott Law & Code Green
  • Libby Kirkpatrick
  • Mighty Dave Pellicciaro & Pandora's Box
  • Liza Oxnard
  • Bockman's Euphio
  • Snake Oil Medicine Show
  • mamaSutra
  • Hundred Year Flood
  • Sunfire Pleasure
  • Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney
  • Caroline Aiken
  • Aphrodesia
  • Delta Nove
  • Spoonfed Tribe
  • Hyim & the Fat Foakland Orchestra
  • Garrin Benfield Band
  • Thomas Archie
  • Mary & Mars
  • Lonnie Lazar and the Vaporizers
  • Samantha and The Ritual
  • Old Union
  • Captain Soularcat
  • Hit & Run Bluegrass
  • South Austin Jug Band
  • High on the Hog
  • Joe Stickley's Blue Print
  • Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
  • Goddess of Funk
  • Circus Contraption
  • Living Folklore
  • Phoenix Rising
  • Banana Slug String Band

13th Annual: July 3–6, 2003, Quincy, CA[edit]

  • OM Trio
  • Signal Path
  • JND
  • Home at Last
  • Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion
  • Hobex
  • Psychedelic Breakfast
  • Bockman's Euphio
  • Spindrift
  • Bizar Bazaar
  • Melissa Crabtree
  • Tom Freund
  • Shady Groove
  • Shanti Groove
  • Strungover
  • Scott Law and Code Green
  • The Hackensaw Boys
  • Animal Liberation Orchestra
  • Mountain of Venus
  • Leslie Helpert
  • Ten Mile Tide
  • Trevor Hall
  • Mighty Dave's Pandora's Box
  • Kooken & Hoomen
  • Taarka
  • Libby Kirkpatrick
  • Nathan Moore
  • Crazy Grass
  • Reeltime Travelers
  • Lonnie Lazar and the New Electric Band
  • Japonize Elephants
  • Eric McFadden
  • Hamsa Lila
  • hyim
  • Hot Buttered Rum String Band
  • The Jethro Jeremiah Band
  • Shannon Moore
  • Reorchestra
  • Justin King
  • Flying Other Brothers
  • Dale Fanning

12th Annual: July 4–7, 2002, Quincy, CA[edit]

  • Om Trio
  • Hamsa Lila
  • Lo Faber
  • Flying Lu
  • Wayside
  • Moonshine Still
  • Topaz
  • Green Genes
  • Free Peoples
  • Jack West and Curvature
  • Rebus
  • Mountain of Venus
  • SambaDa
  • Banjer Dan
  • Sid Lewis' Acoustic College
  • Jupiter Coyote
  • Reeltime Travelers
  • Kulica
  • Raq
  • Honey Buckit
  • Snake Oil Medicine Show
  • Len Paterson Trio
  • Animal Liberation Orchestra
  • Global Funk Council
  • Ray's Music Exchange
  • The McCloskey Brothers Band
  • Cold Mountain
  • Strung Over
  • Spookie Daly Pride
  • Sucker
  • Havilah
  • Tarnation!
  • Blame Sally
  • John Brown's Body
  • Banana Slug String Band
  • Harmony Grits
  • Gabe Dixon Band
  • Single Malt Band

11th Annual: July 5–8, 2001, Quincy, CA[edit]

  • The Flying Other Brothers
  • Government Grown
  • Greyhounds
  • Havilah
  • Jackstraw
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
  • Jaka
  • Jamie Janover
  • Jerry Hannan
  • Jim Page
  • John Brown's Body
  • Jonathan Kingham
  • JP Orbit
  • Kaleb Clauder
  • Larry
  • Larry Keel Experience
  • Matt Nathanson
  • Mofro
  • Mohead
  • Netwerk:Electric
  • New Monsoon
  • Noe Venable
  • Ouroboros
  • Porterhouse
  • Railroad Earth
  • Reed McGregor Foehl
  • Rene Corbin
  • Road Dog Divas
  • Scott Amendola Band
  • Single Malt Band
  • Tannen Brothers
  • Tea Leaf Green
  • Tree O'Frogs
  • Umphrey's McGee
  • Uncle Harlen's Band
  • Wax Poetic
  • Living Folklore Medicine Show
  • Chris Chandler
  • Harmony Grits

10th Annual: June 30-July 3, 2000, Quincy, CA[edit]

9th Annual: July 1–4, 1999, Bear Valley, CA[edit]

8th Annual: July 2–5, 1998, Quincy, CA[edit]

7th Annual: July 3–6, 1997, Bear Valley, CA[edit]

6th Annual: July 4–7, 1996, Bear Valley, CA[edit]

5th Annual: July 1–3, 1995, Bear Valley, CA[edit]

  • Kristina Olsen
  • The Delevantes
  • Word of Mouth
  • David Zasloff
  • Tombo Combo
  • Little Jonny & the Giants
  • Diane Patterson Sextet
  • Springfield Crossing
  • MC: Sedge Thomson

4th Annual: July 1–3, 1994, Bear Valley, CA[edit]

  • Clan Dyken
  • Artis the Spoonman
  • Domestic Science Club
  • Doo Doo Wah
  • Dah-Veed
  • Box Set
  • Amy Kanter
  • Michael McNevin
  • Chris Murphy & Hatchatchy

3rd Annual: July 2–4, 1993, Leland Meadows, CA[edit]

  • Jambay
  • Harmony Grits
  • City Folk
  • Andy Rau Band
  • Deborah Levoy
  • Chuck Brodsky
  • Rob Laurens
  • Rhythm Method
  • Windcave
    • All Star Jam featuring:
    • JJ Cale with members of Jambay & Windcave
  • MC: Felton Pruitt

2nd Annual: July 3–5, 1992, Leland Meadows, CA[edit]

1st Annual: July 4–7, 1991, Leland Meadows, CA[edit]

  • Chris Murphy
  • Horse Opry
  • Sourdough Slim
  • The Strangers
  • Clan Dyken
  • Jean Caffeine & the All Night Truck Stop
  • Doo Doo Wah
  • Larry Cooperman
  • The Movie Stars
  • MC: Dangerous Dan Orange

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