High Sierra Music Festival
June 30 – July 3, 2011
The 21st annual High SierraÂ Music Fest took place June 30-July 3, 2011Â in beautifulÂ Quincy, California, nestled in the Feather River Canyon of Plumas County. This festÂ offersÂ music for all tastes: funk, R&B, bluegrass, folk, electronic, indie,Â and good old rock and roll.Â Headliners this year included My Morning Jacket, Warren Haynes Band, Gillian Welch, Ween and Yonder Mountain String Band withÂ performances by Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers, Spanish Bombs performing the Clash’sÂ London CallingÂ and reggae and ska legend Ernest Ranglin to round outÂ the diverse lineup.
But perhaps High Sierra’sÂ biggest draw is the “family” vibe. Folks who have been attending this intimate festivalÂ for years consider High Sierra a family reunion of friends. With noÂ big corporate sponsorsÂ but small boutiqueÂ vendors, microbreweries, and unique and healthyÂ food optionsÂ makeÂ the experience special for festivalgoers. Added attractions like a silent disco, fire performances nightly, nanny service and a kid’s zoneÂ for the littleÂ ones, beer andÂ wine tastings, free performer playshops, daily parades in which anyone can participate, sunrise kickball games, Grizzly Radio broadcasting many musical performances and interviews, yoga, poi spinningÂ and hooping lessons, and ongoing campsite parties make this a very inclusive festival. There is truly isÂ something for everyone.