High Sierra celebrates 25 years in grand fashion

2015 High Sierra Music FestivalBy Benjamin Wallen //

High Sierra Music Festival //
Quincy, CA
June 30th-July 3rd, 2015 //

High Sierra is an intimate music festival nestled in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Held every year around the Fourth of July in Quincy, Calif., people come from all over to get down in the sun and have some fun.

Celebrating the festival’s 25th year brought the return of jam-band giants The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee, both of which are no strangers to High Sierra. Tearing the roof off of festivals and causing the earth to shake from fans dancing is what String Cheese and Umphrey’s do best, after all.

2015 High Sierra Music Festival – The String Cheese Incident

The String Cheese Incident

San Francisco locals The Sam Chase & The Untraditional were another highlight at the festival. The Wood Brothers, meanwhile, brought their special sound to Quincy and had lots of new fans talking about them afterward. The Word, a mash-up of amazing musical talents from John Medeski to Robert Randolph, impressed by surprisingly only playing instrumental gospel tunes.

Pennsylvania bluegrass band Cabinet also left a heavy mark at High Sierra, as did T Sisters, who seemed to be everywhere. Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO), Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, The Brothers Comatose, Steve Poltz and Surprise Me Mr. Davis shared the stage for a memorable, mid-day set of California-inspired tunes in the indoor, air-conditioned music hall. On the final day of High Sierra, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed things out on the main stage with two full, vibrant sets.

On the whole, this year’s festival was very well-handled and maintained. High Sierra is a special event, made special by all of those who make it what it is. The festival never feels too crowded or overpopulated — it’s just right between the music, the people and the area amid everything else. It’s exactly what many want in a festival and so much more.

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Nat Keefe Concert Carnival at The Independent 12/19

Nat-Keefe-Carnival_postWritten by Mike Frash //

Nat Keefe Concert Carnival //
The Independent – San Francisco
December 19th, 2013 //

For the eighth year in a row, Hot Buttered Rum frontman Nat Keefe will curate a holiday themed ensemble of folkified jams and ballads at The Independent the week prior to Christmas. This year, featured players include Peter Rowan, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth, the Contribution), DJ shOOey, Tim Flannery (Lunatic Fringe, SF Giants), the T Sisters, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman (Front Country), Matt Sharkey, the Coeds, and of course members of Hot Buttered Rum.

Toy Drive

Expect two sets, a playbill that explains all the collaborations, warm winter feelings and to walk away feeling like it’s Christmas time — even though you most likely won’t be hearing anything like “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night”. For those that want to treat themselves to an upgrade, purchase reserved table seats and get there early for a prime spot.

There will also be a toy drive in coordination with Conscious Alliance, and you’ll receive a poster (view it below) for bringing an unwrapped toy or by contributing $10. These toys will go to local SF kids in need.

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