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High Sierra Music Festival

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

High Sierra Music Festival
High Sierra Music Festival (logo).jpg
Genre Jamband, newgrass, funk, jazz, others
Dates First weekend of July, preceding Thursday and Friday
Location(s) Quincy, California, United States
Years active 1991–present

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[1] have included The Black Crowes, Bob Weir & RatDog, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Béla Fleck and 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 lineupsEdit

27th Annual: June 29–July 2, 2017, Quincy, CaliforniaEdit



26th Annual: June 30–July 3, 2016, Quincy, CAEdit


25th Annual: July 2–5, 2015, Quincy, CAEdit


24th Annual: July 3–6, 2014, Quincy, CAEdit


23rd Annual: July 4–7, 2013, Quincy, CAEdit


22nd Annual: July 5–8, 2012, Quincy, CAEdit

21st Annual: June 30–July 3, 2011, Quincy, CAEdit


20th Annual: July 1–4, 2010, Quincy, CAEdit


19th Annual: July 2–5, 2009, Quincy, CAEdit

18th Annual: July 3–6, 2008, Quincy, CAEdit

17th Annual: July 5–8, 2007, Quincy, CAEdit

16th Annual: June 29–July 2, 2006, Quincy, CAEdit

15th Annual: June 30–July 1, 2005, Quincy, CAEdit

14th Annual: July 1–4, 2004, Quincy, CAEdit

13th Annual: July 3–6, 2003, Quincy, CAEdit

12th Annual: July 4–7, 2002, Quincy, CAEdit

  • 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
  • The Gabe Dixon Band
  • Single Malt Band

11th Annual: July 5–8, 2001, Quincy, CAEdit

10th Annual: June 30–July 3, 2000, Quincy, CAEdit

9th Annual: July 1–4, 1999, Bear Valley, CAEdit

8th Annual: July 2–5, 1998, Quincy, CAEdit

7th Annual: July 3–6, 1997, Bear Valley, CAEdit

6th Annual: July 4–7, 1996, Bear Valley, CAEdit

5th Annual: July 1–3, 1995, Bear Valley, CAEdit

  • 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, CAEdit

  • 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, CAEdit

  • 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, CAEdit

1st Annual: July 4–7, 1991, Leland Meadows, CAEdit

  • 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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "High Sierra Music Festival Past Lineups". Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "2017 High Sierra Music Festival Artists". Retrieved 23 September 2017. 

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