30th Annual Celebration to feature Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and more
Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival, madre of all west coast festivals, is back for its 30th iteration in 2020. Outliving early North American festivals of the 90s and persevering through the commercialized festival onslaught of the 2000s without selling out to anyone, HSMF returns to Quincy, CA, on July 2-5, 2020, offering the world-class, beloved environment and entertainment that have kept fans and musicians thrilled to return year after year, for three decades.
Today, High Sierra announced an initial lineup including grateful torch-bearers and improv masters Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Afrobeat royalty Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Grammy-nominated funk powerhouse Lettuce, bay-area R&B mainstays The California Honeydrops, electro-funk duo The Floozies, perennial festival-favorites Twiddle, the diverse jams of Spafford, the brotherly collaboration of BoomBox with BackBeat Brass, and New Orleans heavy-hitters Dumpstaphunk. Samantha Fish, True Loves, Cris Jacobs, Steve Poltz, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Ron Artis II & The Truth, Goose, Ghost-Note, Aqueous, Cedric Burnside, Lindsay Lou, Neal Francis, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, The Higgs, and Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band round out High Sierra’s first round of artist announcements, with several headliners and many more surprises expected.
With a talented and diverse lineup, collaboration continues to be a primary focus for High Sierra. Each year, the festival finds new ways to encourage once-in-a-lifetime jams and sit-ins, often booking artists to play multiple sets over multiple days. The social time between sets lets artists cut loose, hang out, and noodle around-something most bands agree doesn’t happen as often as you’d think. From the main stage to smaller late-night venues, HSMF always makes it a point to put new groups of musicians together each year, usually in the air-conditioned High Sierra Music Hall as “Playshops”, to play each other’s tunes, improvise, and generally have a good time on-stage.
High Sierra has and always will be a purposefully intimate, uncrowded event, and fans know they should get tickets early for the best prices. Tickets including FestivALL VIP Packages, RV parking, and vehicle passes are on sale now and can be purchased here.
High Sierra Music Festival
Priding itself on a diverse musical lineup, one-of-a-kind intimate artist “playshops,” and legendary sit-ins and surprises throughout the weekend, HSMF remains the live music fan mainstay-a home away from home to pilgrimage to each year for a community experience of musical chances-taken, all day and all night, on stages big and small. From the Grandstand Stage to the “don’t let out the air-conditioning” doors of the High Sierra Music Hall, festival-goers spend every day celebrating old traditions, as well as forging new ones each and every year. Craft brews and artisanal cocktails and cuisine to satisfy any appetite can be found around the clock, and kids never get bored of the daily parades, engaging Family Village, and the always-popular community swimming pool right next door. On-site yoga, Pilates, and guided meditations provide a non-musical lift for the body, mind, and spirit. High Sierra Music Festival continues to be the cradle of exciting music in the picturesque locale of Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA-located an easy distance from the Reno, NV, Bay Area, and Sacramento, CA, airports.
For travel FAQ and more information, please check the HSMF website.