Bluegrass & Beyond

Joyous time at Bluegrass & Beyond Festival

Stateline, Nev. – Beachside, shimmering emerald and turquoise waves gently lap at the shores of South Lake Tahoe as the midsummer’s breeze sway the needles of the surrounding Sierra Nevada pines. A sailboat effortlessly glides past in surreal silence. Over at the pool, bikini clad fans soak up the sun while others splash and frolic in the refreshing waters. Wherever you roamed, tie-dyed fans were abuzz with good cheer partaking in time-honored pre-festival rituals for the Bluegrass & Beyond Festival at the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe.

Wherever and whenever the tribe of deadheads gather, a joyous time and musical celebration is sure to follow. Here’s a recap.


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Phil Lesh & Friends

Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh & Friends take the stage as headliners for Bluegrass & Beyond. Deadheads and a new generation of fans continue to come out to hear the jazz and classically trained musician, turned bass player and musical pioneer. The 82-year old bass player credits his grandmother with turning him on to Brahms as a young child and the rest is musical history.

Phil Lesh & Friends at Lake Tahoe

Phil Lesh & Friends setlist Lake Tahoe

Bluegrass & Beyond Festival
Tuning up

Fan Favorites

Bluegrass & Beyond offers up a full day of jams and local fan favorites. The dancing began early and raged into the evening hours. The lineup included Leftover Salmon, Dirtwire, The Lil Smokies, Dead Winter Carpenters, Groove Session, Tim Snider & Wolfgang Timber, Achilles Wheel, Boot Juice, and Bison.

Leftover Salmon at Bluegrass & Beyond
Leftover Salmon

Shady Grove

Fans arrive prepared and stake out their spots early in shady grove. Thanks to in and out privileges, some fans took breaks with a cool down by the Lake, hotel pool or casino.

Fans beneath canopy of shade

Summer Fun

Dead Winter Carpenters

Catching up with some old friends, fans grab a cold drink and get ready to dance under the sun as the Dead Winter Carpenters get ready to bust out some grooves.

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe

The top floor of the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe offers fantastic views and good sound of the festival. After logging quite a few steps during the festival, a couple breaks to our room was the perfect respite.

Hard Rock offers an ideal location for attendees. Since amenities are within a easy stroll, visitors get to experience a little bit of everything during their stay. Whether it’s gaming, recreation, the beach, or restaurants, you can enjoy a little bit of everything without missing a beat! It’s ideal walkability, just bring comfortable footwear!

View of Lake Tahoe and Festival grounds
Checking in!
View from top floor of Hard Rock Casino Hotel Lake Tahoe
A quick break before the headline act.

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