Local musicians, breweries featured at harvest festival

Feather Publishing

The Mountain Harvest Festival has always been a very important fundraising event for Plumas Arts. It has also been a place to showcase local art in the music and craft beer varieties. This 10th anniversary event, taking place Oct. 19 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, keeps up that tradition.

Stratus, Quincy’s own five-piece jazz combo, opens the music portion of the event at 1 p.m. The band brings a unique blend of jazz, funk, rock and blues to the 21st century. In the tradition of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, this band adds a dose of danceable soul and rock.

Sax is back as longtime Plumas local Mark Satterfield gives a melodic and at times raucous nod to the great improvisers of this American art form. Rock solid bassist Tom van Rossem provides the relentless groove guaranteed to keep the dance party bumpin’. Steven Risley lays down grinding polyrhythmic beats of on drums and provides a vocal kick not often heard in today’s fusion genre. 

Well-known guitarist Gordon Wilson adds his signature blues riffs and rock crunch to the Stratus sound: eclectic and electric. Last but not least, Al “Dude” Swanson on keyboards brings energy and excitement back to the front of the stage in the tradition of Duke, Corea and Jan Hammer. Swanson’s original tune “Hot Tub” is always a crowd-pleaser with catchy lyrics and bare-bones delivery.

Beer coordinator Keith Linford has always worked to collect the best brewers he can find as close to home as possible. The Brewing Lair from Blairsden is Plumas County’s hometown brewery. This year Lassen Ale Works from neighboring Lassen County will be on hand for the first time. 

Butte County is always well-represented at the event, Feather Falls attends once again and Sierra Nevada has been a stalwart supporter of the event for the last decade. The event also happily imports brewers across state lines: Great Basin Brewery is also a 10-year veteran, BJ’s Brewery has been with the event for several years and the Brewer’s Cabinet is another first-time attendee. A couple dozen more breweries are in the process of confirming their attendance, filling in what has always been a jam-packed selection of brews to taste from the western U.S. and beyond.

Event admission is $15. Tasting passes (for both beer and wine) include event admission and a souvenir tasting glass. They cost $35 and are on sale online at, where more information about this event, as well as the many programs of Plumas Arts, is also available. Tasting passes will cost $40 at the gate.

Overnight camping is available for $15 per site at the fairgrounds. RV hookups are $20.

Call 283-3402 for more details.

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