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Music festival brings impressive lineup to Quincy

Shannon Morrow

Sports Editor

June 19, 2011 – Hundreds of professional musicians and thousands of music connoisseurs will join together in Quincy for the High Sierra Music Festival June 30 – July 3.

Now in its 21st year, HSMF has mastered the art of assembling an eclectic yet compatible variety of bands, vendors and attractions to create four days of intimate festivities.

This year’s lineup looks particularly promising, with talented musicians such as Neko Case, Gillian Welch and Maceo Parker slated to perform for the first time in Quincy.

The Warren Haynes Band, My Morning Jacket, Gillian Welch and Ween headline the Grandstand each night.

Returning favorites ALO, Dr. Dog, Yonder Mountain String Band and Rebirth Brass Band will each draw good audiences for their outdoor performances and also earned the last show in the High Sierra Music Hall during each late night.

Other standout acts include Rebelution, a Cali-Reggae band from Santa Barbara, and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which showcases the Black Crowes’ frontman with a fresh ensemble.

More than 60 bands and musicians will be featured in seven venues throughout the fairgrounds, along with High Sierra’s special blend of additional enjoyments.

Parades, fire performances and costumes create a vibrant atmosphere for the event. An ambiance crew spends days decorating before the festival begins, and art is everywhere.

Mixed in with everything is a host of unique booths and vendors, giving participants plenty to explore, from colorful clothing to exotic instruments.

Food and beverages are also a big attraction at the festival. Gyros, African cuisine and egg rolls are among the many food booths, and several popular breweries and wineries provide samplings.

Festival organizers work hard to keep everything clean and comfortable each year. The facilities are kept tidy by Clean Vibes, a waste-management company, and large shade structures are erected in front of the stages.

High Sierra Music Festival has the reputation of being a great place to bring children. Its Kidzone offers crafts, games and performances for young ones, and a large camping area is dedicated to families.

In addition, hoola hoops, costumes, Frisbees, yoga and dancing will swirl through the festivities, creating a magical atmosphere that attracts thousands of regulars each year.

This marks the 13th year the festival has been held in Quincy, bringing economic support and high-caliber entertainment to Plumas County.

 

Locals prices

Residents of Plumas and Sierra Counties are eligible for the reduced ticket prices, and must display identification with the proper zip code. There is a limit of one adult pass per I.D.

The following zip codes qualify for the discount: 95923, 95934, 95936, 95947, 95956, 95971, 95980, 95983, 95984, 96020, 96103, 96105, 96106, 96118, 96122, 96124, 96126, 96129, 96135, 96137.

Locals can buy themselves single-day tickets for the following rates: Thursday is $45 (non-local $55), Friday is $60 (non-local $80), Saturday is $60 (non-local $80) and Sunday is $55 (non-local $75).

Residents of Plumas and Sierra Counties also have the option to buy discounted multi-day passes: A four-day pass is $175 (non-local $215), a three-day pass is $165 (non-local $200) and a two-day pass is $125 (non-local $165).

Local kids between the ages of 6-12 can get tickets for $10 a day.

To purchase tickets, go to the box office near Trilogy Lane off Lee Road and present your driver’s license or other form of identification.

 

Neighbors program

A select few number of people who live within the immediate vicinity of the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds will be eligible for the Quincy Neighbors Program at the High Sierra Music Festival.

Residents must present proof of residency at the box office to receive the special pricings.

The following addresses in Quincy qualify for the neighbors, discount: 500 block of Bell Lane, Bresciani Circle, Fairgrounds Road, 1026-1790 Lee Road, Manzanita Way, North Mill Creek Road, Peppard Flat Road, Pioneer Road, Pony Drive, Redberg Avenue, Redberg Lane, Rogers Road, Sierra Park Road, South Redberg Avenue, Sugar Pine Drive, Weldon and West Street.

Those with proof of residency at a qualifying address can purchase one-day tickets for $15 on Thursday, $25 on Friday, $25 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday. A four-day pass may by bought for $75.

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