With more snow in the forecast, and my heart still reminiscing about the beautiful moments at WWG Colorado, there is no other place I would rather be next month than Tahoe! I missed the first WWG California last year, but I can’t wait to join in on the fun in April! Bonfire Entertainment is mixing the finest ingredients of North Lake Tahoe lifestyle and delivering a batch to local music enthusiasts and the global winter audience!
WinterWonderGrass California will bring together lively national, regional, and local bluegrass and acoustic roots music, California craft beers, wines, spirits, and warm local food to surround locals and the valley’s experience seeking guests in a winter wonderland. Squaw Valley and the High Sierra are the glowing backdrop for families and friends to dance, mingle, and reconnect!
This community gathering focuses on sustainability, local non-profits, and support of the arts while planting the seed for long term growth into one of two premier winter bluegrass, roots music, and beer festivals in the United States.
While there are many similarities between WWG Colorado and WWG Tahoe, there are also many differences. Let’s check out what to expect in Tahoe next month.
More of the Same (Thank you!)
Colorado featured two nights of this incredible bluegrass / rock / jam band, and I can’t wait for more! Their light show is incredible, they rip into their acoustic instruments like a rock band, and their improvisational jams reel me in for more and more. As their incredible mandolin player, Paul Hoffman, explains, “greensky is the complete opposite of bluegrass. So, by definition, we are contrasting everything that isn’t bluegrass with everything that is.” Along with Hoffman, Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck on dobro, Michael Arlen Bont on banjo, Dave Bruzza on guitar, and Mike Devol on the upright bass.
This Boulder, CO jam band blends bluegrass, rock, country, and cajun/zydeco into their self-proclaimed Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass. Starring Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard), Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle), Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo), Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass), and Alwyn Robinson (drums), I can’t wait to see more of these guys in Tahoe!
The Dustbowl Revival
Formed in Los Angeles, CA, this bluegrass / swing /soul / funk / blues band stole my heart at WWG Colorado last year, and I certainly didn’t get it back during their shows this year! Don’t miss their late night show with Brothers Comatose in Tahoe!
Ohhh the McCoury brothers! Sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue to bring incredible bluegrass alongside fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram.
WinterWonderGrass just wouldn’t be the same without free beer tastings! The breweries will be different, featuring California beers rather than Colorado, but we really can’t go wrong either way!
Late Night Options
As incredible as the festival is, the late nights really finish the night off with a bang. It is great to get inside as the nights are getting cold, and the small venues give you a much more intimate feel. In Tahoe there are two late night locations, offering a variety of unbelievable music.
Tram to Table
Trout Steak Revival and The Lil Smokies will each perform in one tram car on the ride to High Camp, 8000′ above the High Sierra. Guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail hour with samplings from Sierra Nevada Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Long Meadow Ranch Wintery, and Breckenridge Distillery, followed by a localled sourced family meal with more live music. For more information head here.
I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Railroad Earth for a couple years now and that was a huge pull for me to go to Tahoe! Somewhat a jam band, with bluegrass and rock n’ roll influences, they are a hard band to classify as anything but amazing to listen to. Led by front man Todd Sheaffer on vocals and acoustic guitar, Railroad features Tim Carbone (violins, electric Guitar, vocals), John Skehan (mandolin, bouzouki, piano, vocals), Andy Goessling (acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, lap steel, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones, vocals), Carey Harmon (drums, hand percussion, vocals), and Andrew Altman (upright and electric bass).
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang
This was definitely my highlight from WWG Colorado in 2015, and I can’t wait to experience the show again in Tahoe! Les Claypool always knows how to get the crowd dancing, and they just keep wanting more and more!
Trout Steak Revival
One of my favorite bands to catch bouncing around Colorado, this five-piece bluegrass band from Denver always reminds me why I love living in the mountains. Starring Bevin Foley on fiddle, Casey Houlihan on bass, Steve Foltz on mandolin and guitar, Will Koster on dobro and guitar, and Travis McNamara on banjo, their late night with WWG Allstars and members of Fruition will be one not to miss!
The Shook Twins
Hailing originally from Idaho but residing in Portland, identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook always put on an incredible show. An indie-folk duo at heart, the twin’s sound includes a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. They are bound to end up on stage with Elephant Revival, or vice versa, or perhaps even both (wishful thinking)!
I missed Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law at WWG Colorado! Alongside Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass), Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo), and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass), this Nederland, CO band has always been a WWG favorite. As they say, “where words fail, music speaks” and Elephant Revival knows just how to touch your heart.
Another Nederland, CO band, Gipsy Moon is an acoustic four-piece group that write and sing primarily about nature, mountains, sunsets, and starry moon lit nights. Featuring the beautiful Mackenzie Page (guitar, tenor banjo, vocals), Silas Herman (mandolin, octave mandolin), Andrew Conley (cello), Matt Cantor (bass, guitar, vocals), you won’t want to miss them in Tahoe!
Music & Mountain Package
WWG is offering a “Music & Mountain” package – 3 days of skiing at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows AND a 3 day festival pass! You will definitely want to get up on the mountain – Squaw is reporting over 110 inches of fresh snow just in the last 9 days! For another added bonus, the package includes a private show at the top of Emigrant Lift on Sunday, April 3rd!
Is it April yet?! I don’t think I can wait another second. Check out the full schedule and buy your tickets before it sells out!