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Friday, July 5
 

10:15am PDT

High Sierra Funk Jam (participatory playshop)
Get your weekend off on the good foot!   Music educator Sean Leahy and Tea Leaf Green's Eric DiBerardino invite you to come participate in a relatively new High Sierra tradition. Bring your axe, horn, sticks, voice or dancing shoes as Sean & Eric take you through a variety of Funk songs, styles and jams. All players and all ages are welcome to come jam on stage at High Sierra!  Learn some new songs, new licks and meet fellow players at this unique experience.

Artists
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Sean Leahy

Guitarist, educator and composer Sean Leahy may be a stranger to you but he is no stranger to the Bay Area music scene or High Sierra. The Massachusetts native and Berklee College of Music graduate was the founding member of the  band Boomshanka who made a major splash in S.F. In... Read More →


Friday July 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
`Music Hall

12:00pm PDT

By The Time We Got To Woodstock
Woodstock! The mother of the modern day music festival. It shaped and changed the way generations from 1969 - 2019 experienced live music, community and counterculture as well as everyday life. Sean Leahy, Eric DiBerardino and a cast of High Sierra All-Stars kick off this years playshop sessions with a nod to the 50th anniversary of the legendary festival as they cover jams by Santana, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and much more!

Artists
avatar for Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy

Guitarist, educator and composer Sean Leahy may be a stranger to you but he is no stranger to the Bay Area music scene or High Sierra. The Massachusetts native and Berklee College of Music graduate was the founding member of the  band Boomshanka who made a major splash in S.F. In... Read More →


Friday July 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
`Music Hall

2:00pm PDT

Celebrating the Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival (Cris Jacobs Band)
Creedence Clearwater Revival were one of the most widely revered and commercially successful bands of the late sixties/early seventies and though they hailed from San Francisco their swamp-boogie blues-rock sound had its roots firmly in the south. Their sound was unmistakable, led by the ring of John Fogerty's voice and the snap and twang of his and brother Tom's guitar riffs along with the locked in rhythm section of Stu Cook on bass and Doug Clifford on drums. Who better than the Cris Jacobs band, an outstanding four piece roots rock band with the same two guitar/bass/drums line-up to pay tribute to one of America's most notable bands. 

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Cris Jacobs Band

FacebookInstagramTwitter Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. After a decade as principal songwriter and frontman for beloved Baltimore-based band The Bridge, Jacobs released his debut solo album, the critically acclaimed Songs f... Read More →


Friday July 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
`Music Hall

3:45pm PDT

Return Of The Skerik Improv Session (Skerik and friends)
Saxophonist Skerik is synonymous with High Sierra. He's been a part of more bands (from Garage A Trois to Critters Buggin' to DRKWAV to Les Claypool's bands) and performed in more sets than any other musician in the history of High Sierra! Skerik's a master musician with unlimited capacity and is comfortable in any musical setting. Good things always happen when Skerik's at the helm and we welcome he and his cohorts as they walk the musical high-wire without a net. 

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Skerik (at Large)

FacebookTwitterSkerik is an American saxophonist from Seattle, Washington. Performing on the tenor and baritone saxophone, often with electronics and loops, Skerik is a pioneer in a playing style that has been dubbed saxophonics. He is a founding member of Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois, Tuatara, an... Read More →


Friday July 5, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
`Music Hall

5:15pm PDT

Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra Take It To The Floor!
When Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra feel really connected with an audience a member of the band will say "let's take it to the floor!" at which point they'll leave the stage and come on down into the audience, circle up and finish the set. That kind of spontaneous shift makes for some magical moments allowing the audience to feel that much closer to the music. Join Marty and company as they TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR for an entire set, setting up in the middle of the room and eliminating the traditional barrier between performer and spectator - making the set one big inclusive experience.  

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Marty O’Reilly &amp The Old Soul Orchestra

VideoFacebookInstagramJust when you think American roots music should be relegated to the dusty confines of a purist’s museum it will surprise you with a paradigm shift. Take Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra— passing through tradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.The Santa Cruz, California-based q... Read More →


Friday July 5, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm PDT
`Music Hall
 
Saturday, July 6
 

10:15am PDT

High Sierra Blue Jam (participatory playshop)
Rise and shine and shake those blues!  Sean Leahy and Eric DiBerardino Invite all to come jam on a wide spectrum of blues songs and styles. From the roots of Robert Johnson to the modern blues expressions of Gary Clark Jr and more. The Blues is a universal language that welcomes all!  Bring your instrument and come have some fun!!

Artists
avatar for Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy

Guitarist, educator and composer Sean Leahy may be a stranger to you but he is no stranger to the Bay Area music scene or High Sierra. The Massachusetts native and Berklee College of Music graduate was the founding member of the  band Boomshanka who made a major splash in S.F. In... Read More →


Saturday July 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
`Music Hall

12:00pm PDT

drēmo : phoffman and Devol (Paul Hoffman and Mike Devol of Greensky Bluegrass)
Upright bassist Mike Devol and mandolin player Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass) occasionally play as a duo under the name drēmo, a name they came up with at High Sierra some years ago. Join them for a special playshop featuring songs of Greensky, stories, harmonies and anecdotes fueled by 15 years of close camaraderie featuring guest appearances by friends unnamed.  

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Greensky Bluegrass

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitter After 18 years together, up to 175 shows per year, nearly 1,000 different setlists, six studio albums, and a litany of live releases, Greensky Bluegrass embodies more than just music for members Anders Beck [dobro], Michael Arlen Bont [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [uprigh... Read More →


Saturday July 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
`Music Hall

1:30pm PDT

Lebo's High Sierra Ramble: 50 In The Rearview - Songs from 1969 (Lebo, ALO, Jay Lane, Reed Mathis, Reid Genauer, Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Jeremy Schon of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more)
1969 was one of the most important years in the history of popular music.  Simply put, there were leaps and bounds happening all over the place.  Frank Zappa debuted Peaches En Regalia, The Beatles took to the stage together for the very last time, Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers released their first album, Miles Davis released the seminal albums “In a Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew”, Eric Clapton formed Blind Faith, and so much more!  While we have several other playshops touching on this seminal year, we invite you to come on a time traveling experience and see what Lebo comes up with as he puts 50 in the rearview and curates a musical journey through some of his personal favorites from this ground breaking year in music!

Artists
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ALO

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterMaking their official HS stage debut back in 2002, the members of ALO have become familiar faces around the Quincy fairgrounds. Famous late-nights, campsite serenades, and heartfelt playshop/troubadour appearances mark just some of the unforgettable moments. Built out of the childho... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Hartswick (at Large)

Jennifer Hartswick (at Large)

Trumpeter and vocalist, Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. She exudes confidence and joy and brings her own refreshing spirit to the stage every time she performs. Jennifer’s music is honest, soulful and comes with a maturity far beyond her... Read More →
avatar for Lebo (at Large)

Lebo (at Large)

Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz is a six-string gunslinger and singer known for his musical innovation, unprecedented versatility, deft of song craft and irresistible charm. Inherently committed to an improvisational approach, he embodies the realm of melodic, soulful, rock. Possessing a... Read More →
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Natalie Cressman (at Large)

VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterPossessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream, Natalie Cressman is a rising singer/songwriter and trombonist who draws inspiration from a vast array of deep and powerful musical currents. She is releasing her 5th album in April 2019, this time in collaboration with Brazili... Read More →
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Reid Genauer & Folks

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterReid Genauer is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Strangefolk and Assembly Of Dust.He recently released a new album under the moniquer Reid Genauer & Folks “Conspire to Smile. The album features more than two dozen musicians all of whom donated their time and talent... Read More →


Saturday July 6, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
`Music Hall

3:30pm PDT

Classic Album Hour: The Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed" (Simon Kurth & Mescalito, Jen Hartswick, Cris Jacobs Band, Jeremy Schon of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Shook Twins, Joe and Hattie Craven, the Rainbow Girls, Bo Carper and more)
1969 was a landmark year and one of the seminal albums to be released was 'Let it Bleed' by the Rolling Stones. It was a turning point for the band with Brian Jones departing and Mick Taylor coming into the fold while the record was being made. The songs and arrangements echoed the tumultuous nature of the times, and struck a chord that has rung true for the generations of fans it has influenced. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of this album, Simon Kurth and Mescalito will lead a stellar cast of special guests through a live performance of the entire album. So slip back in time to 1969, and transport yourself to the front row and hear these iconic songs performed by some of your favorite High Sierra artists!

Artists
avatar for Bo Carper

Bo Carper

Founding member of New Monsoon, Bo Carper’s rootsy and reflective acoustic guitar style is contrasted by a fiery repertoire of right hand tapping and percussive techniques. His unconventional banjo playing in New Monsoon blends a love of classical Indian music with his deep West... Read More →
avatar for Cris Jacobs Band

Cris Jacobs Band

FacebookInstagramTwitter Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. After a decade as principal songwriter and frontman for beloved Baltimore-based band The Bridge, Jacobs released his debut solo album, the critically acclaimed Songs f... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Hartswick (at Large)

Jennifer Hartswick (at Large)

Trumpeter and vocalist, Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. She exudes confidence and joy and brings her own refreshing spirit to the stage every time she performs. Jennifer’s music is honest, soulful and comes with a maturity far beyond her... Read More →
avatar for Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterThere is no label to accurately describe the music of Joe Craven and the Sometimers. Acid-Rockgrass? Jazz-Fusion Americana? To try to box it in would be to crush the exuberant creative spirit that happens when Craven, Jonathan Stoyanoff, Bruce MacMillan, Barry Eldridge and Hattie Cr... Read More →
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Rainbow Girls

VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterRainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north ofCalifornia's Bay Area. Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into a beautiful sonic... Read More →
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Shook Twins

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitter“A moving testament to our life and times, Shook Twins’ emotive ‘Some Good Lives’ resonates with warm energy and raw humanity" - Atwood Magazine"Some Good Lives is as affirming as it is magical." - Popmatters“I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that... Read More →
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Simon Kurth

Simon has been performing at High Sierra since 2008 as a member of Poor Man's Whiskey, Huckle, solo at troubadour sessions, and as musical director for many playshops like Guitarmageddon and last year's classic album recreation of Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus on the Playshop... Read More →


Saturday July 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
`Music Hall

5:15pm PDT

Bean Night: Hosted by the Rainbow Girls
Rainbow Girls formed out of an underground open mic while in college in Santa Barbara, CA and though the band relocated to the Bay Area, they have kept the tradition alive, opening their house and inviting friends to share songs, poems, stories, comedy, performance art, and anything else that can be done in a crowded living room.  “Bean Night” (named for the pot of beans and rice made for those who come to share) has garnered a cult-like following up and down California and has really only existed in living rooms until now. Rainbow Girls. special guest John Craigie and a slew of friends (fShook Twins, Marty O'Reilly, Lauren Bjelde from Royal Jelly Jive and more) team up to bring you Bean Night at High Sierra. BYOBeans

Artists
avatar for Marty O’Reilly &amp The Old Soul Orchestra

Marty O’Reilly &amp The Old Soul Orchestra

VideoFacebookInstagramJust when you think American roots music should be relegated to the dusty confines of a purist’s museum it will surprise you with a paradigm shift. Take Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra— passing through tradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.The Santa Cruz, California-based q... Read More →
avatar for Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls

VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterRainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north ofCalifornia's Bay Area. Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into a beautiful sonic... Read More →
avatar for Shook Twins

Shook Twins

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitter“A moving testament to our life and times, Shook Twins’ emotive ‘Some Good Lives’ resonates with warm energy and raw humanity" - Atwood Magazine"Some Good Lives is as affirming as it is magical." - Popmatters“I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that... Read More →


Saturday July 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm PDT
`Music Hall
 
Sunday, July 7
 

10:00am PDT

Grateful Dead (participatory playshop)
They're a band beyond description -- What else is there to say? In words that Jerry told Joe Craven when they were creating the Garcia Grisman recordings, "You gotta make the music your own",  Join Joe Craven & The Sometimers along with Sean Leahy, Eric DiBerardino and Scott Guberman (Phil Lesh & Friends) as they play - and play with - this classic canon of material that has become such a significant part of the soundtrack of our lives.  

Artists
avatar for Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterThere is no label to accurately describe the music of Joe Craven and the Sometimers. Acid-Rockgrass? Jazz-Fusion Americana? To try to box it in would be to crush the exuberant creative spirit that happens when Craven, Jonathan Stoyanoff, Bruce MacMillan, Barry Eldridge and Hattie Cr... Read More →
avatar for Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy

Guitarist, educator and composer Sean Leahy may be a stranger to you but he is no stranger to the Bay Area music scene or High Sierra. The Massachusetts native and Berklee College of Music graduate was the founding member of the  band Boomshanka who made a major splash in S.F. In... Read More →


Sunday July 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
`Music Hall

11:30am PDT

Gospel In The Hall (Bo Carper, Lebo, Joe & Hattie Craven, Ron Artis & The Truth, Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra and more)
Hallelujah! Sunday morning church at High Sierra continues... Bo Carper (New Monsoon) & Lebo (ALO) host an all-star lineup that will inspire, entertain and uplift you with songs that draw from the deepest well of American music and dip into Blues, R&B, Bluegrass and more.  You don’t have to be holy to love this set, but chances are you’ll walk out feeling joyful.

Artists
avatar for Bo Carper

Bo Carper

Founding member of New Monsoon, Bo Carper’s rootsy and reflective acoustic guitar style is contrasted by a fiery repertoire of right hand tapping and percussive techniques. His unconventional banjo playing in New Monsoon blends a love of classical Indian music with his deep West... Read More →
avatar for Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterThere is no label to accurately describe the music of Joe Craven and the Sometimers. Acid-Rockgrass? Jazz-Fusion Americana? To try to box it in would be to crush the exuberant creative spirit that happens when Craven, Jonathan Stoyanoff, Bruce MacMillan, Barry Eldridge and Hattie Cr... Read More →
avatar for Lebo (at Large)

Lebo (at Large)

Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz is a six-string gunslinger and singer known for his musical innovation, unprecedented versatility, deft of song craft and irresistible charm. Inherently committed to an improvisational approach, he embodies the realm of melodic, soulful, rock. Possessing a... Read More →
avatar for Marty O’Reilly &amp The Old Soul Orchestra

Marty O’Reilly &amp The Old Soul Orchestra

VideoFacebookInstagramJust when you think American roots music should be relegated to the dusty confines of a purist’s museum it will surprise you with a paradigm shift. Take Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra— passing through tradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.The Santa Cruz, California-based q... Read More →
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Ron Artis II & The Truth

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitter To say that Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be a bit of understatement. With his family upbringing and incredible early success, you may even say it has been pre-ordained. So how does one of the great musical talents of his generation come seemingly out of no... Read More →


Sunday July 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
`Music Hall

1:30pm PDT

Soul Queen Sunday: A Tribute To Aretha and other Ladies of Soul (Hosted by Royal Jelly Jive)
The international music world lost a treasure last year when Aretha Franklin passed away and we couldn't let the year go by without paying tribute. While we wanted to shine a light on the incomparable talent Aretha possessed we also wanted to expand the love to include other Ladies of Soul such as Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simon and more. Join Royal Jelly Jive (featuring vocalist Lauren Bjelde) and friends as they pay tribute to the Queen of Soul and other soul greats! 
 

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Royal Jelly Jive

VideoFacebookInstagramTwitter“San Francisco Soul” is the best term Royal Jelly Jive can find in describing their unique and intoxicating sound. Led by dynamic front-woman Lauren Bjelde, this sultry sextet rocks into uncharted musical territories with their infectious blend of modern and throwback sensibilities. A... Read More →


Sunday July 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
`Music Hall

3:30pm PDT

Masters of Slide (Simon Kurth and Mescalito with special guests Luther Dickinson, Lebo, Lil Smokies, Jonathan Sloane, Sean Leahy, Rainbow Girls and more)
Come take a sonic journey through time and trace the evolution of slide guitar from its roots to its modern stylings. Leading us through these songs will be Simon Kurth and his band Mescalito, and a spectacular cast of guests  In addition to playing on the songs, each featured slide player will be sharing some background of what is special about the song and slide technique. From acoustic delta blues, and country lap steel to dobro picking, or rock n roll slide anthems, there's a little something for everyone in this slide playshop.

Artists
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Lebo (at Large)

Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz is a six-string gunslinger and singer known for his musical innovation, unprecedented versatility, deft of song craft and irresistible charm. Inherently committed to an improvisational approach, he embodies the realm of melodic, soulful, rock. Possessing a... Read More →
avatar for Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls

VideoFacebookInstagramTwitterRainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north ofCalifornia's Bay Area. Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into a beautiful sonic... Read More →
avatar for Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy

Guitarist, educator and composer Sean Leahy may be a stranger to you but he is no stranger to the Bay Area music scene or High Sierra. The Massachusetts native and Berklee College of Music graduate was the founding member of the  band Boomshanka who made a major splash in S.F. In... Read More →
avatar for Simon Kurth

Simon Kurth

Simon has been performing at High Sierra since 2008 as a member of Poor Man's Whiskey, Huckle, solo at troubadour sessions, and as musical director for many playshops like Guitarmageddon and last year's classic album recreation of Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus on the Playshop... Read More →
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The Lil Smokies

Watch VideoFacebookInstagramTwitter When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their most recent album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass... Read More →


Sunday July 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
`Music Hall

5:30pm PDT

Guitarmageddon plays Led Zeppelin
Guitarmageddon has been a High Sierra institution since 2005!  Born from the brain of Josh Clark, 'Geddon has been embraced by and blossomed at HSMF since it’s inception and owes it’s heart and soul to the HSMF family and community!  Come hear and see the core band of Sean Leahy, Eric DiBerardino, Dave Combs, Jeff Miller, Pamela Parker, Scott Guberman, Chris Grant, Simon Kurth and a long list of amazing guest guitarists close this years playshops with a big 50th anniversary nod to the one and only Led Zeppelin.  

Artists
avatar for Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy

Guitarist, educator and composer Sean Leahy may be a stranger to you but he is no stranger to the Bay Area music scene or High Sierra. The Massachusetts native and Berklee College of Music graduate was the founding member of the  band Boomshanka who made a major splash in S.F. In... Read More →
avatar for Simon Kurth

Simon Kurth

Simon has been performing at High Sierra since 2008 as a member of Poor Man's Whiskey, Huckle, solo at troubadour sessions, and as musical director for many playshops like Guitarmageddon and last year's classic album recreation of Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus on the Playshop... Read More →


Sunday July 7, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
`Music Hall