High Sierra Music Festival is an Unpretentious Shredfest

The Grass is Always Bluer

Photo by Stuart Philkill

Photo by Stuart Philkill

Finally, a California music festival with exceptional performances, eye-catching costumes and an incredible vibe without all the intensity and self-importance of a life-changing experience! With a summer full of events promising transformation, it’s refreshing just to get down to some noodly bluegrass in the mountains. High Sierra Music Festival (HSMF) takes place every year over the July 4th weekend at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds a few hours north of San Francisco. The event looks a lot like other west coast festivals with expressive outfits, legacy tribes, cool art and breathtaking performances, but there is something missing…and in this case less is definitely more. Without the ostentatiousness of defining a new way of living, HSMF is an epic experience that is also completely unassuming.