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Festival Beat

Published: 2006/06/26
by Mike Greenhaus

5 More: High Sierra Music Festival

Well stick with High Sierra for the time being to catch up with festival organizers Dave Margulies and Roy Carter. As previously reported, the High Sierra Music Festival will take place in Quincy, CA Independence Day weekend, featuring sets from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, My Morning Jacket, Nickel Creek, the Greyboy Allstars, Keller Williams and Son Volt, among many others. For more, be sure to check out Grace Potter and the Slip on Cold Turkeys High Sierra Preview.
Do you have a favorite festival memory?
Dave: One that comes to mind is the Anders Osborne set with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux from 2003. Here you had this wildly colorful stage presentation with Mardi Gras Indians dancing around and seated in the mix was the tabla player from Fareed Haque’s group just going for it. His tabla playing was a great complement to the percussion heavy groove going on at that moment. Visually and musically the whole thing just worked.
Roy: We had a late night double bill in 1996 with the Sam Bush Band featuring John Cowan and Leftover Salmon. Both bands were onstage along with Theresa Andersson and Anders Osborne playing New Grass Revival Tunes, along with Allman Brothers covers. It was a legendary night for all who were in the tent. Definitely one of my best festival memory and musical moments anywhere. Also, Kidnapping Mayor McCheese from Leftover Salmon in 1999 is a personal highlight.
What performance are you personally most excited to see?
Dave: Peter Apfelbaum & the New York Hieroglyphics Ensemble, Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Jake Shimabukuro, Toubab Krewe, the Steve Kimock/Jerry Joseph playshop and the George Porter, Johnny Vidacovich trio sessions playshop.
Roy: The My Morning Jacket and Surprise Me Mr. Davis Friday High Sierra Music Hall late night. I think this show will be special but could say the same for all the bands playing acts playing the fest.
Do you have any tips for fans?
Dave: See acts you’ve never seen before.
Roy: Sun screen, and plenty of water.
How has High Sierra grown or changed over the years?
Dave: It has evolved and morphed naturally into a better version of what it has always been. It’s just runs a lot smoother than it did in the early years but the same High Sierra spirit and magic still shines.
Roy: We have become more eclectic through the years in the talent we present. But watching the family like bonds that have grown between our staff, bands and patrons through the years is quite amazing to be part of.

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