High Sierra 2010: Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer
By 3pm on the second day of High Sierra, I felt like I had already seen a few living legends in the flesh with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band set and Nels Cline’s jazz-fusion set to start the day. But I was not prepared at all to see Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, another absolute highlight of the festival for me. With a sunny and hot afternoon sun beating down on the main stage crowd, this power trio of jazz/folk musicians brought some of the most beautiful music to this festival that I’ve ever heard performed live. I didn’t listen ahead of time and I knew what sort of music to expect from Bela, but the addition of tablas and upright bass rounded out the sound and seemed fitting for the mountains of Northern California.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this festival from a photographer’s perspective, which meant that I was standing just 10 feet from these musicians and watching on with folks like Marc Friedman standing right next to me. The music, the setting, the vibe, the feeling — it was stunning. I had the hugest grin when I went back to meet my friends after I shot the set; truly inspiring.
Here are my photos:
Check out these amazing videos someone else shot from most of the set:
About the author
Justin Ward is the Editor at Live Music Blog and has been with the site from the very beginning. He currently lives in San Francisco and regularly tweets other stuff over @justinpward.
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