(lineup update here)

The 17th Annual High Sierra Music Festival has announced its initial artist line-up. The Quincy, CA festival runs from Thursday, July 5th through Sunday, July 8th, 2007, and so far, includes the following artists:

Yonder Mountain String Band
Leftover Salmon (recently reunited!)
Les Claypool
Del McCoury Band
Chris Thile & The How to Grow a Band
featuring Bryan Sutton
Mavis Staples
Tea Leaf Green
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express
Strings For Industry (featuring Darol Anger, Tony Furtado,
Scott Law, Tye North and Carlton Jackson)

The Waybacks
Brett Dennen
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot 8 Brass Band
The New Mastersounds
Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing
Chicago Afrobeat Project
The Mammals
Toubab Krewe
Great American Taxi
Jake Shimabukuro
Tony Furtado
Blue Turtle Seduction
Jamie Janover
That 1 Guy
Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Ryan Montbleau Band
Eddie Roberts’ Roughneck
Tzol & Tierro: the Kan’Nal Acoustic Duo
56 Hope Road
…and more acts TBA

As is usually the case, High Sierra’s line-up has a definitive West Coast vibe along with, in my opinion, a solid streak of bluegrass and jam-friendly bands. High Sierra does not appear to have much interest in going for the Indie Rock crowd, as we’ve seen some other festivals do in recent years. Looks pretty solid to me.

Looks like early bird tickets are on sale now for $145 and will be available at this price through March 26th or until they’re all sold. Get the rest of your ticket info at the HSMF website.

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