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July 3, 2013
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Beer and Bluegrass collide at Northstar

Anyone of the opinion that craft beers and live bluegrass music form an enjoyable combination would do well to head to Northstar California Saturday, for the sixth annual Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival.

Attendees can sample draft brews from more than 30 local and regional breweries, including 21st Amendment, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada, while two bluegrass-themed bands will provide live acoustic music throughout the afternoon.

Self-described “Americali” musicians Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman will start the entertainment. Walker released her debut album “Gold Rush Goddess” last year, recorded by her and Groopman in a historic seaside general store in Caspar, Calif. The music draws on “rock, jazz, classical, Afrobeat, samba and Balkan folk,” as well as traditional bluegrass, according to the duo’s website.

Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line will take the stage at 5 p.m. This Nashville-based quintet is led by front woman Nora Jane Struthers, one-time singer and songwriter for Alaskan band Bearfoot. Struthers has appeared in France and Germany as well as throughout the U.S. She has worked with bluegrass greats including Tim O’Brien and Stuart Duncan.

A portion of the festival proceeds will go to Truckee Trails Foundation, a North Lake Tahoe organization advocating for the building and maintenance of hiking trails in the region.

Dogs are not permitted within the beer garden, and organizers advise against bringing them to the event.

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Sierra Sun Updated Jul 3, 2013 08:10PM Published Jul 3, 2013 05:38PM Copyright 2013 Sierra Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.