16th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest graced Squaw Valley’s village for two days in support of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe | SierraSun.com

16th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest graced Squaw Valley’s village for two days in support of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

For its 16th consecutive celebration, the Brews, Jazz and Funk festival brought breweries from across California and the West awesome regional music groups to celebrate summertime in Squaw Valley on Aug. 12-13.

Soulful sounds of the jazz and funk varieties could be heard echoing from the village's main hub of activity all weekend long, as bands like The Motet out of Denver, Colo., and crowd-favorite Jelly Bread rocked their performances.

People and dogs of all shapes and sizes were in attendance, as the event was a fundraiser benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) because what's better than enjoying a tasty beer with a four-legged friend?

Stephanie Nistler, executive director of the Humane Society was at the event all weekend along with several representatives manning their booth to keep pet adoption at the forefront for the animal and fun-loving guests in attendance.

"We just want to remind people that we're here as a community resource," she said.

"Not only are we here for people looking to adopt a pet, but we also offer spay and neuter, and even food services, if needed."

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The goal of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe nonprofit, Nislter said, is to keep people and their pets together.

"We really love this event because it beings people, dogs, HSTT alum all together for a fun event and just lets us show people that we're here to support them," she said.

Owner-pup pairs were at every turn during the event, and it was tough to tell who was having more fun.

"Well, we came here for the boat show, but then saw there was a pet-friendly event at Squaw so of course we brought our dog, Monty, and here we are," said Brian Keefe of Bend, Ore., who visits frequently with family.

"It's awesome that this is a fundraiser, it's better donating to the Humane Society than someone else."

The Squaw Village Neighborhood Company is in charge of scheduling activation in The Village at Squaw all year long. Their events regularly feature a benefitting nonprofit organization, and a chance to give back.

"The Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest is what summer is all about in Squaw Valley," said Caroline Ross, executive director for the Squaw Village Neighborhood Company.

"We're excited to welcome locals, visitors, friends, and families to celebrate the season and enjoy great music and craft brews. Last year, we raised over $13,000 for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and we're thrilled to be supporting them again this year."

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.