Keep Tahoe Bluegrass: Les Claypool, Railroad Earth among headliners for 2016 WinterWonderGrass at Squaw | SierraSun.com

Keep Tahoe Bluegrass: Les Claypool, Railroad Earth among headliners for 2016 WinterWonderGrass at Squaw

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Music lovers came by the masses to enjoy the inaugural festival in 2015.
Courtesy Jason M. Abraham |

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Bluegrass stalwarts Railroad Earth and Greensky Bluegrass, Primus bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, and many more musical stars will be part of the second annual WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival next spring.

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows this week announced the three-day music festival will return April 1-3, 2016.

The ski resort labels the event as “a boutique winter music and craft beer festiva;” that draws “from Olympic Valley’s natural beauty and mountain lifestyle.”

In all, 20 bands and 16 California breweries will be featured,

Headliners next year include Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon and Elephant Revival, while Claypool, a Northern California native, will grace the stage with his bluegrass act, Duo De Twang.

Travelin’ McCoury’s, Brothers Comatose, Dustbowl Revival and Shook Twins will also perform. Additional artists include members of Fruition, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang, Mandolin Orange and more.

Aside from music and brews, WinterWonderGrass supports local North Tahoe nonprofits with a focus on sustainable living. Next year, WinterWonderGrass is partnering with Tahoe Food Hub, Tahoe Fund, The Shane McConkey Foundation and Rex Foundation.

WinterWonderGrass is also a community and family friendly event, according to Squaw, with a colorful kid’s zone including face painting, hula hooping and crafts.

Tickets went on sale this week at http://www.winterwondergrass.com. Early bird three-day passes start at $129.