WinterWonderGrass lineup announced for 7th annual event at Lake Tahoe

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In this 2019 file photo, Fruition performs at WinterWonderGrass at Palisades Tahoe in 2019.
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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — WinterWonderGrass Festival has announced its lineup for the 7th annual family-friendly event that takes place next spring.

The lineup for the March 31-April 2 event includes 25 bands across four stages, including WinterWonderGrass veterans, Trampled by Turtles and Greensky Bluegrass, plus newcomers Marcus King, The Main Squeeze, and The Lone Bellow. The weekend rounds out with Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Mapache, Neal Francis, Tray Wellington Band, Big Richard, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Lindsay Lou, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Cris Jacobs Band, the Brothers Comatose, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, Pickin’ on the Dead and others.

Originating in Colorado since 2013, WinterWonderGrass found its second home in California two years later. The boutique music festival brings together some of the best in bluegrass and Americana. Set over three days, attendees will experience a spectacular mountain backdrop, welcoming community, sustainable awareness, a lively kids zone, carefully curated local food vendors, spirits, and world class craft beer and seltzer (with complimentary tastings).

Mark your calendars (and prep your lift tickets) for the free Thursday Kickoff Show in The Village at Palisades Tahoe, followed by a weekend of music, brews, and mountains with bluegrass and Americana favorites. Inside the venue, you will find an open-air outdoor mainstage, three side stages (tented and heated), plus daily beer, whiskey, and spiked seltzer complimentary tastings for those 21 and over, from 3-5 p.m.

The seeds of WinterWonderGrass were planted back in the 90’s, as founder Scotty Stoughton followed the band, The Grateful Dead on the West and East Coasts. His “Dead-Head” experience as a fan, hand drummer and grilled cheese salesmen combined with years in Colorado as an event producer and performer gave him the inspiration and vision to launch an event focused on community.

Stoughton said, “The intention behind WinterWonderGrass and all our Bonfire Entertainment events is to hold space for a mindful, clean and comforting fan experience. First and foremost, we create this for the people, the communities, and our artists. WWG is itself a community; our attendees share our passion for protecting the environment, tasty craft brew, authentic music, and collective kindness.”

The first WinterWonderGrass kicked off at The Crazy Mountain Brewery, Edwards Colorado in 2013. After two years of sold out festivals, and incredible response from the Colorado community, Stoughton made a trip to the majestic High Sierras with an intent to expand the bluegrass family. Standing on a worn out parking lot below the world famous Tahoe Tram, he declared the new WinterWonderGrass location. 

GA, VIP, Ski/Ride, Tram to Table passes and Lodging on sale now at Children 12 and under are free.

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