Truckee Bluegrass Festival tonight
Renegade Productions presents the First Annual Truckee River Bluegrass Festival, Thursday, July 5 at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater on Highway 267 in Truckee.There are three bands bringing the best bluegrass and new american roots music: Tony Furtado Band from California, Acoustic Syndicate from North Carolina and Railroad Earth with the best pickers from upstate New York/New Jersey.Food and beer will be sold and arts/crafts vendors will add to the festival atmosphere. Please don’t bring dogs, cans, bottles or coolers to this festival.Tony Furtado plays banjo and guitar, frequently using a slide on both instruments, and his playing is ferocious, called by some a slightly bent psychograss sort of sound that makes you want to cut a serious rug. He has a bass player, drummer, and another guitar player, and they cover the spectrum of music, from folky bluegrass tunes with lyrics, to funk, jazz, and probably everything in between. It is serious modern-day hoedown stuff.Tony seems to span the genres a lot more during first sets… hitting on calypso, bluegrass, salsa, blues, funk, rock & roll and a little psychedelia.The band still touches the genres listed above and more during second sets, but seem to be using a giant melting pot to create a sound that is distinctively their own. They deserve a spot right next to some other “jam bands” whose names are getting around.Doors open for the first annual Truckee River Bluegrass Festival at 5 p.m.Advanced tickets are available at: North Lake Tahoe/Truckee: Hyatt, Squaw Valley Community Market, Joby’s, New Moon Natural Foods and Musaic; Online at http://www.ticketweb.com; and at all Tickets.com ticket outlets. Credit card phone orders: (510) 601-TWEB or (530) 583-2801. Kids under 5 are free while kids 5-12 are half price at the door. For more information call (530) 583-2801.or (775) 337-8344.
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