Truckee River Bluegrass Festival is July 5 |

Truckee River Bluegrass Festival is July 5

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 BandTony Furtado plays banjo and guitar, frequently using a slide on both instruments, and his playing is ferocious. Thunderous. Kind of 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.Acoustic SyndicateAcoustic Syndicate is ready to redefine the meaning of acoustic music. Their high-energy, truly original sound is infecting not only Southeast audiences (where they have been selling out the larger venues in most major markets for year), but audiences in the Rocky Mountain states, the Mid-Atlantic and New England as well. The Syndicate is definitely on the rise.Railroad EarthRailroad Earth is a band whose path was cleared long before they ever played their first note.Made up of some of the best players from other popular Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey bands, the band members had known of each other and played the same scene for years before finally coming together.Doors open for the first annual Truckee River Bluegrass Festival at 5 p.m. Truckee Regional Park is on Hwy 267, just one mile from downtown Truckee.No ice chests, dogs, glass or alcohol can be brought in to the park.Advanced tickets are available at: North Lake Tahoe/Truckee: Hyatt, Squaw Valley Community Market, Joby’s, New Moon Natural Foods and Musaic; South Lake Tahoe: Mad About Music, Tahoe Records & Tapes, Tahoe Hemp Company; Reno: Soundwave CD’s and Recycled Records; Carson: Java Joe’s; Online at; and at all 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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