WinterWonderGrass: Tahoe String Scene

The spring's-starting music festival revels in rootsy, bluegrass-good tunesmithery.

WHILE SPRINGTIME AND SOUNDS... weave together, annually, in wonderful ways, the big sound-oriented spectaculars have a way of landing later in the season, or even summer. For gathering for a huge multi-day concert, outdoors, is an April classic (at least 'round the desert) or something that's done in July and August (look to Outside Lands, and many others). But early spring, even the beginning of spring, has a freshness that pairs well with fresh sounds, and if you put all of that fresh-o-rama up in the mountains, where snow is likely to be on the ground? The fresh factor goes through the non-existent roof. It is just this sort of sparkling, invigorating, and oh-so-crisp feeling that pairs well with the rootsy, bluegrassy ways of WinterWonderGrass. The strings-sweet extravaganza is a Tahoe favorite, and, nope, it isn't a late-spring or summertime staple. It happens when springtime has just kicked off, in its very nascent days, which means in 2017 it is indeed starting in...

MARCH: Okay, so it is the last day of March, the 31st, and it all wraps by April 2, but we do believe we can still call this a season-starter, one that revs up adjacent to all of those lovely Squaw Valley snowflakes. The last two years were sold out, do know, so if you want to get on board to sway along to the music of The Dustbowl Revival, or Yonder Mountain String Band, or The Infamous Stringdusters, or Hot Buttered Rum, schuss toward your ticket as quickly as a skier heads down a freshly powdered slope. Yes, we said "freshly" again, for it is fresh, to hear snappy stringful sounds, at the start of springtime, up among the snowy peaks. Need the full rundown, the brew-oriented outlook, and to get your ticket 411? Keep schussing, and schuss on over here, bluegrass buffs.

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