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Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival set for Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend will see the fifth Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival come to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy Sept. 1 – 3.

“From bluegrass to cowboy, and folk to jazz, the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival has built its reputation on offering a variety of styles built on a firm foundation of bluegrass,” said organizer John Steffanic.

The headliner Saturday, Sept. 1, is Banana and the Bunch, featuring Lowell Levinger, founder of the Youngbloods. Levinger began his career in bluegrass and continues to perform with a variety of musicians. Opening for Banana and the Bunch is music group Salty Sally; some of these young performers have appeared at the festival before, as well as at High Sierra Music Festival.

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Sunday evening features Dirty Cello, led by crossover cellist Rebecca Roudman. From Iceland to Italy, and all over the United States, the San Francisco–based band brings a high-energy and unique spin on blues, rock, and Americana, Steffanic reports. The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, the festival’s “house band,” will open for Dirty Cello.

The traditional Square Dancing in the Mountains event happens in conjunction with the Americana Festival, said Steffanic.

The festival begins with a free evening Friday, Sept. 1, featuring an open mic night with a spaghetti dinner by donation. Everyone is invited to visit and enjoy. Saturday’s performances begin at noon with Banana and the Bunch taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. Sunday begins with a gospel service at 10 a.m. and more bands starting at noon. The festival culminates with Dirty Cello at 8 p.m.

The lineup also includes Sage Creek, Front Porch, Sierra Sweethearts, Dust In My Coffee, Ten Dollar Pony, and Silver City. In between the stage performances, attendees can wander over to Barky’s Stage for art displays, pickin’, and workshops. Local musicians will stop in to perform in a more casual atmosphere and everyone is welcome to participate, said Steffanic.

RV and tent camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All the sites are on grass and some are shaded. The fairgrounds opens its shower rooms throughout the weekend. The RV sites have electricity and water. (Note that there is no sanitary dump service available on site.)

Food vendors and beer will be available all weekend.

Tickets for the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival are $50. Tickets for Square Dancing in the Mountains are $50. Participants for either event are welcome to visit the other; however, note that some square dancing events are only open to active square dancers. Camping packages start at $55 for two nights of RV camping and $35 for two nights of tent camping. Extra nights are available. Tickets and camping can be purchased at

Information submitted by Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival

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