Robert Plant and Primus are among the artists that will help Quincy, California celebrate Independence Day at the High Sierra Festival this year.
The 2013 incarnation of the event will be held July 4-7. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the festival, which is held every year on the weekend of July 4. Other notable names in the lineup include moe., Thievery Corporation, Leftover Salmon, North Mississippi Allstars, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steel Pulse and the Greyboy Allstars. Robert Plant will appear with his group the Sensational Space Shifters. More artists are expected to be announced in the future.
The wording of the festival’s drug policy is pretty great. After declaring in all caps that “NO ALCOHOL OR DRUG SALES” will be tolerated, the official website goes on to say, “keep in mind that marijuana use is illegal without a prescription, and blatant use of it offends community standards. Please be aware of this and use common sense.” Also (and possibly related), remember that there are to be no drum circles at the festival from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Four-day advance ticket packages are available through May 13 (or while supplies last) are $187. It has not been announced how much the tickets will be after that point. It should also be noted that on-site vehicle passes are $95, though tent camping is included in the admission price.
A portion of the funds from the festival go to the High Sierra Foundation, a non-profit founded in 2003 “to raise awareness and funds for worthwhile organizations related to music, art education and social justice,” according to the website. Funds have previously been donated to Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Meals on Wheels, Plumas Rural Services, Grassroots United, Conscious Alliance and other organizations. Additional donations can be made on the festival’s website.
The 13th annual incarnation of the festival will be held May 24-26, 2013 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, which just north of Peoria, Illinois.
Other acts that will appear at the festival include moe. (performing all three days), Umphrey’s McGee (performing two days), STS9, Yonder Mountain String Band, Taj Mahal Trio, Zeds Dead, Keller Williams and More Than Little, and many more that will be announced at a later date. In all, 75 artists will perform at the festival on seven stages.
“The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois,” said a statement on the official website of the festival. “About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 6 stages over 4 days. And while our numbers have grown, Summer Camp still maintains the same energy and family feel we had when we started over a decade ago.”
The website also points out that the festival nearly triples the population of Chillicothe during the weekend it takes place. Artists that have performed at the festival in the past including Willie Nelson, the Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, Les Claypool, Skrillex, the Roots and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.
A three-day ticket purchase includes a camping pass for the festival, however, if festival goers want to camp the Thursday night before the festival, they much purchase a Thursday Pre-Party pass. Festival organizers will be releasing further information about VIP Packages and RV Passes in the coming weeks.
This summer Thievery Corporation, the renowned DJ duo, will be hitting the road to support “Culture of Fear,” their new studio album.
A full band will accompany the pair from Washington, D.C. for two shows ahead of the album’s June 28 release. They will be playing in Brooklyn on June 24 and in Atlantic City, NJ on June 25 with Dave Matthews Band Caravan.
For July and August, Thievery Corporation will be visiting Europe and Australia, before returning to the states to launch another American outing that kicks off in Aspen, CO on August 13. The band so far is scheduled to stop in eight major markets in North America before wrapping up in Oakland, CA for two nights on September 16 and 17.
More dates are going to be added soon according to the duo’s website.
On June 28 “Culture of Fear” will be released. The set is the sixth studio album from Thievery Corporation and is a followup to “Radio Retaliation,” the group’s 2008 album. The new set will feature special guests, including LouLou, the Persian singer, vocalist Shana Halligan from Bitter Sweet and Mr. Lif, a hip-hop artist from Boston.
Turn tabling duo Thievery Corporation joins forces with another music duo, the British trip-hop act Massive Attack for a tour that will hit North American soil this fall.
The upcoming tour will be unveiled on October 18 in Montreal’s Bell Centre and will entail 13 more stops before it concludes on November 7 in Universal City, CA. The tour also includes a two-night stop in NYC’s Beacon Theater on October 21 and 22.
The trip-hop and electronic powerhouse acts will be accompanied by at least 15 other musical acts to deliver a night of up-tempo beats of acid jazz, dub, reggae, house and techno. Also expect the two headlining acts to play tracks from their albums – “It Takes a Thief” which is Thievery Corporation’s greatest hits compilation and is due to come out on September 21, and Massive Attack’s early spring release “Heligolan”.
Tickets for all shows will be available via Ticketmaster except for the tour’s lone Canadian stop and tour opener in Montreal on October 18 where tickets can be accessed through the Evenko website.
Washington, DC-bred Thievery Corporation is composed of DJs Eric Hilton and Rob Garza while Massive Attack features trip-hop experts Grant Marshall and Robert del Naja who both hail from Bristol, UK.
2010 Massive Attack/Thievery Corporation Concert Tour
18 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
19 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
21, 22 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
26 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater
27 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
30 – Asheville, NC – Ashevill Civic Center (MOOG Festival)
1 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
4 – La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena
5 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
6 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
7 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater