Guitarfish Music Festival is one of the best kept secrets for local music lovers. About 20 mins from Truckee, the location makes it an easy jaunt from the Bay Area, as well as the surrounding Reno/Tahoe areas. The idyllic location and super sweet vibes make it the perfect summer escape. Prepare for a festival experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and engaged, rather than depleted and overstimulated.
Dance, river, repeat
How many festival sites have their own private river? Guitarfish does! The south fork of the Yuba River runs along the south border of the beautiful Cisco Grove Campground which becomes the festival site for the duration of the event. During the heat of the day, attendees truly can ‘dance, river, repeat’.
The funk-fueled lineup
The 2019 lineup features the likes of Kinky, The California Honeydrops, Yak Attack, Afrolicious and more. It’s an absolute treat to see these artists in an intimate setting, surrounded by trees and boulders that make the dance floor into a natural amphitheater. The size of the festival (about 2000 people) means you can get up close to the stage and still have plenty of room to move, or hang a hammock in the trees nearby and still enjoy an unobstructed view of the stage. Get a taste of what to expect with the official Guitarfish 2019 Spotify Playlist.
Do check out: Kinky – Mexican dance-infused alt-rock; The California Honeydrops – vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes; Portland based livetronica power trio Yak Attack; dance fusion party instigators Afrolicious; Smoked Out Soul – hip-hop, funk, soul fusion; Earth Arrow – Afro beat/hip-hop; jammed out eight-piece Diggin Dirt.
A truly family friendly experience
The festival is uber family friendly! They have a dedicated family camp and stage (the Starfish Stage) with special activities and performances for the younger music lovers. The sweet community vibes of the festival help to create a safe and positive space and the organizers work hard to foster this atmosphere and make the festival an inclusive experience accessible and enjoyable for all ages.
“Ultimately though what makes Guitarfish so special is the community of people who attend. Spreading love and parading the ‘come as you are’ attitude with each action, the attendees create an energy that is like no other, and will have you wishing you never left.” –Buzznet
“A hidden gem of an event in California with incredible live banks, beautiful forest, the Yuba river and insanely sweet vibes. This is where we let our hair down and celebrate some of the best musicians around, from funk to soul.” –Yogascapes
“It’s the perfect place for music lovers to unplug from their hectic daily routines and reconnect with themselves and a pop-up community of around 2,000 humans.” –Tahoe Weekly
The 9th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival is coming up July 25-28, if you’re looking for an event that’s true to its humble beginnings, where you can drop right in and feel like you’ve instantly joined the family, this is it!
More event info and tickets are available at guitarfishfestival.com.
Established in 2011, Guitarfish is an annual event known equally for its funk-tastic, groove-fueled musical line up and its beautiful setting high in the Sierra. The stage features world class live music from funk and soul to rock and electronica and everything in between. The setting, the stunning Cisco Grove campground, comes complete with a natural amphitheater for a music bowl, ample shaded camping and its own swimming hole. Guitarfish offers everything else you would expect from a large-scale festival – great music, yoga, kids activities, vendors, workshops and art – in an intimate, family friendly setting. Since 2016, Guitarfish has been partnering with the Joshua Tree Music Festival to co-produce the event.
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