Americana Fest roars into town

The Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival comes to the fairgrounds in Quincy this Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1. Fair Manager John Steffanic anticipates the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival will become one of the premier regional festivals within five years.

It doesn’t hurt that the festival features major quality entertainment and that locals can enjoy the event alongside visitors to the area.

Peter Rowan, a headliner since the first festival has insisted on returning because he enjoys the venue and audience so much. Rowan will perform Friday night (Aug. 30) alongside the Zinger Phillips Band on the main stage.

Saturday night will feature the award-winning Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood playing a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old-time, country, bluegrass and blues. North Country Blue joins them on stage.


Sunday’s headliners are the Newport Nightingales from Portland, Oregon. “They fall under the category of Americana, but nowhere near bluegrass!” said Steffanic. Folks can twist a heel and swing a hip to music of the 1930s that carried America through the great depression and reflected our recovery after 1941.

On Saturday, the festival welcomes back Sourdough Slim, along with Bob Armstrong, singing cowboy music and spinning Old West Yarns. Along the same vein, Cowboy Poet Tony Argento of Vinton fame will perform a couple of times on the Old Town Stage.

Local band members of Now & Then will appear on stage this year as well as Lilah Washburn and the Quincy Pickers as they represent the abundance of musical talent in Plumas County.

Now & Then, featuring legends Hank Alrich and Dave and Shelley Johns, will kick off the festival performing Friday at 3 p.m. on the Pavilion Stage.


“These musicians are well known and respected in the larger bluegrass community and we’re honored to have them represent our local talent,” said Steffanic. Johnny Walker and his magical harmonica will perform the National Anthem on the main stage Saturday night, around 5:50 p.m.

Details, including performers, tentative schedule, ticket and camping options are all on the website