By John Steffanic
Plumas Sierra County Fair Manager
You should plan on spending a beautiful Labor Day Weekend with the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival. Two full days of amazing musicians who have two years of pent up performances in them.
Saturday, Sept. 3 features two headliners; the Keith Little Band featuring Tristan Clarridge and the Bowties. The music starts at noon with top West Coast talent along with a few local performers.
Sunday the 4th begins with a church gathering in Old Town featuring gospel music performed by the Plumas Homegrown house band, the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers. The festival wraps up Sunday night with the St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band performing Dixieland, jazz and New Orleans funeral music. Both days will be filled with popular festival performers like the Heifer Belles, Sweet Sally, Stone & Straw Band and Lilah Washburn & the Quincy Pickers.
Through it all, festival goers can visit Barky’s Stage. Bring your instrument and jam with other attendees, listen to local musicians, shop for some special music items and just hang out under the trees.
One of the special treats that you can find at the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival is the square dance gathering in the Tulsa Scott Pavilion. Top callers and cuers in the industry guide dancers in their patterns all weekend. The wood floor and hospitality make this particular gathering a favorite for dancers throughout Northern California and Nevada. Saturday night usually brings the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers into the Tulsa Pavilion to offer dancing to live music. It is truly a magical sight to behold as these dancers swing and twirl in their colorful outfits. Anyone attending the festival is welcome to come watch, and maybe get pulled into a square!
A new attraction at this year’s event is Open Mic Night on Friday evening. This is a free event for the whole community and will be a great preview of the weekend to follow. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner hosted by Chef Mike and then tap your toes to some jamming and pickin’. Admission is free, but a donation would be welcome for the dinner. Come to the Plumas Bank Stage in Old Town at 5 pm on Sept. 2 for a good time party.
The full lineup of performers and schedule are on the festival website; www.plumasamericana.com. Tickets can be purchased on line as well. Music festival tickets are only $45. Tent or RV camping options are on the website. RV packages begin at $50 and tent packages at $30 with extra nights available before or after the festival. There is a special Sunday festival ticket available for $20 that is only available for sale at the ticket booth at the entrance to the fairgrounds.
Square Dance tickets have been reduced this year to $40 and include the Saturday BBQ and a souvenir. Dancers are welcome to take a break from dancing and take in a festival performance or two. The same camping options are available for square dance participants. Square Dance tickets are for square dancers only.
To anyone that has wondered what they could do to help out Plumas County after two devastating fires, the answer is simple; come have a party with us! A Labor Day weekend of clean mountain air, along with soul healing Americana music is just the medicine we all need.