High Sierra Grandstand Stage by Dave Vann

What does the word "home" mean to you? Maybe it's the place where you hang your hat, or maybe it's the place where your head hits the pillow. Perhaps it's the city where you were born, or it could be the city that you've chosen to live in once you were all grown up. Apollo Sunshine tells us in their song "Flip!" that after they've been on the other side of the world, "Home is where the heart is." One definition from dictionary.com says that home is a dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it - an environment offering security and happiness. Security and happiness comes from being around loved ones, and quite possibly, from being surrounded by friends and all of your favorite bands playing at multiple times for four days straight. For us here at JamBase, for four glorious days every year, the High Sierra Music Festival is home.

There was a lot of giddy anticipation leading up to this year's High Sierra. The organizers presented fans with a killer lineup filled with comforting and familiar festival veterans in addition to some fresh new faces. High Sierra favorites The Slip were welcomed back for their 9th consecutive year while outside-of-the-box newbies like My Morning Jacket and West Indian Girl were extremely well-received. Individual virtuosos such as electric ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile were roaming the grounds sitting in with any number of bands while some just chose to keep their show mobile like Mojo and the Vibration Army. We were treated with the presence of legends like Bela Fleck, Johnny Vidacovich and the reunion of Bay Area greats, Zero.

Parade by Dave Vann

The campgrounds were alive with late night jams at Camp Harry, an ice luge and trampolines at Campa Barbara, and kegs and crab cakes at Camp Happiness, to name a few. If you were up for it, you could get involved with sunrise kickball or for the more centered individual, daily yoga. While strolling to the main stage, you could see colorful parades, mega hula hoop sessions, and African dance lessons. Delicious food and coffee (as well as late night discos by the Java GoGo folks) were plentiful, and the port-o-potties were clean all weekend long. With most bands playing at least two sets and the close proximity between stages, you were free to take a load off here and there, grab some shade, and have a cocktail with an old friend (or a new one).

There are many of us that come home to High Sierra each year, so we are giving you a collective view of the happenings in Quincy. Be sure to check out our New Discoveries & Top 3 Moments, too. Enjoy!

- SuperDee

Late Night Fire Dancing by DV

Mid-day Dance Lesson by DV

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