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BIG BLUEgrass Benefit Concert
August 5 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm$35
A bluegrass benefit concert supporting our Tahoe State Parks!
Jam with family and friends to professional live bluegrass bands overlooking the Big Blue at Sugar Pine Point State Park. These amazing bands will get you on your feet, dancing and singing along! Tasty food vendors, beer, and wine are available for purchase (no outside food or drinks please). Bring your low-back chairs, flashlights, and warm clothing.
Parking is $10. Doors open at 4 pm. Music begins at 5 pm and goes until dark.
Band Line-up: Opening Act by Truckee School of Music, Loretta Lynch, Broken Compass Bluegrass, and Coburn Station
Food Vendors: Big Blue Q and Cherie’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream. Beer sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Emcee: Kerry Andras
Parking is limited. We encourage car-pooling and the use of public transportation. We encourage you to help us move the lines faster by purchasing your State Park parking pass ahead of time. If you purchase PREPAID PARKING you MUST bring this receipt with you to show at the kiosk. Sorry, no refunds.
With lush three-part harmonies, raucous surf-tinged guitar, and tongue in cheek, the East Bay Area’s own alt-country outfit Loretta Lynch’s stirring songs reach the shady grove in all of us. A little tear in your beer, a little knife in the back – think the Wailin’ Jennies’ crankier cousins at a warehouse hoedown. It’s Americana Noir.
Loretta has blazed trails, having played San Francisco’s acclaimed Great American Music Hall and Slim’s nightclubs, the historic Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, live radio performances (including twice on NPR’s nationally syndicated West Coast Live), multiple appearances at England’s famed Glastonbury Music Festival, and performances on the second stages at the Sleep Train Pavilion and Shoreline Amphitheatre opening for Alabama. Loretta Lynch appeared on NPR’s ‘Marketplace’ website as one of the “Great Pop Music Artists of Today”, and has lassoed a devoted and steadily growing local fan base.
Emerging as a band in 2021, Broken Compass Bluegrass has already been recognized for its tight arrangements, tasteful playing, and distinguished songwriting. The band performs a mix of jam grass, bluegrass, country, and Grateful Dead material, among numerous originals.
Based in northern California, Broken Compass Bluegrass includes Kyle Ledson (20), Django Ruckrich (17), Mei Lin Heirendt (16), and Sam Jacobs (22). Though still teenagers, they are no strangers to the music industry. All three are seasoned performers, multi-instrumentalists, songwriters, and singers and have established themselves as some of California’s most prominent up-and-coming youth. Now coming together as a band, they are a fresh force in the music scene today.
Before joining together as Broken Compass, Kyle, Django, and Mei Lin released albums separately. Left It All Behind is Kyle’s newest solo album featuring his shredding mandolin and guitar licks, impeccable vocals, and clever songwriting. Produced by Nat Keefe, the album includes members of Yonder Mountain String Band, ALO, and Hot Buttered Rum. Django and his dad, Phil, put out Gravity, an EP of original material produced by Joe Craven. Listeners can expect to hear Django’s exceptional guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano, bass, and vocal skills. With her other band, Boston Ravine, Mei Lin released Ragged Road highlighting special guests including Adam Haynes (The Grascals), Pete Grant, and Kathy Barwick. The album displays her heartfelt singing and original songs as well as her thoughtful fiddle and mandolin playing.
In 1865 a man named S.S. Coburn operated a stage station and public house for teamsters, aptly named “Coburn Station.” The present-day site of Coburn Station is the train depot in downtown Truckee, California. But before April 1868, the quaint mountain town Coburn Station was renamed Truckee.
The place had a life and energy of its own; one that had never been witnessed before and hasn’t since. Coburn himself was apparently a smith… and a music man. With the influx of workers and travelers, S.S. Coburn regularly played music at Coburn Station. As the town grew, so did the scene. The music was new and powerful.
By December 1867, the first excursion train neared Donner Summit. Despite severe winter storms, a forty-ton locomotive named “San Mateo” was pulled and hauled in pieces on sleighs safely to Coburn Station. This special event sparked Coburn’s most extravagant celebration yet. That night, the spirit of the locomotive took control of the music, and the railroad workers danced hard, and they danced well. Coburn Station came alive with the energy and spirit of all the pines that had been jacked to lumber, all the men that had laid the rail, and all the locomotives that would run its tracks from this day forward. In the midst of the magical jam, Coburn’s guitar started to glow with heat, as bright as burning coal. The music soared and the people raged. And as the music of Coburn’s soul was floating over the sage and Sierras, Coburn yelled to his fleet, “Let there be music as strong and hot as a steam engine! It will melt your face!” And melt faces it did.
Coburn Station is a band dedicated to the night the music took control and melted the faces of those men.