Blue Highway — one of the bands headlining the Susanville Bluegrass Festival — was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for “Original Traditions.” Over the years they’ve earned 28 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, six Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Awards, one Dove Award and were voted as the Favorite Bluegrass Artists of All Time by Bluegrass Today readers in April 2016. They appear at 8:05 p.m. Friday, June 21 and at 1 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 22. File photo

Bluegrass Festival hits the fairgrounds

If you’ve got a case of that good old bluegrass itch and a fever for that famous high lonesome sound, don’t despair — the 10th annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival arrives Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

So, you haven’t made up your mind if you like bluegrass music or not? No prob. Check out the free locals night, Bluegrass and Barbecue, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The music is free, but a tri-tip dinner with all the fixins is available for purchase.

Maybe you’re interested in learning how to play bluegrass? A music camp runs from Tuesday, June 18 through Friday, June 21, featuring instruction on guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass by Jeff Curtis and Zack and Edgar from the Edgar Loudermilk Band.

And if you really want to immerse yourself in bluegrass music, camp sites, including sites for RVs with water and electricity are available as are RVs sites with no hookups and tent camping.

The festival also features a fully equipped quilting room complete with sound from the stage so quilters can work on their projects and enjoy the music at the same time.

The festival features performances by the Greg Blake Band, Steve Spurgin, Red Dog Ash, Blue Highway, Mosquito Road, the Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry, The Sierra Sweethearts and Chris Bradshear and Peter McLaughlin.

For tickets or more information, call 251-8900 or go to lassencountyfair.org.

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