Susanville Bluegrass Festival held June 21-23

Bluegrass music as we know it today — sometimes referred to as hillbilly jazz —made popular by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the days surrounding World War II, combines traditional folk tunes from the British Isles that steeped and brewed for centuries in the hills and hollers of Appalachia with more modern and contemporary influences of the day.

Arising from those humble roots, bluegrass quickly grew into one of the major branches of the great tree of Americana music. As folk, bluegrass, blues and jazz melded together this music has in many ways formed the foundation of American pop and country music. Don’t forget, back in the early days of rock and roll, Elvis, the Everly Brothers and other such artists were country music stars!

The 13th annual Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds features camping spots, a music camp, workshops, a quilt room and art, craft and food vendors.

Artists are the festival include the Edgar Loudmilk Band, Yoseff Tucker and the Bow Ties, the Strung Nugget Band, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, the Hillbilly Fever Band, Red Dog Ash and the Sugarpine Bluegrass Band.

The music camp, held June 18-20, features guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and vocal classes provided by some of the best instructors in the bluegrass world.

For tickets to the festival, camping or the music camp, go to SusanvilleBluegrassFestival.com.

For more information, email susanvillebluegrass@outlook.com or call (530) 251-3347.