2016 Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival ***EVENT FEATURE

Join us for the always popular Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival at the Village at Northstar on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 from 3pm – 6:30pm. The festival will include beer tastings from over 25 breweries and music from two premier bluegrass bands – Ventucky String Band and The Railsplitters.

All ages are invited to enjoy the free live music however ticket purchasers (ages 21+) will receive a commemorative pint glass to sample over 50 varieties of beer. Non-alcoholic beverages and a tasty barbeque will also available for purchase.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $38 day of. If supplies allow, day of tickets will be available for purchase at the Northstar Season Pass & Tickets Office.

Schedule of Events

3pm - 6:30pm, Beer Tasting

3pm – 4:30pm, Ventucky String Band

Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String Band is reminiscent of a time when Texas Swing still dominated the AM radio airwaves, and Bluegrass music was as novel as the arrival of television. Typical sets can vary from 1930’s Jazz & early Bluegrass, to cowboy ballads, folk, and honky-tonk—all seamlessly woven together with original songwriting that draws inspiration from the deep well-spring of American roots music.

Formed in 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental quartet features Matt Sayles, Dave White, and Lauren Donahue blending three part harmonies and original songwriting into a sound that harkens back to the golden age of country music, and the roots of the country and western sound of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 50’s. Special guest, Brent Harding of "Social Distortion" will be performing with the band on upright bass.

5pm – 7pm, The Railsplitters

The Railsplitters, winners of the 2013 Rockygrass Best New Band competition are a high-energy bluegrass and americana band from Boulder Colorado. Fresh off the success of their first album, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time. From boundary breaking trip hop and electronica groups like Gorillaz and Thievery Corporation, to more direct influences like The Infamous Stringdusters and Lake Street Dive, the musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band’s own music. With their new album, The Faster It Goes, they’re using these new sounds to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre, not unlike Bill Monroe, who himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.


Where do I check-in for the event?

Ticket purchasers can pick up your wristband and commemorative glass from the Northstar Ticket & Season Pass Office, located by the skating rink, starting at 12:00pm event day. Bring your ID!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend the event and listen to music. However, to sample beer, guests must be 21+, present a valid ID and purchase a ticket.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Northstar offers complementary parking on-site. In addition, Northstar is offering complimentary shuttle services at the end of the event to the Truckee Train Station, and the Night Rider bus service will have shuttles to Kings Beach leaving from the Northstar Transit Center Post #7.

Truckee Shuttles Depart:

6:00pm, 7:00pm & 8:00pm

King’s Beach Shuttles Depart:

6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30pm

What is the refund policy?

All event sales are final; no refunds will be issued.

What can I bring to the event?

  • Sun Protection

  • Chairs

  • Blankets

  • Dogs on Leashes

What can't I bring to the event?

  • Outside Alcohol (Alcohol will be availble for purchase)

  • Drones

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