June’s music festival a perfect match for its host
I have performed quite a few times in June Lake, which tends to produce its share of unique, June Lakian moments.
For example … when you perform at June Mountain Ski Area, your gear also takes the ride via chair J1.
I can tell you this,watching that new Telecaster ride up a basket on the chair taking what seems like forever can unnerve even the most seasoned picker.
After our precious cargo was plucked gingerly from the chair on a perfectly springy winter’s day, I saw it being loaded on a trailer behind a snowmobile.
I innocently and graciously asked, ”Where the hell are you taking my stuff?”
Abigail Ross(our contact) pulled up on a sled and said with aplomb, “Get on!”
We proceeded to tear across the ski area to an on-mountain hut called Stew Pot Slims, where there was a newly constructed plywood stage built in the snow with jibs as a backdrop, a dance floor and of course, a bar built from ice.
Awesome … let’s rock.
June Lake, The Switzerland of the Sierras, fisherman’s paradise, artists’ enclave and gracious hosts of the June Lake Mountain Music Festival.
This weekend, June Lake celebrates the third installment of the aforementioned festival, a certified “Don’t Miss” event according to me – conflict of interest notwithstanding (Lava Moon will actually perform at both Villagefest and in June Lake).
June Lake is a perfect backdrop for this eclectic event, spread out over the town at different venues.
Music Director Andy Borza promises this year’s line-up to be an incredible blend of over the top talent.
There is an “all event” ticket if you plan on spending the weekend in “the Beach Town of the Eastern Sierra.” These are available at June Lake Reservations next to the Post Office on the Main Street. 760.648.7705,
Or you can purchase tickets onsite at each venue prior to showtime.
Friday July 29
“Kids Music Camp”
10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trout Town Joe’s across from the post office. Keeping them youngsters out of trouble!
“The Great Outdoors Concert”
3:30-6:30 p.m. at June Mountain Ski Resort featuring Bonnie Murray Tamblyn and Blue Heaven and The Supernatural. Epic views will only enhance this already great lineup. And yes all the gear goes up the chair.
“The Wild Card”
8 p.m. ‘til close at The T-Bar in The Sierra Inn, featuring Michael Bogash, Milo Greene and Lava Moon. I am really looking forward to this show, as my band Lava Moon loves sharing the bill with other artists.
Ukulele virtuoso Leina’ala Kailiawa has said “I love to perform for our good friends and fans in June Lake”
She promises to “bust out” a special set of new material at one of her favorite venues.
Saturday July 30
“Kids and Armstrong”
12- 12:30 p.m. at Trout Town Joe’s followed by the “Rod Armstrong Band” from 1-2:30 p.m.
“A Feast Of Mountain Voices”
3:30-6:30 p.m. at Double Eagle Resort and Spa featuring Ooolation.Moira Smiley and Andrew Tabb. Support a capella and folksy goodness at this beautiful venue.
8 p.m. ‘til close at The T-Bar at the Sierra Inn. Hosted by Antonette Goroch from Supernatural. This night of cutting edge artists is one not to be missed. With The Jane Carrey Band (yes, Jim Carrey’s daughter) The Peacoats and multi instrumentalist Emily Wells.
Sunday July 31
9 p.m. ‘til close at The T-Bar in The Sierra Inn. Caught A Ghost bringstheir electronic stylings to the wrap party.
For more information, ticket prices and showtimes visit their website at www.junelakemusic.com. For tickets go to June Lake Properties.