August 15 & 16: 8th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk FestJuly 1, 2009
The Village at Squaw Valley USA to host a powerful line-up of blues and jazz musicians during the 8th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest
Former Lenny Kravitz Sax-man and Two of The Neville Brothers Among the Featured Artists
Olympic Valley, CA. (June 30, 2009) – Some of the country’s most popular jazz and blues artists will get their groove on at The 8th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at The Village at Squaw Valley USA on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 2 to 8 p.m. This year’s line-up features some of the most powerful bands ever to play at the festival along with a large selection of microbrews in a spectacular setting at the base of the mountain.
Music fans will gather to appreciate two days of free concerts by top-notch artists playing against a backdrop of majestic scenery. While listening to the entertainment from well known national musicians as well as local and regional favorites, attendees can enjoy the offerings from breweries such as Full Sail, New Belgium, Deschutes, Rogue, Lagunitas, Mammoth, Lake Tahoe Brewing, Fat Tire, Fox Barrel, Samuel Adams, Stone, Primator —more than 20 selections in all, including some hard-to-find micro- and macrobrews. Kids also are welcome at the event, which will feature Sky Jump Bungee Trampolines, 18 holes of Miniature Golf, a Climbing Wall and Ropes course.
On Saturday, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will perform two sets on the main stage from 4 to 8 p.m. A highly energized funk machine, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has been expanding listeners’ minds and making them move to animated grooves since 1998. Led by former Lenny Kravitz sax-man Karl Denson, the band brings a dynamic sound that defies categorization and has earned them a reputation as kings of the unstoppable all-night show.
Audiences can also look forward to a 2 p.m. Saturday performance by Big Organ Trio. Jambands.com once wrote, “This isn’t your standard jazz trio.” B.O.T.’s groundbreaking approach to the organ trio format has drawn the attention of Keyboard Magazine, who featured the band in 2006, along with many of the world’s greatest Hammond players. Their debut album became the top selling Hammond Organ album on CDbaby.com.
On the second stage, Dave Stein’s Bubhub will weave their sultry tapestry of colors and tones during a Saturday performance. The group’s music is a smoky mélange of funk, rock, soul and jam. DSB is a band of seasoned players, playing non-stop sets of groove-driven funk creating a passionate and playful party atmosphere encouraging their audience to move and dance while imparting a socially and environmentally conscious message.
Monophonics kicks off the Sunday lineup, getting the joint jumping beginning at 2 p.m. Formed in 2005, Bay Area groovers Monophonics have quickly become a buzz band on the local and national music scene. While a typical Monophonics set can range from heady jazz-funk to dirty Stax/Volt soul, their original songs redefine “retro” as they meld funk, afrobeat, and jazz to create a unique sound that is truly their own. In 2007, they were awarded SF Weekly’s “Best of the Bay” award for “Best Funk/Soul/R&B Band.”
Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2, from “Soulive,” will entertain Sunday afternoon crowds at the Brews, Jazz and Funk Festival when the band appears on stage at 4 p.m. Soulive has toured the US and globe, playing in Africa, Japan, Russia, Brazil and has opened for the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band. Since forming in 1999, Soulive has developed a reputation as one of the most sought after instrumental soul-funk trios around.
Reno favorites Jelly Bread will perform on a second stage during the afternoon. They bring what has been called “a unique blended melody that remains stuck in your head for days” to the stage, combining funky yet ethereal guitar with powerful vocals.
On Sunday, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk will bring a taste of New Orleans’ entertainment to the festival at 6 p.m. Each band member brings his own flavor to the show. Band member Tony Hall has performed with Jewel, Harry Connick Jr and Dave Matthews and Friends. Nick Daniels has played with the Neville Brothers, Etta James and Boz Scaggs. Raymond Weber has shared the stage with Trey Anastasio, Harry Connick JR and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Ian and Ivan Neville of The Neville Brothers are also featured in the band. Ian has performed with Lettuce and Soulive and Ivan has played with Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones and John Mayer.
Beers are available for $4. Festival goers are encouraged to bring their BJF glassware from years past, as this year’s brews will be poured into corn compostable cups. The money from the beer tasting goes to benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. The musical performances are free. For more information, visit www.thevillageatsquaw.com or call 530-584-6266.