Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest

By Jenn Sheridan ·


When: Aug 9 & 10 | 2-8 p.m.
Where: Village at Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley, Calif.
Admission: $5 suggested donation plus $4 beers | All ages

Saturday, Aug. 9
2 p.m. | Mark Sexton
3:30 p.m. | Terraplane
4 p.m. | Polyrythmics
6 p.m. | Monophonics

Full Moon Party
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
| High Camp
DJ Line-up: U9 Lift, Shouts, Ozgood, Zebuel, Coop da Loop, Chango & Silent Roller Disco
$35 includes Tram ticket & roller skate rental

Sunday, Aug. 10
2 p.m. | Mojo Green
3:30 p.m. | Thick Newton
4 p.m. | Big Sam’s Funky Nation
6 p.m. | Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe


Head to Squaw Valley for a weekend of cold beer and hot music during the 13th annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest. More that 35 breweries will be on hand including Deschutes, Lagunitas, Lost Coast, New Belgium, Auburn Ale House and more as eight bands keep the vibe rocking through the night with proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Kids activities including crafting at Everything Hunky Dory, mini-golf, croquet, bean bag toss and more.

Seattle’s Polyrythmics has been seen at a lot of summer festivals this season, and they’re excited to return to the Tahoe region.

“We came to South Lake very early in our career. There’s something about the energy and natural beauty that pulls us,” said Ben Bloom, who plays guitar.

Fresh off the release of a live album and currently working on new material for an album that they will start recording in September, the group has been honing in on their evolving sound.

“The festival setting changes how we perform,” said Bloom. “We have to play to the ambiance.”


Max Sexton Band · 

Start the weekend off with Reno’s Mark Sexton Band. This trio known for vicious, soulful music and white-knuckle driving funk began honing their sound in middle school. They’ve grown since then, sharing a bill with Macy Gray, Charles Bradley and Dumpstaphunk, among others, and have taking the stage at Hangtown Halloween Ball and the Wanderlust Festival. After Mark Sexton, stick around for fast and funky dance beats and mellow hip-hop grooves from Terraplane, based out of North Lake Tahoe and featuring members of University of Nevada, Reno’s Jazz program.


Polyrythmics ·

Seattle’s Polyrythmics bring their DIY style of funk music to Squaw Valley.
“Our music by design is dance music,” said Ben Bloom,


Monophonics ·

Saturday’s headliner, Monophonics, has grown from the heart of the Bay Area’s rich musical culture to carry the tradition of psychedelic soul and funk. The group’s high-energy, live stage shows are sure to keep the crowd grooving all night.

Reno’s seven-piece funk machine, Mojo Green, starts the party on Sunday with soulful dance jams. Their debut album, “Funk in Public,” earned best album in Northern Nevada in 2013 from the Reno News and Review. North Tahoe’s Thick Newton commands the stage for the afternoon before two headlining acts take over.

Led by trombone powerhouseBig Sam Williams, Big Sam’s Funky Nation masterfully combines rock sensibility with the improv style associated with jazz and a horn-heavy front section.


Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe ·

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe closes out the festival with its heavy-hitting, funky mix of original jams and favorite covers. From his early days working with Lenny Kravitz to more recently playing sax with Slightly Stoopid, Denson has honed a tight, funky sound that draws from a variety of influences, which he brings to the stage for a high-energy show.

Want to keep dancing after the festival? Stick around for the Full Moon party at High Camp on Aug. 9. The late summer, full moon promises to be the brightest of the season. Enjoy it from the top of Squaw with a stellar line-up of DJs playing from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the pool deck surrounded by Burning Man-inspired fire art.

Squaw Valley has partnered with Silent Frisco to create the first silent roller disco at High Camp’s mountain skating rink. Skate rentals are included with tickets and costumes are encouraged.

Catch local favorites such as DJ Chango, who hosts the Sunday Night Lounge on 101.5 Truckee-Tahoe Radio, DJ Zebuel, who’s sound is rooted in funk and soul while drawing influence from bass-heavy reggae and dancehall, hip hop and dubstep. Zebuel is also known for playing guitar with Peter Joseph Burtt & the King Tide and the 70s throwback group Mama’s Cookin’. In addition, DJ Coup Da Loop, DJ U9 Lift and DJ shouts will be spinning jams late into the night. Don’t miss a full weekend of dancing and music at Squaw Valley.


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