Guitarfish Festival ripe with new vibes | 2018 festival dates announced

Vieux Farka Toure. | Priya Hutner

Guitarfish Festival was ripe with a new vibe and new offerings at the 2017 event near the banks of the Yuba River.

Cooling off in the Yuba River. | Priya Hutner

Some of the music highlights included the high energy, Down North band that had an afternoon crowd hopping. From Mali, Vieux Farka Toure, the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” and his band did not disappoint, as the crowd gathered from all corners of the of the woods for some wildly fun call and response led in French.

VIDEO: Vieux Farka Toure. | Priya Hutner

Ron Spearman and Katdelic funked it up Saturday and the DJ sets offered plenty of electronica between live music sets including a fun mix of Steely Dan tunes and local DJ Andrew Browning aka the Disco Terrorist got Sunday rolling with some awesome mixes.

Gene Evaro Jr. | Priya Hutner

The new Healing Oasis served up yoga, massage and sound healing throughout the day, and the addition of more food (the Greek food was delicious) and vendor booths was a bonus.

If you’ve not been to this festival in Tahoe’s backyard at Cisco Grove, make plans for next year. Guitarfish returns from July 26 to 29, 2108. |

Disco Terrorist Andrew Browning. | Priya Hutner
Kuinka performs. | Priya Hutner
Drummer Conrad Real from Down North. | Priya Hutner
Priya Hutner
Priya Hutner is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. She writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. Priya loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of the Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks. |