Lineup announced for WinterWonderGrass in Tahoe, March 31-April 2 | VailDaily.com

Lineup announced for WinterWonderGrass in Tahoe, March 31-April 2

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, California — WinterWonderGrass Festival, a sustainable, community-focused, lifestyle-driven bluegrass and craft brew experience, returns to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for its third year, March 31-April 2.

The festival features 25 bands performing on four stages throughout three days, with headlining artists Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Sam Bush Band and The Infamous Stringdusters.

Additional main-stage artists include Peter Rowan, Fruition, Hot Buttered Rum, The Dustbowl Revival, Everyone Orchestra featuring the WinterWonderGrass Allstars, Mandolin Orange and local Tahoe favorites, Dead Winter Carpenters. Three large, heated tents — Jamboree, Pickin' Perch and The SoapBox — will flank the main outdoor stage, with bluegrass artists The Lil' Smokies, Head for the Hills, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Trout Steak Revival, Grant Farm and Jon Stickley Trio.

Paramount to the festival's vision is establishing roots in a setting that incorporates on-mountain activities, environmental awareness and a love for the mountain lifestyle. Throughout the weekend, WinterWonderGrass will host pop-up bluegrass jams on the slopes of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, as well as spontaneous tram jams with WinterWonderGrass artists collaborating for inspired aerial melodies.

'Long-anticipated tradition'

WinterWonderGrass has also made its debut in the winter lifestyle arena, having been featured in the new Warren Miller film, "Here, There & Everywhere," with footage of Squaw Valley's 2016 WinterWonderGrass festival.

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"Returning to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and North Lake Tahoe each winter has quickly become a long-anticipated tradition for the WinterWonderGrass family," said festival founder Scotty Stoughton. "Planting and growing the seeds of the festival in a community so richly immersed and protective of the stunning natural beauty and world-renowned features fuels our inspiration.

"It's the people of Lake Tahoe we yearn to revisit each winter to catch up on stories, create new memories and continue to build the foundation of an authentic, locally focused and sustainable musical gathering."

WinterWonderGrass, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Tahoe Food Hub will team up once again to present The Tram-to-Table kickoff dinner Thursday, March 30. Attendees ride the Tram to High Camp at 8,200 feet, where they will be greeted with an intimate set by bluegrass legend Peter Rowan, plus Fruition. There will be a family-style dinner with locally sourced foods from Tahoe Food Hub, accompanied by a cocktail hour of beer, wine and whiskey tastings by festival partners Sierra Nevada Brewing, Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Breckenridge Distillery.

There is limited capacity for this event, and tickets will sell quickly. The Tram-to-Table ticket is a separate ticket, with prices starting at $149.

Craft Brews

California and Nevada craft breweries will be pouring their signature brews from 2 to 5 p.m. each day in three heated beer tents. All brew tents include side stages surrounded by hay bales, patio lights, barn-wood decor and whiskey barrels.

WinterWonderGrass has donated more than $40,000 to local charitable organizations focusing on music and arts education, environmental protection and disaster relief. This year, the festival has aligned with local Lake Tahoe organizations The Shane McConkey Foundation, Tahoe Food Hub and Arts for Schools.

WinterWonderGrass is a community and family-friendly event with a kids' zone including face painting, hula hooping, acro yoga and craft creation. Children younger than 12 are free, and seniors older than 75 are also free.

Three-day general admission festival ticket prices start at $139, and VIP three-day tickets start at $279 for a limited time. All three-day festival tickets include a commemorative festival beer mug, three hours of beer tastings each day and live music from 2 to 10 pm. All tickets are on sale now at http://www.winter wondergrass.com.