20th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza Announces 20th Year Lineup

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Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza in Mammoth Lakes, California is Mammoth's biggest party of the summer, July 30 through August 2, outdoors among the pines and showcasing the best craft breweries in the country and top blues performers.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza in Mammoth Lakes, California promises an incomparable lineup of musical talent and a grand tasting of craft brews from around the country, July 30 through August 2, outdoors among the pines at Sam’s Wood Site with California’s Eastern High Sierra as the backdrop.

The Thursday Night Kick off (5:45-9:15pm) features two legendary guitarists Robben Ford and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. Friday Night Rock ‘N Blues (3:00pm-10:00pm) features headlining performances from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Carolyn Wonderland, John Nemeth and Hadden Sayers. Saturday’s Bluesapalooza (11:45am-9:30pm) features Jonny Lang, Ruthie Foster, The Delta Saints, Jelly Bread, Raquel Rodriquez Band, and Shane Dwight. Festivalgoers can unwind, kick back and relax at Sunday’s Soulful Hangover Party (9:00am-3:00pm) with 5-time Grammy award winner Robert Cray, The Slide Brothers, The Suffers and the Mark Sexton Band.

“We pulled out all the stops for the 20th anniversary band lineup,” says Sean Turner of Mammoth Brewing Company “Festival goers will hear the most incredible lineup ever to take a Mammoth stage. It’s a super-charged mix of legendary blues performers and exciting new acts. And, of course, we’re bringing back only the finest in craft brews.”

And what goes better with Blues than a good brew. On Saturday, the Mammoth Festival of Beers Grand Tasting (12 pm-5:00pm) features over 80 of the country’s best craft breweries such as Mammoth Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing, Fireman’s Brew, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, Stone, Green Flash, Firestone Walker, San Diego, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Deschutes and many more. The festival benefits the California Craft Brewers Association as well as many local nonprofit organizations. Along with the beer and blues, plenty of tasty blues food from some of Mammoth’s best restaurants will be served in the Blues Food Court satisfying the heartiest of appetites.

New at this year’s festival are two special encore performances hosted at Mammoth Brewing Company’s Tasting Room. On Friday evening, three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster will present an intimate acoustic duo performance. Described as a roof rattler with a soulful voice, Foster can move an audience to both tears and ecstasy in a single song. (This is a rare opportunity to see Ruthie Foster in a unique, intimate setting.) On Sunday, a special festival after-party will take place in the Mammoth Brewing Company parking lot featuring showstopper Jelly Bread with their appetizing brand of high-energy alt-rock, soul and funk. Both of these encore performances are limited engagements; therefore, advance tickets are recommended.

Advance tickets are on sale now and this year’s event is again expected to sell out. Tickets are available online at http://www.vallitix.com or http://www.MammothBluesBrewsFest.com or phone at 888-825-5484; and locally at the Mammoth Brewing Company Tasting Room. For festival updates and additional information, visit the event’s website, http://www.MammothBluesBrewsFest.com which features music videos; an audio player featuring this year’s bands; links to bands, breweries and ticketing; a photo gallery; email signup; live social media updates; FAQ section; and more. According to the event producers, this is the best place to obtain up-to-the-minute information about the festival. Or, contact the event hotline, 888-99-BREWS (992-7397).

The event venue, Sam’s Wood Site, is located on Minaret Road between Main Street and Meridian Boulevard. Mammoth Lakes is a mountain resort located near Yosemite National Park in the Eastern High Sierra off Highway 395, offering world-class golf courses, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and resort facilities. For additional information about camping or local accommodations, call 800-GO MAMMOTH or visit http://www.visitmammoth.com or http://www.mammothbluesbrewsfest.com/lodging.

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