Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest turns 16 at The Village at Squaw Valley |

Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest turns 16 at The Village at Squaw Valley

Autumn Whitney
The 18th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest returns to The Village at Squaw Valley on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.
Courtesy / The Village at Squaw Valley

Music Lineup

Saturday, Main Stage

2 p.m.: Jelly Bread

4 p.m.: Gene Evaro Jr.

6 p.m.: The Motet

Saturday and Sunday, First Street Stage

3:30 and 5 p.m.: Funk Trek

Sunday, Main Stage

2 p.m.: The Sextones

4 p.m.: Royal Jelly Live

6 p.m.: Orgone

Fans of craft beer and live music will be in their element at the 16th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, at The Village at Squaw Valley. Combining over 20 local brews with regional jazz and funk artists, this event will have you jammin’ through the weekend.

“It’s laid-back and fun — it’s always been well-attended, and it’s an event people look forward to. Not only do people come from out of town specifically for the event, but it really is a locals’ favorite, too,” said Caroline Ross, executive director for the Squaw Village Neighbourhood Company.

Twenty-five breweries — including Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Alibi Ale Works, Lagunitas Brewing Co., South Lake Brewing Co., Tahoe Mountain Brewery and sponsor FiftyFifty Brewing Co. — are confirmed to participate in the two-day festival.

Patrons are able to purchase $5 beer tickets for 16-ounce pours, enjoy the tastes of the region and groove to music from headliners The Motet and Orgone.

“We’re really proud of the talent that we have been able to bring to our community. These are acts that sell out venues. People would normally pay $15-$20 or more to see these bands, but they can come see them outside in the summertime under the peaks of Squaw Valley, which is a pretty good deal,” Ross noted.

In addition to The Motet and Orgone, who take the main stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest welcomes Jelly Bread, Gene Evaro Jr., The Sextones, Royal Jelly Live and Funk Trek to the village.

And though the festival has been hosted on the North Shore for 16 years, not much has changed over time.

“It’s a real tried and true event where people can expect to hear really great music produced very, very well,” Ross said.

While families and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to attend the festival, guests must be at least 21 years old to purchase and enjoy alcohol.

Entry to the 16th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest is a suggested $5 donation, which supports the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

“We couldn’t do this without the Humane Society. They bring well over 100 volunteers each year to help with pouring beer, ticket sales — everything. This really is a cooperative event and a big-time fundraiser for them,” Ross explained.

The Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest is open 2-8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13. Learn more online at

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