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Eastern Sierra Music Festival

July 21, 2017 - July 22, 2017


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The Eastern Sierra Music Festival was founded with the sole purpose of providing support to the National Wounded Warrior Center to be located in Mammoth Lakes, California.



“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

If there is a music festival that is all about love – this is it! The Eastern Sierra Music Festival is held annually in July in Bishop, CA and it’s so much more than a weekend filled with fantastic music. It is a benefit festival for the National Wounded Warrior Center to be established right here in the Eastern Sierra. The festival brings top bands and singer-songwriters to perform at the beautiful Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop for two nights only. The warm summer nights, magnificent views of the Sierra Nevada, rockin’ sounds of hot country, rock, and blues bands, and the chance to pay it forward to our wounded veterans may just saturate your soul with love.

What Makes It Great

Well, where do we start? Music. Beauty. Love. Giving. Receiving. Sharing. Oh! And those famous three little words, “Location. Location. Location.”

The Tri-County Fairgrounds, situated in the heart of Bishop, is where the region’s natural beauty blends with the town’s graceful setting. Homes, businesses and wide open scenic lands border the fairgrounds in a picturesque setting of the real American west. The rustic nature and genteel pace of life is balanced by a passion for adventure and love of the outdoors. The grandstand at the Tri-County Fairgrounds boasts a view second to none. The backdrop behind the stage offers a splendid vista of the Owens Valley with majestic mountains on either side. Summer sunsets are spectacular and the canopy of night stars is nature’s bling for the stars onstage. There are over 20 excellent lodging facilities within walking distance from the fairgrounds, RV camping onsite, and more wonderful camping in serviced and dispersed camping within 20 miles of town. Local restaurants serve cuisine ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Dutch, Italian to traditional and new American.

Who Is Going to Love It

Music Lovers!

But that’s not all. It’s also about adventure lovers, nature lovers, and lovers of getting-away-from-it-all. It is especially about those who love our servicemen and women. It is their contribution to our nation that has given us the freedom to choose who we love, where we live, the work we do, and the opportunity to follow our dreams.

“Service members tell me the hardest part of being in the military is getting out. Our wounded, ill and injured heroes need our support! Thank you in advance for making a difference!” — Kathy Copeland, Executive Director, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

The Season

This is a sizzlin’ summer festival in Bishop where the days are usually hot and the music is always hotter. Figuratively speaking you might be hot too (or think you are), but literally you don’t have to be. Be cool! Elevate your experience by going for a day trip into the mountains. Go fishing in a mountain stream or rowing on a crystal clear lake or hiking along the trails in the John Muir Wilderness. A gain of a few thousand feet in altitude will take you up to cooler temps and shady surroundings. Weather in this high desert mountain town can be unpredictable even in summer. Rising heat and moisture can produce thunderstorms particularly in mountainous terrain. What’s most important to remember is that temperatures decrease the higher you go, so be prepared for cool (even cold) and possibly wetter conditions in the mountains.

Other ways to cool off in Bishop are a visit to the Bishop City Park Pool or pop into a local establishment for a beer or fro-yo. The dry Owens Valley climate allows for welcome cooling as the sun sets and nights are sublime and restorative. Comfortable, casual clothes with a light cover are likely all you’ll need for an awesome evening at the concert.

Directions. Parking. Regulations.

The entrance to the Tri-County Fairgrounds is on Sierra Street and we must warn you that there is no physical address for the fairgrounds. So GPS or Google mapping won’t give you anything good to follow.

Check out this video and follow these directions. Parking during the event is well demarcated and volunteers will help usher you to suitable spot. Please obey all speed limit signs as you enter town. Remember that Main Street is US Highway 395 and backing big rigs in and out of driveways and parking lots is frowned upon and likely to earn you a warning or ticket. The parallel streets to east and west of Main Street have numerous parking lots behind the main street stores. Pop into or call the Bishop Visitor Center at 690 N. Main St. or (760) 873-8406 and let the friendly, knowledgeable folks there help you plan a weekend of fun and music.

Ready. Set. Play.

The 2017 Eastern Sierra Music Festival is set for July 21st & 22nd at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. Headlining the Friday night show is the Grammy-award winning blues band, Blues Traveler, with opening by singer-songwriter, Steve Moakler. Saturday night brings Lonestar to the stage with supporting duo, Smithfield, kickin’ it off. It’s a fabulous festival in a superb setting for a very worthy cause.

Follow these links to find out more about the National Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes, CA and the local organization behind this project, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

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July 21, 2017
July 22, 2017
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Tri-County Fairgrounds
Bishop, CA 93514 United States + Google Map
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