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The Bounce Festival Jumps to a New Venue

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Info: $160 to $180 (car camping $60/RVs $300), 18 or older, Thursday, June 20 to Monday, June 24, 130 Twain Store Rd., Twain, Calif., tickets on sale at New Moon Natural Foods (Truckee and Tahoe City), Melting Pot World Emporium (Reno), Mad About Music (South Lake Tahoe) or at

Situated beautifully on the Feather River in California’s Plumas County, The Bounce Festival is back for its fifth straight season. The four-day pass includes a wide array of music, art, camping, and good times. Alongside a lineup of electronic music that people have come to know and love, there are some great changes that are sure to freshen up an already bumping party.

The Bounce has moved from its former location in Belden to a gorgeous new venue in another Plumas County town, Twain, right in the heart of California’s gold country. “All the parking and ticket access is now on site. We still have beautiful river access and the beach stage. There’s no concrete on the entire property. There are trees, grass, and tons of flat land, which allows for endless car camping possibilities,” said event sponsor Steve Emmerich of Fresh Bakin’.

As in the previous years, the stages themselves will be pieces of art. “There will be a Gold Rush era general store in the vending village which will be an interactive piece of art,” said Emmerich. “The people who work there will be in character. Just like in the 1860s, you never know what the store will have in stock.”

A new concept at the festival is the introduction of the wellness area called Chakra Village, the gathering spot for yoga workshops and lectures, flow arts classes, and shows. Being a grassroots company, it’s very important for the Fresh Bakin’ crew to create a vibe based around Reno/Tahoe, where they live. “It’s more than just spending money on a lineup,” said Emmerich. “You need to connect with and involve the community. We are bringing in and showcasing people from Reno/Tahoe as acts, vendors, builders, sound techs, and designers.”

The previous venue restricted vending, but this year the festival has a green light to party all night long. “This year ... we are on 100 percent private land,” Emmerich said. “We can bring in community food trucks. We have more space, meaning bigger camps. It has the feel of a big family reunion. All of your friends will be there. We have a river to swim in, and we never have to shut our music off. There are no extra late night tickets. We can be as loud as we want, as long as we want.”

The music ranges from household names like the world fusion/electronic group Beats Antique, Thievery Corporation producer Rob Garza, and DJ Mark Farina to newcomers like electro-soul DJ GRiZ, the infectious melodies of the Polish Ambassador, and the global bass and pop sounds of NGUZUNGUZU. Also on the bill is Reno’s improv comedy troupe, the Utility Players, an R-rated version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” The idea behind the festival is to melt genre lines and bring people together.

Combine this smorgasbord of beats and bands with a new venue, fresh concepts, and a river, and you will find The Bounce to be up there as one of 2013’s most laidback, one-of-a-kind festivals in the country.

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March 14, 2019