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Pick's picks for must-see acts at 4 Peaks Music Festival

This year, 4 Peaks Music Festival promises a the family-friendly fest environment on a grander scale than in years past. Moving to a new venue at Stevenson Ranch, expect grander views, bigger grassy fields, a larger late night tent, great selection of vendors and an impressive selection of musicians from across the globe. You're already planning to go, now let us help you choose your own can't-miss schedule from the lineup.

moe.

Headlining the annual festival, moe. brings their rocking jam band vibes to 4 Peaks. The popular rockers specialize in solid, catchy songwriting and blend perfectly into the festival circuit with their ability to jam endlessly. Bust out your glow sticks and get ready to dance all night with a moe. performance that will no doubt be one of the highlights of your festival weekend. Watch out for blistering solos from both guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

With the saxophone talent that embodies Karl Denson, it's no wonder he's been locked down by The Rolling Stones. When not touring with the Stones, Denson brings a never-ending energy to stages across the world with his Tiny Universe. In January, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe came to Bend to jam the faces off a crowded Volcanic Theatre Pub. Denson brings together an all-star band, which includes a trumpeter and lap steel and slide guitarist. Denson and crew never disappoint with non-stop funky soul jams.

Sierra Hull

No stranger to the bluegrass festival circuit, Sierra Hull brings her beautiful melodies and world-class mandolin skills to 4 Peaks. Hull started playing the mandolin at age eight after being gifted the instrument by her grandmother. The next year she started playing guitar and by age 10 entered local talent contests. The child prodigy soon caught the ear of Alison Krauss, who became a mentor and friend. Now, Hull's songwriting and vocals have reached the level of her mandolin virtuoso status, making her a can't-miss act.

Liz Vice

4 Peaks often gets the reputation of being a bluegrass and jam festival, but there's a little something for everyone outside of stringed instruments and jam bands. Take Portland-based gospel, soul and R&B singer Liz Vice, for example. Vice blends soulful vocals with dynamic lyrics to create heartfelt and moving songs. With a knack for storytelling, you'll appreciate the personality that shines through in her music. Hopefully, she'll play one of her incredible covers, such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (originally by Nirvana) or "Crazy" (originally by Gnarls Barkley).


The Quick and Easy Boys

Portland's Quick and Easy Boys have made sure to keep Bend on their touring schedule for many years. From Munch and Music to the old days of Players, you've likely seen them before and know their show shouldn't be missed. The Quick and Easy Boys amp up the festival energy with their unique blend of funk, rock and honky-tonk. You'll be moving all night long, as The Quick and Easy Boys inspire riotous dancing and the best kind of concert-induced sweating.

4 Peaks Music Festival

Thurs. June 15 - Sun. June 18

Stevenson Ranch

21085 Knott Rd., Bend.

$200, $70/Young adult, Free/Kids 10 and under.



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Anne Pick

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