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8 bands coming to Huckleberry Jam: Funk gonna flow at Tamarack festival

Highlights from The Huckleberry Jam at Tamarack Resort

Michael Franti performed, kids rode chair lifts, and festivalgoers danced Aug. 12-13, 2016, at the second annual Huckleberry Jam festival at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho.
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Michael Franti performed, kids rode chair lifts, and festivalgoers danced Aug. 12-13, 2016, at the second annual Huckleberry Jam festival at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho.

Tamarack Resort will feel like Funkytown during the last weekend in July.

In its third year, The Huckleberry Jam music festival will showcase an array of funk and jam bands at the mountain recreation area — including moe., Galactic, Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Con Brio. The festival in Donnelly takes place July 28 and 29, with two bands performing July 27 at the festival campgrounds for early arrivals (Bread & Circus and Naughty Professor).

Huckleberry has always catered at least partly to jam-band enthusiasts. But in the past, it’s also provided nods to the mainstream with headliners such as Ben Harper in 2015 and Brandi Carlile and Michael Franti topping the bill in 2016.

This year’s philosophy is more about consistent, jammy, funky quality. Well, that and wearing the soles off your Tevas while dancing in the grass.

Behold the main-stage music schedule. Early-bird two-day passes are $99 and go up $10 later this week.

Friday, July 28

▪  Naughty Professor, 3 p.m.: If you caught Galactic last year at the Knitting Factory, you had the chance to see this horn-charged, New Orleans “future funk” band open — then join Galactic on stage.

▪  Galactic, 4:30 p.m. A New Orleans party staple — aka “a first-rate funk band,” as The New York Times wrote. Stellar instrumentalists, these guys always bring first-rate vocalists along on tour, too.

▪  moe., 7 p.m. Because moe. is from the East Coast, the twin-guitar-driven group doesn’t play the Boise market often. That’s too bad, because moe. has been one of the world’s top improvisational rock bands for decades. They’ll play two sets under the night sky to prove it. Don’t worry, the guitar fireworks will keep things lit up.

Saturday, July 29

▪  Satsang, 1:15 p.m.: Combining folk-rock, reggae and hip-hop influences, Satsang has shared the stage with acts such as Michael Franti and Nahko and Medicine for the People.

▪  Kitchen Dwellers, 3 p.m.: Hailing from Bozeman, this group plays high-energy, sometimes psychedelic bluegrass.

▪  Con Brio, 4:45 p.m.: This San Francisco-based, seven-piece group is gonna blow some Huckleberry minds. Think Sly and the Family Stone. Gifted vocalist Ziek McCarter has wicked stage moves, too.

▪  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, 6:45 p.m. So tight, so funky. Soul-jazz saxophone and flute behemoth Karl D is revered by jam-band geeks. The Tiny Universe headlined the first night of the 2015 Huckleberry Jam — and crushed it.

▪  Lettuce, 8:45 p.m. Funk, funk, funk. Can we have more funk? Formed in the early 1990s by a bunch of kids who met at the Berklee College of Music, this viciously talented instrumental group went on to international success. Lettuce will jam into the wee hours of the night. (OK, until 10 or 10:30 p.m.)

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