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Music, venue, people combine for SnowGlobe Music Festival attendees

by Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com
Fans take in the main stage at the first night of the SnowGlobe Music Festival Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Adam Jensen / Lake Tahoe Action |

A selection of Sights from This Year’s SnowGlobe Music Festival

All manner of adults in fuzzy onesies, from pink unicorns to a pair of Pokémon Pikachus

An enthusiastic gentleman dancing up a storm near the main stage in a tank top

A neon-lit Stormtrooper mask

A pointy, rainbow squid beanie

An upside-down strawberry helmet

Two young men wearing cardboard cutouts to look like their Tinder profiles

A lit-up Lake Tahoe cut out supporting the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

Men in fur coats

Multiple “Lettuce, Turnip, the Beet” signs

A massive old-school spread eagle off the big air jump

So many selfies

Santa Claus

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Thousands of music fans descended on the field near Lake Tahoe Community College for this year’s SnowGlobe Music Festival, which wrapped up Thursday. Among the festival crowds were plenty colorful characters ready to ring in the new year with fellow electronic dance music fans.

Festival attendees cited the music, people and venue among the reasons to brave frigid temperatures and attend the fifth-annual festival. For a good percentage of attendees, the opportunity to wear eye-catching, often silly, costumes could also be added to that mix. The novelty of a winter music festival was also among the reasons people gave for their interest in the event, which included artists like Galantis, Jack U, Chet Faker, Eric Prydz, Kaskade and Dillon Francis, among others.

Michelle Martin said she drove to the festival from Portland, Oregon, with a large group of friends. After helping one of her friends insert some hand warmers into her boots, she said Bay Area rapper E-40 and Bay Area producer G-Eazy were among the artists she came to see. It was Martin’s first time at Lake Tahoe.

“The venue and the people and everything — it’s beautiful,” she said.

Like Martin, most attendees stuck with practical clothing to keep warm during the festival, but there were more than a few folks who went with fashion over function for the festivities. Glowing animal hoods, sparkling face paint and Christmas lights incorporated into outfits were among the favorite styles for this year’s attendees, as were the all manner of signs posted on long poles, a sea of which poked through the throngs of fans.

Berkeley, Calif., resident Grant Kaplan was sporting his snowboard gear, a purple Wayne Gretzky jersey and a flowing blonde wig that, Kaplan said, was largely a practical measure to keep his ears warm. He attended the festival with San Francisco resident Samantha Gasper, whom he met at last year’s festival. Seeing some of your favorite artists surrounded by snow is something that isn’t really duplicated anywhere else, he said.

“It’s the most unique festival you’ll run into,” Kaplan said.

Another Berkeley resident, Caleb Sharp, came to the festival with a group of friends who had experienced a recent loss. They came for a release and for what Sharp described as the essence of any good music festival.

“Music guides all of us,” Sharp said. “If I don’t have good new music at all times, life is lackluster.”