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Friends of Hope Valley Music Festival kicks off with Banana Slug String Band

Staff reports

Kicking off the second annual Friends of Hope Valley Music Festival series will be the Banana Slug String Band on Sunday, June 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley.

The group of musicians, songwriters and educators from the coastal redwoods of Santa Cruz, Calif., blend rock, reggae, rap, rhythm and blues and folk music for an afternoon of entertainment. With voices, guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, banjo and percussion, the “Slugs” create a fun-filled learning environment for all ages in their audiences.

Their unique approach to science and environmental issues as teachers and providing enjoyment as entertainers earns the “Slugs” rave reviews from children, parents, teachers and a wide range of listeners.

Friends of Hope Valley is sponsoring the group in Alpine county. FOHV was instrumental in the acquisition of Hope Valley lands for public ownership and use and continues to work on protecting the beauty and recreational values of the area.

The afternoon concert, hosted by Sorensen’s Resort, is $5 per person. A barbecue meal, beverages and dessert will be available for purchase. Sorry, no picnics allowed.

Sorensen’s is located east of the Highways 88/89 junction, about 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe and above the Minden/Gardnerville area in the high Sierra. The musicians are donating their time to support the efforts of the Friends of Hope Valley.