Carter Ranch Music Festival - an idyllic grassy tree lined oasis in the rolling hills just this side of Yosemite. The grooviest people congregate every year for this eclectic and down home festival and The Atomic Sherpas have had a blast each of the five years we've headlined. This year HellBat! and Fatso Jetson are representing Los Angeles as well, and there are a couple dozen bands playing on two stages all weekend. The styles are varied and the music always top quality and vital. There are vendors, but not a whiff of the corporate. It is small enough so you get to recognize just about everyone by the end of the weekend, but big enough so you know you're at one major tribal gathering of a wing-ding. You bring your own whatever, camp out and chill hard, always in earshot of the music and usually with a view of it. Then when it gets cookin', you wander down to meld with the rest of surging humanity in the no-holds-barred bacchanal. What can I say - Carter RULES.