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Music Events in Colorado Mountain Towns

We have amazing outdoor fun in Colorado’s mountain towns including the launch of great Colorado Music Festivals and Events that you will want to Save the Date and plan for. We have a round-up on some of the best around.

WinterWonderGrass

WinterWonderGrass 2020 will feature music by Greensky Bluegrass, Margo Price & Billy Strings plus sets by Keller Williams and the Keels, Nikki Lane, The Travelin’ McCourys, Molly Tuttle, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The Bluegrass Generals, Della Mae, ALO, Lindsay Lou, WinterWonderWomen, Pickin’ on the Dead, Cris Jacobs, Che Apalache, Jon Stickley Trio, Meadow Mountain, Twisted Pine, Jay Roemer Band, Buffalo Commons, Bowregard plus special guests Bridget Law, Jennifer Hartswick, Pappy Biondo, Andy Thorn Music and Will Mosheim.

Please note the Festival is February 21-23, 2020 – Friday through Sunday, but we throw a free show and paid mountain top dinner to kick things off on Thursday February 20th.

True connection is a spark of art and a catalyst for inspiration. WinterWonderGrass creates a platform for authentic communication and connection to happen.

WINTERWONDERGRASS | MUSIC. BREWS. MOUNTAINS.
Music Brews Mountains is the foundation for the 8th annual WinterWonderGrass Festival featuring more than 20 bands and 20 local breweries over three days. WinterWonderGrass Festival is the perfect storm of world-class bluegrass, roots and acoustic artists, craft beer and libations under star-filled Rocky Mountain nights encapsulating all things Colorado.

Each year WinterWonderGrass supports local non-profits – with a focus on environmental protection, musical education, community initiatives, and disaster relief. We donate $1 for every ticket sold to our partner NPO’s. The festival boasts a strong sustainability program diverting over 85% of festival waste from landfills. A commemorative festival mug included with each three-day festival ticket – zero single-use plastics are on site. WinterWonderGrass is a community and family-friendly event with a colorful kid’s zone including face painting, hula hooping and crafts.

Kids 12 and under and seniors 75 and older are free.

WinterWonderGrass is an all-ages family event, must be 21+ to purchase alcohol. The event is outdoors in the winter and takes place snow, rain or shine. No Refunds. Ticket fees include $9 Steamboat Resort fee, all management, taxes and credit card fees. More info at www.winterwondergrass.com/steamboat

Be sure to check out their other shows too!

Vail Summer Bluegrass Series

VAIL BLUEGRASS IS SET IN THE SCENIC SOLARIS PLAZA, NESTLED AMONG WORLD-CLASS SHOPPING, DINING AND LODGING, ALONGSIDE THE MAGNIFICENT GORE CREEK IN VAIL, COLORADO WITH IMPECCABLE VIEWS OF VAIL MOUNTAIN.

Date TBA

www.vailbluegrass.com


FESTIVAL TIP:

Heading to see your favorite band with the Kids? Don’t Forget:

Kids are a big part of the
Festival Scene these days. If
you are preparing to bring your kiddos, then be sure to purchase protective Ear Muffs or Ear Plugs to help protect them. Check online to find the best pair for your child. You might like having some too!


iBar Ranch – Gunnison

The I Bar is an authentic western heritage event center that seats up to 515.  It is situated on a 10 acre converted hay meadow, 250 ft off of the Tomichi Creek at the base of ‘W’ Mountain in beautiful Gunnison, CO.  The Colorado DOW operates the buffer of land between our venue and Tomichi Creek and offers access to amazing fly fishing and equestrian/hiking opportunities.

The I Bar is situated 1.5 miles southeast of downtown Gunnison behind Jorgenson Park and the Pioneer Museum.  Its unique setting is what makes it very special; just on the edge of town, but deep into the quiet spaces of agriculture and recreation.

The venue is a converted hay barn with stage, lighting & sound.  While the sides are open to provide fresh air and scenery, there are curtains that can be closed for inclement weather.  The venue is in operation from May-October for community orientated events and music you won’t want to miss.

www.ibarranch.com/events/


Frisco Concert in the Park Series

We love the awesome little town of Frisco, Colorado. Great restaurants, an amazing marina, trails to hike and bike all contribute to what makes this town so wonderful!  Special Events and Music are another amazing reason why we adore Frisco. The Frisco Concert in the Park Series has some bands that will have you grabbing your lawn chairs and picnic blanket for an evening out. Enjoy a fun, free concert in Frisco’s Historic Park on Thursdays in summer. Stay tuned for the Lineup.

For more information visit the TownOfFriscoEvents.com


Silverthorne First Fridays Music and More

The Town of Silverthorne is making the first Friday of every month a reason for residents and visitors alike to get together and celebrate what’s special about this vibrant community. From arts and food to music and fun, First Fridays showcase the community’s talented makers, artisans and performers, and include hosted evenings with artists, chefs, brewers, musicians and more in various locales that welcome the whole community to participate.

www.silverthorne.org


FESTIVAL TIP:

We say bring it all, because Colorado mountain town weather will get the unprepared!

  • CHECK FESTIVAL RULES
  • Valid photo ID
  • Sunscreen/ hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip Protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Lawn chairs –check Festival rules
  • Tarps/blankets
  • Sunshade tents –check Festival rules
  • Coolers with non-breakable water/soda containers to stay hydrated!
  • Camera –check Festival rules
  • Warm clothes
  • Light Clothing
  • Gloves
  • Rain Coat or Poncho
  • Waterproof Boots
  • Sandals
  • Small Back Pack or Hip Belt
  • Your Festivals #hashtag

Sunset Concert Series in Mountain Village

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association is excited to announce the lineup for the 21st annual Sunset Concert Series held in Mountain Village, Colorado. The 2019 Sunset Concert Series brings nine spectacular shows to Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza (on the lawn near Lift 1) located steps away from the gondola to Telluride. The family-friendly concerts start at 6 p.m., and as in prior years, the concerts are free and pet-friendly. 

Adding to the vibrancy a new Market at Sunset (Vendor Village) will be added with at least eight Vendors providing different goods and services.  Also new to the series will be select Breweries featured on site.  Already signed up are Crooked Stave and Palisade Brewing Company.

Music on the Green in Mountain Village

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and Beyond the Groove Productions are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Music on the Green concert series in Mountain Village, Colorado. Music on the Green, a free summer concert series taking place most Fridays, starting June 7 through September 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Mountain Village Reflection Plaza, adjacent to the Madeline Hotel & Residences.

“Music on the Green is a great way to start to your summer weekends,” said Anton Benitez, president of TMVOA. “Meet with friends, grab a drink, a bite to eat, and enjoy live music in Reflection Plaza.”

The concert series line-up features a wide variety of bands and musicians who will start the weekend with a celebration of music and art amid the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains surrounding Mountain Village.


Dillon Amphitheater

SUMMER EVENT SCHEDULE https://dillonamphitheater.com/

www.townofdillon.com


Strings, Ciders and Sours, Breckenridge

Ciders and Sours are some of the most loved beverages in the universe and the route to all things magnificent.  Add in some live Bluegrass by Buffalo Commons and The McDevients, delicious food, gorgeous Breckenridge mountain views and great friends…….you have an irresistible recipe for making magic!  These indulgences all come together for the 4th Annual Breckenridge Strings, Ciders & Sours in September 2020.

Ciders and Sours lovers come together to taste their way through a wide array of samples from local and national Craft Breweries while boogying to some great bluegrass music from our beloved Buffalo Commons (Steamboat Springs, CO) all under the majestic mountains of Breckenridge!  Guests will receive a commemorative tasting glass, access to the live music, entertainment and festival activities, and a chance to taste and explore their way through an assortment of ciders and sours while learning from the Brewery Ambassadors.  Festival food from local vendors will be available for purchase “a la carte” throughout both Plazas. We know you will be hooked and will keep coming back for more! Stay tuned:

www.rockymountainevents.com


The Lariat, Buena Vista

The Lariat in Buena Vista: Striking gold in the mountain music scene
Music fans live for the opportunity to experience world-class talent in an intimate venue, and Lariat owners Court and Robbie Johnson provide that opportunity year-round in Buena Vista. Since taking over The Lariat in 2016, Court and Robbie have consistently booked top national and regional talent – Grammy-winning blues legends like John Primer and Otis Taylor as well as internationally renowned artists like John Popper of Blues Traveler and Davy Knowles from the Isle of Man. 
Increasingly, bands headed to or from Colorado’s music mecca – Red Rocks Amphitheater – are stopping by Buena Vista to perform at The Lariat as word spreads about this amazing musician-friendly venue. That list includes upcoming performances by Nicole Atkins and Town Mountain, btw.
The Lariat’s dedication to live music separates it from other music venues, but the Lariat experience actually begins outside, with stunning vistas of the Collegiate Peaks and the historic character of small-town Buena Vista. Long known as home to the state’s best whitewater.  BV sits alongside the Arkansas River surrounded by the highest concentration of 14ers in the state, natural hot springs and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. 
After taking in the outdoor fun, incredible scenery and small-town charm of BV, the experience continues inside. Court and Robbie transformed The Lariat from a nondescript dive bar into a state-of-the-art live music venue, craft beer and cocktail bar, and gastropub restaurant featuring a locally sourced menu. Renovations accentuate the railroad-era history of the brick building, creating a western steampunk vibe. 
After playing his first gig at The Lariat, Gasoline Lollipops frontman Clay Rose, exclaimed, “We love it there. … It’s really one of the best venues in Colorado, especially the sound!” 
Since then, The Lariat has raised the bar by installing the only Meyer Linas sound system to be found in an intimate (300-capacity) venue in Colorado. Controlled by a Midas Pro 3 soundboard, the system produces impeccable sound and gives The Lariat bragging rights for the best sound system in Colorado’s mountain scene. Along with Court and Robbie, legendary soundman Brother Rob provides the human touch – a key ingredient in creating The Lariat’s magical sets of sonic delight.
But don’t take our word for it. “As far as a good ol’ rock ’n’ roll venue, The Lariat is the place,” according to National Flat-picking Champion Tyler Grant of Grant Farm and Pickin’ on the Dead.

Check their event calendar for the full line up: www.thelariatbv.com

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