Festivals, festivals everywhere you look another festival. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Each summer the number of music festivals only seems to grow and as long as they are successful, they will continue to enhance. No longer is the question should I go? It’s which ones and how many?
In that spirit I thought I should put together some top selections for your summer festivalling (did I just invent a word?).
Rare is the festival that provides it all. Music, food, brews, healthy activities and all for a good cause. A conscious family gathering that will feature the beautiful sounds of Elephant Revival, the folk pop of Paper Bird plus the once in a lifetime chance to see the inventor of Mushroom Jazz- Mark Farina. Campout also affords guests a chance to enhance their life with yoga seminars, an introduction to PiYoCHi and plenty of water activities throughout the weekend. And there are always those endless late night, early morning impromptu jam sessions that promise to continue as this 6th annual event returns to its root location.
Sometimes the value for the buck must be considered. This festival is in its second year under new promoters and they are raising the talent bar without the cost of admission. This year former Black Crowes leader Chris Robinson brings Chris Robinson Brotherhood to join Leftover Salmon, who are touring off the strength of their first new studio album in 7 years, as co-headliners. The festival offers three days of music, a chili cook off, a sampling of great micro brews in an awesome setting. If you choose to camp, you can do the whole thing for under $125-hot showers included! If you are on a real tight budget drive over for free opening night and catch rising stars Miner with a closing set by New Orleans Funk band Bonerama.
Not being a huge country music fan, I must admit the line up for this year’s Country Jam is quite impressive. Each night brings a solid representation of country’s stalwarts like Lady Antebellum with plenty of bad boys like Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert. One will also get a chance to hear country’s rising stars like Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and American Young. And for enthusiast there is the country music lesson you will get listening to Jerrod Niemann. With plenty of free transportation options once you are in Grand Junction and reasonable priced single day passes, country fans can pick and choose their entertainment options to fit their budgets. For Country music fans it’s a must.
Granted the Bluegrass event held here annually gets all the press but this early Fall festival has only gotten better in the shadows. This year is no exception as one of the real strengths this festival offers is less crowds and better access to stage to get closer to some top notch performers including the legendary George Clinton touring with Parliament Funkadelic, Peter Frampton and a rare appearance by The Violent Femmes. The weather is sometimes a challenge however, with ample local food vendors and a terrific after hours options combined with free transportation, this Blues & Brews Fest is worth the trip.