Steamboat lands bluegrass music festival
Steamboat Springs — A winter music festival with a national following has found a new home in Steamboat Springs.
The three-day WinterWonderGrass bluegrass festival will kick off a weekend run with a free concert featuring the WinterWonderGrass Allstars on Feb. 23 in Gondola Square.
The festival usually sells out and is expected to draw about 4,000 people each of the three days.
“We’re really excited to come here,” organizer Jennifer Brazill said. “I feel like it’s a perfect fit here.”
Three-day festival passes will go on sale and the line-up will be announced Oct. 13, with WinterWonderGrass Allstars performing at a location yet to be determined.
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Brazill said that last year, a three-day festival pass could be purchased from $139 to $169. Prices for this year have not been set. Tickets for individual shows and events will go on sale in January.
The festival is going into its fifth year. It started in Edwards and has been at Avon for the past three years.
“The move to Steamboat allows us to realize our original vision of a truly integrated music and mountain experience with on-mountain events and a festival site next to the ski hill,” event founder Scotty Stoughton said in a news release.
Steamboat is familiar with hosting large music festivals such as The Music Fest at Steamboat, which this year is Jan. 5 to 10.
Brazill said WinterWonderGrass is pretty different.
The main festival venue will be at the Knoll parking lot with an outdoor stage and shows from 2:30 to 10 p.m. There will also be after-hour shows at other venues and “pop-up” bluegrass jams at different locations at Steamboat Ski Area.
There will also be events at Thunderhead Lodge, including a dinner with locally-sourced food.
Craft beer is also a big component of WinterWonderGrass.
Every night from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be 20 or more craft brewers from Colorado pouring samples at the main festival venue.
Brazill said the event will be family friendly, and kids under 12 years old can attend for free.
The ski area is offering a three-day ski pass during the event for $159. There will also be specially priced lodging and skiing packages.
“We’re definitely excited to get a big event like this,” ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.
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