Ticket prices slashed for Mountain Music Fest

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By Nicole Queen

After a disappointing turnout last year, the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce’s Conifer Mountain Music Festival committee has decided to drop ticket prices for the third annual festival — but won’t skimp on the entertainment value.

“The event was well-received (last year),” said Randy Fowler, a member of the committee. “But the attendance was down. This year we wanted to reach to and try to bring the event to the community in a cost-effective way but still put on a quality show.”

Last year, attendance at the festival, held at Beaver Ranch Community Park, was down by 1,000 compared to the first year, when 3,000 people were on hand. This year, with the price cut and some additional activities and events, Fowler said, the committee is expecting 4,000 to show up.

Instead of a $25 charge for adults and $15 for teenagers, ticket prices will be $15 for adults and $10 for ages 11 to 17. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.

The one-day festival brings in more than 16 bands, as well as a plethora of merchants from the community.

In addition to the usual musical acts and festival fare, this year the committee has planned an Extreme Youth Arena with a BMX bike course and climbing wall.

The committee is still looking for sponsors, donations and businesses interested in being event vendors, and so far has received generous support.

For example, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association donated $15,000 worth of electrical services that will benefit the main stage.

The festival is also looking to cater to teens and 20-somethings and might offer a third stage primarily for alternative and independent (indie) rock bands, and will feature a battle of the bands.

“This year we’re giving something to the youth,” Fowler said. “… We want such a mix of bands that people are torn between each stage.”

Bands such as the Railbenders and the Hazel Miller Band played in the past; this year’s lineup is still under discussion.

In addition to a variety of different genres, the committee is also determined to offer music that was played at the Woodstock music festival in 1969. After all, the festival’s theme this year is Woodstock of the West in honor of the 40th anniversary of the most famous music festival in U.S. history.

“We’re offering a variety of music for people,” Fowler said with a smile. “But there will still be music for us white-headed guys.”

Proceeds from the festival will benefit local nonprofits and the chamber, and this year the Emily Keyes I Love U Guys Foundation and the Food Bank of the Rockies will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The festival is slated to take place on Saturday, Aug. 1.

For information on how to volunteer at or donate to the festival, contact Cathy Davis, executive director for the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, at director@goconifer.com or 303-838-5711.

Contact Nicole at nicole@evergreenco.com.