Beanstalk music fest returns to State Bridge Thursday through Sunday | VailDaily.com

Beanstalk music fest returns to State Bridge Thursday through Sunday

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com

The Magic Beans organizes and hosts the Beanstalk Music & Mountains Fest. The Festival has daily themes this year: “Studio 54” today, “Space Cowboy” on Saturday and “Zombie Celebrities” on Sunday.

BOND — Three is the magic number at this year's Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival at State Bridge. This marks the third year for the music festival, which continues through Sunday.

Tonight's headliners are Kyle Hollingsworth Band with Michael Kang and The Magic Beans, and on Saturday, attendees will see Juno What!, two sets of Joe Russo's Almost Dead and The Magic Beans. The Magic Brownies, Hollywood Nights and, yes, you guessed it, The Magic Beans, will close out the festival on Sunday.

The Magic Beans, a Nederland-based "Ameritronica" band, will play three sets. If you hadn't guessed it from the name — Beanstalk — The Magic Beans organize and host the festival. The group fuses acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and electronic dance music.

The festival features an array of special music projects this year. The Magic Brownie Super Jam features Marc Brownstein and Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits with Scott Hachey and Casey Russell of The Magic Beans, along with more special guests. In addition, Hollywood Nights is made up of Aron Magner and Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits, Tom Hamilton of American Babies plus Joe Russo's Almost Dead and Clay Parnell of Particle.

Scott Hachey of The Magic Beans answered some questions for the Vail Daily.

Vail Daily: You guys organize the Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival and perform at it. Tell me how the festival came about?

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Scott Hachey: Our guitarist started it based around our annual weekend at State Bridge. We love the venue and (that) part of the state so much, we just wanted to bring up tons of bands and have them experience the magic. It's a one-of-a-kind place.

VD: Who else will be playing at the festival and did you book all of them?

SH: Our guitarist, Scott, and manager, Ryan, booked all the bands. The lineup is stacked. Joe Russo's Almost Dead will be there, and members of String Cheese Incident will be there, Three-fourths of the Disco Biscuits, and a bunch of local and national talent you have to see. We always try to book bands everyone can get down to.

VD: Who are you especially excited to see perform?

SH: We can't wait for Joe Russo's Almost Dead and our good friends the Main Squeeze and Kitchen Dwellers.

VD: What's on the horizon for the band that you're excited about?

SH: We're very excited for this weekend, Wakarusa the following weekend and Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June. We're doing late night shows for that at Fly Me To the Moon Saloon. Also, we're doing late nights at the Grateful Dead's final shows in Chicago. That should be tremendous.

VD: Anything I'm not asking that I should know?

SH: Tickets are close to selling out so make sure you tell people to hurry and get 'em if they wanna come to the festival! We'll be on tour this summer and all around, so let everyone know to keep an eye out for us.

If you go …

What: Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival.

Where: State Bridge, Bond.

When: Thursday through Sunday.

Cost: Tickets are $110 for a three-day pass (doesn’t include camping). Single day tickets start at $65.

More information: Full schedule and festival information at http://www.beanstalkfestival.com.

The lineup

The Magic Beans (three sets)

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang

Hollywood Nights

Magic Brownies

Iron Horse

The Main Squeeze

Juno What!?

American Babies

Kitchen Dwellers

Naughty Professor

The Malai Llama

Vine Street Vibes

Brothers Gow

Digital Beat Down

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