Fourth annual Primal Fest hosts full day of free live music performances |

Fourth annual Primal Fest hosts full day of free live music performances

The Primal Fest, founded by Eagle County reggae-rock band Primal J and the Neanderthals, is hosting its fourth annual concert event Aug. 14

Primal Fest will take place from noon until nightfall at Boneyard and 7 Hermits Brewing Co. in Eagle.
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The fourth annual Primal Fest, a free day-long concert event featuring a broad range of live music acts, will take place this Saturday, Aug. 14 at Boneyard and 7 Hermits Brewing Co. in Eagle.

Primal Fest will feature a rotation of bands playing on two outdoor stages. The live music will begin at noon and run continuously until 10 p.m., with 12 bands playing back-to-back sets over the course of the day.

Dan Renner is the bassist for Primal J and the Neanderthals, and has been organizing the Primal Fest since its inception in 2018.

“It started off as a little local thing for a bunch of bands, and now four years later we’re getting out-of-state people to come play, we’ve got two stages and ten hours of continuous music,” Renner said. “We’ve got acoustic artists, a pop artist, classic rock, some jam bands, some punk bands, some bluegrass – there’s just a little of everything. Where else can you get ten hours of live music for free, you know?”

The lineup opens with two acoustic performances, starting with Chris Devine on the 7 Hermits Brewing Stage at noon and followed by Vail local and indie rock musician Jen Mack on the Boneyard stage.

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The early afternoon will feature a number of rock artists, including classic rock band Cellar Dwellers, followed by local cover band The Cliff Notes and punk band 10-67.

The sound switches up again with Campbell Crates, an indie synth pop artist from Dallas who recently charted as a top 40 artist with her song “Are We There Yet”. Bluegrass band The Darth Crooks takes the 7 Hermits stage after Crates, followed by the Colorado punk band Pinheads.

As night begins to fall, Horizon Line Band will perform their “rocky mountain rock and roll” music, followed by the hosts of the Primal Fest, Primal J and the Neanderthals, playing a unique genre that they describe as “Funky Punky Rock Reggae that will get you moving and grooving.”

The Denver-based rock and roll band Red Stinger will headline the night on the 7 Hermits Brewing Stage, and the Primal Fest will close out with a performance by the California ska band Warsaw Poland Bros on the Boneyard stage.

The open-air atmosphere and all-day setlist are designed for people to come in and out as they like throughout the day, dropping in for a set here and there or staying for the full afternoon. Food and drink are available for purchase at the host restaurants, and entrance is free for all.

The layout also ensures maximum social-distancing safety for attendees, who are encouraged to keep 6 feet between parties and wear masks when entering and exiting the establishments.

For more information about this year’s Primal Fest, visit the event’s Facebook page, searchable under the title “4th Annual Primal Fest”.

If you go …

What: Fourth Annual Primal Fest

When: Noon, Aug. 14

Where: 7 Hermits Brewing Co. (1020 Capitol St.) and Boneyard (1099 Capitol St.) in Eagle

Information: Search “4th Annual Primal Fest” on Facebook


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