Primal Fest going big in second year; 12 bands performing at Stoneyard Distillery Friday and Saturday |

Primal Fest going big in second year; 12 bands performing at Stoneyard Distillery Friday and Saturday

Primal J and the Neanderthals is hosting Primal Fest on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, at Stoneyard Distillery. The two-day festival will feature music from 12 acts at the Dotsero distillery.
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The second annual Primal Fest will be Friday and Saturday at Stoneyard Distillery in Dotsero.

This year’s lineup features 12 bands, headlined each night by hosts Primal J & the Neanderthals, and is free.

“We’re just a band trying to have a good time with our friends,” said Dan Renner, of Primal J and the Neanderthals.

On Friday, music goes from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, performances start at 2 p.m.

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In addition to Primal J and the Neanderthals, Summit County punk rock band Pinheads will perform; Who’s Drivin’ Now will bring classic rock with electric guitars and pounding drums; The Darth Crooks will perform some bluegrass; and more.

Carl & Ken will also be performing, featuring a homemade instrument described as “a cross between a guitar and a drum,” Renner said. Local Sam B will also be performing, as well as Roshambo, Jen Mack, Dead Horse Flats, Crow Motion and others.

“It’s going to be a great time, and we’ve got some really talented musicians,” Renner said.

Stoneyard Distillery is located 1 mile east of the Interstate 70 Dotsero exit.

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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