Tickets on sale now for WinterWonderGrass Festival in Steamboat Springs, Feb. 23-26
WinterWonderGrass Festival Early Snowbird three-day general admission tickets are on sale now and start at $139. Three-day VIP tickets start at $279. The Gold Miner Pass, which includes a three-day general admission pass to both WinterWonderGrass Steamboat and Tahoe starts at $259. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.winterwondergrass.com.
STEAMBOAT — WinterWonderGrass Festival makes the move to Steamboat Springs in 2017, bringing more bands, more breweries, a ranch-inspired mountaintop dinner, a new coffee depot, warming hut and slope-side jams. Steamboat is the new home for this sustainable, community-focused, lifestyle-driven bluegrass and craft brew experience.
WinterWonderGrass will feature 25 bands performing on four stages over three days. Headlining artists include Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon and The Sam Bush Band, as well as Colorado favorites Elephant Revival. The Infamous Stringdusters round out the top line to close the weekend festivities on the main stage.
Additional main-stage artists include Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The California Honeydrops, Brothers Comatose and Cabinet. Three large heated tents — Jamboree, Pickin’ Perch and The SoapBox — will flank the main outdoor stage, with bluegrass artists The Lil’ Smokies, Head for the Hills, Dead Horses, Billy Strings, Grant Farm and Gipsy Moon.
Throughout the weekend, WinterWonderGrass will host “pop-up” bluegrass jams on the snow-covered mountains at Steamboat Ski Resort.
“Announce day brings all the hard work of the past year into one moment,” said WinterWonderGrass founder Scotty Stoughton. “It’s a humbling opportunity to curate the best artists in the world of bluegrass and roots music.
“We give careful thought about how each note of every artist fits into the tapestry of WinterWonderGrass. It is so fun to think about the musical flow, the different bands performing on four stages over three days curated to build something greater than all of us.”
The move to Steamboat will bring with it many new elements, starting with a free welcome party Thursday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Mountain, featuring WinterWonderGrass artists Gipsy Moon and Head for the Hills.
New to WinterWonderGrass Steamboat is the Ranch-to-Table Dinner at Thunderhead Lodge, 9,131 feet above Steamboat Springs. Diners can experience an intimate, unplugged set with Colorado’s Leftover Salmon. A family-style dinner with locally sourced foods will be served with beer, wine and whiskey tastings by festival partners Great Divide Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Breckenridge Distillery. There is very limited capacity for this event, and tickets will sell quickly. The Ranch-to-Table ticket is a separate ticket, and prices start at $149.
In addition to beer sponsors Great Divide Brewing and Oskar Blues Brewery, 21 Colorado breweries will participate in the beer tastings each day from 2 to 5 p.m. The festival will have tasting cups for sale to completely eliminate single-use plastic on site. With an 89 percent waste diversion rate in 2016, the festival will again have composting and recycling stations to offset the environmental impact of the event. A Klean Kanteen stainless steel commemorative festival mug is included with each three-day festival ticket, dramatically reducing single-use plastics.
WinterWonderGrass has donated more than $50,000 to various charitable organizations over the past five years, focusing on music education, environmental protection and disaster relief. This year the festival has aligned with the Educational Foundation of Eagle County and United Way of Routt County.
WinterWonderGrass is a community and family friendly event, with a colorful kids’ zone, including face painting, hula hooping and crafts. Children younger than 12 and seniors older than 75 are admitted for free. For more information, please visit http://www.winterwondergrass.com.
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