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Ski Resorts Returning Music to the Mountains

by Dan Giesin | February 15, 2022

There are many things in this world that can bring you down.

Luckily, there’s one sure way to beat the blues — music.

Add a little skiing and/or snowboarding to the mix, and you’ve got a pretty good antidote to most things — if not everything — that are bothering you.

And help is on the way.

As one of the biggest downers around — the pandemic — is starting to wind down, many ski resorts are dusting off old festivals that previously got customers to trade their ski and snowboard boots for dancing shoes.

Here’s a look at some upcoming remedies for the blues:

WinterWonderGrass

Bluegrass, jamgrass and roots music — along with a large and varied sampling of local brewmasters’ art — form the basis for this pair of three-day festivals to be held in Colorado and California.

The first WWG will be conducted at Steamboat on Feb. 25-27 and features headliners Trampled by Turtles, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wood Brothers and Yonder Mountain String Band plus the debut of the RiverWonderGrass All-Stars.

WWG part 2 will take place at Palisades Tahoe on April 1-3, with Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters, The California Honeydrops and Peter Rowan topping the bill.

Complete information on these shows can be found at here.

Snowbombing

If Eurobeat is your thing, then Mayrhofen, in the Austrian Tyrol, is the place to be in early April.

Billed as the “World’s Greatest Show on Snow”, this nearly week-long global party began life in the early 2000s as an electronics/DJ showcase. But the Snowbombing organizers added indie/alternative groups along the way and have brought in a wider audience. Featured acts this time around include Fatboy Slim, Maribou State and Bicep.

Further information on the April 4-10 event can be found at here.

Reggae Festival

More than 30 years ago, Sugarloaf brought good vibes via the reggae beat to Maine’s Carrabassett Valley, and after a two-year hiatus, they’re back at it.

The 32nd iteration of the Reggae Fest, which a takes place April 7-10, will feature Gorilla Finger Dub, Catcha Vibe, Zeme Libre, Easy Star All-Stars, Joint Operation and Root Shock.

Complete information on the festival can be found here.

RendezVan

Bluegrass and roots music meets the van life at the return of this annual conclave at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor.

RVers and campers take center stage at RendezVan, but you don’t have to own a recreational vehicle to get in on the fun — day trippers are always welcome. But no matter your status, you will be serenaded by such acts Greensky Bluegrass and the Cave Singers.

Further information on the April 20-24 event can be found here.

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