Music in the Mountains
Big Stars, Bright Nights
Deer Valley, Utah
Deer Valley doesn’t do anything without doing it well. Their Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is home to Big Stars, Bright Nights, a concert series featuring big names such as Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Smash Mouth, Five for Fighting, and Josh Turner. The series runs select days July through September, so head to Deer Valley’s event website to buy tickets.
Squaw Valley, California; Whistler, B.C., Tremblant, Quebec
Wanderlust is NOT your average music festival – it combines yoga, meditation, speakers and lifestyle events with music at three different ski resorts this summer. Squaw’s musical lineup for July 20-23 features Lettuce, Little Dragon, and Dustbowl Revival, while Whistler performances (August 3-6) include Quixotic, Con Brio, Elijah Ray, and Khruangbin. Tremblant will host Bonobo, IN-Q, and Con Brio August 24-27. Find tickets and info about speakers here, if you fancy a little inspiration along with your musical revelry.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival
If you’re looking for a music festival that’s a little more low-key, check out Bravo!Vail – the only festival in North America to host four orchestras in one season. During the week of July 21-28, the New York Philharmonic will perform classics by Gershwin, Dvorak, and Beethoven, as well as the world premier of a new work by American composer Julia Adolphe (tickets here). And in case you were wondering about its street (stage?) cred, Bravo! Vail was ranked one of the Top 10 Classical Festivals in 2017 by the New York Times.
Cherry Peak Summer Concert Series
Cherry Peak Resort, Utah
Cherry Peak’s Summer Concert Series is only in its second season, but it’s quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best in Utah. Coming up this summer are Alex Boye on July 22, Scotty McCreery on August 3, Andrew McMahon on August 19, and Diamond Rio on August 24. Snag concert packages or individual tickets here.
Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
The Bluesapalooza (August 3-6) is Mammoth’s biggest summer shindig, featuring more than 20 internationally known singers and bands, including Mavis Staples, Valerie June, Walter Trout, and Vintage Trouble. Then, of course, there are the 90 craft breweries and over 200 craft beers that will be flowing through the venue. Grab some tickets here and let the good times roll! If you’re not feeling bluesy, there’s also Mammoth Rocks, where live tribute bands relive your favorite classic rock songs from the 70s through the 90s. This one, August 25-26, has become a summer favorite for locals and visitors.
Telluride Jazz Festival and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
The Telluride Jazz Festival, August 4-6, is one of the country’s most scenic music events, featuring Grammy award winners such as Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, and the funky Meters, as well as free wine and spirit tasting (tickets here). If you’re not feelin’ jazzy, maybe Telluride’s Blues and Brews Festival is more your style, where three days of blues, funk, gospel, soul, indie and rock combine with craft beer, vendors, and kids activities September 15-17. Tickets here.
The Peach Music Festival
Montage Mountain, Pennsylvania
This one’s sure to be peachy if bands such as Dopapod, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Lettuce (ft. Chaka Khan), Papadosio, Dark Star Orchestra, and Widespread Panic are your jam. Special (and a little bit zany) additions include “Pink Talking Fish Eats a Peach,” a full performance of “Eat A Peach” intertwined with Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads & Phish songs. Peach people, as fans are known, can head here for tickets, camping info, and a full lineup for the August 10-13 festival.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Do Maroon 5, Hall and Oates, and Keith Urban count as jazz artists now? We don’t think so, but we’re also not complaining. They perform alongside bands such as The Roots, The Revivalists, and Denver based Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats September 1-3 in this festival that may not be pure jazz, but is pure, all-out Aspen. Tragically, the Sunday of the Maroon 5 performance is sold out, but you can still find tickets for Friday and Saturday here.