Music festival with purpose moves to Buena Vista

If you haven’t heard about the festival slated for The Meadows at Buena Vista this weekend, it may be because the idea has been taking shape for weeks. With the lineup now finalized, it’s clear this will be a show like none the Ark Valley has seen before. Yet it is a celebration of many things valley dwellers hold dear.

There will be fantastic mountain music at the core, performed onstage but also around the campfire. Musicians from steadfast Americana and roots explorers like Trout Steak Revival, Grant Farm, Bonfire Dub, Mama Magnolia and Pickin’ on the Dead will not only perform but also join the festavarians in hanging out with all the guests at one of the most picturesque and welcoming festival grounds in the country. The Meadows space is especially suited for this type of group celebration, with astounding views, well-kept outdoor spaces and naturally structured performance spaces, as well as a pond for recreation.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. Friday, June 2, with yoga led by guest yogis and continues with a great lineup of music until 10 p.m., followed by a chilled-out, acoustic campfire jam. In keeping with the respectful nature of the organization, there will be a workshop on waste-free living Friday evening.

Saturday, June 3, will be full of activity, with stand-up paddleboard yoga, amazing performances and a songwriter workshop with key songwriters from many of the headlining bands. Saturday’s workshop will focus on Permaculture and nutritious food.

Sunday, June 4, is equally full, with numerous yoga experiences entwined into the music schedule for guests who want to participate in both simultaneously. The festival ends earlier on Sunday, allowing for a peaceful exit –and likely a reintegration into reality for most.

As a benefit, the festival is hoping to raise enough funds to help a young family get back on their feet amid their youngest member’s battle against cancer. The family has received amazing emotional support from their musical community but are still in the midst of an incredible struggle to care for little Emmy.

From Emmy’s mother: “Our proverbial boat has flipped right in the middle of the rapid, and we swam downriver toward the nearest eddy. That’s where we are right now. We’re in the process of flipping that heavy boat back over, pushing off from the shore and heading downriver once again. There is no guarantee that the raft won’t flip again, but at least we know what direction to swim.”

The Ark Magazine and our partners will give away a limited number of three-day passes to this event Wednesday night, but please don’t hesitate to join in the cause and go to to purchase tickets. They start at $29 for a single day and cost $80 for three days with camping. For a lineup like this, that’s unheard of!