16th Annual NedFest Music and Arts Festival on tap (photos)

NedFest, experiences a rainbow for the opening day of the 2013 festival.  Many saw this as a sign of Michigan Mike, NedFest founder, smiling down on the festival.
NedFest, experiencd a rainbow for the opening day of the 2013 festival. Many saw this as a sign of Michigan Mike, NedFest founder, smiling down on the festival.

One of Colorado’s best mountain music festivals, NedFest, is set to start next Friday in Nederland.   Now in it’s 16th year NedFest always offers a family friendly time with sometimes magical combinations of musicians you will not find outside of a music music festival or once upon a time in Vince Herman’s living room.  Past years lineups have read like the who’s who of the Colorado music scene.  This year is no exception featuring musicians like Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, Tyler Grant with Grant Farm, Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt and Jeff Austin with his new band featuring Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin.

Nestled in the mountains and next to the Barker Meadow reservoir, the festival grounds offer scenic views and mountain fresh air.  The festival grounds are wrapped by art and food vendors and this year libations will be served up by Boulder Beer, Redstone Meadery, Left Hand Brewing Company and Very Nice Brewing Company.

New this year, a NedFest regular tweener, Jaden Carlson will be featured on the main stage.  The new Jaden Carlson Band recently headlined the Fox Theatre and put on a very impressive show.  She is a NedFest crowd favorite.

Headlining this year’s festival is Jeff Austin with his new band, Robert Randolph and the Family band and a super group comprised of the New Orleans Suspects joined by Little Feat’s  Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

From a recent press release:  “Who are the New Orleans Suspects, you say? Let’s start with Mean Willie Green on the drums, drummer for the Neville Bros. since 1981, not to mention playing on albums by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Then add Reggie Scanlan, bassist for The Radiators for all 33 years of their existence, plus he was a member of Professor Longhair’s band. On sax there’s James Brown’s band leader (for the last 12 years of his life) Jeff Watkins, who after Brown passed away led Joss Stone’s band for 6 years. Next we’ve got the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Jake Eckert on guitar and vocals and C.R. Gruver of the Meters Experience on keys.”

Check out this years schedule of fun.

2014 Lineup

Friday, August 22nd:
Doors 5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm   Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet featuring Bill Nershi and Keith Moseley of the String Cheese Incident, Eric Deutsch on keys, and E Town’s Christian Teele on drums

8:00-10:00 pm   Jeff Austin Band featuring Jeff Austin, Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin
10:30 pm- 1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant

Late Night with Grant Farm
(FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)

Saturday, August 23rd
Doors 11:30 am

12-1:30   Nederland Acid Jazz
2:00-3:30   Jaden Carlson Band
4-5:30   TBA
6:00-7:30   Kyle Hollingsworth Band (of the String Cheese Incident)
8:00- 10:00   Robert Randolph and the Family Band
10:30 pm -1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant

Late Night with Galaxy Agent
(FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)

Sunday, August 24th
Doors 11:30 am

12:00          Special Kid’s Show for Sunday Opener!
1:00-1:45   Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Young Pickers with Annie Savage
2:00-3:30   Fruition
4:00-5:30   Drew Emmitt Band (of Leftover Salmon)
6:00-7:00   Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat acoustic set
7:00-8:00   The New Orleans Suspects
8:00-9:00   Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat with the New Orleans Suspects

So as you can see this year’s festival has an incredible line up, next to the reservoir, high in the mountains and is loaded with fun.  And don’t forget, buying a ticket or paying to camp is helping the non-profit,  100% of proceeds go to local kids’ music education programs. For tickets please visit www.nedfest.org.

Check out the photos from NedFest 2013:

 

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