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This Festival Guide has become more than a tradition for us here at Elevation Outdoors. It is the essential planner that anchors our busy summer. This is the definitive word on where we want to be—dancing, playing, camping, getting muddy, singing along, sitting in our chairs, competing, rowing, flowing, pedaling, beer tasting, making new friends, partaking, watching films and sometimes even escaping the crowds. The essence of EO is bringing together outdoor music, sport and culture. So step out into the 2014 Mountain Festival Guide. by Doug Schnitzspahn and Eugene Buchanan MAY 2014 • ElevationOutdoors.com

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May 17 • Bellvue

It has become our tradition to kick off festy season at the fabled Mishawaka Auditorium. Head for the Hills’ party is the perfect prologue for veteran festivarians. Don’t Miss: Colorado bluegrassers The Grant Farm will headline. Insider Info: Tickets just $22 advance. mishawaka.ticketforce.com

CAMP OUT FOR THE CAUSE May 23-25 • Rancho del Rio

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The family gathering of music, river sports, yoga, SUP and general one-world-ness moves back to its roots at the headwaters of the Colorado River. Don’t Miss: Paper Bird, Elephahnt Revival, Gipsy Moon. Yoga classes. Insider info: Bring your fly rod. campoutforthecause.org

MEADOWGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL

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May 23-24 • La Foret

Meadowgrass is a laid-back alternative to the big Colorado festivals but it still manages to pack an eclectic punch of both rootsy picking and hipster cool. Don’t Miss: The Duhks, Elephant Revival and San Francisco’s The Mother Hips. Insider Info: Festival proceeds help preserve the historic La Foret open space. meadowgrass.org

PAGOSA FOLK ‘N BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL June 6-8 • Pagosa Springs

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The real deal. This little festival that rocks is more about appreciating the sound than the scene. Don’t Miss: There’s a fine selection of roots music to savor here including acoustic music from Claire

Lynch, bluegrass from John Jorgenson, and Virginia boys The Steel Wheels. Insider Info: Escape the freaks and enjoy a little soak in town. folkwest.com

SNOWMASS MAMMOTH FESTIVAL June 13-15 • Snowmass

Take cutting-edge bands. Add a chili cookoff and beer tasting. Sprinkle in the camping and sublime singletrack and hiking surrounding Snowmass. The result is one hot festival just as summer gets rolling. Don’t Miss: Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne, Xavier Rudd, The Motet. Insider Info: Don’t miss Saturday’s beer tasting. snowmassmammothfest.com

PALISADE BLUEGRASS AND ROOTS FESTIVAL June 13-15 • Palisade

It’s all about atmosphere at this festival. There’s just as much excitement around Palisade—with local distillers and wineries in attendance and secret singletrack out the gate—as there is on stage. Don’t Miss: This year promises to bring some heat with the Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, The Sweetback Sisters, Gipsy Moon, WhiteWater Ramble, Howlin’ Brothers and many more. Insider Info: Mountain biking in Palisade is on the rise. Check in with the folks at Rapid Creek Cycles for local beta. palisademusic.com

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Want a laid-back music happening close to Denver? Look no further—this little festival in Golden’s Clear Creek History Park packs a big punch. Don’t Miss: Finnders and Youngberg, The Railsplitters. Insider Info: Fuel up at The Cilantro Truck. goldenhistory.org/learn-do/golden-music-festival

Glenn Miller SwingFest June 19-22 • Fort Morgan

Are you swing kids still out there and ready for the real deal? Don’t Miss: Golden Trombone dance competition. Insider Info: Dress up. glennmillerswingfest.com

June 19-22 • South Park With a vibe filled with electronic music, live painters, art installations and yoga friendly one-ness, Sonic Bloom will free your mind so your ass can follow. With that attitude the fest does its best to be green with organic and vegetarian food options, too.Don’t Miss: Defunk, Bird of Prey, Birds of Paradise, Akasha Experience, Ayla Nereo, bioLuMigen, Cualli. Insider Info: Plenty of mindful, strong Colorado yogis will be teaching here, including Boulder’s Rob Loud, Amy Deva Harris, Richii Jai and Alec Vishal Rouben. Be sure to take the time out to take a class. sonicbloomfestival.com

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From wildflowers and opera, to cowboys and culinary delights, there’s plenty of artistic expression in Gunnison-Crested Butte! Summer brings an amazing array of one-of-a-kind music festivals, events and live performances that reflect the lifestyle, natural beauty and western traditions of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Get inspired by real life.

As we went to print there were still tickets available for the big mamma of all festivals. If you go, you understand. If you haven’t been, it’s time to make the pilgrimage. Don’t Miss: A single moment. Let’s start with the newly back together Nickel Creek, who cut their teeth here years ago, as well as member Chris Thile solo as well as Punch Brothers. How about Ray Lamontagne, Steve Winwood and Andrew Bird. Add in the usual Bela Fleck, Sam Bush and Tim OBrien. Insider Info: Nightgrass shows in town (tickets sold separately). bluegrass.com/telluride

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Jazz? Yes. But there are also a lot of big-name acts mixed in to this big-time musical showcase. Don’t Miss: Diana Krall. Tony Bennett. Insider Info: For true jazz, hit the Jas Cafe at the Little Nell during te festival and beyond. jazzaspensnowmass.org

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Grand County Blues Society’s Blues From the top June 27-29 • Winter Park

This sweet happening supports Blue Star Connection, a non profit that raises funds and collects musical instruments to give to children fighting cancer or other lifechanging situations. Don’t Miss: Larry McCray, Austin Young, Poland’s Boogie Boys, Israel’s Ori Naftaly Band, Serbia’s Ana Popovic, the Sunday gospel set from Tyree Morris and Hearts of Worship. Insider Info: Blue Star Connection Sunday—youth are brought on stage as honored guests. grandblues.org

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15 - 18 Telluride Literary Festival

3 Red, White & Blues

1 - 3 Telluride Jazz Festival

6 Imogene Pass Run

23 - 26 Mountainfilm

4 Firemen’s Fourth of July

7 - 17 Telluride Chamber Music Festival

12 - 14 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

4 Rundola

8 Telluride Top Chef Competition

18 - 21 Telluride WOW Festival

JUNE

10 - 13 Telluride Yoga Festival

14 - 17 Telluride Mushroom Festival

20 Mountains to Desert Ride

2 - 7 Wild West Fest

11 Hardrock 100

29 - SEPT 1 Telluride Film Festival

20 - 21 Telluride BBQ Festival

6 - 8 Telluride Balloon Festival

12 - 13 Ride Fest

19 - 22 Telluride Bluegrass Festival

17 - 19 Americana Music Series

25 - JULY 6 Telluride Musicfest

17 - 26 San Miguel Basin Carnival, Fair & Rodeo

OCTOBER

26 - 29 Telluride Wine Festival

18 Ah Haa Art Auction

10 - 12 Telluride Horror Show

29 - JULY 5 Telluride Plein Air

19 - 20 Art + Architecture Weekend 20 - 27 Telluride Playwrights Festival

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ridgway concert series July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • Ridgway

There may be no better bet than these free concerts in Ridgway’s Town Park Thursdays in July. Don’t Miss: Paper Bird kicks it off. And don’t miss Austin, Texas, country rockers Sons of Fathers.Insider Info: Microbrew tasting! Just $20/ person. ridgwayconcertseries.com

BLuegrass in paradise July 4-5 • Crested Butte

Well, Crested Butte is paradise when you think about it. And the sweet hereafter comes with a stage-full of the most beloved acts in the bluegrass pantheon. Don’t Miss: Yarn, The Black Lillies, Drew Emmitt. Insider Info: This is just a minifestival within the much larger Crested Butte Music Festival. bluegrassinparadise.org

HIGH MOUNTAIN HAY FEVER July 10-13 • Westcliffe

No pop bands posing as “bluegrass” here—this mellow fest attracts roots aficionados who care more about the music than the party-crowd mentality. Don’t Miss: There’s so much here to savor: The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Beartracks, Grass It Up, Kantankerous, Mile High Express and festival hosts Dry Branch Fire Squad and the Sons of Brothers Band, to name just a few. Insider Info: This festival does a damn bit of good, too. Last year it raised $40,0000 for the Custer County Clinic and pledges $8,000 to the Main Street Initiative, an effort to stimulate business activity in Westcliffe/Silver Cliff by bringing in attractive events. highmountainhayfever.org

Festival in the Clouds July 19-20 • Alma

This little festival in Colorado’s highest incorporated municipality brings in everything from belly dancers to soul acts.. Don’t Miss: The pancake breakfast. Insider Info:There are quite a few campgrounds in Alma, Breckenridge and Fairplay. almafoundation.com

OYSTER RIDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL July 25–27 • Kemmerer, Wyoming

“Oystrer Grass” is simply the biggest musical happening in the nation’s least populated state. Oh, and it is free! The stage hosts local talent as well as national acts and it was all the brainchild of a USFS employee who liked to pick some mean guitar. Don’t Miss: Flat picking is king at this festival and there’s no more honored picker than national champ and

Appalachian song-spinner Robin Kessinger. Insider Info: The festival is also home to the Wyoming state finger style guitar championship and the Wyoming state flat pick guitar championship. And anyone (even non-residents) can enter. oysterridgemusicfestival.com

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July 25-27 • Lyons The grounds are fine, the music is fantastic as always, but the town of Lyons needs you to come back to this festival after all the devastation it suffered in last fall’s flood (see page 15). Don’t Miss: This lineup is absolutely stacked: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band. Insider Info: Many of these bands made sure to be back to support the town. You can do the same by donating to help rebuild Lyons’ town park here: townoflyons.com/donate-to-help-rebuidlyons-parks. bluegrass.com/rockygrass

CRESTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL August 1-3 • Crestone

This two-stage festival offers up a little bit of everything to everyone—and the organizers stress that there are… mojitos! The vibe certainly mirrors that of Crestone itself, where folks of all sort of backgrounds and spiritual callings all find common ground. Don’t Miss: Paper Bird may be the hottest new band on the festival scene this season (see page 49) and you can catch them here. Plus, Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe, Ruthie Foster. Insider Info: The weekend is quite family friendly thanks to Salida Circus, We Are The Drum Workshop, hula-hoops and beach balls and EuroBungy jump machine. crest-fest.org

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Tellueride Jazz brings in acts with as much credence as Bluegrass but far less hoopla. Don’t Miss: Lettuce, Dragon Smoke, Snarky Puppy, Grupo Fantasma, The Telluride Student All Star Jazz Ensemble. Insider Info: The Free Jazz Project, now in its 7th year, produces five music programs and an annual soccer tournament in conjunction with the Telluride Jazz Festival. telluridejazz.org

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL August 15-17 • Lyons

Here’s another chance t hear some of the best acoustic (and electric) artists in the world and support the festivalinclined town of Lyons. The smallest of Planet Bluegrass’ big three festivals is our personal favorite thanks to its laid-back vibe and eclectic music lineup. Bring the family. Don’t Miss: Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival. Insider Info: Many of these bands made sure to be back to support the town. You can do the same by donating to help rebuild Lyons’ town park here: townoflyons.com/ donate-to-help-rebuid-lyons-parks.. bluegrass.com/folks

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movement, performance art and everything from yoga sessions to meditation in the “Temple of the Heart.” Don’t Miss: There are big name bands here to dance to like Galactic, Beats Antique and the Infamous Stringdusters. But you’ll also want to be sure to take a yoga class with Boulder yogi. Matt Kapinus (and, hey, read his yoga festival do’s and don’ts on page 41). Insider Info: Can’t wait? Check Arise’s web site for preparty announcements. arisefestival.com

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I never thought I’d be writing an article calling for moderation or restraint when it comes to ganja or any other mind altering substance for that matter, but this needs to be said. Be aware of your surroundings. Some festivals are teeming with small children during the day. Others are held in farming communities that are just a little more conservative than Red Rocks. And even Red Rocks has a no smoking policy. Just to be clear, Amendment 64 does not allow for the public consumption of marijuana. Colorado has a very relaxed attitude when it comes to pot. Let’s not ruin it by celebrating too openly. If I’ve learned anything it’s that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and an ounce of Sour Diesel will run you about $400. And while we’re are on the subject of moderation, we should talk about the rollers in the audience (you know who you are). Consuming moly in the public eye is a huge no-no. Feeling the love and giving out hugs does not give you license to bump up in front of me. BTW moly is mostly meth. You can watch a little Breaking Bad to see what you’re getting into. Stoners don’t dig tweakers, let’s not cause a scene. —Eric Steele

If it’s in Ned, it needs to be weird, or at least alternatively expressive. Ned Fest delivers with music, art, crafts, microbrews and assorted oddness. Don’t Miss: Jeff Austin and the Here and Now, Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet, Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Insider Info: Stop by our friends at Salto and Tin Shed Sports for a bite or a rental bike and beta. nedfest.org

JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS LABOR DAY FESTIVAL August 29-31 • Snowmass

Yeah, well forget about the jazz, this festival pulls in big-gun talent to kiss goodbye to summer. Don’t Miss: Earth, Wind and Fire; Ziggy Marley; Nickel Creek; Carrie Underwood. Insider Info: Bring your mountain bike and hit the Government Trail between sets. jazzaspensnowmass.org

FOUR CORNERS FOLK FESTIVAL Meet the sister festival to FolkWest’s Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival. Enjoy the same core vibe and listen to rootsy performers under a 1,200-plus-person tent or kick back in the surrounding meadow. Don’t Miss: Sam Bush, Elephant Revival. Insider Info: Beyond its festivals, FolkWest runs bluegrass camps for adults and kids, June 3–5 in Pagosa Springs. folkwest.com

TELLURIDE BLUES AND BREWS September 12-14 • Telluride

Save the best for last. Telluride’s other big festival is the one we wait for all summer long. Hey and who doesn’t like autumn nights, a cold beer and some music to make you want to cry into it… or dance. Don’t Miss: Pete Frampton, The Violent Femmes, George Clinton. Insider Info: The Grand Tasting features 56 microbreweries competing to be the crowd favorite. tellurideblues.com

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September 25-28 • Paonia When the weather cools down, this festival heats up the North Fork Valley with tunes, local food and art. Don’t Miss: Seattle rockabilly headliners the Dusty 45s. Insider Info: Grab a bite at the Flying Fork in town. mountainharvestfestival.org

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May 16-18 • Golden

Now entering its fourth year, the Golden Games, held on Clear Creek of Coors fame in Golden, Colo., offers races and events in kayaking (freestyle, slalom and downriver), stand-up paddleboarding, rafting and more. Don’t Miss: Check out the action on one of the first whitewater parks ever built in the country. thegoldengames.com

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vail valor races May 25-26 • Vail

From marathon to fun run these races will get you out in Vail. Don’t Miss: Running with your dog in he Canine X-Country. speckled-hound.com

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May 30-31 • Steamboat Springs Test your creek running skills against some of the country’s best at the Paddling Life Creek Race on Friday, May 30, on Class IV-V Fish Creek. Then stay for the rest of the weekend’s Yampa River Festival, featuring freestyle events, downriver races in all disciplines and slalom. Don’t Miss: The rip-roaring party that caps it all off. friendsoftheyampa.com

LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES May 31 • Lyons

If you go to any festival this year, make it this one, simply to help support a Colorado town that needs you there. The fall floods may have wreaked havoc on Lyons’ South St. Vrain River, but not on the spirit of its locals, who this year will once again host the Lyons Outdoor Games (see page 15), a fun-filled day of such river events as freestyle, slalom, Boater-X

Always Be Documenting: The GoPro Mountain Games will draw the best whitewater paddlers on the planet looking to take splash selfies.

and more. Don’t Miss: Burning Can! Oskar Blues festival of canned beer takes place on Saturday with over 50 breweries to taste from for just $30-$45 bucks. lyonsoutdoorgames.com

GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES June 5-8 • Vail

The all-encompassing outdoor multi-sport megaplex takes over Vail again this summer. It’s an ideal event for the whole family. Parents can trade off competing while kids hit the climbing wall and paddle tank. This year features a new Badass Dash

obstacle course race for kids and children, too. Beyond, the sports there’s a giant expo of gear and activism. Don’t Miss: This is the granddaddy of all whitewater events. With this year’s snowpack, look for big air in the freestyle event, blistering times in the downriver and adrenaline glands flowing stronger than the river in the Class V Homestake Creek Race. mountaingames.com/summer

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family fun, activsim and eveything that floats your boat. Don’t forget a costume for the River Parade. Don’t Miss: Want to give something back? Take part in the River Clean-Up Contest during the festival by checking in with Frosty Pines Wilderness Education. animasriverdays.org

BUENA VISTA BICYCLE FESTIVAL June 7 • Buena Vista

Bikes, live music and the beauty of the Arkansas Valley. Don’t Miss: The century ride. bcbf.com

FIBARK Presented by eddyline brewing June 12–15 • Salida

Celebrating its 66th anniversary this year, Salida’s FIBArk (First In Boating on the Arkansas) is the oldest river festival in the country. Its pinnacle event is a 26-mile, Class III downriver whitewater race considered the longest, oldest and most prestigious kayak race in North America. For a slightly easier cardio fix, consider its many freestyle, slalom and SUP events. Don’t Miss: The popular and crowdpleasing Hooligan Race, featuring anything that floats and costume themes ranging from Evel Knievel to Elvis. fibark.com

GUNNISON RIVER FESTIVAL June 20–22 • Gunnison

Gunny’s river fest is as authentic as the town itself. It’s family friendly but attracts the type of Colorado hardcores who call this slice of paradise home. Plus, fishing, film and activism. Don’t Miss: The river film event at the I Bar Ranch. gunnisonriverfestival.com

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royal gorge whitewater festival June 20-21 • Cañon City

There are enough whitewater events to thrill paddlers, but it doesn’t stop there—a cruiser bike ride, adventure race and duckie dash all round it out. At night, boogie with local Colorado bands like Wrestle with Jimmy.Don’t Miss: The beautiful chaos of SUP cross. royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com

black hills fat tire festival June 20-22 • Rapid City, SD

The bike scene is floursihing up in South Dakota, as is this two-wheel happening, complete with races, BBQ and music. Don’t Miss: The Cowboy Hill Sprint Climb—guaranteed to hurt. bhfattirefestival.com

Don’t Miss: The event is SOS’s biggest fundraiser of the year. ssosoutreach.org/get-involved/ events/colorado-river-eagle-ride

keen vail kids adventure games August 6-10 • Vail

Kids can choose to race for three full days or just hang out on the climbing wall and other fun spots at the Expo. Don’t Miss: The family mud run. vailkidsadventuregames.com

breck bike week August 20-24 • Vail

Take the chance to celebreate one of the best singletracktowns in the state as the Pro Challenge rolls through the high country. Don’t Miss: Pony up and enter the Breck Epic. gobreck.com/events/bikeweek

Rev3Adventure WY - Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race July 17-20 • Lander to Casper, WY

Never been to Casper? Time to make the trip and see if you can hang with the locals. Don’t Miss: Thrills in the Casper Whitewater Park. rev3adventure.com

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Rev3Adventure WY - Casper Strong July 19 • Casper, WY

The second running of this gritty event promises to challenge racers in the Wyoming backcountry. Don’t Miss: The ghost town start. rev3adventure.com

This endurance race that shows off GJ’s topnotch trail system begins downtown and takes in the bumps and thrills of the famed Lunch Loops singletrack. Don’t Miss: Four live bands playing downtown. epicrides.com

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May 23-26 • Telluride This year is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 2013 Moving Mountains Symposium at this famed film event will focus on wildeness. mountainfilm.org

FESTIVAL OF BREWPUBS May 25 • Arapahoe Basin

If you only party on A-Basin’s beach one day, make it this one, my friends. arapahoebasin.com

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HANUMAN YOGA FESTIVAL June 12-15 • Boulder

Boulder’s homegrown yoga festival features stars like Saul David Raye and Maty Ezraty alongside local talent chanting and mnusic. hanumanfestival.com

KINGDOM DAYS

June 14-15 • Breckenridge Want to race an outhouse? This celebration of Breck’s mining past may be your best chance. gobreck.com/events/kingdom-days

Lander Brew Fest June 13-14 • Lander, WY

Beer in Wyoming. Yee. Haw. landerbrewfest.com

COLORADO BREWER’S FESTIVAL June 28-29 • Fort Collins

Forty Colorado brewreries will show off their stuff alongside local bands. downtownfortcollins.com/ events/colorado-brewers-festival

Pour it on: don’t put away your skis until A-Basin’s festival of the brewpubs is over

WANDERLUST

July 3–6 • Aspen-Snowmass Come join the global yoga tribe in the biggest gathering of the bendable in North America. This great-mother of all yoga festival yokes together art, seminars and food alongside music from Jurassic 5, MC Yogi and more. wanderlustfestival.com

VINO AND NOTES

August 2 • Woodland Park Jazz, wine and food benefitting Teller Habitat for Humanity. vinoandnotes.com

35TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM September 18-21 • Breckenridge

Breck hosts one of the hottest film fests in the West. breckfilmfest.com

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FAIR September 20-21 • Fort Collins

It’s not some plot to dye you green— the fair features education, food, music and make-a-difference workshops. sustainablelivingassociation.org

CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL September 25-28 • Crested Butte

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Ever consider going to a festival where the music takes a backseat to movement, where staying up till three in the morning is reserved for the cleaning crew, where the people are less concerned with scoring a hit of molly than getting their chaturanga polished by Maty Ezraty? Welcome to the Yoga Festival. Need to know more? These do’s and don’t’s will help you attain maximum enjoyment. Do: Pace yourself. Rather than signing up for three intense flow classes, take a restorative class or a Pranayama workshop. You’ll be doing more yoga in one day than you’re probably used to in a week. Remember that fatigue is the midwife to injuries. Don’t: Try to sneak into a class if you’re not signed up for it. You don’t want to miss a session because you were too busy on the other side of the campus pleading to catch Shiva Rae’s completely filled-up bhakti flow with DJ Drez. Do: Make friends. People at a yoga festival are approachable and usually in a great mood. Don’t: Be a star-struck douche who barrels over a group housewives from Ottowa in a mad rush get a spot up front hoping that the teacher will call on you for a handstand demo. Be humble. Don’t get too big on the fact that you’re a yoga teacher. Half of these people are too. Get over yourself. Do: Take classes from the broadest possible palette of teachers. The yoga community is

vinyassa posse: opening hearts and reaching for tribal harmony at hanuman.

dense with people who are stuck in a mindset of preference where they’ll only take classes from a select group of teachers. Sadly, yoga festivals perpetuate this by ONLY showcasing the talents of teachers who have been vetted by the yoga magazines as the best teachers. It’s become a highschool lunchroom table where only the cool kids sit. A lot of talent is overlooked because we get so fixated on taking classes with the most popular names in the industry. As a result, the festival teacher roster can be almost interchangeable from one state to the next, and all but impossible to break into for up-and-coming local teachers. Don’t: Be surprised if you take a class from some big-name teacher only to find that it didn’t live up to the hype. No choir of angels in savasana? Still didn’t learn handstand? Not feeling very enlightened? Welcome to reality. It’s only yoga

and you’ll soon learn that all the pedigree in the world can’t help you touch the face of the divine. Sometimes it happens. Often it doesn’t. Drop the expectations that your spiritual evolution will take a quantum leap because you took a two-hour class with Richard Freeman. Do: Travel on the cheap. Try to carpool. See if you can couch-surf or camp nearby. The less you spend on the extras, the more likely you feel like you got your money’s worth. Don’t: Sweat the expenses. You’re on vacation. Eat good food. Buy some new clothing from a vendor. Remorse around how much you paid only perpetuates scarcity consciousness. Let it go. It’s only money. You’ll make more. Above all—have fun. Matt Kapinus teaches at Yoga Pod (yogapodcommunity. com) and is featured on Gaiam TV: bit.ly/1jMiQkS

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1. Ticla Shado Infalto If you’re like us, you are always jealous of those people chilling out in the open-air shade tents at the back of the festival crowd. It’s time to join them. New brand Ticla specializes in comfy car camping, and this inflatable (pump included) sun shelter is ideal for everything from heavy listening to a picnictable shelter at the campground. $325; ticla.com

2. Alite Bison Chair There’s something very comforting about the Bison chair—and it’s not just that the lightweight, easy-topack lounger is so comfy (you’re loathe to get up once you have plopped your butt down in it). It looks and feels like those throwback 1960s butterfly chairs your parents had in their basements. So get groovy. $200; alitedesigns.com

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7. Lilypond Sunflower Tote Snuggling in to that comfortable niche between backpack and handbag, this durable tote is just the ticket for everything from festival dance circles to the farmer’s market to a night out on the town. The molded bottom prtoects it from mud or—yuck— sticky floors. $99; lilypondusa.com

8. Stio Crester Shirt Festival season is usually too warm for a jacket, but temps can drop at night. The solution? A jacket/shirt built with technical stretch fabric and bolstered with

a water-repelling coating, the Crester can handle cool nights dancing in the dark or even a motivated bouldering session in style. $149; stio.com

9. Patagonia Bristlecone The Bristlecone is just a bit beefier than other kickback mocs, meaning we can chillax in it all day and even head out on short hikes. $140; patagonia.com

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A candidate for Colorado’s next big breakout band, this seven-piece indie folk outfit soars with an energetic sound that incorporates a range of musical styles. Since forming in 2007, the Denverbased group has developed a rhythm-based brand of joyous Americana that’s elevated with angelic vocal harmonies and edgy acoustic grooves. Nuanced finger-picking, soulful voices and stomping world beats highlight standouts like “As I Am” from the band’s latest album Rooms. The dynamic sound has garnered the band acceptance on a range of stages, including opening slots for The Lumineers and The Infamous Stringdusters. Catch ‘em: Four Corners Folk Festival

Willie Watson made his name as a member of hugely popular string band revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show. He’s now flying solo, letting sparse arrangements and his soul-piercing tenor do all the work. Watson just released a debut solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, which was produced by David Rawlings with help from associate producer Gillian Welch. The 10-song set unearths a range of gems from the American folk songbook (“Midnight Special,” “Mexican Cowboy”) and offers a prime example of the power that can come from one man and his acoustic guitar. Catch ‘em: Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival

Lettuce is a seven-piece funk machine that’s been delivering tight relentless grooves for the past two decades. Originally formed as an emerging group of skilled players from the venerable Berklee College of Music, the Brooklyn-based crew features a range of instrumental all-stars with deep resumes, including drummer/band leader Adam Deitch (Pretty Lights, John Scofield), Eric Krasno and Neal Evans of Soulive and trumpeter Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band). Expect to get sweaty, since you won’t be able to stand still during this band’s explosive jams that incorporate bits and pieces of retro soul, jazz and hip-hop. Catch ‘em: Telluride Jazz Festival

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London Souls London Souls is a hard-hitting rock duo that delivers plenty of distorted power from a stripped two-man lineup. Fans of old-school Black Keys should take notice as this rising group delivers plenty of primitive bluesy fuzz with an authentic throwback vibe. Straight from the bashing and riffing of drummer Chris St. Hilaire and guitarist Tash Neal, standout songs like “The Sound” from the band’s self-titled debut album display gritty homage to the old school British psychedelia of Cream and Zeppelin. It’s loud retro greatness that’s just right for big stages. Catch ‘em: Snowmass Mammoth Fest

Chris Robinson Brotherhood There’s no need to be bummed that the Black Crowes aren’t hitting the road this year. Chris Robinson gets deep into the groove with this psychedelic solo project. Backed by a seasoned band of ace players, lead by guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams, Phil Lesh) and Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougal, Robinson adds rhythm guitar and intertwines his husky, soulful vocals with patient vintage rock jams. The group has a growing catalog of original material, including new songs from the recently released Phosphorescent Harvest, but during live shows you can also expect choices covers: Dead, Dylan and some lesser known Crowes tunes. Catch ‘em: Snowmass Mammoth Fest

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