A little group of music lovers has been meeting every week in Edgewater over the past few months cooking up a one day, outdoor, family style music festival. They have engaged popular local picker Bill Cropper as the emcee for the event and they’ve booked quite a few local bands, and a few from a bit further afield.
Some of the Columbia Valley musicians who’ll be playing include: the Dry Gulch Ramblers, L8TE, Combo Akimbo, Marty and Eli Beingessner, Bob Benvenuti, and more. Two widely known regional groups featured are Vancouver based John Reischman and the Jay Birds, and Maria in the Shower. The festival website lists all the performers that have been confirmed so far, with a few additions still to come.
Tickets are available on the Steamboat Mountain website through a PayPal link (purchasers do not need to have a PayPal account but must print their receipt to claim their tickets at the gate). Several local businesses are also selling advance tickets on a cash-only basis: Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater, Meet on Higher Ground in Radium, One Hour Photo in Invermere, Skookum Service in Windermere, Smoking Waters Cafe in Fairmont, Brisco Store, Parson General Store, and Moon River Gallery in Golden.
The Festival will be held at Edgewater School Field on July 7. Tickets are on sale now. The best buy early bird deal is just $25 for adults and $10 for youths until April 15. With proceeds from this event, the organizers will establish a bursary/scholarship for aspiring local musicians.
If you need more information, or want to volunteer to help with the event, please call 250-347-9860. For a full line up visit steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca.