PorchDrinking Playlist & Event Preview | WinterWonderGrass Festival
This upcoming weekend marks the sixth annual WinterWonderGrass Festival. It is also the bluegrass festival’s second year in the town of Steamboat Springs in Northern Colorado.
This three-day outdoor festival is sold-out and attendees can expect performances from Elephant Revival, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lil Smokies and many more bands and artists. There are 22 bands in total comprising this year’s Colorado lineup! Below is a run down of the event as well as a playlist for those heading up to Steamboat for some music and beer.
WinterWonderGrass will kick off this Thursday afternoon for a pre-festival event, Western Welcome Pick, at the base of Steamboat Mountain. This free welcome event is open to all ages and will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 22.
Starting on Friday, music will generally start around 2 p.m. giving you enough time to hit the slopes for a half-day before putting your dancing shoes on. If you’re interested in seeing what Steamboat’s champagne powder is all about, there are special weekend ski lift ticket deals.
WinterWonderGrass boasts multiple stages. There’s the Main Stage as well as three side stages in the form of cozy, heated tents. In addition, WinterWonderGrass will also feature a kids zone, an expo village, The Depot Coffee Lounge, and food trucks flanking the stages. Music will adjourn nighty around 10 p.m.
There will also be daily complimentary beer tastings and “GRASS AFTER DARK” —late-night performances featuring the likes of Fruition, Billy Strings, The Travelin McCourys, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, and many others.
Did someone say beer tastings? Yes, in addition to serving us copious amounts of bluegrass, WinterWonderGrass will be hosting free beer tastings each day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the three heated tent areas.
Expect beers from festival brewery partner Oskar Blues Brewery, as well as Sierra Nevada, Stem Ciders, Odell Brewing Co., Storm Peak Brewing, Vail Brewing Co. and Mountain Tap Brewing.
I am also particularly excited to sample suds from Aspen Brewing, Mockery Brewing, Telluride Brewing, Upslope Brewing, and Steamboat’s own Butcherknife Brewing. In total there should be just up to 25 different breweries/cideries/distilleries pouring in the Beer Hall and throughout the festival.
In order to cut down on plastic waste, WWG will be giving away tastings cups in partnership with Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation to the first few hundred people to arrive. Each tasting cup is compostable as the festival is a zero waste and plastic-free event!
Additionally, Klean Kanteen stainless steel commemorative festival mugs are included with each three-day pass. What’s more is that each year WinterWonderGrass supports local Colorado non-profits with the festival’s proceeds.
So whether you are planning on heading up to Steamboat for WinterWonderGrass or perhaps checking out WWG Lake Tahoe in April, here is a specially curated playlist featuring music from this year’s lineup in Steamboat. Special shout out to my sister Jamie for helping me with this list of tunes!
Photos Courtesy of the WinterWonderGrass
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