Full steam ahead for Steamboat music festival

The Steamboat Mountain Music Festival returns July 5-7th.

Kick off your summer in style at the 8th annual Steamboat Mountain Music Festival happening July 5-7th.

The event brings a party of performers together for a weekend of merriment and music. This year’s festival features acts from as close as Edgewater to as far away as Mexico, bringing an eclectic mix of indie rock, folk, jazz, rock, reggae and more to the main stage.

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival is a labour of love for the six-member board, and a team of about 50 volunteers that pull the weekend-long event off each year. Organizers are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out in areas such as manning the gate, organizing parking or doing security detail, reports board member Michele Evanson.

Ms. Evanson has been involved with Steamboat since the beginning, when the plan was hatched by her husband John McRobbie (the musical director) and other area musicians.

“I love the music. I love the variety of the amazing bands,” Ms. Evanson shares of the appeal of Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. She also loves the sense of community the event fosters, and the support for local musicians through the festival.

Each year the festival raises money for a bursary to go towards something music-related, whether that be musical education, a new instrument, or perhaps to attend a workshop. Fundraising efforts for the bursary include a guitar raffle and the annual rubber duck race which sends 200 rubber duckies down the Edgewater flume.

The Friday night porch party on July 5th sets the tone for the relaxed weekend as music wafts over the hamlet in the cooling night sky.

“Instead of a pub crawl, it’s a porch crawl,” describes Ms. Evanson. “There’s a band at each porch. The final one ends up with a big music jam at Edgewater’s community park for everyone.”

Then Saturday, July 6th, gates open at 11 a.m. with the first band performing at 12:15 p.m., with acts throughout the day until 10 p.m. Saturday night is the after-party dance at the hall with the Mexican fiesta band, Quinta Kalavera.

Sunday, July 7th is designed to raise the level of skill of attending musicians. This year’s workshops include The Lovebullies, who will present a song writing session. Mike Wallace will offer instruction on drums – mixing live and electronic beats. Sylvia Power, Dean Kendrick and friends will explore the possibilities and the traditions of jamming. These sessions are designed for aspiring musicians, but all festival ticket holders and Steamboat Mountain Music Society members are welcome to attend for free, with a $5 charge for non-members. Bring your voice, instrument, and notebook.

If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteer, or you want to buy tickets, visit the Steamboat website at www.steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca.

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