HIGH TIMES   Local band Small Town Dirtbags are part of the star-studded lineup for the new High Notes Music Festival that Panorama Mountain Resort is introducing in March.  Photo submitted

HIGH TIMES Local band Small Town Dirtbags are part of the star-studded lineup for the new High Notes Music Festival that Panorama Mountain Resort is introducing in March.Photo submitted

By James Rose

Special to The Pioneer

Panorama Mountain Resort is hosting for the first time a music festival this coming March and tickets are now available for purchase. Taking place March 17th to 19th, festival organizers have packed the lineup with some of Canadas best independent artists sure to fill the resort with the rhythmic sounds of blues, folk, rock and pop.

For the lineup, weve selected some of our favourites, plus some of this countrys best up-and-comers, said Panoramas manager of signature events and partnership marketing Clarissa Amaro. With legendary musicians Jim Byrnes and Barney Bentall headlining the weekend and Shred Kelly, 100 Mile House, Leeroy Stagger and more gracing the set list, its going to be a big festival.

Tickets for the festival came out on December 27th, and feature a variety of options to choose from for potential festival-goers.

On Friday, March 17th, the first performance (yet to be named) will be at a free Apres Session at the T-Bar and Grill at 4:30 p.m. Later on at 7:30 p.m., husband-wife duo 100 Mile House will play an intimate live performance at Monticola over a four-course menu and wine pairing specially prepared by head chef Michael Payne. Only 80 tickets are available for this and are priced at $100 per ticket.

There is also the option to listen to Lion Bear Fox, Speed Control and Leeroy Stagger at 7:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Mainstage (in the Great Hall). Tickets are $40 each. To cap things off on the festivals first day, Elk Run & Riot and Shred Kelly will perform at the T-Bar and Grill starting at 10:30 p.m. with tickets for these shows available closer to the date, priced at $20.

There is some serious talent here and for a younger crowd this will be a really awesome night followed by Elk Run & Riot, and Shred Kelly. I definitely recommend snapping up tickets early, said Ms. Amaro.

On Saturday, March 18th, music will fill the mountain air starting with back-to-back free Apres Sessions, first at 2:30 p.m. on the Great Hall Patio and then at 4:30 p.m. in the T-Bar and Grill. Artists for these sessions have yet to be announced.

Later Saturday evening, Leeroy Stagger, Jim Byrnes and Barney Bentall will perform on the Pepsi Mainstage. Tickets are $70 but there are also VIP tickets ($150) available to the Barney Bentall and Jim Byrnes show, which include access to a stage front section, wine, table service and gourmet appetizers all night long.

Capping Saturday evening off at 10:30 p.m. will be performances from local favourite Small Town Dirtbags and Speed Control at the T-Bar and Grill.

Tickets will be available for these performances closer to the concert date and will be $20. Rounding out the festival is another free Apres Session on the Great Hall Patio starting at 11 a.m. on the Sunday.

This is going to be a really big weekend and its super exciting that this is just the start. We plan to grow High Notes year after year and bring more live music to the Valley, said Ms. Amaro.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.panoramaresort.com/High-Notes or call the reservations team at 1-800-663-2929 to book over the phone.