Dustin Lynch Sings to All ‘Cowboys and Angels’ at A Taste of Colorado
Country music singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch will perform at the 29th annual A Taste of Colorado on the Main Stage, Mon., Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. The concert is presented by 98.5 KYGO. The four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.
A native of Tullahoma, Tenn., Dustin Lynch moved to Nashville to attend David Lipscomb University and pursue a career in country music. It was in Nashville at the legendary Bluebird Café, where he began to learn the craft of songwriting and landed a performance spot. He gained a following and soon had a publishing deal, writing over 200 songs in less than two years.
Lynch signed with Broken Bow Records, and in January 2012, released his debut single, “Cowboys and Angels.” To date, the single has reached #14 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart and #5 on the Heatseekers Songs chart, a ranking of popular songs across all formats by new or developing acts. In March 2012, he made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
Lynch’s self-titled debut album is set to be released in August.
In addition to the Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the Festival will serve up a continuous menu of music, including the KBCO World Class Rock Stage presented by Date Night Denver, KYGO Country Stage, and the TUMS Freshers Heritage Stage presented by Westword.
More than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments will be selling a wide variety of small portions to full meals, ensuring that there will be something for every palate. The Fine Dining area will host some of Denver’s finest restaurants. The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase presented by 630 KHOW features local and nationally-renowned chef demonstrations creating simple, yet elegant meals.
Festivalgoers can shop in more than 280 Marketplace booths for original arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more. Fine Art in the Park will display original works in a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country. Shoppers also can explore the Home & Lifestyles area, which features a variety of exhibitors displaying products and services such as window installation, kitchen remodeling, cookware, basement refinishing, and salons and spas.
There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns, and puppets on the Comfort Dental KidzStage presented by MIX 100, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday.
In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting, and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration. At the Raptor Education Foundation (REF) exhibit, children can learn about birds, their environment, and their interactions with humans.
Sponsors of this year’s Festival are: 9NEWS, Aggreko, LLC, Air National Guard: Rise To The Challenge Tour, Albert Bartlett, All Copy Products, American Medical Response, Aspen Pure, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, BIC, Blue Moon, Coast 2 Coast Communications, Colorado Lottery, Colorado Native, Comfort Dental, Coors Banquet, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, Date Night Denver, The Denver Post, Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Ford Experience Tour, Hill’s® Science Diet® Ideal Balance™, International Delight Iced Coffee, Jelly Belly, LBA Realty, Levinson Eye Clinic, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, PEPSI, Residence Inn Denver City Center, State Farm®, Sturgeon Electric, TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown, TUMS Freshers, Verizon Wireless, Xcel Energy, and XingTea.
Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events nonprofit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations.