A mix of traditional country music and the songs of modern artists will be performed on the KYGO Country Stage at the 29th annual A Taste of Colorado. 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.
Playing a wide variety of music from the early ’60s to today’s country, Cadillac Cowboys will kick-off the Festival Friday at 11:45 a.m. Wild Road, a five-piece band that covers popular artists, including Hank Williams, George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, and Dwight Yoakam, will perform at 2 p.m. Keeping alive the old sound of country music with the power to punch out the sounds of today’s new artists, The Country Music Project will take the stage at 5 p.m. The evening will end with the Kory Brunson Band, a group that performs “hard country,” at 8:15 p.m.
Rollicking country/rock band The McRae starts off Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Performing Top 40 and original songs, The Justin Lane Band will entertain at 1:45 p.m. The Tyler Walker Band will blend melodic, original tunes and high-energy cover songs at 5 p.m. Honky Tonk Voodoo wraps up the evening with its edgy set at 8:15 p.m.
With instrumentation that exposes their country roots and the spirit of classic rock, EXIT 2 will get people on their feet Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Longstanding band Cactus Jack performs at 1:45 p.m. Playing original music and covers of popular songs by The Eagles, Jason Aldean, and more, Suburban Cowboy Noise will perform at 5 p.m. Richie Law, “voice of thunder” and Top 40 contestant on American Idol, will conclude Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
Covering musicians such as Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings, Tumbling Dice will take the stage Monday at 10:45 a.m. Ashley Buchart, rising singer/songwriter, will stand in the spotlight at 1:45 p.m. Emerging artist Megan Redmond will share her vocal strength at 4 p.m. Buckstein, a high-energy band with “American Idol” cowboy Matt Buckstein, will close out the Festival at 6:15 p.m.
In addition to the KYGO Country Stage, the Main Stage and three 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 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, FRESHIES, 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, Roundhouse Spirits, 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.