In its 37 years, The MusicFest has created an experience that can’t be replicated
It all started with John Dickson organizing a ski trip to Colorado with a few friends and musicians. More than three decades later, the “big ski trip” has more than lived up to The MusicFest name, cultivating a festival experience that’s like no other.
For hundreds of music fans (and artists, too), these six days in Steamboat are as fixed on their calendars as Christmas and the Fourth of July. It’s not unusual to meet someone at a show who’s been attending The MusicFest for 10 or even 20 years. There are multigenerational groups, couples who met at The MusicFest, and so many others who consider it a reunion each year. They know the lineup will be amazing, without fail, and that they’ll not only get to see some of their favorites but that there’s a good chance they’ll discover a new favorite, as well. And we love to welcome many newcomers every year, who keep the party and music at the high-energy, “MusicFest pace” this fest is known for.
Of course, it all begins at the source: songs artfully crafted by songwriters, performed by high-caliber musicians, and elevated by artists who share a common goal to uphold sincerity and integrity in musical creation and presentation. We thank the many individuals here who represent the best of today’s music industry, professionals from across the globe who have dedicated their lives and their work to a common passion for music and its continued inspiration.
For musicians, The MusicFest is more than just another show. It’s a chance to get off the road for a few days, have some fun on the slopes, and get creative on stage with their friends and fellow artists. Scroll through the lineup, and you’ll see it’s a stunning roster that includes both legends and rising talents alike, longtime performers and debut artists. And the shows they have planned aren’t like any other tour date. There’s always collaborations, tributes (this year’s Artists Tribute to a Legend honors Merle Haggard), cover songs, and plenty of surprises. Read more about the “Only at The MusicFest” specialty shows planned here.
As longtime MusicFest performer Zac Wilkerson once said, “It’s the Super Bowl of Texas Music.” From the lineup to the atmosphere to the traditions, there couldn’t be a better description.
And while the music is literally the name of the game, The MusicFest is also about adventure and sport. Where else can you snowboard, soak in the hot springs, play chicken poop bingo and watch a music legend (or newcomer!) perform all in the same day? The answer, of course: nowhere. It’s only at The MusicFest!
The Steamboat setting is such an iconic part of The MusicFest. Western hospitality meets the mountain for a Down Home, Up High experience. There are so many things to do to make the most of your vacation in between shows, and the resort is debuting a few new elements this year as part of its major redevelopment. Be sure to check out the renovated mountain base area (home to The MusicFest Village), complete with a new skating rink and reinvented Outdoor Stage. Plus, there’s now a dedicated spot on the mountain for beginner skiiers and riders (learn more here).
The MusicFest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll want to make an annual tradition—if it’s not already. If you are a newcomer, The MusicFest emcees Anne Hudson and Eric Raines have a few tips for you to make the most of your time. Give it a read, and we’ll see you on the mountain for Good People, Great Music, and the Best of Times.