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Plans well underway for first Steamboat Mountain Music FestivalPosted: May 30, 2012

An early bird discount is still available for tickets to the first Steamboat Mountain Music Festival which will be held on July 7 for just $30 for adults and $12.50 for youths for a full day of music from local and regional performers.

After June 7 the cost climbs to a still-affordable $35 and $15.

The festival’s concept is to feature local and regional talent in a full-day, affordable, family oriented outdoor festival. The festival site at Edgewater School is sheltered by Steamboat Mountain and looks out on the beautiful Columbia River wetlands. With proceeds from this event, the organizers will establish a bursary/scholarship for aspiring local musicians.

Home grown talent on the line-up includes Columbia Valley musicians: The Dry Gulch Ramblers, L8TE, Combo Akimbo, Marty and Eli Beingessner, Bob Benvenuti, the Halfsacks, Beard’s Creek, Abby, Paige Fuller, the Kootenay Legends, and more. Widely known regional acts Maria in the Shower, Mark Koenig, and John Reischman and the Jay Birds are also confirmed.

Popular local emcee Bill Cropper will keep the festivities rolling with his inimitable style.

There will be a special tribute to Gord Askey, whose death last fall was a sad loss for the regional music scene.

On Sunday, July 8, the Steamboat Festival will linger for a little while with be a couple of informal free music workshops, one on composing ballads using stories from local history. Details are still in the works for this and more news will be posted on the website regarding exact time and place.

Tickets are available on the website through a PayPal link (purchasers do not need to have a PayPal account but must print their receipt to claim their tickets at the gate).

Several local business outlets have also agreed to sell festival tickets on a cash only basis: Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater, Meet on Higher Ground in Radium, One Hour Photo in Invermere, Skookum Service in Windermere, Smoking Waters Cafe in Fairmont, Brisco Store, Parson General Store, and Moon River Gallery in Golden.

If you need more information, or want to volunteer to help with the event, please call 250-347-9860 or e-mail larrymusic601@gmail.com.

Be sure to watch for more Steamboat Mountain Music Festival news as the time approaches, and check the website for further details. www.steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca.

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