June 12-14, 2015
Snowmass, Colorado: Gorgeous mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for music and more!
“I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.” – Dumb & Dumber
Mammoth Fest took place in two different venues:
- Snowmass Village Mall: Friday music and chili tastings were right at the base of Snowmass mountain, as well as Saturday chili tastings and competitions. I loved being around the ski resort!
- Snowmass Town Park: The majority of the music was at the town park, about a 10 minute drive down from the base. All Saturday and Sunday music was here, and the camping was located directly across the street. The mountains were gorgeous, and you could see Snowmass mountain behind the crowd!
Very affordable for an awesome weekend:
- Saturday/Sunday Single Day tickets: $55
- Weekend Pass: $100
- VIP: $275
- Camping: $30 ($10 per night)
- Friday FREE!
The camping was set up on a baseball field directly across the road from the town park. It was pretty close to the main venue, but I wish the camping had been in some trees! Shade is so key to hot summer days, and then you can hang hammocks too! There also weren’t too many people camping, the part of the joy in camping is the community around you.
You can drive there, or there are shuttle buses. You can park in Rodeo lot if you’re camping, or up by the mall if you are not. There is a Snowmass Village shuttle to bring you between the two venues. There is also Roaring Fork transportation called RFTA that is about $7 each way if you wanted to take it from Glenwood Springs or Carbondale. If you are coming from out of state, you can fly into Aspen (10 minute drive), Eagle (1.5 hour drive), or Denver (3 hour drive).
Friday night there was no security when I walked in, but after a bit they started to do bag checks. There was also security scattered throughout the crowd. On Saturday and Sunday they were doing small bag checks, but nothing too serious.
Chili lovers, beer drinkers, and ski bums came out to hear some amazing music! The crowd was very family friendly and it was definitely more of a locals festival, filled with awesome people from all over the valley.
Friday and Sunday had gorgeous weather! On Saturday there was a bit of a thunderstorm and a couple of the shows were cancelled, but Greensky Bluegrass made up for it by finishing out the night with a bang!
They had to cancel a couple of shows, but they can’t control the weather. They did their best to keep the music rolling!
I love free shows, especially when they absolutely kill it! These guys closed out FREE music Friday night, and got the whole crowd groovin’!
One of my new favorites, these guys brought so much heart to the stage! Coming from Seattle, this three piece band features Peter Quirk, Derek Fudesco, and Marty Lund.
Longtime friend of Jack Johnson, this American musician and surfer is just about to release his new album The Heart. Check it out!
An indie rock band from Athens, Georgia, this six piece group of guys knows how to get the crowd moving!
Wheels of Soul – Featuring tedeschi Trucks band, Sharon jones & The Dap-Kings, Doyle Bramhall II:
So much soul, so much love, and all around amazing! Doyle Bramhall II was a new one for me, and I wish he had a longer set because he left me wanting more! Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings were fabulous too, featuring a few ladies with some incredible vocals and a whole lot of sass. Sharon Jones just fought off cancer, and she is back with a vengence to give fans her all. Tedeschi Trucks go without saying – they were full of blues, love, and some incredible guitar playing!
Greensky had to deal with some rain cancellations earlier in the day, and unfortunately most of the crowd left (including me, sorry guys!). From what I heard, the show was worth the wait and absolutely amazing!
There wasn’t much scheduled for late night shows, only one show on Saturday night. Jamestown Revival was cancelled Saturday for their daytime show because of the rain and were instead rescheduled for later that night to join the Village Vibe which included Tallgrass and The National Parks. They played at base camp of Snowmass inside a really small venue, and it was an EPIC show!
One stage at each location allowed for an easy and laid back weekend. I only wish there had been some music played between sets, 30 minutes of no music between every show can be a bummer.
Mammoth Fest is all about the community of Snowmass and bringing the community together. It was a wonderful family friendly weekend to promote the community of the surrounding valley. Through local beer tastings and chili cookoffs, the Roaring Fork valley came together at Mammoth Fest!
The valley and ski mountain provided a gorgeous backdrop to some beautiful music!
So much NOMS! In the mall you could take advantage of the village restaurants. They were on the more expensive side but they were aboslutely delicious. Inside the town park Mammoth Fest brought in vendors from all over the valley including Slow Groovin’ BBQ, Gandhi Indian Cuisine, Greek Gyros, and more!
Fabulous local vendors as well as festival merchandise left you with excellent shopping options!
- FREE beer tasting on Saturday from 2-5pm
- FREE chili tastings both Friday and Saturday
- Moon bounce for the kiddos!