Huffington Post Features Ride

As most music festivals occur outdoors, a beautiful locale has become a major factor in deciding which events to attend each year. Some prefer dancing on dusty desert floors while others prefer breathing in the clean mountain air; each have their challenges as well as their own inimitable beauty. This list examines some of America’s most majestic mountainous and high-altitude events that feature a diverse array of musical genres ranging from hip hop to classic rock. Each possesses its own distinct characteristics while also sharing the same, familiar community of music-lovers, adventure-enthusiasts and artists. Happy festival season!


RIDE Festival Returns to Telluride This July 8th and 9th

RIDE Festival returns to Telluride July 8-9 in its sixth consecutive year of world-class music, camping and mountain adventure that only Colorado can deliver. Featuring an all-star line up in an intimate mountain setting; event headliners include BECK, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Jackie Greene, and Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive among others.

Set to take place in downtown Telluride’s Town Park, the event features an unparalleled backdrop of Telluride’s idyllic landscape, world-class musicianship, Colorado’s finest microbrews and daily adventures for outdoor enthusiasts and music aficionados alike. Past RIDE performers include Pearl Jam, David Byrne, The Lumineers, Cage the Elephant, Widespread Panic, Jonny Lang and many others.

The undisputed gem of southwest Colorado, Telluride is well-known by Colorado locals to be among the very best mountain destinations and has been called “number one for both scenery and character” by Forbes and Ski Magazine. With world-class hiking, rafting, climbing, fishing, mountain biking, and hot springs all within 40 miles of the festival, as well as a perfectly integrated farmer’s market downtown on Fridays, RIDE Festival is the can’t-miss mountain festival of 2017.

A boost to the local economy during the beautiful alpine summer, event organizers work hand in hand with the community to help bring first-class entertainment throughout the town for a full-scale festival environment. In an effort to take advantage of the unique Telluride setting, RIDE Festival carries out into the streets from Town Park with events scheduled at The Sheridan Opera House, Sheridan Bar, Roma Bar, Moon at O’Bannons, and the new Liberty Bar — each featuring emerging talent and intimate performances that play well into the night. Featuring an inclusive party-vibe that only a small town can provide most of the late-night entertainment is also free to RIDE Festival weekend pass holders.

RIDE Festival will feature another star-studded lineup in 2017 including a rare Telluride performance by the Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, BECK. Celebrated for his sonically experimental and lo-fi style, BECK rose to fame in the early 1990’s for creating musical collages encompassing a wide genre of styles. With a highly anticipated release on the horizon for 2017, fans may be treated to an early taste of the producer’s latest tunes during the 6th annual festival.

Known for his high-energy live performances, prominent activist and American singer-songwriter Ben Harper will perform for the first time in Telluride since his 2012 performance at the RIDE Festival.  This year, Ben will be appearing with his talented band The Innocent Criminals.  A rousing performer, Harper has taken home numerous awards including Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2005 and Best Blues Album in 2014.

With additional performances spanning multiple genres of music including rock n’ roll, reggae, gospel and soul, RIDE Festival has something for everyone.

Much more than just a mountain party with the coolest bands on stage, the annual event also benefits local community radio station KOTOfm, a local non-commercial listener-supported station in operation in the San Juan Mountains since 1975. An important facet to community living at 8,750 ft, KOTOfm provides local news, information, entertainment and music in an area that may not have access to local radio otherwise.

For more information about the RIDE Festival including ticketing and official festival details check out




TravelMag’s Best Festivals & Fairs in Colorado

TravelMag Article

The Ride Festival makes the list!

Summertime in Colorado sees beautiful, sun-filled days combined with cool, comfortable evenings – the perfect climate to enjoy the array of outdoor festivals and fairs that take place each year across the western state. Below are 12 of our favourites.

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Announcing Free Kick Off Party Friday Night

The Ride Festival is excited to present An Evening of Rock and Roll. This free Kick Off Party show will take place in Sunset Plaza of Mountain Village and feature performances by The Temperance Movement and Ayron Jones & the Way from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday July 10. Join us there to get The Ride Festival started.


Full Main Stage and NightRIDE 2015 Schedule

The RIDE Festival is pleased to announce the full main stage lineup and NightRIDE schedule.  Tickets for all NightRIDE shows are free to festival pass holders except for The Sheridan Opera House.   Opera House tickets and a limited number of single day tickets will go on sale Friday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m.


NightRIDE schedule:

Sheridan Opera House

Friday, July 10 – Dorothy  9:00 p.m.  – Zella Day  10:30 p.m.
$25 for both shows General Admission  BUY NOW

Saturday, July 11 – Trigger Hippy  11:00 p.m.
$30 GA, $40 Reserved  BUY NOW

Sunday, July 12 – North Mississippi Allstars  11:00 p.m.
$30 GA, $40 Reserved  BUY NOW

Fly Me To The Moon Saloon

Friday, July 10 –  The Yawpers  10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 – Ayron Jones  10:00 p.m.  – The Temperance Movement   11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 –  Bloodkin  10:30 p.m.

The Roma

Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 – Jefferey Foucault  10:00 p.m.

High Pie

Friday, July 10 – Half Ton Marmot  10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 – Band of Heathens  10:30 p.m.

Main Stage Lineup:

Saturday, July 11

Zella Day
The Temperance Movement
Trigger Hippy
Jonny Lang
Gov’t Mule
Widespread Panic

Sunday, July 12

Mike Farris Gospel
Moon Taxi
Current Swell
North Mississippi Allstars
Widespread Panic

Saturday and Sunday tickets will be available in limited supply for $125/$95 plus fees.

2015 Ride Festival Lineup Announced!

Widespread Panic (2nights), Gov’t Mule, Jonny Lang, Trigger Hippy, North Mississippi Allstars, The Temperance Movement and many more confirmed to join us at The4th annual Ride Festival.  Tickets on sale this Friday, March 13 at 10am MST.

The 4th Annual Ride Festival - July 11 & 12, 2015 in Telluride, CO

Ride Festival Opening Concert


Stage Schedule Released!

Today, The Ride Festival announces the stage schedule for the festival’s 3rd installment!


Mountain Village Sunset Concert Announced

The Cold Stares and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will perform The Ride Festival’s opening Mountain Village Sunset Concert on Friday, July 11.  The Cold Stares hit the stage at 5PM, and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will perform from 6PM – 7:30PM.  Start The Ride with us!  Admission to the opening Mountain Village Sunset Concert is free and open to the public.

Ride Festival Final Lineup


Thievery Corporation and Additional Artists Added to the Lineup

Today, The Ride Festival welcomes additional headliner, Thievery Corporation to the 2014 lineup!  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jeffrey Foucault, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, West Water Outlaws, The Yawpers, and Crash also join the list of this year’s performers. (June 3, 2014)



NightRide Late Night Schedule Revealed!

NightRide Late Night Schedule Revealed!

The schedule for The Ride Festival’s beloved NightRide – when music spills out into local venues along Main Street for late night showcases by emerging talent – was revealed today.  The Sheridan Opera House, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, New Sheridan Bar and The Roma will host intimate NightRide performances by such Ride Festival acts as Vintage Trouble, Rival Sons, Brother & Bones, and others throughout the weekend.  Check out the full schedule here.  

NightRide shows are free to Ride Festival Weekend Ticket-holders (entry is first-come, first-served), except Sheridan Opera House events.  Sheridan Opera House tickets go on sale Friday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. here.

Ride Festival Featured in 303 Magazine!

Read all about the Ride Festival in this article featured in 303 Magazine!

Jim Lauderdale Interview Featured on ‘Telluride Inside and Out’

Check out this Telluride Inside…and Out article and interview featuring Jim Lauderdale who will be playing with Buddy Miller this weekend at The Ride Festival!

NightRide Announcement #4 – The Weeks

Our final NightRide act is the excellent rising southern rock band The Weeks. The Weeks came together in 2006 and instantly came to define the sound of Southern Rock in the 21st Century – their grunge-powered, high-octane anthems, rich with a bottomless Delta soul far deeper than the boys’ years would suggest. Their extraordinary energy and outsized performances – not to mention a series of well-received independently issued releases have earned them a fervent fan following. We are very happy for them to be part of The Ride!

NightRide Announcement #3 – The Soft White Sixties

Next up: The Soft White Sixties. Named as one of Paste Magazine’s “Top 25 Shows at SXSW 2013”, these San Francisco rockers are increasingly gaining recognition for their infectious live performance. Since 2010 they have been perfecting their sound, appropriately dubbed Working Class Soul – a gritty edge to modern pop. They mix their vast influences into a hard-hitting and confident force reminiscent of classic R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll but with a contemporary sensibility.

NightRide Announcement #2 – Escondido

The next band we are pleased to announce for the NightRide shows is Escondido. Check back every day this week for more band announcements.

NightRide Artist Announcement – Rival Sons

The first emerging band we are proud to announce for the NightRide shows at The Ride Festival is Rival Sons. It will be their first trip to Teluride and they will definitely rock the stage! More bands to come every day this week …