In it sixth year, Campout for the Cause is returning riverside to Rancho Del Rio in Bond this Friday through Sunday. The grassroots music festival and yoga gathering will feature 25 artists for sets on two stages, a newly built yoga deck to host over a dozen classes, ongoing river activities and interactive workshops.
The three-day event is back to where it all began. While Campout was born at Rancho, for the past four years it was held at State Bridge, a venue downstream on the Colorado River.
“I always wanted to make Campout truly a community event, and bringing it back to Rancho provides a space for that,” said Scotty Stoughton, founder of Campout for the Cause. “It’s an intimate area where everyone stays on-site and gets to go from the stage, to yoga, to the river, to a workshop, to their campsite, to their kids, to the river and back to the music.”
Stoughton, founder of Bonfire Entertainment, knows how to throw a festival. Upon arrival this year, attendees will see how he’s really upping the ante for the annual event. It’s realizing the original dream, he said, and bringing Campout back to its roots.
“What people are going to notice is a very simple, very clean and really tight venue that encapsulates the whole property,” Stoughton said. “You’re coming into the Campout for the Cause world once you get through the gates, and I think people are not so much going to see it, they’re going to feel it.”
Sounds of the season
Music will take place on the main Campout stage from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Colorado sweethearts, Elephant Revival, headline the weekend along with Paper Bird, Head for the Hills and DJ Mark Farina performing his original Mushroom Jazz.
Bridget Law, Elephant Revival fiddle player and vocalist, said of all the festivals she has been to, she always looks forward to connecting to the Colorado River and the “amazing music” at Campout. Elephant Revival will play at the event following their most recent tour of the East Coast, bringing what Law said is a deep connection to their music and their fans back to the band’s home state.
“I think when you gather a big group of people together with a purpose and something to talk about, you can start to change things on a thought level,” Law said. “And I think that’s what Campout is about and it’s what I love about it.”
Other acts rounding out the weekend’s lineup and performing on the two stages are Fruition, Wood and Wire, Bonfire Dub, The Mother Hips, Grant Farm, Sea Stars, Olora Brothers, Scott Law, The Congress, Tierro, Trout Steak Revival and Gipsy Moon. The acrobatic team from Denver, Fractal Tribe, will perform throughout the festival site, adding a colorful and theatrical element to the weekend.
“We are just so stoked,” said Kellen Asebroak of Fruition, a bluegrass band out of Portland, Ore. “Our response in Colorado has been out of this world, and we love it there. Campout really embodied the Colorado music scene — Coloradans take their music seriously, their fun seriously, and they really do it proper out there.”
Music and more
The yoga element at this year’s Campout has been expanded, tripling the number of yoga teachers, classes and times to encourage all participants to attend multiple classes. Merging music and yoga, artists including Kirby K, Scott Law and Sea Stars will play hand drums during select yoga classes throughout the weekend adding to the flow at the new riverside yoga zone. The Campout yoga schedule includes SUP yoga, Vinyasa flow, kids yoga and restorative classes for all levels.
“We’re really looking to elevate the yoga experience this year,” said Shenna Engleman, festival yoga coordinator and Lululemon Vail showroom manager. “Our vision was to have more classes, diversity in teachers and more comfortable space, all while integrating yoga with music.”
The new yoga deck overlooks the Colorado River and yoga classes are included in the ticket price for the weekend. Stand Up Paddle Colorado will be on-site providing discounted stand-up paddleboard tours and clinics for festival attendees 3 to 5 p.m. each day down the Colorado River.
Campout for the Cause is supporting two nonprofits: All Hands Volunteers and the Eagle Valley Land Trust, donating a portion of ticket sales and 100 percent of the bar revenue to each organization.
There will be food vendors on site offering hot barbecue and a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Campout for the Cause has partnered with Bonfire Brewing Co. to produce a festival brew, Campout for the Cause India Pale Ale. The Campout Ale is available in stores around the Vail Valley and Denver.
“It’s all about improvisation and imagination, and seeing what happens when you mix different ingredients and not being afraid to do so,” Stoughton said. “It’s truly a journey, starting from the very first note.”
Campout for the Cause is a family friendly event with a designated family camping area and kids under the age of 13 are free. Three-day festival tickets are $129 and include camping, yoga, workshops and three days of music. Tickets are on-sale exclusively through the festival website www.campoutforthecause.org. For the full line-up, schedule and information on Rancho Del Rio check www.campout forthecause.org.