Free weekend music festival just won’t quit |

Free weekend music festival just won’t quit

Summit Daily News

FAIRPLAY ” Saam Golgoon and Corrie Stiles were all set to volunteer this year for the fourth annual South Park Music Festival when the bottom dropped out. They learned that the event’s director Matt Fecher would be moving on. Immediately they relayed the information to the towns.

“When faced with the idea of losing the music festival, everyone was really bummed,” Stiles said. But it just so happened that Golgoon (a former Summit County musician) and Stiles (the president of the Alma Chamber of Commerce and member of the Fairplay Town Council) were just getting their own production company off the ground.

“We figured out a way to put this together literally overnight,” Stiles said. “An event of this magnitude brings so much independent talent into town. It’s just a great fit for our community.”

And so Park County’s music festival tradition continues into 2007 ” with a slightly altered name ” the South Park Music Tour.

Any independent band playing original music is welcome at the festival which features shows entirely free to the public. And Golgoon says all genres are represented ” rock, pop, alternative, indie, hip-hop, reggae, country rock (this year), bluegrass, metal, jazz, funk, folk, Americana and even some Irish folk.

His stamp on the event is that bands will be playing longer ” 90 minutes instead of 45 ” and the scheduled is arranged so an ambitious festival-goer could catch every show during the event.

He’s also brought in something to laugh about. Along with the free music ” comedian Greg Wilson will be performing throughout the weekend (Friday from 11:30 p.m. to midnight at the South Park Saloon in Alma, Saturday 9-9:30 at the Fairplay Hotel and later that night from 11:30 p.m. to midnight at McCall’s Park Bar in Fairplay.)

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

Camping: Camping is available at the South Park Recreation Center, for $5 per day (includes shower vouchers), or Fairplay Beach, for $8 per day.

To reserve your camping spot at the South Park Recreation Center, download an application at and mail it to P.O. Box 1075, Fairplay, CO 80440. Submit payment with the application. Make checks out to South Park Recreation Center. Or fax the application to (719) 836-0710 or contact the recreation center at (719) 836-0747 to make your payment by credit card. For camping at Fairplay Beach, contact the Town of Fairplay at (719) 836-2622.

There are four National Forest campgrounds in the area ” Horseshoe and Fourmile are the closest ” where campfires are permitted. Call the South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 for more information.

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