WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon starts with opening concert at Vilar |

WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon starts with opening concert at Vilar

Anne Staveley / Special to the Daily
Anne Staveley | Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: WinterWonderGrass Festival kickoff concert

When: Thursday, Feb. 19; dors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7:30

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek

Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of the show

More information: Tickets are available at the VPAC box office, by calling (970) 845-8497 or at Find tickets for WinterWonderGrass and more information about the music festival at

Experience an intimate evening celebrating music, art and Colorado beer at the WinterWonderGrass Festival kickoff concert on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The concert includes music from Colorado favorites Elephant Revival and Bonfire Dub, with very special guests from the WinterWonderGrass Festival lineup, and is a prelude to the bluegrass and acoustic roots festival, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Nottingham Park in Avon.

“We can’t think of a better way to kick off WinterWonderGrass than a family-style gathering featuring some of our favorite artists, brewers and event photographers,” said Scott Stoughton, of WinterWonderGrass. “The vibe is going to be meet-and-greet style, with many WWG artists on hand to sit in, mingle and sink into the luscious Beaver Creek surrounding of the VPAC. We will have some incredible photos available at a silent auction, taken over the last few years at WinterWonderGrass and framed by local beetle kill wood.”


The WinterWonderGrass concert photography gallery will feature photographs by event photographers Dylan Langille, Michael Liggett, JohnRyan Lockman and Zach Mahone. These photographers curated the gallery, choosing photos that spoke to the annual WWG event, audience, vibe and unique festival setting.

Based in the Vail Valley, Lockman specializes in live music photography, working with bands and events such as The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He has been a staff photographer for WinterWonderGrass the past three years. Also based in Vail, Mahone’s work has been featured in the New York Times. He is the house photographer for the Vilar Performing Arts Center, as well as an event photographer for key events with the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts and WinterWonderGrass, to name a few.

“It was exciting for us all to get together and choose the photos that we believe best tell the story of WWG, with the artists and the people making this such a great event to be a part of each year,” Mahone said.

All of the prints are framed in locally made beetle-kill pine wood frames, custom framed by Vail Valley carpenter Sean Grace. The photo gallery features signed photography of WWG artists including Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Greensky Bluegrass and Elephant Revival. Each photo is unique, showing a different experience of the festival, and will be signed by the artists.

The gallery silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. The proceeds from the silent auction will equally benefit Walking Mountain Science Center, Chris Anthony’s Youth Foundation and All Hand Volunteers.


In addition to the photo gallery and concert, Great Divide and Crazy Mountain brewers will be on hand and will host a festival brewers’ talk on the VPAC stage at the set break with question-and-answer session for beer-loving fans. Ticket buyers can sample beer from Great Divide in the lobby starting at 7 p.m., and the WWG signature brews will be on tap for purchase.

The bars will open at 6:30 p.m. during the silent auction and will remain open throughout the event as part of a commitment to the synergy between great music and great local craft brews. Visit to learn more.

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