The Spanish Peaks Music Festival – July 14 & 15, 2017
The event is held in La Veta, CO, located at the mouth of the Cuchara Valley. La Veta was founded by Col. John Francisco. Legend tells us that upon Col. Francisco’s arrival at the location of present day La Veta … he declared “This is Paradise enough for me” and settled down to stay.
The headliner for this years event is award winning ARRON WATSON. Arron’s album – The Underdog – has had him at the top of Billboard Country Music Chart! Arron’s latest release is Vaquero.
Two days of Country Music and a big BBQ Cook Off hosted by Big Bone Outfitters … it just doesn’t get any better!
The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival teases you in preparation for their main event in September with there Summer Gala at the old ghost town of Uptop. This year the Galla features Eileen Ivers & Band.
Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide…this is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
Historic Uptop – listed in the National Registry of Historic Places
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival is an EVENT that encompasses all of Spanish Peaks Country with performances and retreats and workshops throughout the area.
A SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE PERFORMERS FOR 2017
Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle, and stirring pipes fuel the delicately phrased melodies and traditional songs.
The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magical seaside village of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland.
While firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, the Screaming Orphans draw on a diverse set of influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel and the The Bangles to The McNulty Family, with a strong focus on melody-driven songs with pop and rock strains. The sisters have a musical breadth which belies their youth and inspires them to explore new and exciting song writing and performance concepts.
Explore a land rich in history, natural wonders and artistic inspiration. Experience the small town charm of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Cuchara. Spanish Peaks Country also offers art & history museums, a water park, shopping, Lathrop State Park and more. At the cross roads of Southern Colorado you will also find many other outdoor activities available in San Isabel National Forest and the Spanish Peaks Wilderness area.