Rocky Mountain Country Fest at Keystone
March 23 @ 6:30 pm - March 24 @ 11:00 pm$12 - $24
Warren Station is proud to present the first annual Rocky Mountain Country Fest at Keystone. The weekend will be chalk full of honky-tonk, southern rock, country folk, and the best in Colorado Western Music. Friday night will kick-off with dance lessons for all levels from Summit’s own Mike “Tex” DeGarie. Mike specializes in Country Western Dancing, and will be able to help teach beginning dancers the basics, and experienced dancers advanced steps. After dance lessons, put those new moves to the test while listening to The Damon-Wooten Band for the rest of the evening! Drink specials on Jim Beam and Coors will be in the mix as well at the Warren Station Bar.
Saturday is all about the music! The Slingers will opening the evening, followed by Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams. Both bands are local to Colorado and have undeniable talent. Saturday concludes with headliner Wylie and the Wild West. Come for a weekend of skiing/riding, and spend your nights enjoying Colorado Western music at its finest. Tickets are available now at warrenstation.com
Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th, 2017
7pm: Dance Lessons with Mike DeGarie
8:00pm: The Damon-Wooten Band
6:30pm: The Slingers
7:45pm: Halden Wofford and The Hi*Beams
9:30pm: Wylie and the Wild West
Friday Night Only: $12
Saturday Night Only: $17
Weekend Pass (Best Value): $24
The Damon-Wooten Band- Kirk Damon is a Denver, Colorado native. He currently teaches guitar and piano at The Colorado Music Institute, and is a founding member of The Damon Wooten Band.
Kirk was raised in a musical family. When Kirk was 5 years old, his Dad started teaching him guitar chords. When his Dad would get home from work, they would sit around playing guitar and singing old Hank Williams, and Buck Owens songs. When Kirk was 13 he started taking Guitar lessons from Dave Beegle. Kirk also studied guitar with Rene Heredia. Kirk’s first Guitar heroes were Randy Roads, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Jerry Reed. Kirk has opened shows for Little Big Town, Kevin Fowler, Tracy Lawrence, The Randy Rogers Band, and many other National acts. Kirk also played Guitar in a James Lann music video that was featured on CMT’s New Artist.
Kirk can be found most week nights teaching Guitar and writing songs for the upcoming Damon Wooten Album. Kirk is currently endorsed by Learn Guitars, a local Custom Guitar Builder.
CW Wooten grew up in a small town along the Ohio River. CW’s passion has always been Country Music. He is a founding member of The Damon Wooten Band.
CW first started singing in his Church Choir when he was 10 years old. He grew up singing along with old Gospel and Blues songs on the Radio, hence his love for Ray Charles. CW has shared the stage with Hazel Miller, Lee Simms, Lesster More, and Canyon Station.
The Slingers- A tight ensemble of notable honky-tonk, country and cowboy musicians dubbed The Slingers is the brainchild of seventh-generation Coloradan Jon Chandler, a nationally lauded Americana singer/songwriter whose songs are a reflection of his Colorado heritage. Chandler has travelled throughout the country performing at honky-tonks, nightclubs, cowboy poetry gatherings, and music festivals, and has appeared everywhere from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to the Congressional Earth Day Reception in Washington D.C. He was named Best Living Western Musician by True West Magazine and is the recipient of three Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America.
Dana Vernon is one of the country’s finest guitarists, period. A Nebraska native, he cut his teeth performing with a travelling family band, and performed with fellow Nebraskan Randy Meisner. After a stint in Nashville backing several country stars, he was an anchor in Colorado’s legendary Timothy P. & Rural Route Three. He is a member of the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame and the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ernie Martinez is Denver’s first call picker. Known as “Ernie’s Army” he has lent his skill to countless recordings and live appearances, playing mandolin, dobro, electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel guitar, bass, and anything else with strings. A mainstay of Denver’s honky-tonk, bluegrass and cowboy scenes, he joins The Slingers on electric guitar and pedal steel guitar.
Known as Denver’s “fiddler of choice,” Johnny Neill has played throughout the country as a fiddler for hire, as well as a member of several iconic country bands, including Timothy P. & Rural Route Three and Breakaway with Gary Morris. His knowledge of traditional music is unsurpassed, and his playing appears on hundreds of recordings.
Chris Stongle is a rhythmic marvel; one of the finest drummers in the land. His list of recording and stage credits is endless, and he’s backed everyone from Hazel Miller to Chris Daniels and the Kings, from Jon Chandler & the Wichitones to Runaway Express.
Kentucky native Lindsey Brown has the bass guitar in his blood. A veteran of studios and stages in Kentucky, Colorado and all points in between, he works with noted recording engineer and producer John Macy on a variety of projects.
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams- Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams ride out from the cutting edge cow town of Denver, Colorado. Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi-Beams brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself.
Equal parts Hank Williams and Johnny Depp, front man Halden Wofford pours forth a potent mix of rocked-up honky tonk, western swing, Dylanesque originals and spaghetti western epics. There is no creative limit to the songwriter, illustrator, author, storyteller and singer. But Halden has met his match in the Hi-Beams. Each outrageous tale he spins is met by the whine and wail of the steel guitar, the furious double-neck electric guitar and mandolin, and the relentless thump of the upright bass and drums.
From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, Prairie Home Companion to performing arts centers, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music.
Wylie and the Wild West- Wylie Gustafson is a native Montanan singer/songwriter with 20 albums and 4 decades of performing, writing, and recording under his belt. Wylie has matured into a dynamic talent, and has become one of the few authentic voices of the American West. One critic called him, “…the coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is old-school cool without being a tired period piece”.
Wylie is an American Original. For over the last 30 years, he and his band, The Wild West, have performed their refreshing blend of cowboy, western swing, old school country, and yodeling music worldwide. They are hugely popular on the festival and theatre circuit. Stateside, they have performed at such prestigious venues as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, the Bumbershoot Festival, The Stagecoach Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, The Conan O’Brien Show and the Grand Ole Opry (with over 50 guest appearances). Worldwide, their universal appeal has taken them to China, Russia, Australia, Europe, South America, and Japan.
Despite his successful career in music and yodeling, when not touring he still gets up every day and tends to the livestock on his Cross Three Quarter Horse ranch near the town of Conrad, Montana. It grounds him and is the backbone of his art. The secret of Wylie’s honest, uplifting and soulful music isn’t in any musical formula or flashy gimmick. Its purity lies in Wylie’s character: earnest and hard-working, beaming with friendly vigor, topped off with a smile as welcoming as the Big Sky sunshine.
When asked to define his music, Wylie says, “We are a good-time cowboy band that hates to be boring!” The band members, guitarist Clayton Parsons, drummer Tim Lashley, and bassist Johnny Pope, are all virtuoso players with winning personalities. The fans appreciates the band’s approachability and friendliness.
Mike “Tex” DeGarie- Mike and his wife Sandra have been teaching Country-Western dancing for over 30 years. As you can imagine they have quite a bit experience under their belt. Lately, they have been teaching at the Dillon Amphitheater, and the Silverthorne Pavilion. They have taught many different dances including Two Step, Triple Step, Dallas Shuffle, Waltz, Cowboy ChaCha, Swing, Night Club Two Step, a huge repertoire of line dances, and more.