From left, Chrissy Cook, Melissa Childs, Ivy Lefebvre and Raelen Barr dance at the 2007 Silverton Jamboree.
After a one-year hiatus, the Silverton Jamboree is coming back this weekend, with a wide assortment of music at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.
“We’ve got 100 percent Colorado home-grown talent coming,” said Melissa Childs, jamboree board member. “We try to sort of represent different genres from around the state.”
The jamboree had previously been held in June. In 2009, the last jamboree faced rainy, cold weather that resulted in less attendance than hoped for.
“We decided to move it to late August,” Childs said. “It (the weather) is a crapshoot anyway, but we thought we’d be better off.”
The plan is to have the festival each year on the weekend before Labor Day.
This year’s jamboree features free concerts Friday night at 7 p.m. and at 11 a.m. Sunday on the main festival stage.
Salem, a band from Boulder, will perform Friday night. Its music is described as socially-conscious compositions blending hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul.
“They can really get the crowd moving,” Childs said.
And on Sunday morning, Durango-based Waiting on Trial will offer some bluegrass music.
“We want to invite the whole community to those two free shows,” Childs said. “Come out for the music.”
Saturday’s day-long festivities start at 10 a.m. with Silverton’s own Too Little O2. Other bands include Tweener, Bruce Hayes, A Dub Rock Band, Rowdy Shadehouse Band, Aftergrass and the headliner, the Fort Collins band The Motet.
The Motet’s latest CD, “Dig Deep,” is described as having a heavy-horned afrobeat influence countered with a textural blanket of electronica.
Childs said the idea is to bring all sorts of influences to town.
“We’ve got rock and roll, reggae, funk, electronica and Americana,” Childs said. “It’s in our mission statement to bring cultural diversity to Silverton.”
Childs said the jamboree is “100 percent volunteer driven.
“We’re just committed to providing live music to this community,” Childs said. “It’s not a fundraising event. We do this for the community.”
She said the jamboree committee hopes to be able to purchase instruments for the school through money raised by operation of its thrift store.
Tickets for the Silverton Jamboree are available online at www.silvertonjamboree.net. Tickets will also be available at the gate on Saturday for $40, which includes a $2 town facilities fee.
Friday, Aug. 26:
7 p.m.: Free show on main festival stage featuring Salem
Saturday, Aug. 27:
10 a.m.: Too Little O2
Noon: Bruce Hayes
1:30 p.m.: A Dub Rock Band
3 p.m.: Tweener - Eric Kiefer
3:30 p.m.: Rowdy Shadehouse Band
5 p.m.: Tweener
5:30 p.m.: Aftergrass
7 p.m.: Tweener
7:30 p.m.: The Motet
10:30 p.m.: Salem plays Juke Joint at the Miners Tavern
Sunday, Aug. 28:
11 a.m.: Free Show featuring Bluegrass & Bloody Marys with Waiting on Trial
Festival campgrounds are located adjacent to the north and south of the festival grounds. No running water or electricity is available at the campsites. Potable water is available from a spigot in the festival grounds.
Port-a-potties and trash/recycling receptacles are available. Campfires may be allowed conditions permitting. Campground open Friday 4 p.m. to noon Monday.
Camping passes are not available in advance. They are available at the front gate and are on a first come, first serve basis. Camping passes are sold per vehicle at a cost of $24 per vehicle (includes $4 town lodging fee).