Spring Music Fests: 5 Reasons to Head East

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Crowds gather at the Beach at Sugarloaf for the annual Bud Light Reggae Fest.

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Reggae to rock. Country to bluegrass. Music comes to the mountains east of the Rockies this spring. These multi-day festivals let you sink into the mountain groove by skiing or riding the slopes and strutting your stuff to the sounds. Lift, lodging and music packages bundle up the whole gig for easy tickets to party-land.

1. Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia: Ballhooter Spring Break Festival

March 10-12, 2017

From Friday’s pre-party to Sunday’s races, Snowshoe Mountain packs the Ballhooter Spring Break Festival full of fun. This year the festival promises a wild time, with music by Big Gigantic, human bowling and more. Fill up on burgers, brats and beer… and a few Bloody Marys.

2. Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota: DuLutsen North of North Music and Ski Festival

March 17-18, 2017 

Ski and ride by day, and rock out afterwards to the rhythms of Duluth musicians at Lutsen Mountains. DuLutsen North of North Music and Ski Festival fills two days with après musical grooves to late night rocking.

A mix of free concerts and ticketed events stack the lineup for Lutsen’s festival: guitar-strumming folk musicians, indie pop singers and country rockers. 

3. Indianhead Mountain Resort, Michigan: Mountain Top Music Festival

March 17-18, 2017

The Upper Peninsula in Michigan punches into overdrive for the ski, snowboard and music fest at Indianhead Mountain Resort. The fest blends bluegrass, country, rock and modern folk vibes. Perhaps with the highest volume of musicians playing back-to-back, the Mountain Top Music Festival packs in nearly 20 bands to rock out the mountains for two days.

About the time you are ready to trade skis for a cold libation on Friday, the Sky Bar launches the music. Ticketed concerts heat up on the main stage in the evenings. Friday night features five bands playing into the wee hours for dancing. On Saturday, get up, hit the slopes and pop into the Red Dog Saloon and the Sky Bar for après with music. Then, repeat the late night romp with a lineup of six bands.

4. Mount Snow, Vermont: Bud Light Reggaefest

March 24-26, 2017

Mount Snow combines its Bud Light Reggaefest with a weekend of crazy spring events. It’s the time to do it all: ski and ride, compete in traditional spring resort competitions, and dance to reggae syncopation.

The music starts Friday night with bands bouncing calypso through the weekend. Just so the beat never stops, a DJ spits out the tunes between sets. Saturday adds the Bud Light Sink or Skim, where skiers challenge each other to glide across a 100-foot-long pond. Sunday brings out the laughs with the Bud Light Duct Tape Derby, a competition of sliding in crafts home-built from cardboard, duct tape, zip ties and paint. 

5. Sugarloaf, Maine: Bud Light Reggae Fest

April 6-9, 2017

Don your rasta colors and dreds for what perhaps is the biggest and longest-running reggaefest on snow. Maine’s big Bud Light Reggae Fest enters its 29th season this spring at Sugarloaf. After record-breaking crowds amped up the vibe last year, this spring’s line-up is sure to carry the party onward.

The Widowmaker Lounge and King Pine Room host the indoor music and DJ spins while the outdoor stage sets the Beach to rocking. The long weekend headlines Saturday night with New Kingston! 

On the Beach, drink Bloody Marys while the beat dances on through Sunday. Just try to crawl back into work on Monday after this tropical bacchanalia. 


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