Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rock ‘n’ Ride Music Festival in Hailey on Saturday

Eight bands, food and beer at Lion’s Park

Express Staff Writer

Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles will play at Hailey’s Lion’s Park on Saturday

The Rock 'n' Ride Music Festival 2008 will bring eight bands to Lion's Park west of Hailey this weekend for an all-ages, afternoon music bash. The Alaskan band, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, the Jeremiah James Gang, and Darren Smith will headline the festival, which runs from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Proceeds from the festival will go to two great Wood River Valley organizations: the Music 'n' Me Sid West Scholarship fund, and Road and

The Music 'n' Me Sid West Scholarship fund provides opportunities for underprivileged kids to get music instruction and instrument rentals in the Wood River Valley. Road and Dirt .org is a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities for kids in the Wood River Valley to ride and race mountain bikes.

"Despite living in one of the most expensive and lavish parts of the country, there are still many kids who can't afford the $20 a month rental fee for instruments," said Piers Lamb, who coordinated the festival along with Mitzy Mecham, owner of Notes Music on River Street in Hailey.

Lamb is a guitarist and song/writer who also runs the youth programs for the Blaine County Recreation District. Mitzy Mecham leads after school music programs for kids the valley.

Sponsors for the festival include New Belgium Brewing, Soundwave in Ketchum, Rocky Mountain Hardware and Marketron in Hailey. There will plenty of food and beer. Vendors include P/V Catering and Toni's Ice Cream.

Mountain Rides, The BCRD, Big Wood Backcountry Trails, Note's Music, and many other local organizations will have display tents with swag and useful info. In addition to the festival, there will be raffles and auctions for guitars, amps, bikes, bike trailers, skis, ski passes, and much more.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at Notes Music at 221 South River Street or Lost River Sports, 516 North Main Street in Hailey, or purchased at the gate for $18. Kids and students get in for $10 at the gate.

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