Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Passing the torch


By WILLY COOK


The 37th annual Northern Rockies Music Festival delivered top-notch music in a weekend of family fun at Hop Porter Park in Hailey last Friday and Saturday. Organizer Pete Kramer said both bands and the crowds enjoyed the event. Clockwise from top: 1) Friday night’s headlining band was The Damn Quails, an Oklahoma-based group led by singer/songwriter Bryon White. 2) Dancing is always a popular part of the festival. 3) Kramer was honored for his 32 years of organizing the event. “I’m not going to walk out on the event,” he said. “I’ll be around to help teach other board members how to book talent, which is a specific skill set, but I don’t really want to be in charge, responsible or sign anything anymore.” 4) The Far West was a crowd favorite Friday evening. Based in Los Angeles, the band drawled good story-telling music for all audience types, led by Aaron Baker, left, and lead singer Lee Briante. 5) Festival board members Dana DuGan and Keith Waller present a quilt especially made for Kramer made from T-shirts from 30 years of past festivals. Kramer’s wife, Cheryl, and sons Billy and Danny joined him on stage for the presentation. 6) A little rain did not dampen the spirits of the crowd Friday, including, from left to right, Sally Kern, Gloria Maratea and Richard Rice.
Express photo by Willy Cook




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