Headwaters Music Festival brings talent to local stage

Courtesy photos The annual Headwaters Music Festival in Creede is ready to hit the stage on Aug. 27 and will be welcoming special guest band The 4th Infantry Division.

CREEDE — There are two things that make a great music festival according to Headwaters Music Festival planner Bob Holt — bring in some great talent and thank the community for all the support.

With those two things in hand, Holt and his group have been putting on a successful festival for the past six years and according to him, there is only one way to go, and that is up.

This year’s Headwater Music Festival will be held on Aug. 27 and 28 and will feature some long-awaited talent. The weekend kicks off on Saturday with a special band, The 4th Infantry Division, also known as Ivy.

Holt and his crew have been working for the past two years to get approval to host The 4th Infantry Division and are excited to finally have them on the schedule.

“We have been waiting for approval from the military to host this band and we are really excited to be able to welcome them to Creede,” Holt said.

The weekend is the perfect time to head to the Creede area and enjoy the surrounding mountains and public lands while enjoying a one-of-a-kind music festival. There will be plenty of food and craft vendors as well as plenty to do in town, including catching a play at the Creede Repertory Theatre or exploring the historic mining district along the Bachelor Loop just above Creede.

According to their bio, The 4th Infantry Division is a division of the United States Army based at Fort Carson, Colo. It is composed of a Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, three brigade combat teams (1st Stryker BCT, 2nd Infantry BCT, and 3rd Armored BCT), a Combat Aviation Brigade, the 4th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, and a Division Artillery.

The 4th Infantry Division's official nickname, "Ivy," is a play on words of the Roman numeral IV or 4. Ivy leaves symbolize tenacity and fidelity which is the basis of the division's motto: "Steadfast and Loyal." The second nickname, "Iron Horse," has been adopted to underscore the speed and power of the division and its soldiers.

The band will also be playing a special concert for the patrons of Mountain View RV Park and resort on Friday, Aug. 26, to say “thank you” for all the support of the local community.

Saturday features talent from local and visiting bands that have come to grace the stage at the Headwaters Music Festival.

“We try every year to get one big band. We are successful in doing this because we have such great support from the community and we wouldn’t be the festival we are without our local talent,” said Holt.

Saturday will welcome Caldera, Rally Round, Dave Becker Band, Bo Depena and finally Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp. Each of these bands bring unique and eclectic sounds that are sure to get the attending crowd up on their feet and the party started, according to organizers.

On Sunday, the day will begin with Kundalini Yoga and Gong bath with the music starting immediately after. First on stage will be Stoney Gabel, Trouble Bound, McLeod Nine and finally The Rifters from Alamosa will once again close out the weekend.

The full schedule and prepurchase tickets are available online at www.headwatersmusicfestival.com.


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