CREEDE— Creede was the place to be over the weekend as the Fourth Annual Headwaters Music Festival kicked off on Saturday. The event was a hit, bringing in the biggest crowd the event has seen so far and some of the best musical talent from around the nation. “The weekend went really well, and it definitely exceeded our expectations. The bands were received really well by everyone who attended, and we were just really happy with how things turned out,” said event coordinator Bob Holt.
Saturday began with a performance by Anthony Garcia as the Ed Hargraves Ball Field south of town filled with guests in town to enjoy the show. Garcia wowed the crowd with his versatile style and mix of genres that was a great way to get the festival started. “We had a great variety of bands this year that the crowds really enjoyed,” continued Holt.
The rest of Saturday saw bands like The Sweet Lillies, Bo Depena and The Texas Gentleman, who closed out the night with an energetic, family-friendly set that had quite a few people up on their feet dancing to the catchy tunes. “This event is just getting better and better every year and it is great to watch it grow,” said Holt.
During the festival, a guitar signed by nationally recognized country singer Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant who donated the guitar to the festival earlier this year was auctioned off. “All proceeds from the auction go directly back into the festival. We figure if we can break even every year then we have held a successful event. I was fortunate enough to win the guitar. Bidding went up to $3,500. It was a great time,” laughed Holt.
Sunday bloomed bright and clear after a few rain showers traveled through the area on Saturday and the festival started off the day with a canjo workshop hosted by local artist Jeff Johnson. Johnson has been making canjos for several years, using just a can, a stick and some hardware to make the unique instrument.
The day was full of musical sets by bands including Let Them Roar, Trouble Bound, BGST and Kirk James who closed out the afternoon with a beautifully rendered performance. All of the bands who participated this year enjoyed the quiet festival setting and family-oriented event. “None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors, volunteers, the City of Creede and all of the bands who come out here for a good time. We would like to specifically thank Steve Baxter, one of our founding members for his amazing contributions. He not only planned and helped organize the event, but he played for several bands including his own BGST,” said Holt.
A huge thanks goes out to all of the vendors that participated in this year’s event. “We are getting ready for next year already. We will spend the winter applying for permits and getting the line-up ready for the 2020 Headwaters Music Festival. We are so happy to be able to offer this family-friendly event to the Creede area. Our guests are an amazing support and we can’t thank them enough for attending,” finished Holt.