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HIGHER GROUND CONCERT MUSIC STAGE

Welcome to the 2022 Higher Ground Concert Music Stage!

The Higher Ground Fair features two music stages for a weekend filled with songs, artists, and music of the Rocky Mountains. The Higher Ground Concert Stage is jam-packed with performances throughout the weekend and the Sunrise Stage features emerging and local artists at the fair's entrance during the early morning hours!
Don’t miss them this year - some of our top favorites returning, and some extraordinary debut bands on both Higher Ground Fair Stages in 2022!

Saturday, September 17

Wind River Dancers

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Saturday, September 17, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

With a theme of “A Cultural Heritage Shared Through Dance and Songs,” the Wind River Dancers perform a variety of American Indian dance styles, which includes men’s traditional, grass and fancy feather and women’s fancy shawl, jingle dress and traditional. All of these dance styles are described and explained to the audience in order to share Native American culture and heritage. Included with performances are drummers and singers. The music is also explained to the audience so everyone who has an opportunity to see these performances will have a better understanding of Native American culture.

The Who Do's

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Saturday, September 17, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The Who Do's are the Colorado Groove Band, Current and past favorites with a solid beat, Soul, R&B, Cajun, blues and more. An experienced eight piece that will have you grooving the whole show!

Crispy Watkins

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Saturday, September 17, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Crispy Watkins was raised in the hills of East Tennessee, formed by fiddle tunes, Delta Blues, and Knoxville's scruffy Americana. Rhythmic and inviting, Crispy's tunes come up from the rivers and mountains to strike at deep questions and heart-yearnings that dance between mind, body, and soul connections, confronting pain and seeking healing. This is old-time inspired roots music with an ecological devotion and a mystic heart. Crispy is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has been making music with his band The Crack Willows since 2015. 

Pluck!

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Saturday, September 17, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Laramie, Wyoming's Western Americana band Pluck! Sharon Martinson and trio Kelli Trujillo, John Poland, and Micah Schweizer

REX Peoples & X Factr

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Saturday, September 17, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

X Factr was created by singer, songwriter, vocal coach, and Blues in Schools educator Rex Peoples in 2007, and is intentionally spelled without the “o” to represent the intangibles that make the religious shout, the partiers dance, and remind us of the emotions that make us say, “That’s my song!” Their album, Fried Food / Hard Liquor, was the 2nd most played single on Kai Turners "Strictly Blues station in 2016.  The band was also a semifinalist in the 2016 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis. Their title cut song was also covered on Chris Daniels and the Kings CD...Blues with Horns, which so far has climbed the charts to #4 in the Contemporary top fifty chart in 2017.

Sunday, September 18

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Wind River Dancers

Sunday, September 18, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

With a theme of “A Cultural Heritage Shared Through Dance and Songs,” the Wind River Dancers perform a variety of American Indian dance styles, which includes men’s traditional, grass and fancy feather and women’s fancy shawl, jingle dress and traditional. All of these dance styles are described and explained to the audience in order to share Native American culture and heritage. Included with performances are drummers and singers. The music is also explained to the audience so everyone who has an opportunity to see these performances will have a better understanding of Native American culture.

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Amy Biondo Ensemble

Sunday, September 18, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The Amy Biondo Ensemble features Amy’s original compositions, which are rhythmically complex with evocative lyrics and innovative arrangements, jazz at the heart but heavily peppered with pop, R&B, folk, and Latin American influences. Repertoire also includes songs written by ensemble members, pieces composed spontaneously in the moment, jazz standards interpreted in unusual ways, and tunes from a wide variety of musical genres, reinterpreted with a jazz sensibility.

Members of the ensemble are committed to making music that arises from deep, genuine communication, in the spirit of friendship and mutual encouragement, with each other and, in turn, with the audience. The group supports each other in taking risks, using music as personal expression and self-exploration in the present moment, creating a lively, unique and exhilarating musical experience for listeners.

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Hazel Miller Band

Sunday, September 18, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

The Hazel Miller Band has toured North America, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Central America.  Always led by Hazel and her powerful voice, this audience favorite has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers to the delight of her loyal fans. Hazel is always backed by some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world.The band performs original, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Top 40 music. Book the HMB to headline your event, or as opener for world class International acts.