Campout for the Cause announces lineup, new location |

Campout for the Cause announces lineup, new location

Julia Ben-Asher/For Steamboat Today

— The ninth annual Campout for the Cause has announced its musical lineup and a location change for this summer's event, and tickets are now on sale.

The festival's goal, organizers said in a news release, is "to bring people together in an inspired setting to reboot the collective spirits." The family-friendly event is a combination of music, yoga and workshops focusing on nutrition, sustainability and politics.

It's organized by Bonfire Entertainment, the group that also founded WinterWonderGrass, the bluegrass festival that moved to Steamboat Springs in February.

The Campout setting will now be the Meadows property near downtown Buena Vista, surrounded by views of the Collegiate Peaks. There will be dancing in the property's Long Meadow, lounging on Island Beach and camping along Cottonwood Creek. Rafting, hiking and hot springs opportunities in the area are abundant.

Planned shows will take place in one main area of the venue. Acts include bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival; Americana group Grant Farm, which played at Steamboat Spring's WinterWonderGrass in February; roots group Bonfire Dub, led by Scotty Stoughton of Bonfire Entertainment; Andy Falco, of the legendary bluegrass band Infamous Stringdusters; indie band We Dream Dawn; soul-folk duo The Good Time Travelers; soul-rock-jazz-hip-hop group Mama Magnolia; and Pickin' on the Dead and Alpha King Knight. Special guests include Andrew McConathy, Bob Masters and Jake Wolf.

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"We book acts that want to play and participate in the entire experience of a gathering," Stoughton said in a news release.

A large part of the Campout feel is also the unplanned jam sessions that organizers know will pop up around the campfire.

Yoga classes, ranging from vinyasa, restorative, acro and flow, will be available throughout the festival with yogis including Gina Caputo, Kristina Kuzmich, Moonstone Jackson, Bobby L'heureux, Kim Fuller, Mariah Rose and Heath Perry.

The festival is tiny compared to most, with a cap set at 400 tickets. This is intended to protect and foster the festival community and other important aspects of the Campout experience.

Tickets start at $69 for the weekend, which includes all music shows, yoga classes and workshops; children age 13 and younger are admitted for free. Camping costs $20 per vehicle, and carpooling is encouraged. A limited number of RV parking spots are available at $99 per spot.

Each year, Campout supports environment, education and humanitarian-focused nonprofits.

Proceeds from this year's festival will be donated to The Arkansas River Trust, which works for the ecological health of the river, and to Emmy's Friends, a fund established for the daughter of Bonfire Entertainment's Michael Welle, 1-year-old Emery Welle, who is undergoing treatment for the rare childhood cancer of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma at Denver's Children's Hospital.

"This is our time to give back, and the charity is closer to our heart than ever," Stoughton said.

The festival promotes pack-in, pack-out and leave-no-trace trash policies and overall environmental stewardship. Sharing food, drink and stories around the campfire is also encouraged.

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If you go:

What: Campout for the Cause festival

When: 3 p.m. Friday, June 2 to sunset on Sunday, June 4

Where: The Meadows at Buena Vista

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