New three-day music festival coming to Okemo this summer

LUDLOW, Vt. – With the spring skiing season underway, now is the time to start planning warm-weather getaways and marking the calendar with all the best summer events to attend. A new three-day music festival that is sure to be a summer sensation is Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival scheduled for July 12, 13, and 14 at Okemo Jackson Gore base area.

Okemo Mountain Resort will be paying homage to some of the biggest musical acts of our time during New England’s premiere tribute-band event that will feature the music of Neil Diamond, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Queen, and more.

The festival includes two stage/entertainment areas. The courtyard stage, located outside the Jackson Gore Inn, and adjacent to Okemo’s Adventure Zone, will feature a lineup of free music on Friday and Saturday afternoons, July 13 and 14. Guests are welcome to set up lawn chairs and picnic blankets, shop the many craft vendors, savor traditional barbecue fare on the patio, or enjoy Okemo’s many summer activities in the Adventure Zone and Evolution Bike Park. Bands scheduled for July 13 are Big Fez and the Surfmatics, from noon to 2 p.m., and the Tricksters, from 2 to 4 p.m. Bands for July 14 will be announced soon.

At 5 p.m. on each of the three festival days, July 12, 13, and 14, the Main Stage, located at the Jackson Gore Paleo Field, will come to life with the music of familiar songs from the past.

Thursday, July 12 will feature Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond Tribute Band. Surreal Neil and the band perform timeless classics including “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Cracklin’ Rose,” Cherry Cherry,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and many more.

Friday, July 13, will offer dual headliners: Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute, and David Brighton’s Space Oddity, the Quintessential David Bowie concert experience. The musicians in the seven-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads’ brilliant career. Together they bring much of the Heads’ unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne. Space Oddity – the Ultimate David Bowie Experience is a live, multi-media spectacle that takes audience members on a musical journey through the constantly changing career of rock `n` roll’s most celebrated innovator. David Brighton and his band deliver a stunning note-for-note theatrical event that witnesses Bowie’s transformation from space-aged rock idol, to polished mainstream media star.

The final concert of Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival features Almost Queen – the Ultimate Queen Experience. Self-described as the most authentic Queen live show since the days of Queen themselves, the four-member band delivers signature four-part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the ultimate Queen experience.

Admission to the afternoon concerts in the Jackson Gore Inn courtyard is free. The tribute-band concerts are ticketed events. Single-night tickets and festival passes for all three Main Stage shows are available for purchase. A festival weekend lodging package is also available. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free. Early bird pricing is offered through April 30, 2018.

Food trucks will offer dining options. Draft beer, cider, along with a full bar and non-alcoholic offerings will be available for purchase. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome in the Main Stage area, and specific zones will be designated for blankets, low-profile chairs, and full-sized lawn chairs. Once admitted into the Main Stage area, re-entry will not be allowed. Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival is a rain-or-shine event. There will be no refunds on individual performance tickets unless the show is cancelled.

For more information, call 802-228-1600 or visit www.okemo.com.

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