First Friday 19th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest *** The Stillhouse Junkies on Wednesday Night

Live Music Fans,

It’s full on Summertime and the valley is full of live music.  This holiday week features two excellent nights that we are putting on solely for our musical entertainment.  We certainly hope that you take the opportunity to come out and enjoy the live music and a special First Friday in this little old downtown.

The fun starts on Wednesday Night with one of our new favorite touring acts.  Check out their website for some good reasons to come out and hear their cool, original songs.  And, get to know these dedicated ambassadors of music.

Then for this holiday week’s First Friday, come out and enjoy a pickup truck full of local musicians for our 19th Annual Mt. Sopris Fest.  Way back in 2001, we had the idea of putting on a celebration that featured only local players. Since then, we have hosted all kinds of great local musicians in this celebration of our vibrant and growing local music scene.  And, once again, we are providing the fest at no charge.  How can you beat that, right?

And, you can also check out Main Street when it turns into a wonderful (and huge!) town plaza with all kinds of live music, food, drink and entertainment.  Also, a great time to come out and reconnect with your friends and neighbors. And maybe, even meet some new friends.

Why not?

See you at the shows!!


“Born in a distillery in Durango, CO, Stillhouse Junkies play a delirious, head-spinning mixture of original roots, blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass music. With all three band members sharing vocal duties and swapping instruments, the Junkies conjure a wide range of tonal landscapes that pay tribute to the iconic sounds of Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, Tim O’Brien, the Wood Brothers, John Hiatt, and countless others while breaking new musical ground with their genre-bending original material.”

Alissa Wolf

Alissa began studying the violin at age 8. She followed her heart to numerous summer academies and has studied intensively through the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Conference, and the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs. Inspired by attending local folk festivals such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Alissa began exploring all types of music beyond classical including bluegrass, swing, and jazz. Through this she found her true passion – improvisation. While she attained a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, she continued to play for the love of music.

Cody Tinnin

Cody Tinnin was born in Page, Arizona and moved to the Durango area in 2001.  Influenced by his father, Glenn, Cody started playing trombone at a young age and developed an ear for jazz.  Cody began playing bass guitar and quickly transitioned to upright. Through his uncle, Bruce Tinnin, Cody refined his bluegrass chops and gained an affinity for traditional American music. Cody joined the Outta Hand String Band in 2004 before following his culinary passions to Austin, Texas. While in Austin, Cody frequented the live music scene, refining his palate for outlaw country music at venues such as the Hole in the Wall and the White Horse Saloon. After close to a decade deep in the heart of Texas, Cody returned to the Durango area.

Fred Kosak

Fred has been musically active since first taking up the guitar at age 15. Over his 12 years as a professional musician, he has played in numerous ensembles of varying styles and instrumentations, ranging from funk cover bands to intimate acoustic duets. Over the past 15 years, Fred has played mandolin and guitar with numerous New England and Colorado-based roots musicians and acts, including Billy Wylder, Three Tall Pines, Acousticana, Creek River String Band, Ethan Robbins (Cold Chocolate), Greg Lizst (Crooked Still), Zach Hickman (Josh Ritter), the Professors of Bluegrass from Yale University, the Badly Bent, and more. In addition to his facility with a broad range of musical styles, he is a seasoned performer with experience at major festivals and storied venues alike.



Our first year, we called the celebration the “Mountain Music Fair” to capture the spirit of the first years of the Mtn. Fair where only local musicians played the Gazebo (that they helped build in the first place) in the early years.  So, we borrowed a flat bed trailer from Aspen Earthmoving and the Steve Kinney Surf Band took the “stage”.  Among many other musicians. The live music was great and the live broadcast was fun with KDNK.

Since then, we partnered with the Town for a couple of years to put on some fantastic “Music & Lobster Fests” on the Town Plaza where we enjoyed some excellent live music and some sweet community meals.  The one constant over the 19 celebrations has been the live music made by local musicians.  This year, we are keeping that theme alive and well.  Come out and enjoy the free live music made by your very own friends, neighbors and maybe even family.

5pm – The Miner Keys

5:30pm – The Roaring Fork High School Jazz Band

6:30pm – Callin Old Souls

7:30pm – M Kelly Band

8:30pm – The Wolf Tones – (Wes Engstrom)

So, there’s at least two good reasons to leave the cave this week.  Now, all you have to do it come on out!  Hope to see you out on the town enjoying the beautiful Summer weather.  Remember, it does not last for that long.  Ride that Diem!!

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon