Did you know there are many events in Crested Butte and Gunnison? See live music, take an art class, volunteer, play trivia, watch (or participate in) a ski or bike race, and more! Check this calendar to see what’s going on.
Hailing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California, Boot Juice is a musical force featuring electric and acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet. Inspired by The Band and Railroad Earth, their energetic performances draw comparisons to Talking Heads. Since 2017, they’ve toured extensively, leaving sticky dance floors and happy audiences in their wake. Founding members Connor Herdt and Evan Daly blend their love for Americana and rock’n’roll, while bassist Brett Worley, vocalist Jess Stoll, and drummer Billy D. Thompson contribute to their dynamic sound. The addition of a horn section in 2019 added infectious energy, creating a dance-worthy atmosphere. Boot Juice’s lineup, with its roots in childhood friendship, delivers a big sound that feels at home in both intimate venues and large festival stages. Their music, ranging from bluegrass and Americana to cosmic rock’n’roll, is characterized by sultry blues and soul. The band released “Speaking in Tones ” in May 2019 and followed up with “Shifting Gears” in March 2021. Currently tracking their third LP set for a 2023 release, Boot Juice continues to captivate audiences with their genre-blending, soulful tunes that transport listeners to street corners, riversides, and open highways.
Gunnison Valley is also host to several beloved annual events. A classic winter event is The Alley Loop, a Nordic ski race that doubles as a costume contest. In fall, Mt. Crested Butte hosts the famous Chili and Beer Festival. Every summer in Gunnison, a crowd gathers to watch America’s fourth-oldest rodeo, Cattlemen’s Days. There are also festivals in Crested Butte that celebrate local art, music, wildflowers, and more. Attending an annual event is a good way to connect with the culture of the Gunnison Valley. You might even create a new tradition for you and your family and friends!