First-ever WestCo Music Fest planned for May 18 |

First-ever WestCo Music Fest planned for May 18

Free Press Staff Report
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The WestCo Music Festival aims to celebrate a collaboration of music and vendors who are driving the growth of western Colorado’s diversity and lifestyle. The inaugural music fest is set for 5-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers.

This year’s event will benefit the botanical gardens and spotlight the development of Grand Junction’s Las Colonias Park region located off South Seventh Street and the Riverside Parkway. Rain or shine, the WestCo Music Fest will feature live performances from premier local musicians The Williams Brothers Band, Jack+Jill and The Pineapple Crackers.

“For WestCo, we wanted to create an outdoor event that is centered in a growing area of the Grand Junction community.” said Jess Rigg, co-founder and organizer. “The botanical gardens offers such a beautiful outdoor site for this concert event and we hope to increase the awareness of the long-term benefit of the gardens for the community. In terms of the musicians we wanted to showcase, The Williams Brothers Band, Jack+Jill and The Pineapple Crackers all have stayed centered in the valley for their love of the valley and they continue laying the groundwork for future artists.”

“(The event) is an opportunity for friends and neighbors to get together and have a great time with each other and their families.

Just a day to relish in the things we enjoy about our community,” said James Williams, co-founder and organizer. “The plan is to turn this into an annual event which would grow into several facets, possibly including bike rides, gear swaps, river trips, camping, more music, etc.”

Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers or outside liquor will be allowed on the grounds. Beer will be offered for sale by Edgewater/Kannah Creek Brewery. Hawg Food Fire Grill will be selling a variety of sandwiches, burgers, fries, etc., and Enstrom’s will be selling their cold treats.

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