Central Oregon’s roller-coaster jam-band gathering, the 4 Peaks Music Festival, will return to its original home, the Rockin’ A Ranch near Tumalo, on July 15-16.
Why is 4 Peaks a “roller-coaster”? Because of its history of ups and downs. The fest started with a bang in 2007, attracting big-name headliners like Animal Liberation Orchestra and Hot Buttered Rum to its two-day party. In 2008, the 4 Peaks team battled neighbor opposition, but ultimately held another two-day festival with a strong lineup.
In 2009, though, the struggling economy made it tough to find sponsors, and 4 Peaks went on hiatus. Last year, organizers went through a serious last-minute permitting scramble and venue switcheroo before bringing the event — significantly scaled down — back to the Rockin’ A.
This year, 4 Peaks seems to be on more solid ground. The team says it already has the necessary permits and will host two days of funky, jammy, stringy, rockin’ goodness in mid-July.
Tickets are available right now for $40 plus fees at www.4peaksmusicfestival.eventbrite.com. However, that price will only last through the end of today. Tomorrow, they jump to $50 plus fees. So if you want in on the cheap, don’t hesitate.
Here’s the lineup for the 2011 4 Peaks Music Festival, featuring lots of familiar names and a few new ones:
Poor Man’s Whiskey
Ten Mile Tide
Moon Mountain Ramblers
Sugarcane String Band