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Looking ahead to the  weekend already? Here’s a fun outing, just two hours away from Salida that will still get you home by 11:00 p.m. after a night of great music. Grab some picnic fare enroute or arrive when gates open and line up for food and craft beer at the concert venue, starting at 5:00 p.m. in Crested Butte.

At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday August 6, the Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) offers an evening filled with bluegrass and country music, featuring the Tray Wellington Band and Jessica Lynn. Nestled in the beautiful setting of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s base area, “Turn Up the Base” is FREE CONCERT on the Red Lady Stage.

The Performers

Tray Wellington Band

Tray Wellington Band, courtesy photo

Tray Wellington has been featured on several TV shows including an episode of David Holt’s “State of Music”, as well as a 2022 feature on Kamau Bell’s CNN show “United Shades of America”. See the band’s 2021 interview with John Lawless from Bluegrass Today and watch the “Honest Lies” video clip here.

Not yet 21 at the time, Trajan “Tray” Wellington won the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year and 2019 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year awards.

The 5-string banjo player has studied and played traditional bluegrass and beyond with diverse genres such as jazz, progressive bluegrass, blues, and rock. The Tray Wellington Band currently features Wellington, Josiah Nelson, Nick Weitzenfeld, and Katelynn Lowe.

He’ll be appearing at Colorado’s favorite, RockyGrass in Lyons, CO July 29-31 before heading off on a four-state tour.

Jessica Lynn

Jessica Lynn. Photo courtesy Scott Vincent

Rising music star Jessica Lynn is being hailed by press around the world as a “rocket force.” With a relentless international touring schedule of more than 14 countries, a pair of Top 40/Top 50 singles on country radio, and three full-length concert television specials airing nationwide, the New York singer-songwriter is quickly becoming a household name.

Lynn’s dynamic, high-energy performances showcasing her powerful voice and instrumental talents playing piano, guitar, harmonica, and drums have garnered rave reviews from critics worldwide while building a huge and loyal global fan base.


Concert Location/Map:  12 Snowmass Road, Mount Crested Butte, CO 81225

  • Gate opens at 4:30 p.m. – You must bring ID!
  • Concert begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • The concert will take place rain or shine with no covered seating available.
  • Tickets are FREE but you must register online and admittance will be limited.


This free concert is made possible by a generous grant from the Recording’s Industry Music Performance Trust Fund.


About CBMF

Now in its 26th year, the Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) continues to feature distinctive genres such as chamber pieces, contemporary classical works, operas, gypsy jazz, bluegrass classic jazz, and indie rock.

As well as live performances of world-class music, education remains a central component of CBMF’s mission; opportunities in every genre abound during the summer and include camps, interactive musical experiences, masterclasses, lectures and workshops for all ages. Its diverse programming, intimate, high quality performances, and connections fostered between performers, their audiences and supporters distinguish the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Featured image: Courtesy Crested Butte Music Festival on Instagram