Three-Day Event Features Concerts, Workshops and More

By Eva Potter

This weekend, visitors to Ellicottville can look forward to the first annual Enchanted Mountain Music Festival, to be held Friday through Sunday, April 11–13, at Holiday Valley. Nightly concerts, daily singing and instrument workshops, jamming, along with the good vibes of Holiday Valley and Ellicottville, make this a relaxing, must-attend event.

Performers, amateur and professional players, and acoustic music lovers will come together in a beautiful, intimate setting to enjoy some of the finest bluegrass and Americana music in the United States today. Bands include Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Creek Bend, and Paris Texas with Dee Specker, who will blow you away with their original music, harmony singing and instrumental talents.

The weekend kicks off this afternoon, April 11, at 4 p.m. with unplugged workshops and continues through Sunday morning with more workshops, concerts and jamming sessions. All concerts and workshops take place at the gorgeous Holiday Valley Lodge and the Tamarack Club.

An all-weekend ticket (Friday through Sunday), including concerts and workshops, is only $75 ($50 for students). Tickets for individual concerts on Friday or Saturday are $25. An all-day Saturday pass is $50 and includes morning workshops, afternoon and evening concerts. Tickets to the Sunday concert are $15. Kids age 12 and under attend the festival free! You can buy tickets online at www.holidayvalley.com (click Events tab and then click Enchanted Mountain Music Festival).

This premiering festival was pulled together by Rick Manning, organizer of the annual Winter Village Music