Seemingly under the radar over the past few weeks Electric Forest curators, Madison House, have been pushing for a permit approval to organize a new festival they have in the works for Colorado. After a bit of back and forth between them and the county, Chaffee County approved a special-events permit this past Tuesday that will allow a 20,000-person music festival just outside of the lovely Buena Vista, Colorado.
Madison House Presents' festival is planned for Aug. 4-7 on a 274-acre ranch owned by Jed Selby -- located just outside the west end of Buena Vista.
The residents of Chaffee County voiced their concerns over the festival, which led to the commissioners taking an hour off the anticipated closing times. They will enforce a 1:30 a.m curfew for performances Friday and Saturday and at midnight Thursday and Sunday.
Event planners, Selby said, "wanted it to be open late enough so people didn't bail at the last minute for the bar and totally destroy downtown."
Selby's family bought the ranch out of foreclosure in 2014, with the idea of developing a music festival on the property's open meadows. Last summer, he began talking with AEG Live and Boulder-based Madison House Presents about creating an annual event.
"The board specifically said if we want to do this again, we need to do it right," Selby said. "That was their warning to us: You guys better do a great job if you want to do this again."
As of now there hasn't been anything announced lineup-wise for the August event, however, a festival spokeswoman said an initial lineup of more than 30 artists could be ready within two weeks. Our guess is they will have a similar mix of electronic, jam and folk bands that generally do well in the outdoor Colorado setting. Down the lineup, fans could expect bands similar to those who played Madison House Presents' Gentlemen of the Road shows, including Dawes, Alabama Shakes and Jenny Lewis.
Chaffee County administrator Robert Christiansen, who oversaw the permitting processes, said genres such as bluegrass and classic blues had been mentioned in a briefing. He said the festival was looking at bands that would attract a wide variety of interests and ages.
"We aim for this festival to be a mighty source of Colorado pride," Madison House Presents president Jeremy Stein said in a release.