This weekend marked the first ever Rock and Roll Festival, or The Ride, in Telluride, Colorado. The Ride Festival turned out to be perfect for families with its casual and laid back atmosphere. Families were everywhere, and kids happily roamed the grounds in Telluride Town Park and did what they do best – they played, danced, and played and danced some more.
These cute kiddos had a blast digging away.
While the smaller kids may have not noticed the amazing music in the background, the parents were certainly tuned in to the stellar lineup at The Ride!
Check out this awesome mom who was dancing with her son with Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing in the background, who as always put on a great show. Festival goers were treated to two BHT & M shows on both Saturday and Sunday in addition to their late night show Saturday at the Sheridan Opera House.
Even the bands seemed to have kids on their mind. Several of the singers mentioned kids, including the ever fabulous Lucinda Williams who spoke of all the beautiful children at the festival.
Also, JJ Grey of JJ Grey & Mofro mentioned his 3 1/2 year old daughter and performed the Song The Sweetest Thing in honor of her. What a great dad!
We were lucky enough to meet JJ Grey backstage. He was a sweetheart to my kids, asking them their ages & names. Then we chatted about touring and how he loves to bring his daughter to shows but the whirlwind schedule can be tough for a 3 year old.
Another highlight of the weekend was Ben Harper, who performed for the first time ever in Telluride. What a performance!
The weekend was rounded out by even more amazing music and the kid party continued, with families dancing, playing and laughing together. All in all, the festival was a raging success. Thanks to KOTO and all the sponsors, organizers and volunteers for all of their hard work. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!
SJPmama is the schemer, founder, and the editor at San Juan Parent. She created San Juan Parent because she wanted to find fun activities for families in the San Juan Mountain Region that would tire her kids out and make them go to bed at a decent hour. She has been banging away on computers for longer than she can remember and freelances at various tech jobs. She considers herself extremely lucky to have such awesome friends and family who are willing to let SJP feature their stories on the interwebs.