Colorado City Music Festival brings music to changing landscape in Short Creek.
Saturday, April 22 brings together people from all walks of lives for a festival that will go into the history books. The Colorado City Music Festival will showcase a wide variety of talented musicians as they play at Maxwell Park in Hildale, UT from 11 am to 9 pm. The Colorado City Music Festival is free and open to the public.
A significant amount of work has gone into the planning of the event which is being funded entirely by donations from individuals and sponsoring businesses. Tom Bennett, music nomad, is the creator and founder of the event and has been working on organizing the event for more than a year. He originally had set the date for October 15, 2016 but ran into a few snags that required postponing the event until April 22, 2017.
Many changes have been taking place in the area that has traditionally shutout the rest of the world under the guidance and control of Warren Jeffs. With Jeffs being imprisoned and losing much of his stronghold over the community, major shifts have taken place as residents have returned to a more balanced approach on their interaction with the outside world.
A community 4th of July celebration in 2016 resulted in an estimated 8,000-10,000 participants celebrating their new found freedom. People are registering to vote. The Creekers Foundation has increased its assistance in empowering of women to take control of their rights from within, new business is being opened and flourishing, and music is playing.
Tom Bennett, owner of Sweet Salt Records, tours as a one-man band across the nation while making his home in southern Utah. Bennett first played at a Berry Knoll Bakery located in Colorado City, AZ in March of 2016. He has been actively working on organizing the Colorado City Music Festival since. His communication with community members has resulted in being able to present the Colorado City Music Festival with the support of the community and has gained participation from talented musicians from across the nation. The festival will feature local and national music of folk, blues, punk, Americana and country genres.
The Colorado City Music Festival will feature food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for making purchases as cellular service is not reliable in Maxwell Park and may not be able to process credit card purchases.
The Colorado City Music Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at Maxwell Park, 1750 N. Maxwell Parkway, Hildale. It is free and open to the public. Visit Facebook.com/coloradocitymusicfestival.