Get ready, Mancos.
Superlative claims often are hard to quantify, but reasonable people should agree that Lunar Bass 4, as advertised, will be the largest dance music festival ever seen in Southwest Colorado.
More than 20 DJs and creators of electronic music will descend on picturesque Echo Basin Guest Ranch today for a three-stage extravaganza a Lollapalooza for the rave crowd, if you will. Lunar Bass is hardly an annual event; the first two took place in 2001 at Chris Park near Haviland Lake, and Lunar Bass 3 happened five years ago in the same location.
Jason Haley, who handles bookings for Steamworks Brewing Co. when hes not organizing mega-raves, said holding the show at Echo Basin makes transportation easier, and more importantly encourages festival-goers to stay where they play instead of drinking and driving. Haley said he and his co-promoters, Megan McClenny and Andy Burvill, along with financial backer Rick Carney, began scouting the region about five months ago and called Echo Basin the near-perfect spot.
We wanted to both reach out to a larger audience, and we wanted to have a location where people can stay and party and dont have to travel, Haley said.
Echo Basin is exactly what we were looking for, and I think people are going to love it.
The ranch easily can accommodate the crowd Haley said he expects between 500 and 1,000 people with guest cabins, RV spaces and hundreds of acres for camping. The promoters have plenty of security for the all-ages event; the Montezuma County Sheriffs Department will be well-represented, and a private security firm was hired as well. Medical and fire personnel also will be on hand.
With necessary preparations in place, all that remains is to see how it all comes together. Each of the three stages will be backed by enormous video screens where artists will project light shows during each of the musical acts. Stage dancers will accompany the performances, and jugglers, magicians, fire dancers and other street-style performers will entertain the crowds during and in-between sets.
A controlled-access beer garden will include all four local breweries, but it will be off-limits to the underage crowd. No outside beverages will be permitted.
As to the on-stage entertainment, 20 DJs are confirmed, and Haley said more were to be added up until showtime. Thirteen locals are in the lineup, but the headliner is San Diegos Jon Bishop. Bishop has been a legend in the world of techno/house music since he introduced the sound to Southern Californians in 1991. Hes performed around the country and the world and records on the industry standard label Tidy Trax. His appearance, in these circles, is a big deal.
Other visiting VIPs will include Denvers Bryan James, Fat Pea and DJ Alyssa Divine from Los Angeles, DJ Chris Epic of Grand Junction, Phoenixs DJ Bass and the return of Brian Ess, a longtime Durango DJ who now lives and works in Denver.
Free transportation to and from the ranch will be provided by Southwest Whitewater beginning at 5 p.m. today. Pickup and drop-off will be at south City Market.