STRATTON >> A mountain known for its skiing and snowboarding is turning into a destination for music enthusiasts.
"It's pretty much been in the works for a year or two, to ramp up our concert series," said Cassie Russo, social media and communications coordinator at Stratton Mountain Resort. "Last year, we had a lot of local acts which were awesome."
The demand for music was seen after using space at the resort as a venue, said Russo. That was especially apparent after Minus Zero.
The electronic dance music festival closed out the winter season at the mountain, bringing names like deadmau5 and Kaskade to southern Vermont. A couple thousand people attended the event, according to Russo.
Singer/songwriter Judy Collins performed in the first event of the resort's summer concert series on July 23. A tent is set up outside of the base lodge. Altogether, 2,000 people can fit in the fenced-in area designated for shows.
"We knew people were interested in coming to the mountains for music. It's a really unique experience," Russo said. "We really wanted to up our program for this summer and I think we've done that. And we're really excited about it."
The list of artists, she said, is "very diverse."
Led Zeppelin tribute band Out on the Tiles plays on Saturday, July 30. Manchester Pops Orchestra will come on Aug. 6. The Machine will perform Pink Floyd songs on Aug. 13 with "what's called an interstellar light show," said Russo.
Stratton will host The Wailers, the reggae band that backed Bob Marley, on Aug. 20. Donavon Frankenreiter, scheduled for Aug. 27, is sharing the mountain with a yoga festival. Talks and classes are lined up through the weekend.
The bands Lettuce and Kung Fu will bring the funk on Sept. 4. And Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra is closing out the series on Oct. 9, which is the same weekend Stratton's Brewfest and chili cook-off will be held.
"We have something for everyone," said Russo. "During the concerts, the village and all of the restaurants are open. But also, we have a barbecue and beer stand right in the tent. Also, we have Ben & Jerry's ice cream, which was a hit this weekend."
Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance on stratton.com or $25 at the door. Shows are free for children 10 and under. The website has more information. Gondola rides, yoga classes and fitness activities are available all summer.
Contact Chris Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.