July 21 (Jay, VT)- Jay Peak’s Stateside Amphitheater opens its gates for the first time this weekend with the nearly-soldout Jeezum Crow Festival. The resort got into the music business two years ago when it debuted the Foeger Ballroom inside the Hotel Jay. Since then, it has hosted acts like Bruce Hornsby, the Wailers and Rusted Root. The new 1500-person outdoor amphitheater is located between the Stateside Hotel and the Mountain Kids Adventure Center. The venue offers concert goers both seated and lawn options, and a host of food and beverage choices.
“We didn’t know what to expect when we opened the Foeger (Ballroom) back in 2012,” said Jay Peak’s Director of Communications and Events JJ Toland, referring to what types of acts would be well received. “What we found was that people enjoyed a diverse range of shows and seeing music in a place that lets them feel close to the musicians. Those two insights became the guiding principles for the design and operation of the new amphitheater.”
Even with a 1,500-person capacity, the new amphitheater’s sculpted setting in the space between the Stateside Hotel and the Mountain Kids Adventure Center offers all concert goers an up-close view of performances. And with the nine-band lineup of the Jeezum Crow Festival, Jay Peak is sticking to offering a diverse range of talent.
The two-day fest is being headlined by Dark Star Orchestra and features eight other bands such as the Jay Farrar Duo, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, and Bronze Radio Return. Headliners Dark Star Orchestra have been performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2,000 shows. Continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience, their shows are built off of the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of their seven-member band. On any given night DSO will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring, or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show.
As with most festivals featuring Dark Star Orchestra, there will be a designated area for vending. Plus, there will be a specialty beer garden in the amphitheater showcasing Vermont nano breweries like Zero Gravity, Queen City, Drop In Brewing, and 14th Star.
The Jeezum Crow Festival runs July 25-26. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the festival’s lineup, visit jaypeakresort.com