The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave this year is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its annual Mountain Melodies Music Festival. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase a tasty buffalo burger at the festival, then settle in to enjoy some of the best home-grown bluegrass music produced in Colorado’s Front Range communities. The event is free for all who attend and will be held at the Buffalo Bill Museum on Sunday, August 4, from 12-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the museum and Denver Parks and Recreation, and funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Three bands will be featured this year: The Hummin’birds; Jean Ballhorn and Camptown; and Kantankerous. The Hummin’birds offer an easy-going and stylish performance blending old-time Appalachian tunes with country, bluegrass and gospel. Jean Ballhorn and Camptown combine bluegrass with the blues, providing traditional and contemporary sounds. Kantakerous uses tight vocal harmonies and instrumental solos to deliver their own renditions of traditional bluegrass and fiddle tunes.
While enjoying the music festival, be sure to stop in at the Buffalo Bill Museum, which was named True West Magazine’s “Best Western Museum of 2011”. The museum is a place to learn more about Buffalo Bill and the historical “Wild West” of the American Frontier, including a special temporary exhibit for 2013, titled: “Oskate Wicasa: One Who Performs”. This exhibit pays tribute to the many American Indians who performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. It includes a headdress that belonged to Chief Iron Tail (who posed for the United States’ Indian head nickel) and rare photographs of American Indian performers from 1900. Although the Mountain Melodies Music Festival is free, a small admission fee is charged for the museum.
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, located on Lookout Mountain off of I-70, is just 30 minutes from nearly every part of metro Denver. For further information, call 303-526-0744 or visit www.buffalobill.org.