In addition to our concert shows on the main stage at Soda Springs Park throughout the weekend, The MMF 2008 invites you to get up close and personal with our performers at these informal off-site events:
a) Thursday, August 21 - 7:30 pm - 10 pm at Kinfolks Mountain Outfitters950 Manitou Avenue (719-685-4433) Browse through Kinkolks' outstanding line of products, order a drink or two from Kinfolks' impressive selection of beer and other beverages, or a cup of their distinct pressure-brewed gourmet coffees - and enjoy many of the weekend's performers singing and chatting in this lovely and intimate venue.
The MMF moves inside right after the last set on Saturday night, just across the creek to Manitou's venerable Ancient Mariner Pub, famous for its extensive menus, full bar, and warm and welcoming ambiance. Join our musicians for some food and drink, request a song or two, borrow an instrument (we always have plenty) - just help us keep that festive vibe going into the wee hours.
...and watch for our musicians strolling Manitou Boulevard near the Duclimer Shop (740 Manitou Blvd) during the days through out the week!
The MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL in Manitou Springs, Colorado, was born in 1983, the offspring of the vision of MMF founders Bud and Donna Ford of Manitou's THE DULCIMER SHOP (formerly Cripple Creek Dulcimer Shop) and their close friend Tom Ivey. All three are craftworkers and musicians, makers of fine dulcimers, guitars, and other stringed instruments, and performers in their own roots/Americana/gospel/folk group, Cripple Creek.
Bud, Donna, and Tom also share a passionate commitment to the power of music to transform the world and a belief that acoustic folk music played and sung with, by, and for ordinary folks would be the best way to effect that ongoing transformation.
From its inception more than a quarter of a century ago, the MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL has featured a wide range of professional performers from all kinds of folk and acoustic music - singer/songwriters, polished urban folksingers, bluegrass bands, traditional singers and instrumentalists, world music exponents, and always a diverse and innovative group of dulcimer musicians.
In 2008, the vision renews itself once more, as THE DULCIMER SHOP proudly presents the twenty-sixth edition of Manitou Springs' MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Bud and Donna Ford
Feeling Nostalgic? Visit Our 2007 Silver Jubilee Web Page
Take a look back at last year's Mountain Music Festival HERE.
And check out photos from past festivals HERE.