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Winter still rules in Crested Butte, Colorado, but FestEVOL (a concert series sponsored by EVOL Foods) brought a hint of spring this past weekend. Musicians arrived with families in tow, ready to hit the slopes. “I just love to get up on the mountain and do some sliding,” says Ed Robertson, lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies. “The fact that I get to do a show at the end of the day is a pretty good bonus. I’d be here either way.”
On Saturday, The Barenaked Ladies played for an audience dotted with green stovepipe hats and shamrock-colored beer for the Saint Patrick’s Day show. “We make dreams come true,” Robertson joked onstage. “Maybe you didn’t know you had them. But they’re coming true right now.” Robertson broke into raps and good-natured rants on the ski scene, mocking telemarkers for their masochistic passion—to the delight of locals—and sharing anecdotes about filming with pro skier Lynsey Dyer.
Between shows, free burritos from EVOL Foods stole the show in the eco-village. Also in residence was the nonprofit group Reverb, started by Guster frontman Adam Gardner and his wife. Reverb helps produce green music tours and educates fans on sustainable practices. Gardner, who grew up skiing in Vermont, lived an eco-conscious lifestyle at home, but fell into bad habits on the road. Now he travels by biodiesel and encourages fans to carpool. “You don’t want to be this buzzkill,” he says. “People are there to see a show and have a good time. We have to engage them in a way that’s fun.”
The weekend closed with another spring tradition: late-season storms. Snow fell steadily through Guster’s set Sunday afternoon, turning the venue into a snow globe. The stage rattled and swayed in the wind, the band bowed to a crowd request for Metallica, and guitarist Ryan Miller dubbed it the “weirdest gig ever.” Guster played on. And more than five inches fell.