2020 = The Year of "Drive - In Concerts" and thinking outside the box....
Last night we took a ride up to Fort Collins to check out a very unique first time event, "Beanstalk Festival: At the Drive-In" which was put together to replace the original annual Beanstalk Music Festival that was obviously cancelled due to the pandemic.
"Team Bean" and all those involved in the production of the event did such a great job with the preparation and execution. It was a quick entry into the festival grounds at the Holiday Twin Drive In Theatre which hosts Drive-In Movies most of the year. Once you get into the festival you guided to turn your radio to channel 95.5 to tune into the music.
The night was kicked off by local Fort Collins group The Great Salmon Famine , who immediately got the night going in the right direction. Next we got Denver Favorite Cycles, who kicked their set off with a very fun rocking cover of Beastie Boys classic, Fight For Your Right. The trio then gave us a rocking set of original mayhem as usual including their fan favorite original "The Game Show".
Next up on the bill was high energy bluegrass band from Montana; The Kitchen Dwellers
. They came out playing some beautiful originals and eventually we were blessed with a cotton candy sky sunset behind the band accompanied by a friendly lightening storm that brought no rain and provided a pleasant backdrop. Eventually the band played a cover of Pink Floyd's, Welcome to the Machine, which set the mood for the dark stormy sunset.
The headliner, The Magic Beans, well known In the Colorado Music Community and Nationwide, closed the night with a marathon 2 hour set including some lengthy type II jams and well chosen covers, beautifully placed in the set. As the crescent moon shined on us they played, Dancing in the Moonlight, by King Harvest.
Later in the set after more heavy jams we were given a really fun cover of Message in A Bottle, by The Police. They ended the night by bringing their friend Torrin Daniels (The Kitchen Dwellers) on Banjo to send us away with a lovely collaboration.
Needless to say it was so nice to see Live Music again, and gather around friends and fellow fans for some great bands! Even if it was a Drive In Concert... it was awesome!
We will be back tonight for round 2! Here we go!
This was written by Rick Van Patten
Jungle Ruckus Productions