Road Trip Alert: Panic at the Ride Festival |

Road Trip Alert: Panic at the Ride Festival

Staff report
Widespread Panic will headline the Ride Festival July 12 and 13.
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Mount up, Panic-heads.

Widespread Panic is headlining two nights at the Ride Festival in Telluride weekend, topping a road trip-worthy lineup at the fourth annual festival.

The Ride has quickly established itself over the past four years as a alternative — or complement — to the hullabaloo of established Telluride Town Park spectacles such as the Telluride Bluegrass and Telluride Blues & Brews festivals, usually booking a mix of Americana and rock music. This year’s lineup is leaning on the jam side of things, with Gov’t Mule preceding Widespread on Saturday and North Mississippi Allstars warming up the stage for them Sunday.

In addition to closing sets by Widespread Panic on Saturday and Sunday nights, the lineup includes Jonny Lang, Trigger Hippy and The Temperance Movement on Saturday, with Moon Taxi, Current Swell, Baskery and Mike Farris, among others, playing Sunday.

Along with a succession of festival performances each day starting at 11 a.m., the Ride includes the NightRide series, where music spills out from the Main Stage at Town Park into local venues along Main Street for late night shows by emerging talent. Intimate late-night performances throughout the weekend will be hosted by the Sheridan Opera House, The Roma, Fly Me to the Moon and additional local venues. Other than the Sheridan shows, they’re free for Ride weekend ticket-holders.

Rising singer-songwriter Zella Day plays a 12:15 p.m. show and a late concert at the Sheridan Opera House on Saturday. If you can’t make it to Telluride, she’ll be here in Aspen at Belly Up on Sunday ($15, tickets at the Belly Up box office and http://www.belly

General admission weekend passes are $175 and VIP weekend passes are $375. They’re available at