Realm Fest brings music to New Castle |

Realm Fest brings music to New Castle

Ed Alvarez
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Drew Emmitt, a former member of Leftover Salmon, will perform at the Realm of Music Festival in New Castle. (Contributed photo)

NEW CASTLE, Colo. ” State Bridge may be long gone as a physical place, but the spirit lives on at the Realm of Music Festival, a weekend-long camping and music celebration held on a private ranch in New Castle.

“You’ll be camping in this absolutely beautiful spot, with completely magical, spontaneous musical moments happening all weekend long,” says festival organizer and State Bridge partner Scott Stoughton. “Because of that, it kind of is a spiritual successor to the type of great memories that happened at State Bridge.”

The lodge at State Bridge, long a spot for outdoor concerts, was destroyed by fire earlier this year.

Stoughton brought along the Leftover Salmon family of bands to perform, including Great American Taxi, the Drew Emmitt duo and the Billy McKay band.

“All three guys will be playing individually and I think they’ll all sit in together,” Stoughton says. “You’ve got three out of four founders, so this is really the heart and soul of Leftover Salmon. Eighty percent of the character will be there.”

Other bands performing across the two-day shows include Little Hercules, Below Radar (featuring members of Particle), Stoughton’s own band Sucker, Sambadende, Super 400, Deep Shag, Wave Mountain Riders and the Joe and Terry Duo.

This second annual Realm Festival also serves a philanthropic purpose: Stoughton and promoter Chris Davis hope to earn enough to help create a memorial park in honor of Kindall Colbert, a young New Castle girl who passed away just before last year’s festival.

“It’s an important cause, and a total family affair, if you will,” Stoughton says. “We’ll be serving beer, food, we’ll have a big fire pit, and we’ll have really cool funky tents. It’s a great way to end the summer, and it’s probably the cheapest two-day camping festival anywhere this summer.”

The Realm of Music Festival closes out the season with two days of music, food, camping and more. Bands include Great American Taxi, The Drew Emmitt Duo, Below Radar, Little Hercules, The Billy McKay Band, Sucker, Sambadende, Wave Mountain Riders, Super 400 Deep Shag Joe and Terry and more.

New Castle.

Sept. 29 and 30 from noon until midnight. Gates open Friday night for free camping.

$30 in advance for a three-day pass or $20 for each day. For tickets, directions and more information, visit


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