UllrGrass beer and music fest in Golden celebrates winter

Music and beer festival comes to Golden Jan. 29-31

Posted 1/12/16

The Norse God of winter may be traveling a long way to celebrate the season in Golden, but the festival is homegrown.

The second-annual UllrGrass music and beer festival will take place at various venues in downtown Golden Jan. 29 - Jan. …

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UllrGrass beer and music fest in Golden celebrates winter

Music and beer festival comes to Golden Jan. 29-31

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The Norse God of winter may be traveling a long way to celebrate the season in Golden, but the festival is homegrown.

The second-annual UllrGrass music and beer festival will take place at various venues in downtown Golden Jan. 29 - Jan. 31.

UllrGrass celebrates the “natural outdoor beauty of the winter season,” said Susannah Thompson, who, along with her husband, Chris, founded and organizes the event.

The three-day festival will offer indoors and outdoors acts. Music will be a mix of similar genres, including bluegrass, jam bands and blues and rock, performed throughout the weekend. The Saturday beer festival on Jan. 30 will feature more than 20 Colorado craft breweries and cideries from across the state.

“People on the Front Range love good music and good beer,” Susannah Thompson said. “There’s no other festival like it in the world. It’s very special—there’s very few opportunities to gather in January as a community.”

People get into the spirit by dressing up in Viking attire, Susannah Thompson said. And for those who do not know where to buy or rent Viking horns, the merchandise table will have them available for purchase at the event.

Besides being fun, for the Thompsons the festival is also “a passion project,” Susannah Thompson said.

UllrGrass is a nonprofit event, run by volunteers, which benefits Plan International USA—an organization part of a global network that works with donors, children and communities in more than 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty.

“It takes a village to throw this,” Susannah Thompson said.

UllrGrass is an energetic festival, and the community always displays a lot of enthusiasm, Chris Thompson said, also a singer/songwriter and guitarist for one of the headlining bands, Coral Creek.

Nationally-recognized artists, such as Andy Thorn who is one of the founding members of Leftover Salmon, will perform. But the festival will also feature some well-known local acts such as Golden musicians Adam Kinghorn, the guitarist for Head for the Hills, and Erin Peet Lukes of Thunder and Rain.

“UllrGrass is a festival that takes place in the heart of Golden,” Chris Thompson said. “We’re playing for friends and neighbors and musical peers.”

UllrGrass festival, Golden, Colorado, Christy Steadman

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