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The Nederland Music & Arts Festival (aka NedFest) is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland, Colorado on the shores of Barker Meadow Reservoir, just 17 miles (27 km) west of (3, 000 ft. (900 m) above) Boulder, Colorado in the United States, typically held the last weekend of August. The music featured is in the bluegrass, jazz, jamband, jamgrass and worldbeat genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Up to six bands perform each day on one stage with acoustic 'tweener sets between each band.
Notable past performers
Artists who have performed at the festival include:
The first NedFest happened at Nederland's Chipeta Park in 1996. After a short hiatus it was resurrected during the first weekend of August 1999 at its current site, The Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park, and happens annually during the last weekend in August.
NedFest was founded by "Michigan" Mike Torpie, with Nederland Music & Arts Festival managing all bookings, promotions and infrastructure, and Nederland Music Association handling administrative work. Mr Torpie was found dead in his car on Thanksgiving Day of 2011. The 2011 festival was dedicated as a memorial event to him.
There is a limit of 2,000 tickets sold for each day. In addition to three full days of music, the festival also features arts and crafts, local microbrew beer, food, merchandise, service and information booths.