Country music has reached new heights during a unique three-day experience aptly titled Elevation Beaver Creek. Born from the success of Live In The Vineyard and Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, this event swapped the elegant vineyards of Napa Valley, California for the rustic landscape of Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Upon arrival, participants were greeted by snow-capped mountainsides, followed by an abundance of colorful forests that created the most serene fall destination. From October 2-4, the village of Beaver Creek and the surrounding area transformed into the perfect place for an intimate gathering filled with country music, winemaker tastings, tasty bites and good company.
Those lucky enough to have their name on the VIP guest list had the opportunity to indulge in the styles of artists such as Drake White, Elle King, Brett Eldredge, Kameron Marlowe, Lainey Wilson and more. others.
Radio programmers, label heads and artist teams were among those invited to celebrate the power of country music and hear the unguarded stories shared directly by the artists being the songs.
Before settling in to hear the first round of talent, guests were treated to a variety of food and beverages carefully selected from event partners, Suerte Tequila, Cakebread Cellars, Nickel & Nickel Single Vineyard Wines and more . The venue, surrounded by stunning scenery, welcomed Ian Flanigan, Danielle Bradbery and Brett Eldredge, who took the stage to deliver their moving yet energetic performances as the sun slowly set in the distance.
Many artists who spend their time on the road and constantly need to be creative have also shown their appreciation for the chance to enjoy the simplicity of nature for a while and refuel their inspiration.
“I think for me, getting to a place where I can kind of feel connected to nature, always helps me mentally,” Eldredge shared with country now before his performance. “If I can go on the river or get out on the water or get out on the track, it’s like I can kind of take a step back from all the pressures I put on myself, on a performance or all the things I have to do that night There are thousands of people there in the crowd waiting for you, and I have to be all the time or I can go stand in the middle of a river and listening to the water flow past me, whether I catch a fish or not, and simply feeling connected to myself and to others, and to the earth.
Between sets, guests were drawn in to shop with presenting partner, Lucchese. Not only were boots available for purchase from the sought-after brand, but an actual bootmaker was on hand, showcasing the behind-the-scenes process that goes into making their boots.
To end the evening, dinner was served at various locations, providing attendees with a delicious meal accompanied by live acoustic performances from up-and-coming artists such as Chloe Kat, Charley Reynolds, Brandon Ratcliff and Pretty Wild.
Members of the music industry were selected to start the second day of the trip (October 3) with a personal brunch that included even more talent eager to share their individual journeys through their music.
“When I think about what we can do in our lives and how we become this beautiful place in Colorado…I’ve never been there, I’m originally from Montana, so being so close to my home turf predilection is really fun,” said Stephanie Quayle before adding, “It’s such a reunion for us artists and especially after being away from what we love to do for so long, it’s like the utopian version between all the big companies that are involved.”
A scenic peak acoustic lunch followed, complete with rustic photo ops, appetizers, sweets and of course, a medley of country music‘s best from Kameron Marlowe and Corey Kent to Nate Smith and Elle King. Later that night, the Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomed guests to its welcoming theater to enjoy the stripped-down musical styles of Kolby Cooper, Chayce Beckham, Parmalee and Lainey Wilson, who joined country band King Calaway for the song opening of their set. before taking the stage herself and capturing the hearts of audiences with her new music.
“I feel relaxed here and just at peace and I don’t know, it’s nice to be out of town,” Smith shared.
On the final day, before heading to a scenic ranch to wrap up the event, guests were treated to a slew of activities, which only added to the sheer luxury of this getaway. Several artists also took part in the outdoor activities which consisted of fly fishing with George Birge, songwriting workshops with Ian Flanigan and Drake White, hikes accompanied by Jonathan Roy, skeet shooting, horseback riding and more.
Between the hot summer days and the snowy ski season, October is the perfect time to gain some peace and quiet among the beauty of nature in the usually bustling mountain towns. The nearby village of Beaver Creek made it an easy walk from adventure to adventure. Anything that lay outside of walking distance could be reached by the local shutter service which arrived within minutes at the push of a button.
Elevation provided a space for artists to collaborate on stage in a relaxed way and for guests to brainstorm ideas and share their love of music in a secluded environment.
The unique Live In The Vineyard experience will return to Napa Valley, Calif., November 1-3 to celebrate its 15e anniversary with Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, which will run from April 25-27, 2023.