Live music creates a festive atmosphere, just like trays full of cheese cubes on toothpicks. Step outside the cube with this GrouponLive deal to the Rock the Mountain Music Festival at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a two-day festival package for two (up to a $94 value).
- For $45, you get a two-day festival package for four (up to a $188 value).
- For $65, you get a two-day festival package for six (up to a $282 value).
Each package includes a two-day festival pass, camping or parking, and one beer per day per person. Children 12 and younger get in free. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Allman Brothers' influence runs like deep water beneath Rock the Mountain's lineup of 10 bands, and over the course of two days amid the forested slopes of Tuxedo Ridge, each pays loving tribute to the Southern rock pioneers in support of Spectrum for Living, a home for adults with developmental disabilities. Allman joy takes its purest form in the Brothers of the Road Band, as guitarist Steve Fernandez lovingly channels Dickey Betts's hypnotic slide-guitar solos in classics such as "Blue Sky" and "Jessica," while Will Van Sise plays Duane to his Dickey in "Statesboro Blues" and the thundering wind-up of "Whipping Post." Jam Straight Band mingles the Phish-inflected riffs of original songs such as "Aunt Jemima" with covers of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Dave Matthews Band. Delta blues rhythms infuse the nimble guitar shuffles and self-deprecating lyrics of Bret Blackshear, and Michael Holmes has a similarly bemused take on going from "Woodstock generation" to "talkin' about my medication" in his song "Brand Spanking Used," whose twangy guitar chuckles from behind a buoyant Southern rock stomp.
On Sunday, the fun starts with Allman doppelgängers The Peach Project, as Glenn MacDermott channels Gregg Allman's signature smoky drawl, pounds on the organ, and—during a rousing encore—briefly marries Cher. Rob Cannillo shares the stage with Midnight Slim and unleashes the plaintive, gritty chops he earned from a taxing apprenticeship in the blues via cancer scares and facial-reconstruction surgery. Soylent Blue serves up an acoustic setlist of covers that might dip into the Killers as easily as Johnny Cash or Randy Travis. And Kevin McCabe and Dave Allen of Sugarloaf Station strike the delicate balance between wistful acoustic elegies to lost hometowns and electric slow jams that sway like the fringe of a sundress beneath expansive baritone vocals.
Along with its two stages, the festival's massive tent houses food vendors, a full bar, and craft beers, freeing up time for campers to check the snipe traps, as their scoutmaster requested decades ago.
Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center
At Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, 25,000 acres of snow-dusted state-park landscape surround eight trails, inspiring riders with views and mountainous sanctuary. Four double chairlifts escort skiers and snowboarders to the peaks of powdery slopes, which dedicated trail-sculptors modify to accommodate riders of all ages, abilities, and postmodernist persuasions. Kitty slopes host young explorers with an ideal balance of challenge and comfort, and snowmaking machines keep hillsides blanketed in frozen fluff regardless of weather conditions. Additionally, a stocked rental shop equips skiers with downhill essentials, and a rustic lodge and pub warms bellies and thaws tongues frozen to metal poles with an array of hearty menu options.
Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center
At Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, 25,000 acres of snow-dusted state-park landscape surround eight trails, inspiring riders with scenic views and mountainous sanctuary. Four double chairlifts escort skiers and snowboarders to the peaks of eight powdery slopes, which dedicated trail-sculptors and snowmaking machines have modified to accommodate riders of all ages, abilities, and postmodernist persuasions. A beginners' area helps snowsplorers find their mountain legs, and the black-diamond racing hill and freestyle park challenge skis and boards with steep slopes, kickers, and rails. The rental shop at the bottom of the hill outfits run-tamers with downhill essentials, and a rustic lodge and pub warms bellies and thaws tongues frozen to metal poles with an array of hearty après-ski treats.