Photo: Toby Keith/ Courtesy Andrew Southam

Legendary singer-songwriter Dean Dillon says this year’s Mountain High Music Festival will be even more fun than the last.

As the winter starts to settle in Crested Butte, Colorado, the small “last great Colorado ski town” will gear up for its fourth annual Mountain High Music Festival. The big mile-high event, which takes place January 10 – 13, 2018, will showcase an array of some of the best singer-songwriters in the country music genre.

Founded by Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer Dean Dillon — whose songwriting credits include country hits by George Strait, Toby Keith, and Kenny Chesney — and set in the beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte, this “music with an altitude” gathering features a killer lineup and exclusive opportunities for festival-goers.

“It’s a great lineup in a real intimate setting. You know, there are only 500 tickets,” says Dillon. “It’s a real treat this year. ... There are a lot of great, great artists coming and a lot of great songwriters, too. It’s a time to come out and ski, chill out, have some good wine and spirits, and just enjoy the shows up close and personal.”

Several different ticket packages allow patrons to pick and choose how much a part of the music they want to be. We like the Bronze Pass: With it, attendees get to see three full days of performances by the likes of Toby Keith, Jamey Johnson, Kellie Pickler, and more in Mount Crested Butte.

For the major music aficionado, there’s the VIP Platinum Pass, an all-access pass to every event that includes two exclusive opportunities to hang with the stars at the VIP Reception and Guitar Pull and VIP after party. At the VIP Reception and Guitar Pull, a mellow night of musical performances and songwriting, artists share insights about their songwriting processes and today’s hit songs, and audience members collaborate with artists on impromptu performances.

“We gather in a big room and the writers and artists pull out guitars and we have an up close and personal [concert]. And that’s just always a blast. I think people enjoy that just as much as they do the main stage shows. But it’s hard to beat Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick,” says Dillon.

The event will also have an auction, where all the proceeds benefit the festival’s partner charities, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a foundation dedicated to providing local funding for breast cancer awareness, prevention, education, support, breast screenings, and equipment; and the Adaptive Sports Center, a Crested Butte foundation that provides high-quality adventure activities for individuals with disabilities. Last year, Mountain High Music Festival raised a record amount. This year, it hopes to build on last year’s success and to continue inspiring artists and listeners to come together for a good cause.

“We raise money for Adaptive Sports and Tough Enough to Wear Pink, which I hold near and dear,” Dillon says. “I’ve been doing that for about 12 years. It’s always important to have something like we’ve got and share it with two great organizations who do a tremendous amount of work for breast cancer patients and also for our military and children who have disabilities.”

Mountain High Music Festival Artist Lineup

Toby Keith
Jamey Johnson
Kellie Pickler
Dean Dillon
Sundance Head from The Voice
Tracy Byrd
Kendell Marvel
Scotty Emerick
Kylie Sackley
Storme Warren
Sonia Leigh
Shane Minor

For tickets and more information, visit their website.