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Women’s Redrock Music Festival to rock Southern Utah

In its sixth and likely most fabulous season yet, the Women’s Redrock Music Festival is attracting bigger acts and more people. The fest will be held Aug. 10-11, in the scenic Southern Utah town of Torrey.

While the festival is not just for queer women, it has an enormous lesbian and feminist presence, and this year American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox and the sexy, sultry ladies of Raining Jane will be the headliners.

Attracting people from around the region, the festival is an intimate and personal experience unlike any other. On the edge of Capitol Reef National Park and so many other stunning outdoor attractions, Torrey offers a unique festival experience unlike any other in the nation.

“The Women’s Redrock Music Festival is more indie-based. We are more intimate, we have a small venue that holds up to 600 people in Torrey and we’re going to keep that as is. The stage is small enough for a connection, but big enough that magic happens there,” said Jeri Tafoya, the festival’s programming director.

Other performers include Jen Foster, Natalia Zukerman, Adrianne Gonzalez, Megan Slankard,Victoria Lagerstrom, Shannon McNally, Toby Beard, Andrea Gibson and Renee’ Plant.

At just $60 for the entire weekend to see impressive national and local talent, the weekend is a deal that can’t be beat, Tafoya said.

However, hotels and even campsites sell out quickly and it’s advised to book as early as possible to ensure a spot, she said.

The festival is an economic boom for the small town of 200 people, and it’s serving as a tool to change minds and attitudes, Tafoya said. While some may still harbor some thoughts and feelings of intolerance, the festival is a rare chance for an entire town to be exposed to new visitors and people, she said.

For full schedule information and tickets, go to redrockwomensfest.com.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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