The focus of this column is usually a band or bands playing at a local venue. But there are a couple of reasons why attending the Sawtooth Music Festival will be well worth the drive.
1. The music. Well, of course. This one has an especially sweet lineup: Buckskin Bible Review, Kris Doty, Finn Riggins, Hillfolk Noir, Rebecca Scott, FreePeoples and Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles will be doling out the tunes. Hopper is out supporting his latest release Reverse Odyssey, a gorgeous collection that includes three live tracks and, on his Web site, matthopper.com, he lists an upcoming residency at Reef.
2. It's a benefit. Proceeds from the festival will go to the Stanley School, a two-room public school for students from kindergarten through eighth grade who come from the entire Sawtooth Valley.
3. It's in Stanley. With the price of a gallon of gas, this may not seem like such a good thing, but according to the Weather Channel Web site (weather.com) the forecast for Stanley on Saturday is 85 degrees.
4. You can make a weekend out of it. The event takes place in Pioneer Park, so camping is definitely an option. You can leave Friday, escape the smoky orange air and hang out in the mountains for a day of great music.
July 28, noon-dark, $20 per person, 60 and older $15, kids under 12 FREE. Pioneer Park, Stanley. For more information and directions, visit www.sawtoothmusicfestival.com.