ESCALANTE / BOULDER / TROPIC – Back for a second year, the Highway 12 Music Festival returns from June 9-11, 2022, with offerings in Escalante, Boulder and Tropic. The idea of combining a music festival along with one of America’s most scenic byways started in 2020, during the pandemic, and was launched in June of 2021. This years’ festival offers a similar format and is adding a local flavored “open mic” on Thursday, June 9th, starting at noon at Ranch Dog Kitchen in Escalante, which was also a venue last year. The “open mic” kick-off is a great way for locals to feel like a part of the festival. The festival will feature Friday, June 10th, sets in Tropic City Park from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch (by Salt Gulch) from 7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m.
On June 11th, it will be back in Escalante with sets from 11a.m. -1 p.m. at Ranch Dog Kitchen and in Escalante City Park from 3 p.m.- 10 p.m. Some featured performers will include Peter Breinholt, Lyndy Butler and Cherie Call, and Jacob Westfall.
Peter Breinholt has been a crowd favorite from the Wasatch front for nearly 30 years and will perform his music, which will include his own compositions and his unique take on songs you will have heard before.
Jacob Westfall comes to the festival from the very busy Portland area, where he is a fixture in that scene. Westfall is a veteran of both “The Voice” and “American Idol.” Westfall’s music is infectious, and we think the Highway 12 audiences will know why he is such a busy performer.
Westfall is one of several artists that will be performing on both Friday in Boulder and Saturday in Escalante. The fun thing about his two performances is that they won’t be the same. The set performed on Friday will be more unplugged and intimate, and the set on Saturday will be with a band and more electric, with the idea being that you could see Westfall on both Friday and on Saturday and see totally different sets.
Another set of musicians that will be performing on Friday and Saturday are Cherie Call and Lyndy Butler, both accomplished performers by themselves. They will perform solo sets on Friday evening—Call in Tropic and Butler in Boulder—and then, they will be performing together on Saturday in Escalante
The Highway 12 Music Festival is made possible through some charitable donations made through Envision Escalante, and it is hoped that it can grow its roots in the area, continue to get more support locally, and demonstrate the value that events such as these can bring, both from an artistic and a financial level.
—Highway 12 Music Festival