Beloved MeadowGrass Music Festival kicks off a long-awaited big summer for live music

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After more than 15 months without live music as we’ve known it, the three-day MeadowGrass Music Festival served as a welcome back to a long list of things missed and, sort of, forgotten: Friends, hugs, camping, clapping with strangers, making new friends, singing along to songs you might or might not know. And, most of all, the normal live music experience.

For attendees of MeadowGrass, seemingly the first big musical event to return to the Pikes Peak Region after the pandemic shut down such things in March 2020, every little thing was something to celebrate.

On Friday, the first day of the fest, Steve Harris, the festival’s co-founder and music booker, said he had the same conversation over and over at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, the forest-like venue that hosts MeadowGrass.

“People are just overwhelmed to have live music in this beautiful setting. It’s very emotional for a lot of people,” he said. “It’s like waking up after darkness and suddenly there is light.”

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