From his humble beginnings in Alaska, Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.

Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year in 2014 and again in 2016.

Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker.
What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots.

Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called "passionately intoxicating" and "orchestral" and Melody's bluesy vocals have been described as "rafter-shaking". Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country's new album Sake of the Sound is out now.

Camping and Lodging Info

Planning to camp? New this year, purchase your camping with your 3-day pass! Questions about camping at Fort Buenaventura? Contact Weber County Parks & Recreation (801) 399-8491. 

Camping Information and Rules

Lodging

For the Ogden Music Festival, consider lodging with one of our fabulous sponsors. Each hotel is less than 1.5 miles from Fort Buenaventura. Bring your bikes to pedal to the festival (free bike valet)!

Ben Lomond Suites (follow this link for special discounted rates for the Ogden Music Festival!)

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Courtyard Ogden (follow this link for discounted rates during the Ogden Music Festival!)

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