by SABINA DANA PLASSE
The second annual Marley in the Mountains is back to celebrate reggae music legend Bob Marley and mountain living.
"Idaho has never seen anything like this," said Danny Walton, festival organizer and founder. "We are spreading mountain niceness to benefit the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center's education programs."
The festival includes a raffle, which has thousands of dollars in prizes especially for the mountain enthusiasts. Prizes include three season passes from Sun Valley Company, two Horizon Air tickets courtesy of the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau, Grand Targhee Resort lift tickets and accommodations, Payette River Company Canyon River trip for seven people, a guided fishing trip with Sun Valley Outfitters, three golf lessons with Dominick Conti, a PGA professional at Sun Valley Resort, First Ascent Dream duffle full of gear, Mammut backcountry package with beacon, pack, probe and shovel, one yurt night from Sun Valley Trekking, K2 Skis, two-month membership to Zenergy and more.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Wiseguys, The Sub Shack, Lefty's, Paul Kenny's, Rickshaw, the Ketchum-Sun Valley Chamber and Visitor Center, Zenergy, The Brickhouse, Roosevelt, Sawtooth and Mahoney's. The raffle will take place at 7 p.m. in between music acts.
"Last year the town came together to make the event a success," Walton said. "Marley celebrations happen in 140 countries and this is an Idaho original."
The music begins on Saturday, Feb. 27, with a performance featuring Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band, which will take place from 5-7 p.m. on the Simplot Lot across from the Ketchum Post Office and future home of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
Music continues with Grammy Award-winning recording artist Michael Rose from 7:30-10 p.m. Rose sang vocals in the well-known reggae band Black Uhuru. He is known for his dancing and vocal style. The event is free and will feature a music festival atmosphere.
After the outdoor show, more Jamaican live music will take place at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum with a Jamaican dancehall show featuring Ken Serious, Lions Den Sounds, DJ Vision, African Abstract Sound System and guests. Tickets are $10 at the door and the show will begin at 10 p.m.
"I am a skier and doing this for my town," Walton said. "People are coming from all over and it's going to be a great time."
Sabina Dana Plasse: email@example.com
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