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Summer Vacation Interrogation with The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

At some festivals, once you’re three days deep in musical euphoria and friends, you might feel exhausted. You might feel like you need another vacation. You might feel like you need mellifluous lullabies in place of rip roaring rock’n’roll. But Ponderosa is not your standard music festival and come Sunday evening when our 2016 instalment comes to a close, we think that the best thing we could subject your ears to is “blues that gets you in the crotch.” Enter The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer.

The blues duo from Vancouver are now in their tenth year of playing music together and as one of the acts booked for last year’s unfortunately cancelled event, we’re pretty pumped that they’ve signed up for another round. Before catching their foot-stompingly gritty sunset set on Sunday, August 21, at 9 p.m. on the Ponderosa Stage, read on to learn a bit more about the summer adventures, summer tunes, choices of water entrance, and more from the Harpoonist half of the pair — Shawn Hall.

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Laurel Borrowman: What do you know about Ponderosa and what are you expecting?

Shawn Hall: I know small and large critters like to frolic in the summer fun there.

 

LB: What band are you most looking forward to seeing?

SH: Royal Canoe.

LB: What’s your favourite woodland creature?

SH: I’m fond of chipmunks.


LB: Have you ever been camping before? If so, tell us about one of your adventures in the great outdoors. If not, what do you think is in store for you and your tent?

SH: I took my family camping to Strathcona Park before my youngest could walk, seeing as it was pretty cold we put him in our hatchback every night for bedtime. Poor guy had no idea what we were doing to him.
LB: What game do you think you and your band’s cabin would have schooled all the other bands at in summer camp? (i.e. Archery, lapidary, canoeing, obstacle course, etc)

SH: None of the above. Water skiing

LB: Who’s the dream band/singer you’d want to be the big surprise performer at the talent show on the last night of summer camp?
SH: George Michael.
LB: What’s the album your parents played in the car that when you hear now will always remind of driving somewhere in the car with your parents?
SH: The Parachute Club


LB: Moonrise Kingdom, the Great Outdoors, Meatballs, or Addams Family Values (the one where Wednesday burns down Camp Chippewa)? (Or something totally different.) Why?
SH: The Great Outdoors. John Candy is unbeatable.
LB: Swan dive or cannon ball? Why?

SH: Cannonball. The bigger the entrance, the more memorable the moment.

LB: Pool noodle or inner tube? Why?

SH: Pool noodle, because you can do weird acrobatic moves

 

LB: What’s the mainstay of your summer wardrobe?

SH: Rings and leather bands. And this Kellen Saip foam and mesh hat that I can’t seem to shake. He’s a singer from Vancouver.

 

LB: What’s your jam for summer 2016?

SH: Love the fact that The National just released a 50 song tribute to the Grateful Dead by just about every artist under the sun from Phosphorescent to Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It’s mind blowing how huge that task must have been and how far and wide the influence of the Dead still are 50 years later. 

 

Summer Vacation Interrogation with Stickybuds

When the sun goes down and the stars come out at the Rock Creek Fairgrounds — the pristine setting for Ponderosa Music & Arts Festival — the vibes shift from blanket-layin’ and river-floatin’ to beat-droppin’ and booty-shakin’. To take you on that magical journey on Ponderosa’s Saturday night, we’ve got the fresh and funkified tunes of west coast beat master and maker of reggae, drum’n’bass, and all beats of the sickest variety, Tyler Martens, aka Stickybuds.

While you may be familiar with his brand of music, you may not be familiar with he’s tendency toward certain types of water accessories, woodland creatures, and the tunes he likes to pump on summer vacation when they’re not his own. Read on to learn more about Stickybuds in this installment of Ponderosa’s Summer Vacation Interrogation, and catch him live at Ponderosa 2016 on Saturday, August 20, at 12:20 am on the Pinecone Stage!

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Laurel Borrowman: How are you feeling about your first Ponderosa experience?

Stickybuds: This will be my first time, really looking forward to it!

LB: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing? Why’s that?

SB: I’m actually not familiar with most of the lineup, so judging by the promo pictures and names, I’m most excited for Giraffe Aftermath, Buckman Coe, and the Boom Booms.

LB: What’s your favourite woodland creature? Any reason for that one?

SB: A beaver for sure. They are very resourceful and do whatever they want.

LB: You’ve been camping recently! Tell us a bit about your adventures in the great outdoors.

SB: I just went up to Mabel lake a few days ago for a night with some friends to get away from everything. I am a master fire poker and 6 am boat driver.

LB: What game do you think you and your band’s cabin would have schooled all the other bands at in summer camp? (i.e. Archery, lapidary, canoeing, obstacle course, etc)

SB: Footbag (hackysack).

LB: Who’s the dream band/singer you’d want to be the big surprise performer at the talent show on the last night of summer camp?

SB: Stevie Wonder.

LB: What’s the album your parents played in the car that when you hear now will always remind of driving somewhere in the car with your parents?

SB: Ace of Base, Happy Nation (credit to my mom). For my dad, Garth Brooks.

LB: Moonrise Kingdom, the Great Outdoors, Meatballs, or Addams Family Values (the one where Wednesday burns down Camp Chippewa)? Why?

SB: Moonrise Kingdom is definitely a favorite. I’m a big Wes Anderson fan, but I think most people are. His movies are great.

LB: Swan dive or cannon ball? Why?

SB: Cannon balls. Way easier.

LB: Pool noodle or inner tube? Why?

SB: Noodle. It’s harder to hit your brother in the face with an inner tube.

LB: What’s the mainstay of your summer wardrobe?

SB: I wear Molecule shorts and t-shirts pretty much every day of my life. I tour in Australia and New Zealand in our winter, so I get pretty close to having shorts weather year round.

LB: What’s your jam for summer 2016?

SB: 20Syl – Ongoing thing, or Seven Eleven. Or Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin), but that’s every year.

Summer Vacation Interrogation with Royal Canoe

The province of Manitoba is represented impressively in myriad ways, including polar bears and beluga whales, the largest Icelandic community outside of Iceland (Gimli), and the oldest dance company in Canada (the Royal Winnipeg Ballet), to name a few. But for us at Ponderosa this summer, the one Manitoba-ism that’s got us most excited is the dance-floor fillin’ six-piece band Royal Canoe.  

A mere month before the release of the their third LP, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit (September 16), you can catch their sunset set on Ponderosa’s Pinecone Stage on Sunday, August 21, and experience their brand of multi-instrumentalism in the realest of forms. But first, read our interview with Bucky Driedger, guitarist and backup vocalist in Royal Canoe, to hear about their summer-themed things past and present, like road trip albums from youth, who they’re stoked to see, and camp activities they’d school you at.

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Laurel Borrowman: We’re pleased to welcome to you to Ponderosa for the first time! What do you know about the event and what are you expecting?

Bucky Driedger: Never been to Ponderosa, but have heard amazing things about the people and the site. Nature is nice. Music is nice. Music in nature…damn.

LB: What band(s) are you most looking forward to seeing? Why’s that?

BD: Just heard Belle Game’s new track and its got some really cool production and sounds really great. Excited to see how that looks and sounds live! And always excited to get into some trouble with the Harpoonist and Axe Murderer folks.

LB: What’s your favourite woodland creature? Any reason for that one?

BD: Bear. Hibernation. That’s the life.


LB: You’ve logged some camping adventures already, hey? Tell us about some of your adventures in the great outdoors.

BD: I’ve done lots of camping. Everywhere from pulling up a car beside a lake to multi-day backpacking excursions into the Rockies. I saw this:

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LB: What activity do you think you and your band’s cabin would have schooled all the other bands at in summer camp? (i.e. Archery, lapidary, canoeing, obstacle course, etc)

BD: I guess we have to say Canoeing, yeah?

LB: Agreed. Who’s the dream band you’d want to be the big surprise performer at the talent show on the last night of summer camp?

BD: I think Akron/Family would be cool to see in an old camp lodge.

LB: What’s the album your parents played in the car that when you hear now will always remind of driving somewhere in the car with your parents?  

BD: Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack

LB: Moonrise Kingdom, the Great Outdoors, Meatballs, or Addams Family Values (the one where Wednesday burns down Camp Chippewa)? (Or something totally different.) Why?

BD: Ernest Goes to Camp

LB: Swan dive or cannon ball? Why?

BD: Cannon ball. More splash.

LB: Pool noodle or inner tube? Why?

BD: Tube. Find a river and beer. Float down it. Easy.

LB: What’s the mainstay of your summer wardrobe?

BD: Pants + scissors = shorts

LB: We at Ponderosa feel those cutoff vibes big time. What’s your jam for summer 2016?

BD: A Tribe Called Quest, Steve Biko (Stir It Up)

Summer Vacation Interrogation with the Pack a.d.

A sound as big and bombastic as that made by the Pack a.d. would suggest the band is made up of a bunch of people. Some might think a gang. Or a pack, even. On the contrary, the grunge rock group is simply made up of two humans who make big music. Becky Black and Maya Miller, the two humans behind the Pack a.d. have been making sweet sweet music together for over 10 years, and we’re pleased as punch to bring them to Ponderosa this year.

While you may be familiar with the Vancouver duo’s brand of hard-hitting grunge rock, you may not be familiar with their brand of summering, which we think only adds to their appeal. So read on to learn more about the Pack a.d.’s favourites when it comes to summer-themed woodland creatures, swimming etiquette, movies, and more. And then come check them out live and direct on Saturday, August 20, at this year’s big event.

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LB: This is your first time to Ponderosa! What do you know about the fest and what are you expecting?
Maya Miller: This will be the very first time, though we have driven past the location many times. I am expecting nothing but good times and good vibes.

LB: What band(s) are you most looking forward to seeing? Why’s that?
MM: Black Mountain, because it’s always nice to see people you know, when it’s been 10 million years in between the last hang out. Also, everybody.

LB: What’s your favourite woodland creature? Any reason for that one?
MM: Eliza Dushku in Wrong Turn. Also, Gollum, because obviously.

LB: So you’ve been camping before! Tell us about one of your adventures in the great outdoors.
MM: Yes, I have been camping. In someone else’s tent. Does that count? Mosquitos like me. I can’t say I feel the same.

LB: What game do you think you and your band’s cabin would have schooled all the other bands at in summer camp? (i.e. Archery, lapidary, canoeing, obstacle course, etc)
MM: Oh, now I’m in a cabin? Probably wearing our clothes backwards. That’s a game right?

LB: Who’s the dream band/singer you’d want to be the big surprise performer at the talent show on the last night of summer camp?
MM: Chubby Checker or possibly Frankie Valli.

LB: What’s the album your parents played in the car that when you hear now will always remind of driving somewhere in the car with your parents?
MM: Enigma, MCMXC a.D.

LB: Moonrise Kingdom, the Great Outdoors, Meatballs, or Addams Family Values (the one where Wednesday burns down Camp Chippewa)? (Or something totally different.) Why?
MM: In a way, there was camping on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back, like when Han and Luke camped inside the tauntaun. I would pick that because they were on Hoth and camped inside a tauntaun.

LB: Swan dive or cannon ball? Why?
MM: I can’t swim so if you’re asking me which potentially traumatizing activity I would choose, I would pick cannon ball because it sounds like I could wear a helmet.

LB: Pool noodle or inner tube? Why?
MM: Pool noodle. Sounds like a really big ramen bowl. So, yes, please, and can I bring my brother? He really likes ramen.

LB: What’s the mainstay of your summer wardrobe?
MM: Pants and suit jacket. I don’t believe in summer.

LB: What’s your jam for summer 2016?
MM: Blackberry.

A Summer Vacation Interrogation with Black Mountain

Summer’s here and the 2016 edition of Ponderosa is less than a month away. If you’re like us, you’ve been making memories a-plenty already and probably pretty jazzed that the festival is soon to be part of those. Imagine how awesome that “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” essay on the first day of school would be if you had a weekend packed with river-floatin’, fresh-fruit eatin’, and tons of music listenin’ including Black Mountain, Saturday night headliners, and first feature band on our Summer Vacation Interrogation. It’d be a fresh essay, but on the other hand, you’re probably not returning to eighth grade this year, which is also pretty fresh.
Between a slough of tour dates in Europe and North America in support of their latest album IV, Black Mountain drummer and keyboardist Josh Wells talked with our very own Laurel Borrowman about summer trippin’ in the world of psych rockers extraordinaire, Black Mountain.

Black Mountain's new album, IV, comes out April 1

LB: Have you been to Ponderosa before? If yes, let’s hear a good memory (or three). If not, what do you know about Ponderosa and what are you expecting?

JW: We’ve never been. I expect sunshine and Crows’ Nest beauty. Looking forward to jumping in the river!

LB: What band(s) are you most looking forward to seeing? Why’s that?

JW: Dada Plan for good weird times with friends and dystopian jams that will leave you wondering where you are. Timber Timbre for intense feelings of obsession with creaky strings. Louise Burns because of her goth flourishes and dapper backing band.

LB: What’s your favourite woodland creature? Any reason for that one?

JW: Chipmunks. They’re the cutest and they’re always hanging ’cause they want your food.

LB: Have you ever been camping before? If so, tell us about one of your adventures in the great outdoors. If not, what do you think is in store for you and your tent?

JW: I love camping. Mostly not for adventures per se these days, but for the peace. I’ve found that one needs at least three days to fully unwind; to lose the restless feeling and just be. In the past I had a secret spot that me and a group of friends used to camp at at least once a year. It was a renegade spot, somewhere in BC, that wasn’t legal. We would go and do psychedelic drugs and hike up a mountain and jump off rocks into the ocean. It was a great time. Glad I didn’t die doing stupid stuff!

LB: What game do you think you and your band’s cabin would have schooled all the other bands at in summer camp? (i.e. Archery, lapidary, canoeing, obstacle course, etc)

JW: Ping pong and advanced sexual technique.

LB: Who’s the dream band/singer you’d want to be the big surprise performer at the talent show on the last night of summer camp?

JW: Bowie/Prince/Alan Vega mega spirit jam from the other side.

LB: What’s the album your parents played in the car that when you hear now will always remind of driving somewhere in the car with your parents?

JW: Gram Parsons with Emmylou Harris, Grevious Angel. Volkswagen Beetle, 1976.

LB: Moonrise Kingdom, the Great Outdoors, Meatballs, or Addams Family Values (the one where Wednesday burns down Camp Chippewa)? (Or something totally different.) Why?

JW: The Great Outdoors by a landslide. Why? JOHN CANDY, motherfucker!

LB: Swan dive or cannon ball? Why?

JW: Both, cause you gotta keep em guessing.

LB: Pool noodle or inner tube? Why?

JW: Inner tube down the river. More action!

 

Kris interviewing Kia and then Kia interviewing Kris…confused? Just read it.

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Hey Kia, Kris here, it is now only one month until Pondeorsa and I haven’t chatted to you in about 2 or 3 hours so I thought I would hit ya up by email and ask you five questions about Ponderosa for our blog. I want to help people get into the minds of the organizers, ya know? I thought I’d keep the questions simple and short so we can get right down to the nitty-gritty on the festival.

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? Well wouldn’t that depend on if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Cuz if he can’t then he ain’t chuckin no wood? Ya dig?

How fast can you create a Ponderosa acronym? Old school honour system rules apply. (Own stopwatch must be provided)
Proper Orangutans Never Do Eat Rambutan Outside Southeast Asia
(I admit, it took me a while to come up this and while it doesn’t make any sense, I have to say that I am genuinely happy with the way it turned out)

In less then a hundred words, why should someone who has never even heard of Rock Creek BC hop in their car and drive out to Ponderosa this summer?
Because they will literally have the time of their lives. Because when you put cool vibes together with floating down the river, helicopter rides, a sick lineup of performers, talented artists and vendors, and then top it off with pancakes and fresh juicy peaches from my dad’s farm, then you have something that can’t be beaten. It’s the ultimate BC camping experience – and Rock Creek is dope!

What percentage of the festival will you be donning jean shorts? Or is it weather dependent?
85% of the time I’ll be wearing them all the time. Jean shorts don’t care what the weather is doing.

What’s with all that “freshness” talk?
Man, everything we do is about freshness. The site by the river – freshness. The bands we select – freshness. The merch we make – freshness. Our pancake breakfasts – freshness. The outdoors – freshness.

Well that’s Kia ladies and gentlemen, organizer of Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival that takes place August 19-21 in beautiful Rock Creek BC.
Thanks for your time Kia. I’ll see you in 20 minutes.
Kris
Co-organizer of Ponderosa.

 

A Ponderosa Love Story

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It’s a Ponderosa LOVE STORY! Read up on how Louis from Gay Nineties and Nash from FRANKIE fell in love for reals at Ponderosa 2014.

My band FRANKIE had just finished our set wearing horrendously cool tie-dye dresses and were now rocking out in the audience to The Gay Nineties who played away the sunset. I was dancing in front of their babe stand-in bass player the whole set not realizing how important he would be to me one day.

Later that night I was getting groovy dancing to Ladyhawk when suddenly a dude in a bear costume got on stage. So I turned to the guy next to me and said “WTF! There’s a bear on stage!” The guy next to me ended up being Louis, the babe stand-in bass player from earlier. We talked for a while about how awesome Ladyhawk was, and then decided to watch a few more sets together. It was at the Braids set that I realized I was really enjoying hanging out with this guy. I think I had never felt so relaxed and myself around someone my whole life.

Hanging out in the artist area after, I was running around in a split open parka shedding feathers everywhere pretending I was in a space suit. I told him we had to go to the moon one day. A few weeks went by and I eventually wrote a song about it and posted it on the internet. He heard it, and luckily thought it was cool and not ultra dorky.

Moon Song: https://soundcloud.com/nashlyn/trips-to- the-moon-1

Now we’ve been together for almost two years and he’s not only my guy, but also my best pal. I didn’t think I’d ever find such a babely mega-rockstar babe, and that he would think I was one too. Awwwwwww!

Thank you to Ponderosa for putting on such a amazing event each year. It’s the good vibes that makes the magic happen.

Louis, I love you too the moon and back xo

On top of a mountain w/ Daniel Ruiz

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Daniel Ruiz is super talented Vancouver artist and a Ponderosa favourite. Kia and I had the fortunate opportunity of crossing paths with him at the very first Ponderosa in 2013. We instantly loved his charisma and his passion for music. Above is a photo of Daniel in the hills above the Ponderosa festival site in that inaugural year. And below is Daniel’s story.

 

It was August 2013, and after a whole week at the Peak Performance Project bootcamp, I found my self heading to the first ever Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival to play with BESTiE and Synthcake, not knowing how life changing this experience would be.

I remember being one of the first artists to arrive and setup my tent in the artist camping area. Right away new people starting coming by to say hello. I first met Mark Mills. We started talking about music and jammed with his mini Casio keyboard – we bonded instantly. This was a perfect example of how everyone felt at the festival. Bands that knew about each other but had never met, finally got the chance to hang out and enjoy each others sets with an indescribable vibe that translated throughout the entire festival, making it a great time to bond with these new friends.

That weekend I also met LIO and Mark Petersen. They asked me to join them for their set after they saw me perform with BESTiE and Synthcake – we had a blast! And then I met Ernesto, Pablo and Garzita from Tropidelica. I was ecstatic when I found out they were going to spin Cumbia (native music from my home country Colombia), along with songs from the orchestra my grandfather used to sing in! A few months post-Ponderosa, I ended up joining Tropidelica as their live percussionist!

I formed so many fond memories that weekend with friends from Bend Sinister, Fields of Green, Facts, HUMANS, and many others. Ponderosa truly ignited great friendships that have lasted to this date.

I honestly cannot wait for this year’s festival, as I’ll be performing with our new project, Leisure Club, on Saturday, as well as with La Grooveolucion on Sunday!

Hope to see you there to make new unforgettable memories and friendships!

-Daniel

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You can also catch us and Daniel at Sled Island in Calgary June 25. He will be jamming at the Ponderosa Showcase at Broken City with the band Jo Passed. See ya there!

 

BESTiE

La Grooveolucion

Leisure Club

Jo Passed

Who’s playing Ponderosa 2016? Find out at our 2nd Annual Jean Shorts Lineup Launch Party!

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For months we’ve been busy listening to the hundreds of artist submissions, spinning a ton of new releases, and finding new band favourites with the goal of curating Ponderosa’s freshest, most fantastic lineup yet. And you know what?

We think we did it.

And we can’t wait to share the great news with you on Friday, May 6, at the Anza Club in Vancouver! Not only do we get to announce the amazing lineup, the party itself has an amazing lineup, including psych-cumbia group LoS Duendes, etherial rockin’ Ponderosa alumni FRANKIE, and playing their first live show ever, electronic R&B trio Other People.

FRANKIE

-Frankie

 

Plus! Parked right out front we’ll have both a food truck AND a sauna bus (it’s exactly what it sounds like), and on the inside, lots of drinks, pals, beats all night from Wensleydale and Cranberry, and us, Kris and Kia, hosting this unlimited freshness all night long.

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Finally, in celebration of the hot news and the hot weather, we’ve got our annual jean shorts dress code in full effect, because summer is basically here (also, who wants to be in a sauna bus in pants?). Been stressing about parting ways with that thigh-to-ankle portion of your Levis? We’ll have equal parts scissors and encouragement at the party to chop that denim straight into tan-town.

 

If last year’s party is any indicator, this one’s bound to really rock.

 

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Doors open at  9 pm. Advance tickets $15 here, which we recommend taking advantage of because the Anza fills up fast, folks.

See you there!

What to Expect at Ponderosa Fest

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We at Ponderosa pride ourselves on keeping the feel of the festival upbeat and fun for our attendees. There are no corporate sponsors, no overpriced bottles of water, and no cramped campgrounds. Our main objective is to keep things friendly and comfortable for all. We’re all about getting people together to experience great music in a truly beautiful setting. Join us from Aug 19 – 21, 2016 to see what it’s all about!

What to Expect at Ponderosa Fest:

1. Camp Vibes Your Friends Will be Jealous Of

Lets face it. BC is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. With our festival grounds situated right next to Kettle River, you can get your inner-tube on, or sit back in your tent or RV and enjoy the beautiful scent of pine trees and spectacular mountain views. 

2. Yoga and Feeling Good

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Each day starts with an optional group morning class because we want you to leave Ponderosa feeling gooooooood. Music starts in the early afternoon and carries on well into the night alongside great food and epic dance parties, but don’t worry; we leave you plenty of time to chill-out and make new friends.

3. Your Fav Bands and New Discoveries

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We don’t discriminate against any style of music. An amazing band is an amazing band, and that’s all we care about! We’ve been lucky enough to host a variety of established acts like Plants and Animals, Jay Malinowski, Braids and Mounties, as well as introduce our audience to local and up and coming bands like Bear Mountain, Gay Nineties and Harpoonist & the Axe Murder. Your new favorite band might just be waiting for you up in Rock Creek J

4. Freshness

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The intangible quality that makes Ponderosa great. We pride ourselves on cultivating a safe, open environment that feels welcoming to all people. Whether you’re travelling solo or with a group, we promise you’re going to leave Ponderosa with some new buddies in tow.

If this sounds good to you, come experience it for yourself this August. Tickets are on-sale now!

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