Detroit Mountain Recreation Area's Music on the Mountain is turning five years old this summer, and to celebrate, organizers are bringing in platinum-selling country recording artist Cole Swindell to headline the event this coming Saturday, July 6.
"It's grown bigger every year," said Brian Faris, Detroit Mountain's guest experience and events manager.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m., which is also when the Mountain's lifts will open for scenic rides, and local and regional food trucks begin serving.
Swindell, who is known for No. 1 hit "Chillin' It" as well as multiple platinum-certified singles like "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" and "Break Up in the End," will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.
But before the headliner's set begins, local talent and former "The Voice" contestant Blind Joe will perform on the side stage at 6 p.m., while up-and-coming Nashville star Trea Landon will open for Swindell on the main stage at 7 p.m.
Blind Joe will perform again on the side stage after Swindell's set has concluded, around 10 p.m. "He'll be playing until midnight," Faris said.
Tickets for the scenic lift rides will remain on sale until 8:30 p.m., and the food and beer garden will be open from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
"We'll have four food trucks on site," Faris said. Detroit Lakes' Wood Fire Pizza and D's Donuts, along with Twisted Spork and Miller Concessions, will be serving up a variety of tasty selections.
"The scenic lift tickets are cash only, but we do have ATMs on site," he added.
Drink tickets will be sold separately, and cannot be used to purchase anything other than the beverages sold at the beer and mixed drink booths, which will be set up directly across from the food trucks in a larger, more centrally-located area, next to the main stage.
"We listened to the feedback received during last year's Music on the Mountain," Faris said, adding that more porta potties will also be provided, along with additional shuttle bus rides to and from M State.
"Parking on site is limited, so we will have four shuttle buses providing free rides from M State to the Mountain every 20 minutes," Faris said, adding that while no on-site camping will be allowed, there are still a few hotels in town that have single-night rooms available.
The shuttle buses will be operating from 5 to 11 p.m.
Detroit Mountain has hosted the Music on the Mountain event since 2014. The event has grown each year, including last year's sell-out performance by Big & Rich. Past headliners have included Sawyer Brown and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
"This annual fundraiser supports capital improvements at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area," Detroit Mountain General Manager Jeff Staley said. "Past Music on the Mountain events have supported the build and expansion of the Landslide Tubing Park, adding an additional snowmaking well to increase winter snow output, as well as paving the road into Detroit Mountain Recreation Area."
Music on the Mountain offers general admission lawn seating and fans are welcome to bring their own chair. All bags, chairs and blankets are subject to search, and the following items are prohibited: Outside food and beverages; weapons of any kind (including pocket knives); explosives (including fireworks); illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia; recording devices, tablets and computers; cameras with detachable lenses; tripods, laser pointers, air horns and noisemakers.
Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at www.detroitmountain.com or in person at Detroit Mountain's main lodge.
"We're approaching a sellout, so don't wait," Faris said.
For more information call the lodge at 218-844-7669 (SNOW), follow Detroit Mountain on Facebook and Instagram, or view the DMRA trail report on Twitter.