Marley in the Mountains presents Toots and the Maytals

Marley in the Mountains presents Toots and the Maytals

Thursday, July 12

Yes, it’s Toots and the Maytals in Sun Valley! The legendary reggae band

will play Thursday, July 12, in Ketchum, Idaho’s Atkinson Park for the first ever

Marley in the Mountains summer concert.

Toots and the Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album

“True Love,” which included award‐winning and iconic musicians Bonnie Raitt,

Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. In addition, artists such as “No

Doubt,” Ben Harper, and “The Roots” have also recorded with Toots and the Maytals.

The reggae music of Toots and the Maytals remain a relevant influence on

today’s global music scene where artists from Amy Winehouse to “Sublime” have rerecorded

classic tracks. In addition, Toots and the Maytals have toured with “The

Rolling Stones,” Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow. To his credit and talent, Toots has

achieved a record breaking thirty‐one number one reggae hits in Jamaica.

Since 2008, Marley in the Mountains has presented reggae greats including

Don Carlos, Michael Rose, The Itals, Carlos Jones and Richie Spice. The “mountain

niceness” concert series has also presented many rising star reggae artists such as

Messenjah Seleh, Soulmedic and the valley’s beloved Ethan Tucker. More than 2,000

reggae fans have attended Marley in the Mountain shows from glorious fall evenings

to bearing single digit temperature and blizzards with great enthusiasm and


Marley in the Mountains has become a world‐class music event and

Mountain Niceness Productions wants to continue to bring the best reggae talents to

Sun Valley for all to enjoy the best mountain culture the West has to offer. A special

VIP pass, “Very Irie People,” will be on sale for $500 to include 5 tickets, free beer,

appetizers, private porta‐lets, cash bar and a private behind‐the‐stage shade area.

Early bird tickets are $15 until June 3, $20 prior to show and $25 at the gate.

Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the show will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Atkinsons’ markets and online at

For inquires on sponsorship, VIP ticketing, an exclusive concert experience,

and contributions to Marley in the Mountains, email

Lift Line: President’s Day Weekend Happenings in Sun Valley

By Katie Matteson

It’s President’s Day weekend here in Sun Valley and besides all the gorgeous, bluebird skiing there is to be had on Baldy, the terrain parks to explore on Dollar and the backcountry skiing throughout the Valley, there is tons of fun to be had around town off the hill as well. Here are three things we won’t be missing over this long weekend!

1.     Marley in the Mountains: The Good Times return this President’s Weekend for the 4th Annual Marley in the Mountains Festival! Come out and celebrate winter and all the Mountain Niceness! The Greatest Show on Snow! Headlining the 2012 Marley in the Mountains Celebration on Saturday, February 18th is Abja and the Lions of Kush. Other musicians include Soulmedic (California’s top reggae performer), Lions Den Sound System and DJ Vision.  Also, Idaho’s favorites Old Death Whisper, Army of Pines, Captain Dano and the Nobodies will perform.  Reggae/hip-hop sensation Obie Won will be the event MC.  And don’t miss the other special guests and surprises! Marley in the Mountains is proud to partner with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports (SVAS) and its Higher Ground program. SVAS will receive $5 for each pre-sold ticket.  Higher Ground would like to welcome all veterans to enjoy a FREE concert ticket. For more info visit

2.     Leif’s Race: An Olympic-caliber alpine skier, Nordic skier, ski jumper, biathlete and ice hockey player, the great, glamorous, athletic and romantic Swede Leif Odmark was Sun Valley’s celebrated Nordic God from the 1940′s though the 1970′s. He founded the Sun Valley Nordic Center and was also a champion Alpine Masters racer. He founded Leif’s Race in 1992, a tradition that has continued for 22 years. Don’t miss this classic, two-part Sun Valley race, Saturday, February 18th. This race highlights two of Sun Valley and our beloved mountains’ mainstays, Nordic skiing and Alpine racing. The Alpine GS race starts at 10:00 AM on Cozy followed by a Nordic 5K at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. We promise there are good times to be had! More information is available at

3.     "Love you Forever" Outdoor Art Installation: On Friday, February 17th, New York City-based artist, Erin Rachel Hudak  (represented by Ochi Gallery will install a variation of her piece Love you Forever in Sun Valley, Idaho.  The original Love You Forever, made of silver and gold mylar balloons, floated just off shore of the Brooklyn waterfront under the Brooklyn Bridge.  An adoring public service announcement to New York, the installation became, if only for just a few days, a celebrated destination. In Idaho, accounting for weather, the piece will mimic balloons, but be fashioned out of fabric.  In the Festival Meadows, across from Sun Valley’s iconic red barn, Hudak’s message of everlasting adulation will ironically be temporary, but lastingly moving.

Coming soon 24 Hours of Sun Valley

Ever wanted to see the sun rise from the top of Dollar Mountain or ski down Dollar Face during an epic Idaho sunset? Well March 23rd and 24th, you might just have that chance because the very first 24-hour ski race in Sun Valley is coming our way next month!

 Started by formal local and now Sandpoint resident, Brian Sturgis, as a fundraiser for his young son who was diagnosed with Cystinosis at a young age, the unique ski race started out at Northern Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain. That race, 24 Hours of Schwietzer has raised almost $400,000 for the 24 Hours for Hank Foundation since its inception in 2008. Now Brian, Hank and the 24 Hours for Hank Foundation is coming our way for the very first 24 Hours of Sun Valley.

With only a handful of other races of this kind in the entire country, this 24 hour event gives you (and your team of three or four) the once-in-a-lifetime chance to ski Dollar Mountain for 24 hours straight. Sun Valley Resort will be raising lights to guide your way throughout the wee hours of the night, there will be a staging area set up in Carol’s Dollar Lodge and prizes will be awarded to the team or individual who has raised the most money or who takes the most runs throughout the day.

So slip in to your most comfortable boots, click in to your favorite skis or board and join us for 24 hours of fun and fundraising during March’s 24 Hours of Sun Valley. More information is available at

Marley In The Mountains

Marley In The Mountains

Ketchum Town Plaza

February 18; 4pm


The Good Times return President’s Weekend for the 4th Annual Marley in the Mtns! Come out and celebrate winter and all the Mt. Niceness! The Greatest Show on Snow!

Abja and the Lions of Kush

Soulmedic backed by Lions Den Sound System and DJ Vision.

Old Death Whisper, Army of Pines, Captain Dano and the Nobodies.

Reggae/hip-hop sensation Obie Won will be MC.
Plus other special guests and surprises!


MITM is proud to partner with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and its Higher Ground program. SVAS will receive $5 for all pre-sale tickets. Higher Ground would like to welcome all veterans to enjoy a FREE concert ticket.

“Fall in Sun Valley is the best of all…” -Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway wrote about it for good reason: fall in Sun Valley is the best of all and this year is no exception.
Music with Marley and The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival, the gnarly Baldy Hill Climb and even a fun Bocce Ball Contest all kick-off the fall season in Sun Valley.

The Sun Valley Music Festival Saturday, September 25 will bring legends of Gospel to the Sun Valley Pavilion for the first time. The Blind Boys of Alabama interpret everything from traditional Gospel to contemporary spiritual material from legends like Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton and Prince. The Blind Boys will be joined by New York City’s Bill Sims Jr. and Lew Soloff, and local’s favorite The Paul Tillotson Love Trio. Tickets are $45 at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at

Harvest Food & Wine Festival

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival, September 24-26, is strategically planned for this time of year so chefs and participants can take full advantage of the local harvest. Sun Valley’s newest culinary event will offer fun-filled activities centered around sustainable regional food, wine and beer. It will focus on educating about foods available regionally and how to connect with local farmers, and also interesting ways to prepare these foods. For more information visit, or call 208-450-6430.

Friday, September 24 the Night Bocce World Championships and the Dick Barrymore Ski Movie Tribute will be held at River Run 6-10 pm.
Marley In The Mountains – Harvesting of the Vibes Reggae concert will feature Richie Spice of St. Andrew, Jamaica and is planned for Saturday, September 25 at 9pm at the Ketchum Town Plaza.

The Baldy Hill Climb starts at 8 am on Saturday, September 25 on the Warm Springs side of Baldy and will be sponsored by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. A long-time local challenge, the Baldy Hill Climb is a great family event. (To sign up call 208-726-4129).

Also, the last day for gondola rides and lunch at Baldy’s Roundhouse will be Sunday, September 26. The Sun Valley Fall Golf Package will come to a close September 25, however, the Late Fall Golf Package begins the next day and will run through the end of the season.

And finally, after participating in all or many of these events, you might like to take a seat in Sun Valley’s Opera House to view "Ride The Divide – 2,700 miles, Canada to Mexico, Alone." The special film will be shown one night only Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm and will be sponsored by Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports and the Elephant’s Perch. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at

Big October events include The Trailing of the Sheep, October 8-10, the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree October 13-17, The Sun Valley Harvest Film Festival October 22-23 and Crosstoberfest on October 30-31.
For additional information please visit

Marley in the Mountains Coming Soon!

In 2009 Mountain Niceness Productions brought a grass roots music festival to Idaho to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Marley in the Mountains was born as celebrations were a tremendous success and thousands of people enjoyed a live reggae performance by Don Carlos and lectures by historian, Roger Steffens. Marley in the Mountains returns to Sun Valley February 26-27 this year. In the true spirit of Bob Marley, everyone is positively welcome.

This festival’s lineup is sure to keep bodies moving, the atmosphere positive and the mountains moving. The 2010 lineup includes historian Roger Steffens, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Grammy-winner Michael Rose, Dancehall with Jamacian Vetern Ken Serious, Lions Den Sounds Unlimited, DJ Vision, African Abstract Sound System and tons of surprises.

For more information about the concerts and events including schedules, lineups, costs and more check out

Make sure to get some raffle rickets while you are at it! Proceeds of raffle ticket sales is going to the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center (which promotes safety and educates backcountry enthusiasts throughout the region, go to ( The prizes include a season pass from Sun Valley Resort, plane tickets from Horizon Air, a Heli-Ski Trip, Mammut Gear, K2 skis and tons more.

For raffle tickets, a complete list of prizes and information about the special “Friends of Reggae” Package go to or head to one of these local vendors to purchase your tickets:

-Wiseguy’s Pizza

-The Subshack


-Sturtevant’s (Main Street and Greyhawk locations)

-Paul Kenny’s


-Ketchum/Sun Valley Chamber and Visitor Center


-The Brickhouse