Greeley Stampede to host two Latino festivals on both Sundays of event
June 18, 2017
Ford Music Stage
The Greeley Stampede will host live Latino music on its new Ford Music Stage from noon to 8 p.m. both Sundays of the event in the grassy area west of Aven’s Village at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Ave. The concerts will be free with the purchase of a Stampede admission ticket.
La Jota radio station will host the stage on June 25. Some bands performing include:
» El Chuma y Los Flores.
» Groupo Dominazion.
» Perfil Norteño.
» Héctor y su Destino Norteño.
» DJ Mero Perro.
El Tigre radio station will host the stage on July 2. Bands performing include:
» Norteños De Ojinaga.
» Agresivos De La Sierra.
» Los Amos.
» La Hermandad Norteña.
» Hector Y Su Destino Norteño.
» Mario Y Su Fiera Brava.
» Hugo Infante.
» Dorado Norte.
» La Loba De La Sierra.
After a less-than-expected turnout at this past year's Greeley Stampede Latino music festival, coordinators have opted for a new approach this year to score more involvement from Greeley's Latino community.
A new stage called the Ford Music Stage will be set up in the grassy area west of Aven's Village Playground at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Ave. The goal is to provide authentic and family-friendly entertainment for the Latino community in Greeley, according to Stampede Night Show Chairman Trent Johnson.
Live Latino music will be played from noon to 8 p.m. both Sundays during the Greeley Stampede, with each Sunday hosted by a different Latino local radio station. On June 25, La Jota will host the festivities and on July 2 it'll be El Tigre's turn. The festivals are free with the purchase of a Stampede admission ticket.
The area of the Ford Music stage is near a playground, across the street from the Stampede's carnival and kitty-corner to the food court, making it an ideal location for families, Johnson said.
Johnson said he hopes this new approach will attract more people than 2016's Fiesta de Música, which did not fill up the Greeley Stampede arena on the sole day it was hosted. At a certain point, it becomes a business decision, and if the arena doesn't sell out, it's hard to rationalize, Johnson said.
Johnson also wanted to provide the community more than just one day of cultural entertainment.
"We're really trying to reach out," he said. "The Hispanic community here is such a vital and integral part of Greeley and Greeley's culture that I honestly felt that giving them a day on that stage again wasn't enough."
So Johnson gave the radio station hosts a budget and let them take the reins. They know the market and audience better than he does, he said, and they can attract a larger crowd than he could.
William Neidig of La Jota said they will host an Arriba El Norte event on June 25. The theme of the day will be to play 100 percent Norteño music, which is an extremely popular style of music from northern Mexico. Throughout the eight hours, eight bands will play their music. Los Vendavales de Adan Melendez will be the headliner for the day. Neidig said they are a very popular band from Chihuahua and creators of a huge dance movement called pasito satevo.
Their DJs also will hold contests on stage and have giveaways for the audience, he said.
Yadi Rodriguez of El Tigre said the radio station will do something similar on July 2, with eight bands lined up throughout the day.
"We have been doing a lot of advertising on our station to promote this great event that will bring more of our Hispanic community along with their families," he said in an email.
Eventually, Johnson said he wants to build on his vision for the new Ford Music Stage area, adding tents and other attractions to the area of the park. He wants to provide plentiful authentic entertainment. He also wants to add more than just two days to really get the community involved with the Stampede.
But first, he needs their back-up.
"I need buy-in from the community," he said. "That's the hardest part. I can't afford to program the stage every day and not see the results."