Mountain Groove Productions Inc.
Presence in community, music.
Josh Behrman has been in the festival and music entertainment business for over 15 years. Founder and President of Mountain Groove Production (MGP) since 2001, his purpose was to encompass all aspects of the event, festival, and entertainment business in the Rocky Mountains. MGP Inc. organizes and creates everything from extraordinary and diverse festivals in Snowmass Village, Grammy-winning artists at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival, and more.
His foremost focus are music festivals and some of his better known festivals include the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest a three-day nationally renowned music festival, GrooveGrass, a mountain music festival, Jamgrass, a bluegrass festival atop Aspen Mountain, The Snowmass Balloon Festival, the country’s highest altitude hot-air balloon festival, The Snowmass Wellness Experience, a weekend of health and wellness, and The Summer of Free Music Series, a weekly music series that draws crowds by the thousands.
In addition Behrman organizes everything from Art and Antique festivals to culinary festivals to Mountain biking events and more. Behrman is also the Talent Buyer for weekly free Bluegrass series on Aspen Mountain presented by Aspen Skiing Company and sits as President on the Wheeler Associates board for the Historic Wheeler Opera House, also sits on the Aspen Film board.
FEBRUARY 29, 2024
WHEELER OPERA HOUSE
Black Opry is a home for Black artists and Black fans of country, blues, folk, and Americana music. Country music has been made by and loved by Black people since it’s conception. For just as long, we have been overlooked and disregarded in the genre by fans and executives. Black Opry wants to change that. We invite you to discover, support and enjoy the Black artists that make magic in this space. One of the most valuable aspects of country music is its versatility and diversity in sound. Country, blues, folk, and Americana music often overlap or weave together- these artists explore all of those sounds and intersections. The Black Opry Revue showcases the diversity in sound and stories that Black artists offer to these genres.
MARCH 26 & 27, 2024
WHEELER OPERA HOUSE
Elephant Revival is a unique collection of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of Celtic, Americana, Folk and Indie Art Rock. The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, cello, djembe, washboard and musical saw), Bridget Law (fiddle, vocals), Dango Rose (upright bass, mandolin, vocals), Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, vocals) Darren Garvey (drums, percussion, vocals) and Daniel Sproul (guitars, vocals) of Rose Hill Drive. The music they create together is like weather systems meeting in the sky, Bonnie’s warmly haunting voice either merging with the rhythms and melodies of the band or providing a counterpoint and transforming it.
MAY 5, 2024
He’s released seven albums and a live DVD over the past two decades. In 2009, the Americana Music Association awarded Bush the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few present-day bluegrass vanguards among so many musicians he’s influenced. His performances are annual highlights of the festival circuit, with Bush’s joyous perennial appearances at the town’s famed bluegrass fest earning him the title, “King of Telluride.” “With this band I have now I am free to try anything. Looking back at the last 50 years of playing newgrass, with the elements of jazz improvisation and rock-&-roll, jamming, playing with New Grass Revival, Leon, and Emmylou; it’s a culmination of all of that,” says Bush. “I can unapologetically stand onstage and feel I’m representing those songs well.”
JUNE 14-16, 2024
For over ten years, Palisade has been celebrating its love for hot pickin’ guitars, outstanding artistry, blazing fiddles and Colorado sunshine. Located along the Colorado River at Riverbend Park, The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival brings together some of the country’s top bluegrass artists as well as Colorado’s favorite emerging stars for three days of non-stop, festival vibes. A family friendly, river lovers event.