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Thanks to all who joined the vibe at DIO Fest 2018...

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Thanks to all who joined the vibe at DIO Fest 2018...

Ryan Baesemann

 "Bobcat" Rob Armenti rockin the late-night bonfire... Photo: Andrew Quist

"Bobcat" Rob Armenti rockin the late-night bonfire... Photo: Andrew Quist

After the past 5 years of sold out crowds at DIO Fest, we want to thank everyone for coming up to support the cause. All came together in beautiful fashion... the music, art, community, and a heightened sense of respect for Camp Krem

DIO Fest serves as a benefit for special needs at Camp Krem. With proceeds from the festival, we've helped to support music enrichment programming for their campers each year. We at DIO couldn't be more appreciative for such encouraging and gracious hosts, or for the opportunity to assist the incredibly impactful work they've done for decades. Their mission is a huge part of the inspiration behind it all, and we're humbled to call them our friends.

 Full moon rising over the mountaintop... Photo: Andrew Quist

Full moon rising over the mountaintop... Photo: Andrew Quist

We were extremely fortunate to have shared this year with every artist on the lineup. Each performance was equally as appreciated as the next, and a shout-out to one artist begs for a shout-out to all... From Futurebirds coming all the way from Nashville to headline Friday night... to The Deer hailing from Austin to play a breezy-beautiful afternoon at the summit... As we grow, it's our hope to foster the DIO-ethos as far and wide as possible. So naturally, sharing our stages with so many beautiful acts is truly our treat. Each performance was wrought with ingenuitiy, uniquely talented musicians, and absurdly rambunctious attendees. Thanks to all for the serendipity... 

 Mainstage raging during Tommy G... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Mainstage raging during Tommy G... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Special thanks to The Autumn Defense for gracing our amphitheater with their signature sincerity and showmanship, Sugar Candy Mountain for emotively setting the psycadelic tone, and Texas Funk for ripping the late-night with a fury of Tex-Mex machismo. Our local acts were particularly robust, with Dan TooGetaway Dogs, Taylor Rae, Sean Fleming, Loos Leaf, Joe Kaplow, aaaand Wailin' Red bringing their hometown tone to the zone...

Emily Afton really kicked off Saturday afternoon with a raunchy, rocky, and wildly soulful set, before Willy Tea Taylor took us right back down to humbletown. Huge thanks to Jungle Fire for effectively burning our mainstage to the ground, and major Love to Kyra for inspiring 15+ crowd surfers during her blitz of Saturday Night Fever. Tommy G's set speaks for itself...

William Tyler & Shannon Lay on Sunday were two beautifully delicious cherries on top of a mighty yummy cake.  Shannon had 89% of the crowd in tears, most of whom braved a beautiful mid-day misting to enjoy her delicate, yet distinctly deliberate approach to folk songwriting and composition. The "Kovalamantes" played the classic 90's hits as the ever-necessary family band Sunday performance, before Kendra McKinley & Olright did their 5th take as the Whiz Bang Operation from the truckbed of an antiquated Ford. 

 Dan Too a.k.a. The Boys of Summer at Dusk... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Dan Too a.k.a. The Boys of Summer at Dusk... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

We'd like to give special thanks to Meg and Paul with Do It For The Love for joining us this year and speaking during the festival address. They both spoke during this keynote moment in the amphitheater, led by our founders Stevee and Jono. Willy Tea was so gracious as to lend the stage back to us, after completely captivating both the floorboards and faces of the crowd for the entirety of his set.

Meg and Paul spoke to the shared work of DIO and DIFTL - to foster the healing power of music, give back through art and performance, and create positive experiences all around. Through providing musical experiences and appreciation, DIFTL's goal is to inspire joy, hope, and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma. This serves as a suiting compliment to our own credo of giving back to Camp Krem's music enrichment program.

Jon and Stevee led this Saturday afternoon salute to underscore why we're all there, to give back and give thanks. Camp Krem has been a tremendous ally and supporter since the beginning. Taking this time to acknowledge the work they've done and continue to do on the mountaintop is the least we could do to honor their mission and the space. Expect a video recap of this special moment in the weeks to come... 

 Paul with DIFTL speaks about his experience as a wish recipient... Photo: Andrew Quist

Paul with DIFTL speaks about his experience as a wish recipient... Photo: Andrew Quist

We have huge gratitude for Emily Afton's legendary performance in the amphitheater, but also her swab party to combat blood-related disorders. Her goal of 75 swab volunteers was likely exceeded by Saturday evening, all thanks to the amount of support she received from all of you... Ike Simpson of Halibut4Humanity might have been the biggest rockstar on site, deserving of special recognition for donating the entirety of his profits from the project to a scholarship fund. Well, that... and his tacos are down-to-Mars delicious... SC Waves brought the beach town vibes, tequila, and the booty song in a strong showing of hometown funk. Being our media sponsors, it's no surprise they had their ear on the pulse of the crowd. 

 The Autumn Defense laying a couple down below the bungalows.. Photo: Up Above Creative

The Autumn Defense laying a couple down below the bungalows.. Photo: Up Above Creative

Keep your eyes peeled for our festival recap video! See the project from 2017 here... We'll have some teaser peaks out in the coming weeks, before releasing the whole enchilada once it's polished. Our Love for Mike with Up Above Creative knows no bounds. Thanks so much for coming up the mountain to film some of the magic that went down. 

In addition to documenting the escapades happening all around the event, we filmed a number of fresh DIO Sessions with some of our favorite artists, including - The Autumn DefenseWilly Tea Taylor, Kelly McFarling, & Shannon Lay... This year, DIO Sessions were shot on a whim in particularly secluded, sheltered nooks. If you were lucky enough to stumble upon one of these Sessions, you got a wonderful preview of what's to come. For everyone else, definitely stay tuned and see some of our past Sessions here... 

Photo projects from Kelly Koval, Effie Tyler, Andrew Quist, and Shawheen Keyani are due to be released just as soon as time and circumstance allow. There were some strikingly beautiful and inspiring images captured this year, many of which serve to highlight the beauty everyone brought this year's event. See some galleries from posterity here...

 Justin Kohlberg snagging audio for Kelly McFarling's secluded session... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Justin Kohlberg snagging audio for Kelly McFarling's secluded session... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Our friends at SEED and Squared Away came back to run the shuttles and logistics for the event. Sending tremendous Love to Russell, Justin (a.k.a. Mama bear), Jerry, Nate, West, Griggs, and all the rest of their staff and volunteers for getting everyone up and down the mountain safely, right on time, and always with a high five at the ready. 

 Welcoming volunteers of all shapes and sizes at DIO Fest... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Welcoming volunteers of all shapes and sizes at DIO Fest... Photo: Shawheen Keyani

Lastly, but with some additional gusto, we'd like to emphasize once more...

THANKS SO GOSH DARN MUCH TO ALL OF YOU WHO MAKE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!!!

 From the attendees to the volunteers, vendors, artists, staff, and anyone else in between... None of this is possible without all of us, working together to give back, and maybe having some fun while we're at it. We're greatly looking forward to what's next...

 Mikey of Wailin' Red bringing the Saturday morning soul... Photo: Andrew Quist

Mikey of Wailin' Red bringing the Saturday morning soul... Photo: Andrew Quist