Our Mission

Roots of the Rockies Music Association is a Colorado nonprofit corporation dedicated to presenting culturally diverse, nationally touring, music performances, children's programs, and educational outreach opportunities in Salida and surrounding communities while attracting audiences from outside the region to enhance local economic activity.

On behalf of the Board and Staff at Roots of the Rockies Music Association I regret to announce that, after 7 remarkable years serving our community, we are ceasing operations November 1st 2008 due to spiraling cost, a poor economy and competition from the City of Salida. As an all volunteer nonprofit we had cut our expenses to nearly zero while exploring various funding options, unfortunately with no success. We are extremely proud of our Summit Music Series and our Children's Series, which brought world-class entertainment and educational outreach programs to the Valley, serving all ages while promoting tourism. More than 16,000 attended and participated in these programs since 2001 and we are indebted to the community for your gracious support. Most importantly, we tip our hats to our members and underwriters whose generous support made this great ride possible. This list of individuals and businesses is, regretfully, too long to list. However, we would be remiss if we did not highlight a few of the more passionate who shared both financial and moral support. Kathie Younghans of AMICIAS, Jane Pinto - Pinon Real Estate Group, Harald Kasper & Michelle Riggio - Salida Physical Therapy and Roxy & Greg Amidon - Roxy's Bottle Shop.

Sincerely Brent Smith, President Roots of the Rockies Music Association