Community hosts July 5-6 Wellfest as concert and fundraiser

For years, a remote piece of desert property has been home to art, music and community, serving as a venue for contributors and spectators of all sorts. On July 5 and July 6, this community is coming together to host Wellfest: a music festival to raise money for the land and, hopefully, build a well.

“Look at all the people we’ve gotten to be involved in a matter of weeks. It’s an amazing amount of support from all over,” said Wellfest organizer Brett Hardin. At least 13 bands have donated their time and talents to play at the festival over the course of two days. In addition to musicians, local artisans, yoga instructors and businesses have donated their services or resources to put on workshops or add items to the event’s auction and raffle.

The event will begin at noon on Thursday, July 5 with a yoga class, and workshops will continue throughout the weekend. Music begins on July 5 at 6 p.m. and on July 6 at 5 p.m. Artists in attendance include Meander Cat, Gypsy Whiskey and Goodbye Clocks. Workshops will include painting with local artist Tim McCallister and slacklining with Josh Beaudoin.

“This is a beyond outstanding member of the community that deserves the community to give back to,” Hardin added, speaking of Dax Clifford, owner of the property and facilitator of its community.

“You’re giving people an opportunity to give back, and everyone wants to see this town flourish,” Austin Marquez, event volunteer and Moab resident said. “I don’t want to see this town lose some of the best things it has.”

A limited number of vehicle camping passes will be available for $25, and attendees are encouraged to carpool. On-the-hour shuttle busses to the event from Swanny Park will be offered as part of the five dollars event pass. “Very Special Person” (VSP) passes will be available for $25, offering exclusive backstage access and special privileges throughout the event.

More information about the event can be found on the Wellfest Facebook page at

ByBy Jacque Garcia

The Times-Independent