Minaret Rd. closes for Bluesapalooza

Town approves traffic plan

With as many as 10,000 people expected to attend this weekend’s four-day Bluesapalooza and Festival of Beers extravaganza, the town once again has approved closing Minaret Rd. during the event.

The road, which connects with two thoroughfares, Main Street and Meridian Blvd., will shut down to through traffic on Friday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., and will remain closed until early Sunday, Aug.4, according to the town’s public works department.

The street right-of-way was signed “No Parking” 72 hours before the event.

There is an upside to the street closure, however.

A fee-based parking area will be set aside, to be managed by the Mammoth Lakes Boosters, with funds being directed to the Rotary Interact Program for charitable purposes.

Increased trolley service will shuttle patrons to and from the event.

Meanwhile, the festival this summer moves to a four-day format, beginning with a free program this evening, Aug. 1.

Technically, tonight’s program is a sound check—a dress rehearsal for the main shows—but as sound checks go, it’s a good one.

On stage is a band called Harper & Midwest Kind, with a special guest, The Bald Eagles.

They open the way for Friday night’s big show, featuring Joan Osborne, Vintage Trouble, Carolyn Wonderland, and Gary Hoey.