One Crazy Summer

August 22, 2002 After a long and exciting summer, the Jeep World Outside Festival, which brought both outdoor adventure and rock and roll to people across the country, has come to an end.

Sheryl Crow carves the day away on the snowboard simulator.

Star power: Crow and Gwyneth Paltrow on stage in Houston.

The festival finished in Boston this weekend after stopping in 22 other cities across the nation. The one-of-a-kind event was lauded as a tremendous success by all involved, but some of the most convincing testimony came from ticket holders.

"This was the best concert I have ever been to," was a typical mantra voiced at the end of the day. With ten bands performing on two stages and the adventure village offering festival attendees the opportunity to try their favorite sports alongside professional kayakers, ski jumpers, mountain bikers, ski instructors, and trampolinists, it was all one could possibly ask for in single summer day.

But for some, like Dave Pariavani of Cleveland and Aimee Price of Baltimore, one show wasn't enough. Pariavani and Price, both admitted Sheryl Crow fanatics, spent the majority of their summer chasing the Jeep World Outside Festival across the country, taking in 14 shows along the way.

"Sheryl is the best," Pariavani says. "She was great." Price says she enjoyed the rock wall and the scuba and kayaking tanks.

"She is like a cat on that wall," Pariavani says of Price. "She has got it down cold."

Crow herself was a regular visitor to the adventure village, spending time on the rock wall and putting her carving skills to the test on the snowboard simulator. She would also stop by to check out the other acts on the festival stage, chat with the athletes, or take in one of the exhibitions. She even performed on the festival stage with a few of the bands.

Adding to the excitement of the summer was the surprise guest appearances of Crow's friend, Silver Screen heavyweight Gwyneth Paltrow. She joined Crow on stage in Houston and wowed the crowd with her vocal abilities.

While Crow anchored the festival she had plenty of help from the other main-stage acts like Train, O.A.R., and Ziggy Marley.

O.A.R impressed everyone, including themselves, with their growing popularity—playing each show to a packed amphitheater. Fantastic musicians and all-around nice guys, the band spent hours each night signing autographs for hundreds of fans at the FYE tent, where concertgoers got the opportunity to meet their favorite musicians.

Tonic, Five for Fighting, Maroon 5, Howie Day, Remy Shand, and a host of other bands played the festival stage and kept the adventure village rocking.

While the lineup may change and the adventure village will surely grow, next summer's Jeep World Outside Festival is already in the planning stages. Expect it to be even bigger and better!

We hope to see you there.

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