On September 12, 2013 our hometown of Lyons, CO was hit by a historic 500-year flood. The St. Vrain River tore through our town causing devastating destruction to our town's infrastructure, to our local community, and to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.
Green returns to the Ranch in Lyons, CO
The day after the flood we vowed to rebuild better than ever. We bought a backhoe and a dump truck, and we haven't rested a day since. In early November we reopened our main office in Lyons -- just in time for record-setting ticket onsale days in December.
Thanks to the tireless work of our crew (dawn 'til dusk every day since September), Planet Bluegrass 2.0 is now a reality, including a re-sculpted seating area with better views for everyone, a rebuilt Wildflower Pavilion, and new river pathways and beach. Learn more about the story of our rebirth in Westword, Denver Post, 9News, CBS4-Denver, 7News-Denver, and Boulder Weekly.
After the triumph of the 42nd RockyGrass (July 25-27), we're excited to welcome Festivarians back to Lyons for 2 more events this summer: the 24th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 15-17) and Yonder Mountain String Band's Kinfolk Celebration (September 19-20). Tickets and camping are still available for both of these magical weekends on Planet Bluegrass at shop.bluegrass.com.
|Our book: Forty Years of Festivation|
Thanks to everyone who has helped make our rebirth possible. It's going to be an unforgettably powerful summer of music in Telluride and here in Lyons.
In the meantime, we continue to encourage you to help our town of Lyons and fellow members of our local community who are still in immediate need by supporting the many resources at LyonsFightsBack.org.
With much love,
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass
p.s. If you missed this year's sold-out Telluride Bluegrass, place your order now for our limited collector's edition book, Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Forty Years of Festivation. The 216-page hardcover book features more than 350 photos; essays by Sam Bush, Chris Thile, and dozens more; gorgeous reproductions of each year's art poster; and year-by-year insider accounts from Pastor Mustard.