Opening night of the 2010 Wildflower Concert Series in Lyons... [ Wildflower image ]
 

Chatham County Line at RockyGrass '08 (photo: Greg Mudd)Fans of Chatham County Line – headliners for this Saturday's season opening concert in the Wildflower Pavilion – seem to be everywhere these days...

Critical taste-maker Pitchfork writes: "This music isn't a product of its era, but nor is it married to a bygone one. It's essentially timeless…” Rock superstars Mike Mills & Peter Buck of R.E.M. were front row for Chatham County Line's entire SXSW set, even asking the band for autographs after the show. Most recently the band was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (Spelleman Award) for their collaboration with Norwegian legend Jonas Fjeld.

MilkDriveThe North Carolina bluegrass quartet wowed the 2004 RockyGrass band contest judges and returned for 2 more memorable RockyGrass performances in 2005 and 2008 (including this encore set by the festival entrance). Quite simply: when this band starts to sway and sing around a single microphone there's nowhere we'd rather be.

Wildflower bonfire (photo: Jennifer Schumacher)We'll kick off this opening night of music with the progressive stringband MilkDrive from Austin, TX. The Austin-American Statesman calls these former members of South Austin Jug Band (and a former RockyGrass mandolin champion) "brilliant redneck gypsy jazzmen." (Here's a video)

Tickets are available now at shop.bluegrass.com, 303-823-0848, or in-person at the Stone Cup in Lyons. As always, we'll light the bonfire by the river at 7pm (weather permitting). Reserve your seat inside, grab a New Belgium beer or wine from the indoor Wildflower bar, then join fellow festivarians around the the bonfire 'til the music start at 8pm.

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Chatham County Line Bluegrass accented by alt-country......
Chatham County Line
with special guests MilkDrive
Saturday, March 27, 8:00pm
$15 advance / $17 door [ buy tickets ]
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Long Road Home Bluegrass and classic jazz from Dr. Banjo...
Pete Wernick & Flexigrass
and Long Road Home

Friday, April 9, 8:00pm
$15 advance / $17 door [ buy tickets ]
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Head for the Hills From progressive bluegrass to outlaw country...
Head for the Hills
and Town Mountain

Friday, April 16, 8:00pm
$12 advance / $15 door [ buy tickets ]
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Anne & Pete Sibley A sweet & soulful marriage of harmonies...
Anne & Pete Sibley
with very special guests
Friday, May 14, 8:00pm
$15 advance / $17 door [ buy tickets ]
--- Plan to spend the entire evening in our wonderful little town of Lyons. Enjoy one of our several great new restaurants including sushi, a southern-style bistro, pizza, and of course grill & brew. Grab dinner and drinks on main street then walk over to Planet Bluegrass in-time for the bonfire at 7pm. We can't wait to see you this Saturday as we embark on our 2010 acoustic adventure in the Wildflower Pavilion. It's going to be quite a night.
 
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Chatham County Line
w/ MilkDrive
March 27

Pete Wernick & Flexigrass
and Long Road Home

April 9

Head for the Hills
& Town Mountain

April 16

Anne & Pete Sibley
w/ very special guests
May 14

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