If the 42nd RockyGrass Festival was the jubilant rebirth of Planet Bluegrass -- and make no mistake, that phoenix was rising proudly over the Ranch all weekend (watch footage from PBS NewsHour, CBS4-Denver, and 7News-Denver) -- then this weekend's 24th Annual Rocky Mtn Folks Festival (Aug. 15-17) is our time for healing and reflection, balanced by a good bit of dancing and open-hearted singing to one our most powerful and energetic line-ups ever.
Single-day Folks Festival tickets for Friday and Sunday are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
This is the year to introduce 4 new friends to the Festivarian experience. Friday's massive lineup includes Folks favorites (and bona fide American treasures) Ani DiFranco and Greg Brown; the conscious, groovy, lovable power trio Dispatch (we'll be singing arm-in-arm to "go now you are forgiven"); Festivarian-favorite Sarah Jarosz; talented newcomers Steve Poltz and Antje Duvekot; and the always-inspiring Songwriter Showcase.
Then Sunday we close the 24th Folks with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Randy Newman, the brilliantly soulful pop of Lake Street Dive (see why Rolling Stone calls them "The Year's Best New Band”), youtube sensation Ron Pope, in-the-moment creative rocker (and crowd-surfing conga line-leader) Peter Himmelman, the entrancing folk-pop of Elephant Revival, virtuosic crooning cellist Ben Sollee, and a special set of sacred music sacred dance from the Drepung Loseling Monks.
The schedule of intimate Folks Fest performances in the Wildflower Pavilion is now posted -- including Ellis, Steve Seskin, Amy Speace, and a not-to-be-missed Peter Himmelman kids show. Right outside the Wildflower, the Drepung Monks will be constructing a sand mandala throughout the week, capped by a beautiful closing ceremony on Sunday evening.
Friday and Sunday single-day tickets will be available online til Thursday afternoon (with no service fees, of course). Thereafter they'll be available at the box office here in Lyons. Camping at Meadow Park is still available -- even for single-day ticket holders.
Be sure to bring your eating utensils. We're taking the next step in Sustainable Festivation here in Lyons by replacing single-use compostable utensils with long-lasting reusables. If you forget your own eating utensils, fear not, you can purchase an sturdy spork (perfect for camping) from any of our vendors, or a bamboo utensil set (with carrying case and carabiner) at the festival Country Store.
Thanks to everyone who made this year's 42nd Annual RockyGrass (July 25-27) such an unforgettable celebration of bluegrass and Lyons' rebirth. We'd love to hear your feedback in our online survey (1 lucky response will win a pair of 3-day passes for next year).
Be sure to check out the audio archive of KGNU's festival-long radio broadcast at AfterFM.com, including highlights from Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Matt Flinnner Trio, and James King Band.
In case you missed it, the story of the Planet Bluegrass rebirth has been beautifully told in the media -- including an in-depth Westword cover story, an 8-minute national news segment on PBS NewsHour, and thoughtful stories in Denver Post, Boulder Weekly, and 9News.
We can't wait to welcome you back to Lyons this weekend. Our new sod is lush green, the river is flowing at soothing late-summer levels, and you're going to love our post-flood improvements including the river walkway, re-sculpted seating area, and reconstructed Wildflower Pavilion and beach area. See you this weekend!
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass