Single-day tickets for the historic 25th Rocky Mtn Folks Festival went onsale yesterday morning. We realize that for a portion of Festivarian Nation that news alone sets off a cascade of planning and purchasing. But this is Folks Festival -- our celebration of songs and stories -- so the cascade gently unfolds at its own relaxed, strumming-a-guitar-by-the-river kind of pace.
That's what we all love about Folks: It's our time to come together when the St. Vrain River is a little lower, a little quieter, a little more introspective. Sure, there'll be moments when we'll dance and laugh. But we'll also feel musical goosebumps a little deeper, sing with our tarpmates held a little closer. And it all begins to take form with this lineup announcement...
We're proud to share the complete single-day lineup for the historic 25th Annual Rocky Mtn Folks Festival (August 14-16), bringing together our favorite songwriters from around the musical world for our "summit on the song":
Friday, August 14: Sufjan Stevens • Kasey Chambers • Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long • Peter Yarrow • Mary Gauthier • Taarka • Songwriter Showcase •
Saturday, August 15: Jason Isbell • Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin • Martin Sexton • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers • The Pine Hill Project: Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell • Session Americana • Connor Garvey
Sunday, August 16: Gillian Welch • Richard Thompson • The Wood Brothers • The Waifs • The Family Crest • Heather Maloney • Honoring 25 Years of Folks (gospel set)
The final lineup additions deepen this historic 25th Annual celebration: Gillian Welch masterfully closes the festival on Sunday night, for her 5th Folks Festival appearance. Two of our all-time favorite performers, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, share the twilight onstage Saturday evening. Beloved Folks veterans Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell return to perform together as the The Pine Hill Project. On Sunday morning, we present an all-star musical celebration of the Folks who have left us over these 25 unforgettable years. Check out our recent introductions to many of this year's newer artists on Facebook and the Festivarian Forum.
These new additions join a lineup that already included some of the most inspiring voices in modern song: the writer of 2015's most acclaimed album Sufjan Stevens; winner of the Americana Music Association's 2014 Artist, Song, and Album of the Year awards Jason Isbell; legendary British guitarist, songwriter, and singer Richard Thompson; cherished Australian songwriter and performer Kasey Chambers; the powerful spoken word of Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long. Every artist on this year's lineup holds a place in our hearts and a shelf on our CD rack.
For many, Folks Fest is a retreat from everyday life, camping with friends and family by the river in Lyons, sharing songs late into the night. For those folks, 3-day passes and camping are still available in 3 different campgrounds. But beginning now, single-day tickets are also available for a quick getaway. Gather your Festivarian family and make your plans at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422 (with no service fees, of course).
For songwriters, Folks week begins 5 days earlier at The Song School (August 9-13). If you're among the lucky students (spaces sold-out a month ago), check out our new faculty additions, including Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell, and Shane Koyczan.
We invite artists from around the country to submit their latest songs for our Songwriter Showcase, which opens the Folks Festival on Friday morning. Our committee of artists, producers and industry pros will continue accepting entries thru June 5.
We'll have lots more Folks Festival news to share in the coming months, including our gorgeous 25th annual artwork and the Wildflower workshop stage schedule. In the meantime, please share today's news (or this great preview from Denver's 5280 Magazine) with your Festivarian friends. We don't want anyone to miss out on this year's historic celebration.
Friday's special CD release show with The Railsplitters sold-out yesterday...
So tickets remain for just one last show in the Wildflower Pavilion this Spring: an evening with Front Country on Friday, May 8. As one of only a handful of bands to win both the Telluride and RockyGrass band contests, the San Francisco sextet has earned main stage standing ovations in both Lyons and Telluride with their newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and worldly songwriting sensibility.
Tickets are still available for this Spring finale show at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
If you're still looking for your Telluride Bluegrass tickets, wander over to the Returned Ticket Resale section of shop.bluegrass.com. Y'never know...
Thanks to the readers and editors of Westword and Boulder Weekly for recently naming our festivals both Best of Denver and Best of Boulder. On behalf of our community of artists, volunteers, Festivarians, and staff we're deeply humbled, and more inspired than ever to create festival magic this summer on Planet Bluegrass. We can't wait to share it with you!
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