Widely acclaimed as one of 2015's masterworks -- "a fall down gorgeous and emotionally devastating masterpiece" (Dave Eggers, The Guardian) -- Sufjan Stevens' brings his powerful new album Carrie & Lowell to Lyons this Friday night (August 14), for a rare outdoor festival performance on the Planet Bluegrass stage.
After a magical season of festivals at Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass, just this one final summer weekend now remains: the historic 25th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. And only a few single-day tickets for Friday are still available...
Sharing the stage with his 5-piece band, the Boston Globe described a recent Sufjan Stevens' show: "Ranging from moments of quavering delicacy to ones of digitally enhanced clamor, the performance was both as intimate and as splendid as any high Mass." Sufjan headlines a remarkable opening day of our historic 25th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 14-16).
It's a Folks Friday lineup that also includes: Australian country superstar Kasey Chambers (check out her gritty new album Bittersweet), the unforgettable spoken word artistry of Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long, the legendary Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary; writer of "Puff, The Magic Dragon"), Mary Gauthier, Taarka, and The Songwriter Showcase.
Beyond the main stage, the Wildflower Pavilion hosts a rich schedule of performances throughout the weekend, including Vance Gilbert, Amy Speace, Steve Seskin, Ellis, and much more.
Right next to the Wildflower, the family area will be abuzz with kids arts & crafts, the sandy beach, Swallow Hill's Instrument Petting Zoo, and activities organized by Colorado Mountain Club and Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center. And don't miss the childrens music performance on Saturday at 11am in the Wildflower Pavilion with Django Jones (former members of Girlyman). As with all Planet Bluegrass events, kids 12 and under are free.
Thanks to our partners at Gaiam, this year we invite you to join us for free festival yoga sessions each day for adults (8am in front of the main stage) and kids (by the family area at 11am on Friday/Sunday, 1pm on Saturday).
As we continue our shift from waste to reuse, don't forget to bring your reusable utensils, vintage pint-sized beer cups, and water bottles. We'll be selling all of these onsite, of course, but plan ahead and bring your own! And if you're camping with us, start thinking about your entry for the Campsite Challenge.
Single-day tickets for Friday, as well as camping at Meadow Park and River Bend, are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. The festival box office (located right next to the entrance) will be open at 9am each day.
All weekend, we'll be posting festival photos and other goodies to our Facebook page. In the meantime, have a look at the official Folks Festival program, listen to the stream of songs from our Songwriter Showcase finalists, and connect with your future tarp and campground neighbors in the Festivarian Forum.
Twenty-five years in the making, it's going to be a magical weekend of songs and stories in Lyons. We can't wait to share it with you.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass