Sam Bush, Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers top 2016 RockyGrass lineup...
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  • 2016 RockyGrass lineup
• RockyGrass Friday/Sunday tickets
• Folks Fest early discount tickets
• Planet Bluegrass holiday ornament
 
 

RockyGrass in Lyons (photo: Benko Photographics)With tickets now on-sale (and some sold out faster than two shakes of a lamb's tail) we have officially entered into the best time of year... festival season!

We may be waking up to bare trees and snowstorms, but our dreams have begun turning to visions of greenery and warmth. Like children marking holiday advent calendars, we are diligently crossing off the days until we can see you in Lyons next summer... there are only 230, in case you weren't already counting!

-- RockyGrass Festival --
Doyle Lawson on the 2007 RockyGrass stage (photo: Benko Photographics)Our RockyGrass lineup this year is about as heavily decorated as your grandma's basement, and probably smells better, too! Huge congratulations to 2016 RockyGrass artists the Punch Brothers, legendary mandolinist / vocalist Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn for their recent Grammy nominations. We hope you'll also extend a hearty pat-on-the back this July to recent International Bluegrass Music Association award winners: Rhonda Vincent (8-time Female Vocalist of the Year), Jerry Douglas (9-time Dobro Player of the Year), and Bryan Sutton (9-time Guitar Player of the Year). And we're thrilled to welcome 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass winner Danny Barnes for a special duet set with Hot Rize's Nick Forster.

Wildflower Pavilion (photo: Art Heffron)When the 2013 flood devastated the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, we promised to rebuild better than ever. On March 27 we'll make good on the final part of that promise, as we reopen the Wildflower Concert Series. With new sliding seasonal doors, heaters, permanent bar areas, and state-of-the-art sound and lights, the completely rebuilt Wildflower Pavilion offers a uniquely "Planet Bluegrass" approach to the indoor concert experience -- with a river and bonfire right outside the doors.

Legendary fiddler Mark O'Connor plays RockyGrass for the first time since 2004, debuting his O'Connor Family Band. Sam Bush triumphantly returns, marking more performances on the Planet Bluegrass stage than we have fingers or toes to count. In addition to his only-at-RockyGrass Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, he'll be collaborating in a trio with fellow virtuosos Jerry Douglas & Edgar Meyer.

-- 25th Annual Folks Festival --Doyle Lawson on the 2007 RockyGrass stage (photo: Benko Photographics)The journey toward the 25th Annual Rocky Mtn Folks Festival (August 14-16) begins today, as we share the initial lineup for our "summit on the song," bringing together songwriters from around the musical and geographic world.

Our RockyGrass lineup this year is about as heavily decorated as your grandma's basement, and probably smells better, too! Huge congratulations to 2016 RockyGrass artists the Punch Brothers, legendary mandolinist / vocalist Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn for their recent Grammy nominations.

Wildflower Pavilion (photo: Art Heffron) We hope you'll also extend a hearty pat-on-the back this July to recent International Bluegrass Music Association award winners: Rhonda Vincent (8-time Female Vocalist of the Year), Jerry Douglas (9-time Dobro Player of the Year), and Bryan Sutton (9-time Guitar Player of the Year). And we're thrilled to welcome 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass winner Danny Barnes for a special duet set with Hot Rize's Nick Forster.

And we're thrilled to welcome 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass winner Danny Barnes for a special duet set with Hot Rize's Nick Forster.

-- Wildflower Concerts --
David Grisman & Sam Bush at the 2015 RockyGrass (photo: Benkno Photographics)When the 2013 flood devastated the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, we promised to rebuild better than ever. On March 27 we'll make good on the final part of that promise, as we reopen the Wildflower Concert Series. With new sliding seasonal doors, heaters, permanent bar areas, and state-of-the-art sound and lights, the completely rebuilt Wildflower Pavilion offers a uniquely "Planet Bluegrass" approach to the indoor concert experience -- with a river and bonfire right outside the doors.

Legendary fiddler Mark O'Connor plays RockyGrass for the first time since 2004, debuting his O'Connor Family Band. Sam Bush triumphantly returns, marking more performances on the Planet Bluegrass stage than we have fingers or toes to count. In addition to his only-at-RockyGrass Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, he'll be collaborating in a trio with fellow virtuosos Jerry Douglas & Edgar Meyer.

-- Other News --

Providing a direct link to the father of bluegrass (and festival founder) Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys along with the music's progressive future, Peter Rowan returns on Sunday. For those who were lucky enough to snag spots for the RockyGrass Academy, y'all can look forward to bands-in-residence Slocan Ramblers and the Tony Trischka Band.

If your eyes aren't already popping out of your skull from the awesomeness, this is sure to cinch the deal: rip-roaring guitarist/vocalist Michael Daves will pick with abandon on Sunday afternoon; high-energy Colorado quintet RapidGrass open the Festival with a fervor; and we've invited back The Railsplitters, who rocked the most wildly sold-out Wildflower Pavilion show since he flood reconstruction. And there's more to come, still...

RockyGrass Festivarians (photo: Benko Photographics)While 3-day passes and Saturday single-day tickets sold-out shortly after going on sale last week, single-day tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday as well as camping in two of our campgrounds. If it took ya longer than molasses running uphill in winter to look fer tickets, fret not! Starting Tuesdays in March, we'll put any returned tickets on the "Returned Ticket Resale" section of shop.bluegrass.com, where you can have at ‘em!

A very limited number of early discount tickets for the 26th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival are still available. With a special holiday discount of $25 off 3-day passes -- these won't last long! Get ‘em at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422, before the price increases.

Cheers,
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

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