Mabon Celebration: September 17, 2016
|Adam & Ben at the 2015 Mabon
(photo Nick Negrete)
The Autumnal Equinox: the magical time when the day and the night are divided equally and the cooling air and quieter tempos of autumn beckon. We call it MAY'-bahn. And for more than a decade on Planet Bluegrass we've celebrated with our Festivarian family from Colorado and beyond.
We invite you to join us for this final summer weekend of song, spirit, and festivation with your Planet Bluegrass family on Saturday, September 17 featuring Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band.
Tickets and camping are onsale now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
Music of Mabon
Turn your sun dial back to the last eight years of Mabon celebrations. They have been magical days capped by an unforgettable, intimate set from Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann. Relaxed, warm, and deeply musical. As Ben Kaufmann said onstage at last September's show: "This is always one of my very favorite shows. It’s a very, very special gig that we get to do."
|Mabon Revelry at Planet Bluegrass
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)
If you've been to one of these shows, you're probably still talking about it. As much as any of our Wildflower Concerts, these shows have caused a stir: two of our favorite musicians from one of the most vital bands in acoustic music, Yonder Mountain String Band, performing two long sets of music, sometimes including a completely acoustic encore performed on the edge of the stage.
As we celebrate the end of summer, the fall harvest, and the Autumnal Equinox, we're thrilled to once again invite Adam and Ben back to share in this musical feast for a ninth year.
Whether trading vocals on some of the most beloved songs in the Yonder catalog (including some not often heard), covering a broad swath of traditional music from Celtic to Americana, or trading leads on guitar, banjo, bouzouki, and mandolin this will be a show befitting the summer's finale.
|Mabon stage in the Wildflower Pavilion
(photo Nick Negrete)
'Tis a Gift to Be Simple
In the early 'oughts, our grand Festival of the Mabon occupied the main stage, the workshop stage, and vendors, artisans, and folk performers all over the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.
In 2007, we refocused our Autumnal energy on its essence: a casual afternoon of revelry on the Ranch and an intimate evening of acoustic music in the Wildflower. The intimate 300-seat Wildflower Pavilion replaced the main stage as the focus of live music. A few of our closest Festivarian and musical friends, replaced the large crowds of the Festival of the Mabon. And the experience became richer and more true than ever –- music, late-summer revelry, and the magic of Planet Bluegrass.
|Mabon bonfire along the St. Vrain River
(photo Joshua Elioseff)
September 2014 featured Yonder Mountain String Band's epic Kinfolk Celebration on Planet Bluegrass, and its opening night Mabon Concert kick-off. This September, we're again returning to an intimate Mabon Concert in the Wildflower Pavilion for Yonder's Kinfolk, the Festivarian family, and lover's of summer's end on Planet Bluegrass.
A Day of Mabon
The Planet Bluegrass Ranch opens at 2pm on Saturday, September 17 to setup your camp in the onsite campground. We'll be serving food and hearty beverages all day to accompany a relaxed afternoon of Mabon revelry.
- Happy Hour from 2-5pm: featuring $1 off all beer, wine and our Bloody Mary Bar
- A selection of warm artisanal soups with vegan and gluten-free options (3-7pm)
- Authentic wood-fired pizza made by Seb's Portable Wood-Fired Pizza & Cusine (3-7pm)
Doors to the Wildflower Pavilion open at 7pm; Adam & Ben take the stage at 8pm. We'll be lighting the Mabon bonfire next to the St. Vrain River around dusk. A ticket is required to access the Planet Bluegrass grounds throughout the day.
Camping will be available to spend the Saturday evening (September 17) under the redstone cliffs of Planet Bluegrass, as the Mabon bonfire will likely go late into the night. Who knows... maybe we'll even spy a stray bagpiper wandering the Ranch as a reminder of the Mabons of yore.
- Tent camping ($10) is available for Saturday evening only. Camping is sold per-person not per-site. Only the front campground area closest to the Wildflower Pavilion will be used. Sorry, to protect the trees in the campground no RVs or pop-up campers are allowed.
- The grounds open at 2pm for camping or Mabon revelry on the festival grounds.
- Campground closes at noon on Sunday.
- All campers must also purchase a ticket to the concert.