Celebration of the Mabon: September 18, 2014

Note for 2014: Your on-site campground wristband for the Kinfolk Celebration will admit you into the Wildflower for this special Mabon Concert on Thursday, September 18. No other tickets will be sold to the general public.

We call it MAY'-bahn. The Autumnal Equinox. Myrrh and Sage. Acorns, gourds, and pumpkins. One final celebration of song, dance, summer, and festivation. An intimate celebration of autumn for our festivarian friends in Colorado and beyond; To celebrate the magical time when the day and the night are divided equally; To prepare for the coming months of rest, relaxation, and reflection; To store up enough festivarian love to survive the long, lonely winter.

Music of Mabon

Turn your sun dial back to the last six years' Mabon celebrations. They have been magical days capped by an unforgettably, intimate set from Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann – relaxed, warm, and utterly musical.

Autumn skies on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch (photo: Russell Bramlett)
Autumn skies on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch

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, including an extended encore played completely acoustic on the edge of the stage.

As we celebrate the end of summer, the fall harvest, and the Autumnal Equinox, it seems only fitting that we invite Ben and Adam back to share in the musical feast for a seventh year.

Whether trading vocals on some of the most beloved songs in the Yonder catalog (including some not often heard these days), 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 delicate finale.

Ben & Adam on the 2007 Summer Solstice (photo: Tim Benko)
Ben & Adam at the 2007 Mabon

'Tis a Gift to Be Simple

For six years our grand Mabon celebration 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. But the essence of our celebration of summer's end remains truer than ever before –- music, Autumn, and the magic of Planet Bluegrass.

The 2014 Mabon Concert

Since it coincides with the 2014 Kinfolk Celebration, the 2014 Mabon Concert -- held on Kinfolk Eve, Thursday, September 18 -- will be open exclusively to campers in the on-site campground. Your on-site campground wristband will admit you into the Wildflower for this special Mabon Concert. To honor the intimate spirit of this special show, no other tickets will be sold to the general public and only onsite campers will be admitted onto the grounds for this show.

Adam Aijala
Ben Kaufmann & Adam Aijala
Ben Kaufmann