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Contact: Brian Eyster, Planet Bluegrass
Brian@Bluegrass.com, 303-682-3992


LYONS, COLORADO — With two of the first three shows in the new Wildflower Pavilion on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons selling out days before the shows, tickets are still available for each of the remaining four shows in the inaugural concert series – including Michelle Shocked, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Mountain Heart, and Mindy Smith. General admission tickets ($15-20) to each of these shows, all of which feature late-night bonfires along the St. Vrain River, are on-sale now at www.wildflowerpavilion.com or 303-823-0848.

Rootsy Americana rock band Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers (Sept. 27) were surprise stars at the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, capping their set with Kit “Goose” Karlson triumphantly circling the festival grounds as 10,000 giddy Festivarians chanted “if you can’t dance in your underpants, you don’t stand a chance.”  Emotional singer-songwriter Mindy Smith (Oct. 3) returns to Lyons after headlining the opening night of the 2006 Folks Festival.

Award-winning bluegrass band Mountain Heart (Oct. 10) brings their power and precision to the “cathedral of bluegrass.” The band features 5-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and former member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, Adam Steffey. Eclectic singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked (Oct. 20) closes the inaugural season – her seventh performance on a Planet Bluegrass stage.  She is currently touring behind her latest CD, ToHeavenURide, a live recording of her set from the 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

The state-of-the-art Meyer sound system has been winning praises from performers and audiophiles alike. The building features custom-welded bow-string trusses to provide a dramatic vaulted roof line and clear sightlines to the large raised stage. Windows behind and above the stage look out onto the St. Vrain River and the cliffs above it. Pews from the original historic Wildflower Theatre have been hand-restored and placed along the walls as a connection to the original venue on the Ranch.

These intimate shows mark the debut of the new Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass – a beautiful 4800 square-foot year-round venue nestled in the trees along the St. Vrain River. The venue is located near the site of the original Wildflower Theater which collapsed in 1997.  Final construction of the new wood and steel building, which began in March 2007, was completed just days before the sold-out RockyGrass festival in July.  

Tickets for the gala opening night show with Tim O’Brien sold-out in less than 2 hours. Currently on a year-long sabbatical this was Tim O’Brien’s only Planet Bluegrass / Colorado performance of 2007. Tickets also sold-out days in advance for the “magical Mabon celebration” with Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band. This special Autumn un-festival featured acoustic jam circles (Celtic, old-time, bluegrass) throughout the grounds, camping, and special Mabon food and hearty beverages. This day of revelry replaces the larger Festival of the Mabon which has been held at Planet Bluegrass since 2001.

In its first months of operation the venue hosted performances from Nickel Creek, Del McCoury Band, Drew Emmitt, and Peter Himmelman. Thanks to the dramatic natural light above and behind the stage, RockyGrass Academy director Steve Szymanski referred to the venue alternately as “Colorado’s new cathedral of bluegrass” and the “Planet Bluegrass sanctuary of song.”

All shows will be general admission and free parking will be available on-site at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be sold.

Remaining shows in the Fall 2007 Wildflower Concert series schedule:

Thursday, September 27, 7:30pm
Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
w/ Mozella
Show-stopping rootsy Americana rock & stars of the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Wednesday, October 3, 8pm
Mindy Smith
w/ Michael McDermott
Emotionally rich singer-songwriter

Wednesday, October 10, 8pm
Mountain Heart
Precision, power, and heart of traditional bluegrass

Saturday, October 20, 8pm
Michelle Shocked
Energetic & wildly eclectic singer-songwriter

For more information about the Pavilion and the Fall Wildflower Concert Series visit:

Hi-res images of the venue and publicity photos for Fall 2007 performers are at: