2015 Wildflower Schedule

Rich, inspiring, and fresh music will again fill the Wildflower Pavilion starting early this Spring. The Pavilion is a cozy all-season indoor venue, with free parking on the Ranch; beer, wine, and other drinks at the bar; and bonfires and jams (weather permitting) by the river.

Tickets are available for all shows at shop.bluegrass.com or 303-823-0848. As always, Planet Bluegrass charges no fees on any tickets. Be sure you're signed up for the Wildflower email newsletter for all the latest news.

Friday, May 8
Front Country
Telluride and RockyGrass band contest winners...
  • Friday, May 8, 2015
  • 8pm show / 7pm doors (All Ages)
  • Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door Purchase Now
Coming out of the California Bay Area's red-hot roots music scene, Front Country first made waves with a rare double band competition win at both the Telluride and Rockygrass music festivals. Following national tours and invites to prestigious events like Wintergrass and IBMA, anticipation has been mounting for their debut full-length album. Wanting to create something that pushed their sound even further, Front Country recruited renowned instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter Kai Welch (Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck) to produce Sake of the Sound. [more...] With Welch at the helm, Front Country were able to unite their many far-reaching musical influences and inspirations and do credit to their electrifying live show. The songs on the new album are sourced from all across the Americana spectrum (Utah Philips, Bob Dylan, Kate Wolf), but each cover brings a fresh, new perspective. Front Country truly shines when the original songs of lead singer Melody Walker give them room to flex. "Colorado" is a gorgeously crafted showcase to both Walker's voice and the understated power of each instrumentalist in Front Country. Melody's songs draw out Front Country's furthest reaching interests in music. Her title song "Sake of the Sound", a song about the rapture of music set in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, references Paul Simon's "Graceland" or Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as easily as new-wave progressive bluegrass bands like Crooked Still or The Punch Brothers, and even dips into Melody and Jacob's interests in ethnomusicology and Afro Pop. With a global span of interests, and world-class talent, it's no wonder Front Country's bluegrass sounds like it was born in a new century.

From the first notes of "Gospel Train," as Melody Walker's soaring voice entwines around the phrase "I woke up with heaven on my mind," you'll hear that Front Country isn't your usual bluegrass band. When the fiddle and distorted acoustic guitar come crashing into the song like roaring waves, rushing back and forth withswelling ferocity, you'll know that this is bluegrass unleashed, American roots music that refuses to be constrained. Each song on the album points to traditional influences, but it's clear that Front Country views these traditions as a launching pad for grander explorations. On their highly anticipated debut full-length album, Sake of the Sound, Front Country blend everything from high-lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality. This is Americana at its best: music with deep roots and wide-ranging vision. [less...]
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