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) 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 1
The Railsplitters
Special CD Release celebration...
  • Friday, May 1, 2015
  • 8pm show / 7pm doors (All Ages)
  • Tickets: $15 advance Sold-out!
From their home in the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. For a debut album, The Railsplitters sound remarkably assured, playing with the kind of abandon their live shows are known for. Bringing real depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats--from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. [more...] The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that can raise mountains and even a few eyebrows.

The Railsplitters' debut album starts off with a nostalgic homage to lead singer Lauren Stovall's hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, "The City With Soul." As a singer, Lauren has certainly got soul, and plenty of it! And while Lauren is giving Alison Krauss a run for her money, Peter Sharpe andDusty Rider are masterfully pickin' the mandolin and banjo (respectively). Lauren, Peter, and Dusty, along with innovative upright bassist Leslie Ziegler, all sing on the album and are now joined by the group's newest member, world class fiddle player, Christine King, who adds to The Railsplitters' impressive songwriting.

The quintet usually starts by writing their songs individually and then come together to develop them as a group. This songwriting interplay adds a special addition to an already broad diversity of styles and genres on the album. From dance numbers like "Lonesome Feeling," to modulated instrumental numbers like "Longs Peak," to sweet ballads like "Where You Are," The Railsplitters have a song for every kind of mood.

The Railsplitters have a musical range that sets them apart from other up-and-coming bluegrass bands. Calling on genre influences from Roots/Americana, Country Twang, 50's doo wop, modern pop, and of course, good ol' fashioned Rock 'n' Roll, they've been wowing listeners at home in Colorado and beyond. Since their beginning in early 2012, The Railsplitters have won two major contests: 2012 Pickin' In The Pines in Flagstaff, Arizona and 2013 Rockygrass in Lyons, Colorado!

At the core, The Railsplitters are a high energy, bluegrass roots quintet whose vocals soar well above all the blue in the sky. With luminous vocal clarity, unclouded songwriting talent, and exceptional musical range, this high energy group will be growing far beyond Colorado's Front Range in no time!  [less...]
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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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2013 Wildflower Concert Series

2012 Wildflower Concert Series

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2010 Wildflower Concert Series

2009 Wildflower Concert Series

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