2016 Wildflower Schedule

We're excited to announce the lineup for the Spring 2016 concert series in our cozy all-season indoor venue along the banks of the St. Vrain River in Lyons, CO. Plan to join us this spring for beer, wine, and other drinks at the bar; convenient, free parking on the Ranch; and bonfires and jams (weather permitting) by the river after the shows.

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Wood & Wire
Season kick-off with hot Austin, TX bluegrass quartet...
with Taarka
  • Friday, March 25, 2016
  • 8pm show / 7pm doors (All Ages)
  • Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door Purchase Now
As its name suggests, Wood & Wire is a young acoustic band with a love for pure music played well. In 2011, the group exploded onto Austin's bluegrass and old-time-music scene while quickly gaining a national fan base through appearances at notable festivals and venues like Old Settlers Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and the IBMA World of Bluegrass. It was icing on the cake, then, when they also garnered a last-minute appearance onstage at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. [more...]

In 2013, Wood & Wire opened for Yonder Mountain String Band and released a self-titled debut album to much acclaim. In 2014, the group continued gaining momentum, touring heavily and completing their follow-up album released in February.

A culmination of distinct musical personalities, the band's influences range from Led Zeppelin to Doc Watson – and everything in between. "We're from all over the country," says Bassist Dom Fisher, describing the resulting sound as "strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms."

Fisher, a New York native with a degree in Jazz Studies (Double Bass) from Ithaca College, formed the group along with Guitarist Tony Kamel, whose rich, textured vocals provide lead for the group. In 2012, the two added banjoist Trevor Smith, which, says Fisher, "really put us on a different level."

Smith, who had been playing music with Fisher, Kamel and other local musicians at a weekly bluegrass jam at Austin's Flipnotics, actually grew up playing classical piano. After attending his first bluegrass festival, he picked up his main instrument, the banjo. "I was perplexed by the sound of it, and I had to figure it out," says Smith, who later added guitar and mandolin to his talents.

Wood & Wire rounded out the quartet last May with the addition of mandolinist Billy Bright, a veteran player who has worked with legendary artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and Vassar Clements. A Berklee College of Music attendee, Bright adorns the music with his unique style bred from influences like Matt Mundy, David Grisman, Mike Compton and "every other mandolinist I've ever seen or heard."

For its second album, The Coast, Wood & Wire returned to J Studios in Nashville to work with Grammy-nominated engineer and producer, Erick Jaskowiak. "He is an amazing guy, chock full of positive vibes and so good at what he does," says Kamel. A coming-of-age collection of original songs with a coastal theme, the album builds on the band's debut, entertaining fans while drawing back the curtain on members' substantial musical chops.

In the studio and on the stage, Wood & Wire continues to share its passion for pure music through heartfelt performances across the country. [less...]
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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Grammy-nominated, IBMA-winning bluegrass...
  • Friday, April 8, 2016
  • 8pm show / 7pm doors (All Ages)
  • Tickets: $17 advance / $20 door Purchase Now
With their last album earning Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the eagerly anticipated Family, Friends & Heroes release is sure to impress. Come March 4th audiences are invited to catch a generous glimpse into Solivan's work that pays homage to his family members and features the pristine playing of his closest musical heroes, including Del McCoury, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury and John Cowan. Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he's built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMA's 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year. Top
The Stray Birds + Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
An evening of brilliant Americana songwriting...
  • Friday, April 22, 2016
  • 8pm show / 7pm doors (All Ages)
  • Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door Purchase Now
The Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio made its Yep Roc Records debut with Best Medicine, earning its way onto many critics Best-Of lists in 2014. The album’s success earned The Stray Birds performance slots at prestigious events like the Philadelphia, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and our very own Folks Festival. Their steadily increasing popularity led to an appearance on Mountain Stage, where their spellbinding harmonies captivated audiences nationwide and helped to build a dedicated fanbase in the UK and Ireland as well. The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically-trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix. Top
When Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys found each other jamming at open mics and music festivals around Michigan they couldn't have predicted what would lie ahead of them. In the past year alone, touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they've been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as the Stagecoach Music Festival in California with 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree all over Germany, and many acoustic music festivals in the US. To round out the year they were named one of NPR Music's 12 best live performance sessions by Mountain Stage. Having earned their name late night at a Michigan Bluegrass festival from a fellow picker who proclaimed, "It's good to see you Flatbellys out here pickin with us Greybeards," today Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys keep one foot in The Great Lakes State and the soul of Motown, and one in Music City, USA: Nashville, TN. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin' session, and also have honed in on a sound that's entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat. When asked what he though about LLFBs new record, Paul Hoffman, lead singer and mandolinist of Greensky Bluegrass, said: "What do I love about 'Ionia'? Let's keep it simple. Everything." Top
SHEL
Folk-pop harmonies and infectious virtuosity...
with special guests
  • Friday, April 29, 2016
  • 8pm show / 7pm doors (All Ages)
  • Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door Purchase Now
The SHEL sisters' sound is filled with infectious rhythms and hypnotic vocals that meld together their classical training and diverse influences – the result is mesmerizing. Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL has spent the last couple years touring to support their critically acclaimed debut release. Whether playing folk festivals or with orchestras, SHEL captivates audiences with their distinctive arrangements and energized show. SHEL is an acronym for their names: Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. The sisters also receive rave reviews for their quirky style and creating all their music videos with Sarah as the videographer and editor. In addition, SHEL's songs have been featured in numerous television shows, films, and commercials. SHEL's "Hold On," was featured in a pivotal scene in The Best of Me and it was the lead video from the film and soundtrack. SHEL is currently working on their second record with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. Top

 


2015 Wildflower Concert Series

2014 Wildflower

The never-ending sound of backhoes, dump trucks, excavators, and construction crews as we rebuild the Planet Bluegrass Ranch (and the entire Wildflower Pavilion!) from the devastating September 2013 flood.

2013 Wildflower Concert Series

2012 Wildflower Concert Series

2011 Wildflower Concert Series

2010 Wildflower Concert Series

2009 Wildflower Concert Series

The 2008 Wildflower Concert Season

The Inaugural 2007 Wildflower Concert Series

View photos from these special evenings on Planet Bluegrass.