When we ordered up that special full moon for last weekend's 35th Annual RockyGrass Festival (July 27-29), we didn't quite realize the magic it would bring...
The simple beauty of the Kruger Brothers' Friday afternoon serenade; the generous collaboration of three of the mandolin's greatest innovators on Saturday afternoon; a celebratory Saturday night Sam Bush set capped by one of the hottest encore jams in recent memory; all-star campground jams that, under the moon's guidance and light, continued well past 3am; the stirring 3-part harmonies of Nickel Creek's final farewell to the Festivarians.
And we certainly didn't expect the special full moon over Lyons to inspire the truly surreal: a fawn running through the backstage area, over the poser pit fence, and across the entire audience midway through Nickel Creek's Sunday night set. Few will forget the fragile animal brushing past their hands and feet as it parted the sea of Festivarians on its way out the front gate.
Thanks to everyone who joined us last weekend and for the RockyGrass Academy that preceded it. When you have a minute, we'd love to hear your comments in the online Festival Survey. We're always striving to improve the Festivarian experience - and one lucky survey respondent will win a pair of tickets to next year's Festival. Mark your calendars now for the 36th: July 25-27, 2008.
Last week also marked the debut of our new 4800 square-foot Wildflower Pavilion
. With Academy performances by Del McCoury Band, Nickel Creek, and the Claire Lynch Band, the new "cathedral of bluegrass" is already resonating with the ancient tones. Take a virtual tour of our new year-round venue in our Wildflower pages
Join us for the gala Wildflower grand opening on September 7, as we welcome Tim O'Brien for his only Planet Bluegrass performance of 2007. Tickets go on sale at 10am MDT, Monday, August 6 online only at shop.bluegrass.com. We'll be selling 300 tickets for this inaugural show, and we don't expect them to be available for long.
The waters of the St. Vrain slow down a bit these next couple weeks as we shift gears toward our summit of the song, the 17th Annual Folks Festival (Aug 17-19). The week-long Song School is now completely sold-out, but you can still join us for a weekend (or just a single-day) of spirited song with some of the Planet's greatest songwriters, including Ray LaMontagne, Chris Isaak, Gillian Welch, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, and many others.
The full daily schedule is now posted at bluegrass.com, including our nationally-recognized Songwriters Showcase contest on Friday morning and some of our favorite new performers: Grace Potter, The Ditty Bops, and Brett Dennen. Gather a new Festivarian friend or two and order your tickets now - 800-624-2422 or shop.bluegrass.com - for a weekend planted in the cooling St. Vrain River, watching the kids playing in the beach next to the stage, and letting the music float over you.
Finally, as we work to prepare for our new Wildflower Concert Series, we've had to re-imagine our celebration of the Mabon for 2007. We will still be celebrating the Autumnal Equinox on September 22, but this year's bash will be scaled back from past years to fit inside the new Wildflower Pavilion. We are still finalizing the details - which may stray somewhat from its traditional Celtic roots - but we look to have details in the coming days. Thanks for your patience. We promise to reward you in Mabon style.
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