After this fall's Wildflower shows we've stepped outside to warm autumn nights, glowing full moons, several inches of snow, and last Saturday's unforgettable bonfire...
After a 90-minute set spanning Bill Monroe to Weezer, WPA left the Wildflower Pavilion stage in search of s'mores around the bonfire. For us lucky festivarians, a great night of music became something legendary as Glen Phillips, Sean Watkins, and Luke Bulla led us in campfire singalongs deep into the night – a massed chorus on Toad the Wet Sprocket's "Walk on the Ocean," Glen's giddy vocalized horn break to Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke," Luke tearing up a Texas-style fiddle tune from his contest days, Sean's haunting take on Radiohead's "Idioteque," and even, yes, a richly harmonized "Kumbaya."
We can't promise every night in the Wildflower Pavilion will be utterly unforgettable. It's just worked out that way. We hope you're able to join us for our final two shows of 2009...
This Saturday night (October 24) we're clearing out the chairs for two full sets of Greensky Bluegrass in the Wildflower. After winning the Telluride band contest in 2006, impressing the sea of 10,000 festivarians from the Telluride main stage in 2007 and 2009, and headlining the Saturday NightGrass show this June, we figured it was time to unleash these Michigan jamgrass juggernauts onto the Wildflower festivarians.
Preview your halloween ware and join us this Saturday night in Lyons. Doors open at 7pm and Greensky takes the stage at 8pm sharp. Amazingly, tickets are still available (shop.bluegrass.com or 303-823-0848). But don't wait.
And just as we began our 2009 festival season in Telluride with an opening morning of bluegrass duets, so we will conclude our year here in Lyons... On Saturday, November 7 we finish the 2009 Planet Bluegrass season with two of the greatest musicians in bluegrass – David Grier & Mike Compton. From John Hartford to Psychograss, O' Brother to the Grammy's, these two virtuosic musicians are endlessly creative, universally admired (some might say "worshipped"), and unique musical voices steeped in tradition, wit, and oodles of personality.
On intimate nights like this, the Wildflower becomes one of Colorado's finest listening rooms - with conversation outside around the fire and pristine quiet inside the Pavilion.
Tickets for both shows are available in advance at shop.bluegrass.com or 303-823-0848, or at the door (cash-only) beginning at 7pm. The Wildflower Pavilion's wood and steel walls are now enclosed for the season, making it a warm, cozy room with world-class acoustics. The bar opens at 7pm for wine and New Belgium beer, tea and Allegro coffee, and popcorn.
In festivarian days of yore, Autumn was a time to build up those finger calluses, grease up the redial button, and prepare for several days of grueling phone lotteries. How things have changed.
While we recognize that no system is perfect, we continue to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from our three online lotteries. So once again we will be offering our most popular tickets using this online system. Grab your calendar and maybe a couple sticky notes and plaster these dates all over your house, office, workshop, mandolin:
As with past years, lottery entries are processed in a random order, so you may complete your application anytime during the above dates. You will be required to supply a credit card number (or send us a personal check), but you will only be charged if we are able to fulfill your order. And of course, Planet Bluegrass charges no handling fees of any kind for any order.
Help out your fellow festivarian by forwarding this email or throw a tarp under your laptop and have your crew over for a lottery party.
Since the Monday morning after Folks, we've been busy talking with artists about their 2010 plans. Oh, do we have some exciting news to share. But not quite yet. Look for preliminary festival lineups later this fall. In the meantime share your artist suggestions in the Festivarian Forum and on our Facebook page. Your thoughts and ideas are always given serious consideration as we plan out the next year in music.
We can't wait to see you this Saturday night in Lyons.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass