Ten years ago Yonder Mountain String Band, already stars of the RockyGrass and Telluride stages, organized a celebration for their fans (dubbed "kinfolk") at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons. The modest single-day event grew to two inspiring days by the following year, with camping and numerous musical kin sharing the Lyons stage.
The 2003 Kinfolk Celebration was a final late-summer gathering of the kinfolk community from around the country, boasting a Yonder performance so intense it has been forever immortalized as their first-ever double-CD Mountain Tracks 3. But schedules got complicated, sold-out Red Rocks shows took its place in Colorado, and the Kinfolk Celebration carried on apart from its original home in Lyons. That all changes this August...
The Kinfolk Celebration returns home to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO this August 24-25 (the weekend after Folks Fest). For 2 glorious days we'll boogie in the late summer sun, cool our feet in the St. Vrain River, camp under the cliffs with our kinfolk family, and share in the music and community of Yonder Mountain String Band.
Yonder will perform exhilarating full sets each evening on the main stage – their only Colorado shows of the summer (besides Telluride, of course). Each afternoon close musical kin of Yonder will create their own main stage musical frenzy. (The complete lineup and gate times will be announced in the coming weeks.)
Camping will be available amidst the Cottonwoods of the Planet Bluegrass Ranch and under the dramatic redrock cliffs of nearby Meadow Park. Inside the grounds, a variety of local food vendors will be serving food and New Belgium will be pouring beers.
Wherever your travels take you this summer, the Kinfolk Celebration is your destination. Lyons is calling. We can't wait to welcome you home.
Mark your calendar: tickets (2-day passes and single-day) and camping go onsale on Friday, April 20 at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. In the meantime, RSVP on Facebook and share your stories of the early Lyons Kinfolk Celebrations on the Festivarian Forum.
After missing the past few years (and being sorely missed by festivarians), we're thrilled to welcome back "the voice" of Telluride Bluegrass, legendary 33-year TBF veteran John Cowan, for a special Sunday morning gospel set. John joins the soaring and serene sound of newcomers Seryn, and lovable singer-songwriter Brett Dennen (who inspired many a groovy dance move and giddy smile during his 2008 TBF debut) to complete the lineup for the 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass (June 21-24).
Though the festival sold-out nearly 2 months ago, there is still at least one way to spend the Solstice with us in Telluride: the Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest. Submissions of up to 2 songs are due by April 13. We'll select 10 finalists to join us in Telluride, where they'll compete on the Elks Park stage, perform main stage 'tweeners, and share their music throughout the weekend.
We're busy confirming bands for the NightGrass series of late-night indoor shows around town. Watch for a NightGrass lineup announcement in the next few weeks.
As a preview of Brett Dennen's performance at this year's Telluride Bluegrass, the joyous folk-pop-poet will be performing at Boulder's beautiful Macky Auditorium on Saturday, April 28. Tickets are going quickly, but keep an eye on our Facebook page: we'll be giving away a pair of Brett Dennen tickets to a lucky festivarian early next week.
Finally, few artists inspired our lives as much as Earl Scruggs. The impact of his musical brilliance and creativity, coupled with his generous spirit, changed our world forever. We were blessed to welcome Earl to both RockyGrass and Telluride Bluegrass in his final decade. We will cherish those memories forever. Rest in peace, Earl.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass