First things first: single-day tickets for the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival are now available. Ok. Catch your breath for a minute. Relax. Now visit shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422 to order.
None of us on Planet Bluegrass can quite remember such fervor for Folks Fest tickets, as our phones have been constantly ringing with dedicated Festivarians squealing about "Loreena," "John Butler," and beginning today... we add "Prine" to that excitement.
With the announcement of the rest of the single-day lineup, our 23rd annual "summit on the song" in Lyons (August 16-18) begins to come into clearer view -- from a breathtaking Friday evening under the redstone cliffs with Loreena McKennitt, to a grooving Saturday with John Butler Trio and Patty Griffin, to an epic Sunday night closing set from the legendary John Prine.
Let this youtube playlist soundtrack the rest of this email as we begin to conjure images of songs, stories, and summertime for these 3 glorious days along the St. Vrain River...
Friday, August 16 • Loreena McKennitt | Colin Hay | Mary Gauthier | Lucius | Ellis | Robby Hecht | Songwriter Showcase
Saturday, August 17 • John Butler Trio | Patty Griffin | Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long | Johnnyswim | Seryn | Shannon Whitworth | Chic Gamine
Sunday, August 18 • John Prine | Colin Meloy | Ariana Gillis | Nathaniel Rateliff | Lynn Miles | several more to be announced...
We're deeply passionate about this year's lineup. It's filled with beauty and emotion; fresh voices and inspiring energy.
In addition to the legendary John Prine (whose 2010 closing set remains a highlight of the 20th Annual Folks), we welcome Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter Colin Hay, who has surpassed his wonderful early years (as the leader of '80s hitmakers Men At Work) with a remarkable, emotionally honest solo career.
Among these final additions are young new artists making their debut on the Lyons stage. Husband-wife duo Johnnyswim bring an infectious energy to the rich tradition of acoustic duets. French-Canadian quintet Chic Gamine joins 4 sweet, soulful female voices with dynamic percussion for a sound NPR calls "minimalist Motown." Lucius reinvents classic girl-group harmonies with an indie edge. Texas sextet Seryn creates soaring panoramic crescendos from at least a dozen different instruments and voices.
We also welcome back 2 Planet Bluegrass favorites: Former Biscuit Burners leader Shannon Whitworth's wonderful new album is being called one of the year's best by PopMatters. After years of filling the Wildflower way past capacity, Ellis brings her wholehearted joy in performing to the main stage.
Single-day tickets, 3-day passes, and camping in both the coveted on-site campground and under the cliffs at Meadow Park is available now (with no service fees, of course) at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. With every other 2013 Planet Bluegrass ticket sold-out long ago, please spread the Folks Fest word to your Festivarian family lest they miss out.
If you're an aspiring songwriter, you have just under a month to submit a song or two to the prestigious Songwriter Showcase contest. We'll be selecting 10 finalists to perform on the main stage to open the festival. Get your entries in by June 8.
Watch bluegrass.com and Facebook, as we'll have several more early-day additions to the Sunday schedule which we'll share as soon as we can. And if you're passing by your favorite record store, we highly recommend Patty Griffin's latest American Kid which came out earlier this week, earning an enthusiastic "9/10" review from Paste.
With less than 6 weeks til the historic (and very sold-out) 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass (June 20-23), it's time to solidify your camping / lodging for the festival. We do still have spaces left in 3 of our campgrounds -- in-town at the High School, on the edge of the Valley Floor at Lawson Hill, and along the river at Mary E in the Ilium Valley.
Though the demand for NightGrass tickets has exceeded all past records, you can still purchase tickets to 2 of the Palm Theatre shows: Greensky Bluegrass on Thursday, and Saturday's pairing of Elephant Revival and Sarah Jarosz.
Finally, congratulations to this year's Telluride Troubadour finalists. Selected from nearly 500 entries, these inspiring songwriters will be performing throughout the festival, including 2 rounds of competition at Elks Park.
Watch for news about FirstGrass and the Elks Park workshops in the coming weeks and give a quiet shout of "festivaaal" -- the Summer Solstice is nearing...
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass