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Folks Festival main stage (photo: Benko Photographics)After months of relentless summer heat and animated throngs of merrymaking Festivarians, it feels a little strange here on Planet Bluegrass now that the weather is cooler and the grounds are quieter. We find ourselves in a period of reflection: lost in fresh memories of the festivals we shared with you this summer, and dreaming up ways to make the 2016 festival season the best one yet. We thought it was high time to reconnect and let you know what we've been up to...

Mary Gauthier at Folks Fest (photo: Benko Photographics)The first order of business: a warm, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended one of our events this summer—you are the reason we work tirelessly year-round! From the casual fan to the inspiring musicians to the volunteer pouring your beer, we are all Festivarians—a single community coming together for a few special weekends out of the year to share breathtaking scenery, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances, and just plain ol' good times.

IBMA "Bluegrass Event of the Year" awarded to 2015 RockyGrass FestivalJust a few weeks ago, some of our team made the trek out to Raleigh, North Carolina for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, and we are honored and humbled to bring home this baby! "Bluegrass Event of the Year: 42nd Annual RockyGrass Festival." Among the many recipients, we'd like to especially congratulate our friends in the Earls of Leicester on their numerous awards (both individually and as a group)—we just about skinned our palms clapping for those guys!

If you're anything like us, you're already dreaming of next summer's festivals tucked away in the Rocky Mountains…join us on the following dates:

Telluride Bluegrass Festival: June 16-19, 2016 (Tickets on-sale Friday, December 4 at 9am MST)
RockyGrass: July 29-31, 2016 (Tickets on-sale Wednesday, December 2 at 9am MST)
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival: August 19-21, 2016 (Tickets on-sale Tuesday, December 1 at 9am MST)
St. Vrain River through Planet Bluegrass (photo: Benko Photographics)Some other dates you may want to make a note of, if they're in keeping with your festival traditions:
Telluride Town Park & Warner Field Camping Lottery: November 2-11
RockyGrass Academy Lottery: November 2-11 (watch for the initial instructor announcement in the coming days)
RockyGrass On-Site Camping Lottery: November 16-29
If you were one of the lucky few to join us in the Wildflower Pavilion for our fall concert series, you already know how cozy and magical the intimate setting is. We'll announce the dates and artists for our spring concert series near the beginning of winter—keep your eyes peeled!

Folks Festivarians (photo: Benko Photographics)Thank you to everyone who participated in our festival surveys this summer—your feedback is absolutely invaluable to us, and every word you write informs our decisions going forward. These lucky Festivarians won a drawing for free festival passes in 2016 for their efforts: Ken Gentry (Telluride Bluegrass tix); Dick Hendrix (RockyGrass tix); and Ari Margolis (Folks Fest tix).

Just in case you can't possibly wait til next season to catch your good music fix, here's a few releases to add to your winter listening rotation: Watch the official music video for the new Dave Rawlings Machine release, The Weekend, from their latest album, Nashville Obsolete. You can listen to the rest of the album on Spotify here. • Josh Ritter just released a new album as well, titled Sermon on the Rocks. Listen on Spotify here!

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