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2008 WILDFLOWER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED

LYONS, COLORADO — After a nearly sold-out festival season, Planet Bluegrass is proud to announce the fall lineup of concerts for the 2nd Annual Wildflower Concert Series held in the Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons. The 2008 series includes gifted singer-songwriters, eclectic bluegrass bands, and old-timey folk-pop. Pre-show dinners and post-show bonfires along the St. Vrain River are available at many shows. Tickets for all shows ($12-30) are now available at www.wildflowerpavilion.com or 800-624-2422.

The fall season opens with one of Colorado’s hottest young bands, Paper Bird (Sept. 11). Named Best Americana Band by Westword and #3 in the Denver Post Underground Music Poll, Paper Bird combines joyous 3-part female harmonies with a 4-piece acoustic band (banjo, trombone, guitar, bass) for an infectious hybrid of old-timey Americana, 1920s jazz, and contemporary folk-pop.

The following weekend Planet Bluegrass celebrates the official start of Autumn with a duo set from Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann (Sept. 20) of Yonder Mountain String Band.  Camping and a special Mabon feast will be available. This intimate day of revelry replaces the larger Festival of the Mabon which has been held at Planet Bluegrass since 2001.

The season continues with 3-time Telluride Bluegrass band contest finalists The Packway Handle Band (Oct. 3) from Georgia. The five-piece band combines thought provoking songwriting, clever arrangements of bluegrass traditionals, and totally unexpected covers, all delivered with a crackling energy.

The genius songwriting and stunning virtuosity of Darrell Scott (Oct. 10) returns to Lyons where he has headlined both RockyGrass and the Folks Festival.  The Dixie Chicks, for whom Darrell has written several hit songs, describe him as “one of the great writers of our time." Darrell opened this year’s 35th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival with his anthemic refrain of “Colorado, I need healing,” a song which was partially inspired by the town of Lyons.

International accents will be in abundance as The Greencards (Oct. 18) close the 2nd season of the Wildflower Concert Series. Featuring two Australians and a Brit, this acoustic roots band has toured the world, opened for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and been nominated for a Grammy.

The Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass is a beautiful 4800 square-foot year-round venue nestled in the trees along the St. Vrain River in Lyons. In its first year, the venue has won praises from performers like Nickel Creek, Del McCoury Band, and the Infamous Stringdusters for its crystalline acoustics and warm energy.

The building features custom-welded bow-string trusses to provide a dramatic vaulted roof line and clear sightlines. Windows behind and above the stage look out onto the St. Vrain River and the cliffs above it. The facility features state-of-the-art Meyer Sound speakers.

The Planet Bluegrass Ranch is located just 20 minutes north of Boulder, less than an hour from Denver or Fort Collins. All shows are all-ages and general admission. Free parking is available conveniently on-site at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch – 500 West Main. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available at all shows.

2008 Wildflower Concert Series Schedule

Paper Bird
Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:00 pm
$15
Named Best Americana Band by Westword and #3 in the Denver Post Underground Music Poll, Paper Bird combines joyous 3-part female harmonies with a 4-piece acoustic band for an infectious hybrid of old-timey Americana, 1920s jazz, and contemporary folk-pop.
  http://www.myspace.com/paperthebird

Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufmann
Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 8:00 pm
$30 | $10 camping (per person)
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann from the Yonder Mountain String Band with camping, jam circles and a specially-prepared Mabon Feast on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.
  http://www.yondermountain.com/

The Packway Handle Band
with special guests Riverbend
Friday, October 3, 2008 - 8:00 pm
$12
These 3-time Telluride Bluegrass band contest finalists from Georgia play untraditional bluegrass with a crackling energy – mixing thought provoking originals, unexpected covers, and cleverly arranged traditionals.
  http://www.packwayhandle.com/
  http://www.myspace.com/riverbend07

Darrell Scott
Friday, October 10, 2008 - 8:00 pm
$25
A special evening of solo virtuosity with singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Darrell Scott. Plan to arrive early for a specially-prepared pre-show meal.
  http://www.darrellscott.com/

The Greencards
Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 8:00 pm
$20
These two Australians and a Brit have toured the world, opened for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, been nominated for a Grammy, and wowed audiences with their vibrant take on acoustic Americana/roots music.
  http://www.thegreencards.com/

For more information about the Pavilion and the Fall Wildflower Concert Series visit:
   http://www.wildflowerpavilion.com

Hi-res images of the venue and publicity photos for Fall 2007 performers are at:
   http://www.bluegrass.com/wildflower/press/

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