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Contact: Brian Eyster, Planet Bluegrass
Paper Bird, Gregory Alan Isakov open 2008 Wildflower Concert Series
LYONS, COLORADO — After winning the hearts of fans across the country this summer as a headliner of the Tour De Fat, Planet Bluegrass is excited to welcome Paper Bird to the Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons. The Colorado old-timey-pop septet performs at 8pm, Thursday, September 11, as the opening night of the Fall 2008 Wildflower Concert Season. They’ll be joined by 2007 Telluride Troubadour winner, Gregory Alan Isakov. Advance tickets ($15) are still available – online at www.bluegrass.com or over the phone 800-624-2422. Tickets will also be available at the door.
In the last year, Paper Bird has won the admiration of music critics all over Colorado. This past July they were named the state’s #3 band by the music critics participating in the Denver Post Underground Music Poll. Last winter, Westword named them the “Best Band to Fall in Love To/With,” writing that “the state’s loveliest [septet] has the key to your heart.” In June, they were named Colorado’s Best Roots/Americana Band at the Westword Music Showcase.
Paper Bird features the joyous three-part vocal harmonies of sisters Esme and Genevieve Patterson and Sarah Anderson. The Patterson sisters have been performing together in Boulder since their days at Fairview High School. Their deep Boulder County roots extend back to their grandmother Virginia Patterson who ran The Printed Page, a Boulder-based bookstore, for many years as well as serving on numerous charity boards around Boulder.
The three lead vocalists are backed up by the quartet of banjo, guitar, trombone, and upright bass. The band draws from a large repertoire of original songs that blend 1920s jazz, old-timey Americana, and contemporary folk-pop songwriting. Their shows are joyous celebrations – with audience members waving medieval-meets-hippie flags, shadow puppet shows, and energetic dancing.
Paper Bird came together after meeting in a cabin in Colorado’s high country several years ago. Today these seven musicians live and travel together lovingly as one big family. In a recent Denver Post interview, they describe their rehearsals as “slumber parties ... pillow fights included.” Boulder Weekly calls the band “a musical manifestation of the roots and philosophy that Coloradans share.” Their website summarizes their appeal: “Listen to their music, they will make you happy. Come to a show, they will make you their friend.”
Three days before their Wildflower show, Paper Bird will be performing live on KGNU (88.5fm, 1390am, www.kgnu.org) at 7pm, September 8. The hour-long KGNU Kabaret show will mix interviews and a live performance. Then three days after the Wildflower show, the band makes their debut at Colorado’s most prestigious concert venue: Red Rocks.
Sharing the stage will be singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov with his 4-piece band (cello, fiddle, drums). The native of South Africa, Gregory is a master of musical space, building songs around singular emotions that reach dramatic lyrical climaxes. Gregory has shared stages with Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile and Fiona Apple. He will be performing live for the Etown national radio broadcast on September 18.
This September 11 show opens the second season of concerts in the one-year-old Wildflower Pavilion. The year-round venue is nestled in the trees along the St. Vrain River, with the red rock cliffs visible through windows behind and above the stage. Weather permitting, Wildflower shows often end with bonfires along the river. In its first year, the venue has won praises from performers like Nickel Creek, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, and Tim O’Brien for its state-of-the-art sound system, crystalline acoustics, and warm energy.
The Planet Bluegrass Ranch is located at 500 West Main in Lyons, CO - just 20 minutes north of Boulder, or 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
with special guest Gregory Alan Isakov
Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:00 pm
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.
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.
The Packway Handle Band
with special guests Riverbend
Friday, October 3, 2008 - 8:00 pm
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.
Friday, October 10, 2008 - 8:00 pm
A special evening of solo virtuosity with singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Darrell Scott. Plan to arrive early for a specially-prepared pre-show meal.
Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 8:00 pm
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.
For more information about the Pavilion and the Fall Wildflower Concert Series visit:
Hi-res images of the venue and publicity photos for Fall 2007 performers are at: