2018 Festival Schedule
FRIDAY JUNE 15TH 2018
5:00pm - 5:45pm KIND MOUNTAIN
6:00pm - 6:45pm MONOCLE BAND
The angelic voice of a Colorado choir girl turned earthy roots songstress. The gritty stories of an intellectual outlaw who has found a home in folk music. The pulse and flow of a seasoned five-piece band that can turn from yearning country ballad to electrified rock soundscape to stomping bluegrass romp in the drop of a downbeat. This is the sound of Monocle Band.
7:00pm - 7:45pm SUGAR & THE MINT
Homegrown in Prescott, Arizona, Sugar and The Mint is a vibrant young contemporary bluegrass band, and the winner of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in 2017. (Previous winners include The Dixie Chicks and Greensky Bluegrass.)
8:00pm - 9:00pm MEADOW MOUNTAIN
Jack Dunlevie and Summers Baker met in high school during the school’s annual fall retreat. They immediately bonded over a love for guitar and songwriting, and the following three years of school were spent skipping class, taking classical guitar lessons, and performing at various talent shows. Later in high school, they both discovered an up-and-coming band called the Punch Brothers. They went to a show and became quickly obsessed with their music. As seniors, Jack decided to study Jazz piano, and Summers decided to study creative writing. They parted ways, with Jack attending University of Denver and Summers attending CSU.
9:30pm - 10:30pm GYPSY CATTLE DRIVE
Gypsy Cattle Drive is high octane gypsy swing with rhythms that borrow from Bluegrass, Latin, Western Swing, and Celtic music’s. The trio was born in Silver Plume Colorado, 2013 and consists of Texas Fiddle Champion Coleman Smith, Texas A&M bass virtuoso Carl Meinecke, and free-skiing guitarist Mark Morris. The group thrives off natural dynamics and energy while keeping a keen sense of musicianship in every song. The strongest aspect of the trio is their ability to take songs to the limit while exploring rhythms and tones from around the world. Gypsy Cattle Drive is set to release their first “EP” in May 2014, stay tuned…this is going to be a fun ride!
11:00pm - 12:00 THE DRUNKEN HEARTS
From their humble inception as an acoustic trio, The Drunken Hearts have evolved into an electric five-piece that is captivating audiences across the country. In those few years, the Colorado-based group has managed to make a name for itself in a state that is known for cultivating world-class music. The band fearlessly bottles a tempestuous, yet honest brand of Americana music — infusing spirited vocals with electric and acoustic instruments, and crafting heartfelt songs that are resonating with crowds everywhere.
SATURDAY JUNE 16TH 2018
10:00am - 10:45am GINNY MULES
"Holy friggin' harmonies! It's almost distracting how good the vocals are on the Ginny Mules debut release" (Marquee Magazine, 2016). Recognized as finalists in the renowned Rockygrass Festival band competition in 2017, Ginny Mules are setting sail, and charting a course that is all their own. Drawing from varied elements of American music and heritage, each member brings their own blend of Appalachian music, Blues, Folk & Bluegrass to the table. The end result sounds a lot like BLUESGRASS, with a focus on tight vocal harmonies and the raw, bluesier elements that give Ginny Mules their distinctive sound. According to Copple, "it's like Bluegrass with a little extra stank on it."
11:00am - 11:45am THE GOODTIME TRAVELERS
The Good Time Travelers are a multi-instrumental acoustic duo with vocal harmonies and a stage presence so big that they have been described as a “2-piece power-trio". Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick have a sound that is rooted in bluegrass and folk music, but the sentiment is pure rock and roll. They’ve performed around the country at festivals such as Big Sky Big Grass (MT), Northwest String Summit (OR), Folk Alliance (MO), Winter Wondergrass (CA/CO), River City Roots Festival (MT), Beartrap Festival (WY), Mystic Hot Springs Music Festival (UT), and Salmonfest (AK). The Good Time Travelers have opened for Bluegrass greats such as Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, and Del McCoury & David Grisman.
12:00pm - 12:45pm CHAIN STATION
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.
1:00pm - 1:45pm DAROL ANGER AND THE FURRIES
Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.
2:00pm - 3:00pm JAKE JOLLIFF BAND
Jacob Jolliff was born into a musical family in Newberg, OR. His dad started him on the mandolin at age seven and required him to practice ten minutes a day. But after six months of practicing this minimal amount, something clicked, and almost overnight he started putting in several hours of intense practice daily. And this hasn't really changed in the last 20 years.
Haas Kowert Tice brought on mandolinist Dominick Leslie to form Hawktail. Music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion) and enjoy this unique instrumental offering.
4:45pm - 6:15pm ROB ICKES AND TREY HENSLEY
Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe. Since the duo decided to join forces and make their collaboration the focus of their touring and recording careers in 2015, after cutting their first album on Compass, Before The Sun Goes Down (nominated for a Grammy), they have continued to bring their music to venues near and far.
6:30pm - 8:00pm SIERRA HULL
Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Sierra Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat . Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall
8:15pm - 10:00pm RAPIDGRASS
Rapidgrass Music Festival and Rapidgrass the ensemble were twins born of the desire to celebrate the rapids of Clear Creek and the mountains of Idaho Springs through mountain music, each complementing the other. The band released their first CD, RAPIDGRASS QUINTET, in 2013 and was voted as one ofthe top 5 albums by the Mountain Arts Culture Colorado. In 2015 they then released CROOKED ROAD and went on to win the prestigious ROCKYGRASS band contest that same year. Rapidgrass is currently producing their 3rd album, HAPPY TRAILS, was released at the eighth annual Rapidgrass Music Festival this June 23-25 2017. Rapidgrass has had the pleasure of bringing mountain music throughout Colorado, Alaska, the lower 48, and the European Alps. The band is eager to kick off their 2018 music endeavors.
10:30pm - 12:00 SPACE ORPHAN
Progressive old school. What does that even mean? For this group, it means providing a soulful, funky sound that is heavily based on groove, just as bands like The Meters and James Brown did in years past. But it also means taking those classic, danceable elements, and adding a few new tricks. Space Orphan will hit you in your soul and keep you dancing at the same time.
SUNDAY JUNE 17TH 2018
10:00am - 10:45am MODERN WHISKEY MARKET
Modern Whiskey Market calls Denver Colorado home. We began as a group of friends coming together to unwind and play music. We are largely inspired by old time and bluegrass greats, but also draw our inspirations from outside the genre, blending these styles to form our own unique sound. We pride ourselves on playing mostly original music combined with covers ranging from traditional bluegrass, rock, country and even the occasional modern pop song.
11:00am - 11:45am WOOD BELLY
Bluegrass has become a mainstay in Colorado. The music of the mountains speaks to us and we can feel it in our souls. When a band like Wood Belly comes along to channel it, the clear blue skies are the limit. Led by a pair of prolific songwriters, their songs are carefully and collectively crafted to ring out with honesty and passion. Wood Belly blends traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and whether you’re spinning around your partner or hanging on every word, the result is the same. You’re left smiling and wanting to hear more.
12:00pm - 12:45pm SISTER SARAHSGOSPEL SET
Born and raised in the heart of Rockies, Sister Sarah spent her childhood engulfed by the sounds of the mountains--the echoes of the canyon, babbling streams, and the harsh winds of the valley. It was in this setting that her musical talents would soon develop, as soulful gospel influences helped shape her voice, alongside the beauty of bluegrass and acoustic music. As her sound and artistic vision grew, Sister Sarah was joined by her brother/guitarist Mark Morris (Rapidgrass) to create the perfect blend of sibling harmony that rival those of Tim & Molly O’Brien. Nowadays, her beaming smile and soaring voice connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as her passion for life and love of the world around her resonate with each performance.
1:00pm - 1:45pm LONESOME DAYS
From The Lonesome Days' beginning in 2014, the band has evolved into a tight-knit 4 piece ensemble with a common vision to create great original music mixed in with timeless classics. Their authentic song writing and musicianship brings emotion, power and soul to the music that makes it seem fresh and new. From intimate venues to Colorado festivals, they are having a blast playing for audiences all over. The band was awarded 2nd place at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, 1st place at the 2016 UllrGrass festival, and is rolling full steam ahead! Come out and catch a show, or get in touch if you'd like to book the band.
2:00pm - 2:45pm SAM REIDER AND HUMAN HANDS
Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians around the world ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, to viral YouTube sensation CDZA and T-Pain, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem.
3:00pm - 4:00pm BAD BAD LESLIES
Colorado native Dominick Leslie has been around live music all his life, having attended his first bluegrass festival when he was just five months old. Growing up he was surrounded by music, listening to and jamming with his dad’s bluegrass band, and thanks to his Dad’s influence, he has been playing instruments since he was old enough to hold one. At the age of four, Dominick acquired a ukulele tuned like the bottom four strings of a guitar, igniting a deep passion for music that still burns brightly. Dominick’s abilities progressed rapidly on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, but eventually the mandolin became his obsession and demanded his total focus.
4:15pm - 5:30pm LA CHAT MORT
From Stockholm !!
”Det låter konstigt, men det kanske var ren tur att några unga musiker till sin förskräckelse hittade en död katt i frysen, den där hösten 2007. Uppskakade av sin upptäckt skrev de låten ”Dead Cat Blues”, och upprymda över hur fantastiskt roligt det var att spela tillsammans, så bildades ”Le Chat Mort” Le Chat Mort’s musik blev snabbt för stor för det lilla kollektivet den föddes i och på kort tid började bandet höras på klubbar och festivaler runt om i landet. Le Chat Mort har nu efter drygt 5 års spelande i Sverige, med utflykter till USA, Frankrike, Tyskland, Holland och Danmark, gjort sig kända som ett av landets mest spännande och svängiga band på etiketten bluegrass/blues. Det finns många bra band i stilen amerikansk roots, men inget som låter så här”
6:00pm - 7:30pm JOHN MCEUEN & THE STRING WIZARDS
John McEuen has been a “professional performer” since 1962, working as a magician in Disneyland’s Magic Shop as a teenager. Music soon came along, which led to his long and varied career first solo, then as a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966. Over 10,000 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles - with the band and as a solo performer – John has pursued his passion for performing and recording. John left NGDB at the end of their 50th year touring to focus on the demand for his solo performing and projects. Beyond performing, he concurrenty has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music, and taking it to new audiences.