2014 Festival Schedule Main Stage


Jon Stickley Trio
Jun
28
10:45 PM22:45

Jon Stickley Trio

http://www.jonstickley.com/

Jon Stickley Trio plays a style of music that defies description. Jon’s guitar style has evolved from bluegrass flatpicking into his own sound that spans from soft harmonic chimes to straight-up shredding. The band features Lyndsay Pruett (Futureman) on violin, who conjures up bewildering sounds reminiscent of Stephane Grappelli, yet not unlike the modern dubstep of Lindsey Stirling. On percussion, Patrick Armitage (Atmosphere) brings the heat with a hiphop groove that is unstoppable. The band comes together to create their own sound that can get big enough to shake the walls or intimate enough to draw tears. After a busy year of touring and playing alongside groups such as The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Leon Russell, and Leftover Salmon, the Jon Stickley Trio is primed and ready to go. Don’t miss this mindblowing musical experience.


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Head For The Hills
Jun
28
9:00 PM21:00

Head For The Hills

http://headforthehillsmusic.com/

Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage.  “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins—has been bringing their music, whatever you’d like to call it, to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued two studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010).  Blue Ruin, an all-new album of original material is available now.


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Matt Flinner Trio
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Matt Flinner Trio

http://www.mattflinner.com/trio/

Since its inception in 2002, the Matt Flinner Trio has been performing its own brand of acoustic music around the country to rave reviews.
Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles---all with the common ground of
originality. Bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music are all present here, but not necessarily overtly or in a contrived sense. Call it Americana Music,
or New Acoustic, or Chamber Grass, or just call it Great Music; whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and
definitely something you've never quite heard before. On select tours, the Trio performs music that is as fresh as it gets---music written the
day of the show. In these “Music du Jour” Tours, each member of the Trio writes music each day of the tour, and each dayʼs music is debuted
on that eveningʼs show. The results are stylistically varied, unpredictable and always exciting. The Matt Flinner Trio released their fi rst CD,
"Music du Jour," in April of 2009 on Compass Records. The CD features selected compositions from various "Music du Jour" tours the trio
did between 2006-8. Bluegrass, jazz and even a little bit of circus music are part of the mix; "Music du Jour" breaks new ground in acoustic
string band music and is destined to be a classic new acoustic recording. Their new CD, "Winter Harvest," is due out in February 2012 on
Compass.
Matt Flinner, mandolin
Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Whether it's with his own Matt Flinner Trio or with Phillips, Grier
and Flinner, the Frank Vignola Quartet, Darrell Scott, Steve Martin, the Ying Quartet, Tim O'Brien, Leftover Salmon or the Modern Mandolin
Quartet, Flinner's style and compositional ability have established him as one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists
in the world.
Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the
National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. He moved to Nashville in 1999,
and his musical horizons quickly broadened. His two solo albums for Compass Records, The View from Here and Latitude, both featured
bluegrass stalwarts Todd Phillips, David Grier, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas and Darol Anger, and received high critical acclaim. He was
also featured on Steve Martin's CD "The Crow," which won the 2009 Grammy Winner for Best Bluegrass Album.
Ross Martin, guitar
Ross Martin has established a reputation as one of the most exciting jazz and bluegrass musicians in Colorado, and his reputation is rapidly
expanding around the country. After graduating form the jazz program at the University of North Texas, Ross moved to Denver and soon
joined the Tony Furtado Band, with whom he toured for four years. More recently, Ross wowed bluegrass audiences during his stint with the
Drew Emmitt Band from 2003-5. He also continues to tour the country actively with Mollie OʼBrien, The Theory of Everything (with Michael
Kang and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident) and jazz trumpeter Ron Miles. Rossʼ first CD, Volley, was released in 2002 and
features 10 original compositions which span the wide range of Rossʼ musical scope: from jazz to Americana to bluegrass and back. His
second solo CD, which was produced by Matt Flinner and features Darol Anger and trumpeter
Ron Miles, among others, will be released soon. Ross currently lives in New York City.
Eric Thorin, bass
A native Coloradoan, Eric got his start on piano and trombone at an early age from the prodding of his musical parents and later studied
bass at the University of Northern Colorado. He played in salsa bands such as Kizumba and Conjunto Colores, toured extensively with rock
act The Thugs, made up a third of the Flamenco/Indian ensemble Curandero, and toured with the Tony Furtado Band for four years. Eric also
teaches bass at the Yellowstone Jazz Festival. He currently lives in Lyons, Colo., and continues to sit in with a variety of musicians including
Hamster Theater, K.C. Groves, Leftover Salmon, Manuel Molina's Combo
Caliente, and Greenwich Gulch. He also has produced a collection of songs for Japanese elementary school children who are learning
English. Eric was a member of one of the most widely acclaimed young bluegrass bands in the country, Open Road, from 2002-2006.

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Rapidgrass Quintet
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Rapidgrass Quintet

Rapidgrass Quintet is a super rad, high-energy, fusion string-band made up of old and new friends from the front-range Colorado bluegrass scene. The band features guitarist and pro skier Mark Morris from Golden, Colorado and champion fiddler Coleman Smith from Dallas, Texas. The duo met as members of the Hickory Project and have shared the stage all over the world. They are both instructors at the La Roche Bluegrass festival in France. Playing the banjo in the Quintet is singer/songwriter Kyle James Hauser who stays busy performing his original music in various bands and as a solo act in cities across the United States. On bass is Louisville Colorado resident Paul Watinas, owner and operator of Paul's Coffee and Tea (bassist in the original "CPG" band, Slipstream). Alex Johnstone is featured on the mandolin/vocals from the Colorado based bluegrass band Spring creek.  Alex brings amazing life to the band with his power-house energy and awesomeness. The band plays a blend of bluegrass, gypsy swing, modern folk, and acoustic funk, with all moods in between.

Mark Morris

Guitar/Vocals

Mark Morris began playing guitar when he was 10 years old, and shortly after he began playing the mandolin. His musical tastes eventually gravitated from folk and country to bluegrass and jazz by the time he was a teenager. He graduated from the University of Colorado in the fall of 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in music, and he has been a full-time touring musician/teacher since. His music has taken him all across the US, Europe, and Asia, teaching camps and workshops. Mark is also a big mountain athlete for the Colorado-based ski company Icelantic.

Alex Johnstone

Mandolin/Vocals

Alex Johnstone has spent the last many years touring around bars, bluegrass festivals, and kids music camps all over America and Canada as a member of the Colorado based bluegrass band Spring Creek. He started his musical life as teenager playing electric rock and blues guitar and took up the mandolin and fiddle in his early twenties. Alex started playing out professionally while ski bumming in Crested Butte Colorado and also where he met the other members of Spring Creek. He followed the band out to South Plains Collage in Levelland Texas where he studied music with renown pickers Alan Mundy and Joe Carr. Alex Now makes his home in Lyons Colorado and enjoys making music, skiing, and fly fishing.

Coleman Smith

Violin

Coleman holds a degree in Music from Marywood University and has been teaching fiddle, mandolin, and guitar for nearly 15 years. He has traveled throughout the world with his fiddle bringing joy to all that hear him. Coleman has a unique style that fuses Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Celtic and Bluegrass. Coleman is also a virtuoso in the style of Western Swing and strives to keep the legacy of Bob Wills alive wherever he goes.

Kyle James Hauser

Banjo/Vocals

Kyle James is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting and performs what American Songwriter described as, "neo-folk" on banjo, guitar and voice. Hauser began performing his original songs in 2011 and that year was a finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's troubadour contest as well as The Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and made showcase performances at CMJ and The Toronto International Film Festival.

In January, 2012 he released his debut album "Oh Oh" on sonaBLAST! Records with a lineup including cellist Ben Sollee, guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), producer Jayme Stone, and Grammy winning mastering engineer David Glasser. Songs from "Oh, Oh" have been featured on MTV's series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom and in the feature films YERT2nd Serve, and A Strange Brand of Happy. Hauser has since toured extensively, including a showcase at SXSW and opening performances for Brett DennenJohn HiattThe Head and the Heart,Mayer HawthorneThao & the Get Down Stay Down and Gregory Alan Isakov.

Paul Waitinas

Bass

Paul has been playing upright bass for as long as he can remember. He has toured the nation providing bass for many different bands since 1998. Paul lives in Lafayette, CO with his lovely wife and their two crazy dogs and owns a killer coffee shop in Louisville, CO named "Paul's Coffee and Tea".


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Finnders & Youngberg
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Finnders & Youngberg

http://finndersandyoungberg.com/

Each member of Finnders & Youngberg brings a variety of influences and talent to the table. Guitarist Mike Finders (pronounced finnders) is a two‐time winner of the Merlefest Songwriting Contest, providing the band with richly original songs and lead vocals. Aaron Youngberg on pedal steel and banjo gives the band list and contributes lead/harmony vocals with his wife, bassist Erin Youngberg. Both Youngberg's were formerly with Hit & Run Bluegrass, winners of the Telluride and the Rockygrass Band contests. Rich Zimmerman cranks on the mandolin, coming from hot Colorado bluegrass band Slipstream, which Rockygrass fiddle champion and much in‐demand session player Ryan Drickey sets the strings ablaze. As bandmates and individuals they have toured the United States and been hired as producers, engineers, and session musicians on many of the West’s most noteworthy American Music projects. When they decided to bring their songs, voices and stories together in a brand new Colorado front range melting pot, a truly rootsy musical soup was seasoned and thickened.

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Eli West & Cahaelen Morrison
Jun
28
4:00 PM16:00

Eli West & Cahaelen Morrison

http://cahalenandeli.com/

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are, simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements. Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams’ photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.

 

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Jayme Stone & The Air
Jun
28
3:00 PM15:00

Jayme Stone & The Air

http://jaymestone.com/category/the-other-side-of-the-air

Jayme Stone (banjo) | Grant Gordy (guitar) | John Gunther (woodwinds) | Jean-Luc Davis (bass) | Marc Dalio (drums)

 

Two-time Juno Award winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world.  His brand new album,  The Other Side of the Air, is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the  Cinnamon Route through Persia and India and revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa.  In concert, you'll also catch them playing a Bach fugue, a Trinidadian Calypso, Bulgarian mountain dance and traditional Appalachian songs re-imagined.

 


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David Grier
Jun
28
2:00 PM14:00

David Grier

The most award-winning guitarist in recent memory is David Grier. For the past several years, he has been voted by the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association as Best Guitar Player of the Year. He has also appeared on two Grammy- winning recordings: “True Life Blues-A Tribute to Bill Monroe” and “The Great Dobro Sessions.” David is also included in the book, “1,000 Great Guitarists.” His inspiration to learn guitar came from exposure to Bill Monroe while his father, Lamar Grier, played banjo for the Blue Grass Boys in the middle 1960s.

David’s first solo recording “Freewheeling” appeared on Rounder Records, as did his acclaimed 1991 duet project “Climbing the Walls” with mandolinist Mike Compton. David’s “Lone Soldier” project is listed in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “100 Essential Acoustic Guitar Recordings of All Time. ” His most recent solo release is “I’ve Got the House to Myself.” His work is also captured on a Homespun video called “Building Powerful Solos.” In addition to touring solo, David also appears as the guitarist for Psychograss, who are currently celebrating a critically acclaimed new album, “Now Hear This”.

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Hickory Project
Jun
28
1:00 PM13:00

Hickory Project

"Hickory Project offers dazzling new acoustic music flavored with a twist of sassy bluegrass." -Bluegrass Unlimited

 "Hickory Project is on the forefront of the contemporary bluegrass movement. " -Bluegrass Unlimited

"This band makes astronomically fast look boring and mundane. Unfortunately, they've spoiled a lot of bluegrass for me because a lot of it now seems like molasses on a winter's day." -Times News, Lehighton

 “Audiences … sit up and take note of the incredible musicianship, vocals, and original music presented by the band.” -Bluegrass Australia Magazine

"This is exciting, adventurous stuff!" -Bluegrass Unlimited

"Hannigan ... leaves no doubt why he's one of the best mandolinsts around, peppering his solos with style, speed, and soul." -Bluegrass Unlimited

"Dave Cavage throws down bold licks with a bell-like tone and a fearless improvisational style that sounds like Béla Fleck with an attitude." -Bluegrass Unlimited

"Hickory Project embodies much of what carries the best of bluegrass and progressive acoustic music into the 21st century." -Bluegrass Unlimited

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Ross Martin & Grant Gordy
Jun
28
12:00 PM12:00

Ross Martin & Grant Gordy

https://www.google.com/search?q=Ross+martin+and+grant+gordy&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb

ROSS MARTIN

Guitarist Ross Martin has performed in concert halls, honky-tonks, theaters, rock clubs, living rooms, on festival stages, television programs and everywhere in between. Having grown up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, with brief stints in East Tennessee, Ross headed West after attending the University of North Texas and earning a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies. After living for ten years in the front range area of Colorado, he relocated to the east coast and has resided in the New York City borough of Brooklyn for the past five years. His musical path has covered as much territory as his physical one. Reflecting his love of diverse genres like jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, experimental and classical music, Ross has always felt at home with fellow musicians who seek to reconcile, through their music, the incredible wealth of styles available to listeners in this global and digital age. He has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Matt Flinner, Tony Furtado, Ron Miles, Mollie O’Brien, The Motet, Caroline Herring, Dwele, Sonya Kitchell and many others.

GRANT GORDY

Being asked to assume the guitarists’ role in the fabled David Grisman Quintet, a spot previously held by such guitar notables as Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, Frank Vignola and Mike Marshall, has firmly established Gordy as one of the preeminent young voices on guitar. Just ask his boss, David Grisman, who says Gordy “belongs to the new elite of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier.”

Unlike many others of his generation who were content to remain in one style, Gordy fervently pursued guitar knowledge in nearly all genres. He’s spent his practice and performing hours learning the language of bebop and the standards of jazz, soaking up the high lonesome sound of bluegrass music, investigating classical composers like Béla Bartók and Bach, learning the rhythms of distant Mali alongside West African musicians, doubling lines on electric with the pedal steel guitarist in honky-tonk bands.

This versatility gives Grant Gordy the ability to fit into any number of musical ensembles, whether it’s backing up a singer-songwriter, holding down the guitar chair in a jazz group, creating his own unique blend of progressive acoustic music as the flatpicker with the Grisman Quintet and in his own band, or working in studio sessions to create the perfect guitar part.

His work has been widely recognized for its consistent excellence and diversity. He was featured on the covers of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Japan’s premier bluegrass magazine, Moonshiner. He was recently written up in Just Jazz Guitar and in 2010, Acoustic Guitar Magazine celebrated his debut CD in its Top Ten Acoustic Albums of the Year.

Gordy’s music has captured the ears of major broadcasters and he’s been heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and the prestigious Tiny Desk Concerts. Gordy was selected in 2006 to be one of 15 participants in Carnegie Hall’s “Porous Borders of Music” workshop, led by acoustic music legends Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall. He’s played at Bonnaroo Music Festival, the Montréal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco and in the UK and Russia.

Now based in New York, Gordy’s diverse musical gifts make him the ideal all-around guitarist for one of the world’s most varied musical cities. He’s currently focused on writing new original material, delving headlong into the Big Apple’s extraordinary jazz scene, continuing to tour with Grisman and other collaborators, teaching, and as always, staying open to new musical experiences.

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Chris Thompson & Coral Creek
Jun
28
11:00 AM11:00

Chris Thompson & Coral Creek

http://www.coralcreek.net/

The CORAL CREEK STRING BAND is a highly talented acoustic project from Colorado, USA, playing genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics.

Coral Creek performs the original music of Chris Thompson (guitar/vocals) and features some of the top acoustic players in the Colorado music scene today including Christine King (fiddle/vocals), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin/vocals) and Andrew Bonnis (bass/vocals). With the release of his new record, THE ROAD AHEAD (produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident), Chris Thompson has emerged on the Colorado music scene as a song-writing force appealing to the traditional bluegrass, new-grass and jam-band audiences alike. The Coral Creek String Band released their first studio record, FORTY YEARS, in August of 2012 and will be supporting the record with tours in the US, Europe and the Caribbean.

Members of Coral Creek have performed and recorded with distinguished musicians including Sam Bush, Dave Grisman, Darol Anger, Gretchen Wilson, Sally van Meter, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident), Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman and Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Ben Kaufman and Adam Aijala (Yonder Mountain String Band), Pete Wernick (Hot Rize), Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. Members of the Coral Creek String Band have played many of the top regional and national bluegrass, country and rock music festivals. Since forming in early 2012, the Coral Creek String Band has headlined several festivals including the prestigious Birkenried Bluegrass Festival outside Ulm, Germany, kicking off a three week European tour.

Originally from Rochester, MN, Chris Thompson has lived and performed in Europe, Mexico, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and throughout the US. In 2001, Chris settled down in Colorado, planted roots and started writing and recording his unique flavor of roots music. The band is online at www.CoralCreek.net.

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Credibility Gap
Jun
28
10:00 AM10:00

Credibility Gap

http://www.credibilitygap.com/

Possibly one of the oldest, yet widely un-heard bands in the Rocky Mountain area, Credibility Gap was conceived during a pickin' party in early 1984. The band, from its inception, has placed itself in proud (if somewhat irrelevant) opposition to whatever the conventional wisdom of the time said bluegrass music ought to be. It has always valued tradition, yet it has always treaded dangerously close to defying the rules. Although its sound and original repertoire are loved by fans of old-time bluegrass, they also smack strongly of the obscure, the odd-ball, and the totally new.

For years (some would say decades), Credibility Gap practiced in Jeff's machine shop rehearsal space. During the long years in "the shop," the band has carefully crafted it's spare, smooth sound to a well-worked patina. Each arrangement has been carefully machined, honed, and polished to the closest of tolerances under the unrelenting eyes and ears of all the craftsmen/band members.

The original and fresh (some would say obscure) nature of the band's material is a perfect reflection of the eclectic interests and backgrounds of its members. Credibility Gap continues the long tradition of bluegrass bands who earn their livings doing something other than playing bluegrass music. During the day, band members ply the trades of accountant, retiree, geographer, businessman, writer, manager, pastor and instructor.

Terry Cox: plays mandolin, sings lead

Bob Hickam: plays guitar and sings tenor

Jeff Meyer: plays bass and sings backup vocals

Max Hannum: plays dobro, sings harmony

Dave Risendal : plays banjo and guitar, sings harmo

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Robin Davis Unit
Jun
27
11:00 PM23:00

Robin Davis Unit

http://www.reverbnation.com/robindavisband

I grew up on a ranch in southwestern Colorado outside of a small town. There wasn't much else to do besides play music all day. And that's what I did. I played music, listened to music, thought about music, and just generally obsessed about it all day long. After high school, I got out of Pagosa Springs, my home town, and relocated to Durango, CO, and quickly fell in with a group of pickers and we started a band, unfortunately named, "Broke Mountain." For about three years, that band made some waves in the acoustic music scene, and I fell in love with being on stage and living the musician lifestyle. The band broke up when individual members were pulled away to join other more well-established bands including The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Town Mountain, Emmit-Nershi Band, and Larry Keel and Natural Bridge.

After Broke Mountain, I became a solo performer, and spent about a year in Nashville doing sideman work. Then I came back to Colorado, because I love it here and I love the music scene here. I joined the Durango band of delinquents, Waiting On Trial, and currently play mandolin in that band.

The RD Unit was concieved as an outlet for me to play acoustic guitar, and focus on all of the beautiful nuances it is capable of. It also allows me to play with the best pickers I can find, sing my ass off, and flatpick the hell out of my guitar (or at least try to)!

Joining me to form the core lineup of this band are a couple of my good buddies, who I'm lucky to play with. Jimmy Largent plays upright bass, and Hap Purcell plays banjo.

 


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Mountain Heart
Jun
27
9:00 PM21:00

Mountain Heart

http://www.mountainheart.com/

Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation in 1999. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship, and more notably, their incomparably exciting live performances. 

As one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled, Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have either won or been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA, and multiple IBMA Awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and Patty Loveless. They have also been featured on PBS nationally in their own special and performed for millions on NPR numerous times in their career.

Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity, unmatched energy, and keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound, and stage show, which appeals to an incredibly wide variety of musical tastes. From large outdoor folk music and bluegrass festivals, to sold-out arena shows opening for Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to co-headlining concerts with the acoustic guitar legend, Tony Rice and former New Grass Revival front-man and current Doobie Brother John Cowan, Mountain Heart always makes an undeniable connection to an audience, leaving them on their feet. In short, this rare combination of abilities makes Mountain Heart one of the most versatile acts ever assembled.

In 2011 the band launched their now highly acclaimed monthly radio show “That Just Happened” on Nashville’s iconic radio station, WSM. It is now in its third season and has earned the distinction of being the longest running, guest artist radio show in the stations storied history. The show is broadcast the first Tuesday of every month across WSM’s large coverage market as well as streamed around the globe at www.wsmonline.com  .

Guests to date have included The Doobie Brothers, John Oates, Sam Bush, Diamond Rio, Guy Clark, Del McCoury, The Bellamy Brothers, Restless Heart, Lee Greenwood, legendary producers Tony Brown and Buddy Cannon and many more.

This year will see Mountain Heart booked to play some of the most prestigious outdoor multi-genre festivals in the nation as well as theaters and clubs as they tour in support of their 7’th album, “That Just Happened”, which was released on their own imprint, MH Music Group. 

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Trout Steak Revival
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Trout Steak Revival

From Trout Steak Revival’s beginning as an informal jamming unit during treks through the Front Range, this Denver based roots quintet has evolved into one of Colorado’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their brand of heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. From sweat-soaked clubs to mountain festivals, the five-piece has shown a tenacity for quick-picking and all the right polish without sacrificing the raw feeling of well-executed bluegrass. The band has earned a place in the mountain states roots scene, performing to sold-out audiences, placing in the Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. Keeping an eye on traditions of the past but boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak takes us back to memories of whiskey, laughter, and the misty high country where the band was born.

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Gypsy Cattle Drive
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Gypsy Cattle Drive

http://www.gypsycattledrive.com/#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! 

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Kyle James Hauser
Jun
27
5:00 PM17:00

Kyle James Hauser

http://www.kylejameshauser.com/

Kyle James Hauser is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer based in Louisville, KY. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia on March 14, 1985. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting and performs what American Songwriterdescribed as, "neo-folk" on banjo, guitar and voice.

Hauser began performing his original songs in 2011 and that year was a finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's troubadour contest as well as The Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and made showcase performances at CMJ and The Toronto International Film Festival.

In January, 2012 he released his debut album "Oh Oh" on sonaBLAST! Records with a lineup including cellist Ben Sollee, guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), producer Jayme Stone, and Grammy winning mastering engineer David Glasser. Songs from "Oh, Oh" have been featured on MTV's series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom and in the feature films YERT2nd Serve, and A Strange Brand of Happy. Hauser has since toured extensively, including a showcase at SXSW and opening performances for Brett Dennen, Mayer Hawthorne, The Head and The Heart and John Hiatt.

Kyle James Hauser’s sophomore full length “You A Thousand Times” is the second consecutive first class showing from this hard working singer songwriter. Hauser effortlessly glides from the earthy alt-county portraits of “Maria” and “Ways Of The World” to the retro power pop pulse of “Wonder And Wonder,” rounding everything out with a tight neo-soul spin.

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Blue Canyon Boys
Jun
27
4:00 PM16:00

Blue Canyon Boys

The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, are one of those bands. Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, which has consistently been rated in the top 25 International Festivals by Songlines Magazine. This bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning Chris Elliott on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving Colorado bluegrass. With four well received CDs that have garnered heavy airplay across the country and around the world, the Blue Canyon Boys have quickly become one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass bands.


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Steel Pennies
Jun
27
3:00 PM15:00

Steel Pennies

Steel Pennies is David Patton on banjo and vocals, Darrell Cox on mandolin and vocals, Kathy Drazsnzak on guitar and vocals, Kevin Slick on guitar and vocals, and Kathy Foster-Patton on bass. David, a veteran of Coal Creek Bluegrass Band, joined Kathy Patton and several friends who were playing on a regular basis, and Steel Pennies was soon performing for appreciative audiences. Darrell joined the band after meeting up with them at various festivals and jams.  David heard Kathy Drazsnzak sing at a jam and asked if she was interested in joining Steel Pennies.  Kevin Slick joined the band after the members also encountered him at local jams. 

The rusty, lonesome, sound of the Steel Pennies harkens back to the heyday of bluegrass music. Even the band’s numerous original songs have a timeless feel. The collaboration of so many musicians has taken the music in subtly different directions on many occasions, like water threading through a mountain valley. However, the result is always true to our convictions: hard driving, honest, well played, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Steel Pennies plays a mix of traditional bluegrass and original music and is always looking for new and interesting music to add to their repertoire. The band took its name from the 1943 steel penny, produced by the U.S. Mint to save copper during the Second World War. Widely rejected by the public for being too rusty, in 1944 the Mint dumped the remaining steel pennies into the San Francisco Bay!

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Monocle Band
Jun
27
2:00 PM14:00

Monocle Band

Led by the sweet and soaring vocals of Monica Whittington, this Monocle Band combines the best of song-craft and captivating performance. This is original music, the acoustic sound of the spirit, innately authentic yet sonically aligned with the roots music revival enchanting the nation. Lighting up dance floors and breaking hearts across the Rocky Mountain west since 2011, Monocle Band blends stirring songcraft, flatpicked guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and the most musical of drums into a sound that will move your body, mind, and soul.

Monocle Band provides a captivating permonce in a broad variety of settings - from club dates to festival stages, listening rooms to late night dance parties. The group is available to play in any setting imaginable and can be booked as an acoustic duo or trio, bluegrass string band, or full quintet with drums. 

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