May 30, 2017 – The annual Palisade Bluegrass Festival will be held at Riverbend Park the weekend of June 9 – 11, 2017. This Colorado music festival is celebrating its ninth year in Palisade and has been a destination event for bluegrass lovers across the country.
Festival goers look forward to this authentic bluegrass experience, enjoying the industry’s top performers along the banks of the Colorado River. This festival offers three nights of non-stop bluegrass music, family activities such as hiking, lawn games and lavender tours, as well as camping, vendors and local artisans.
2017 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival main stage lineup:
Friday, June 9
3 p.m. – LET THEM ROAR – LET THEM ROAR weaves mountain folk into a soulful tapestry of roots, rock and raw improvisations.
4 p.m. – The Sweet Lillies – This group’s high-energy, melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts and music souls of fans in Colorado and beyond. Blending Americana and bluegrass sounds, this magnetic group creates a style all their own.
5:15 p.m. – Mayhem Gulch – In a world of mayhem, Mayhem Gulch shines like a whiskey-fueled campfire jam on a crisp summer evening in the Rocky Mountains. Mayhem Gulch brings a fresh perspective on Bluegrass and Americana music that is sure to get your foot a tapping, your hips a shaking, and your soul a soaring!
6:30 p.m. – The Lonesome Days – Winner of the 2016 UllrGrass Band Competition, this soulful bluegrass band from Denver, CO has been delivering timeless classics for fans across the state.
8 p.m. – SHEL – Virtuoso indie-folk band featuring classically inspired mandolin, violin, piano and glowing vocal harmonies. This exciting sister quartet is now touring across the U.S. to celebrate the release of their second album, “Just Crazy Enough.”
Saturday, June 10
11 a.m. – Front Country – San Francisco’s powerhouse of song and sound transcends their humble string band roots to develop a dynamic combination of soulful vocals and instrumental bliss.
1 p.m. – Dustbowl Revival – A Venice Beach, CA – based American roots orchestra with eight full-time members. Known for their free-flowing sets that often spill off the stage – they play it all – bluegrass, hot jazz, pre-war blues, southern soul and a good dose of New Orleans funk, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.
3 p.m. – The Travelin’ McCourys – No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives.
5:30 p.m. – Jeff Austin Band – After almost twenty years of live creation and endless joy seeking, Jeff has returned to the scene with a newfound sense of passion. Sharing the stage each night with a band of like-minded adventurers he attacks each performance with a fire and desire to move and shake everyone in sight.
7:30 p.m. – The Grateful Ball feat. Jeff Austin Band and The Travelin’ McCourys – This one-of-a-kind collaborative set features a boundless musical adventure through the timeless music of the Grateful Dead.
Sunday, June 11
11 a.m. – Harpeth Rising – Building from the tonal depth of the cello layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.
1 p.m. – Parsonsfield – Catch Parsonsfield onstage any night and the band’s joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins as they pour out their “jubilant and danceable indie roots music.”
3 p.m. – The Lil Smokies – With roots submerged in traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique melody driven sound of their own. Captivating audiences with their unique blend of bluegrass, newgrass, exquisite musicianship and unique originals, they took home awards at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association as well as the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.
5:30 p.m. – Keller & the Keels – Award winning flat picker Larry Keel and his rock solid, in the pocket bass playing wife, Jenny Keel make up two thirds of this fun bluegrass trio. The phenomenal instrumental technique of this group is complimented by the amazing range of vocal styles captivating and inspiring audiences of all ages.
Early bird pricing is good through June 1. Visit www.palisademusic.com to learn more about festival events, view artist videos or purchase advance tickets.
The Town of Palisade, host of the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, is also a sponsor of the upcoming Grand Day CO “next adventure”. Learn more about this video project here.