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  • Pioneering Boulder band Hot Rize has tour, new album in works

    Pioneering Boulder band Hot Rize has tour, new album in works

    By Quentin Young Hot Rize once played a show at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder with headliner Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Today, the band is widely credited as a progenitor of progressive bluegrass. But sharing a bill with Monroe could be intimidating, and it didn’t help that he was reputed to have a prickly personality. But the band apparently impressed Monroe, based on what he told Hot Rize’s Pete Wernick after the show. “He said, ‘Your band sounded pretty […]

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  • Yonder Mountain String Band brings new look to Planet Bluegrass

    Yonder Mountain String Band brings new look to Planet Bluegrass

    By Quentin Young We’re seeing a different face of Yonder Mountain String Band. It’s down a founding member, but it’s up two regular guests. It has new songs. Its sound is a little different. When the quartet earlier this year parted ways with its de facto frontman, Jeff Austin, it was not clear what it all meant for the band’s future. Now the future is coming into focus. “We’ve come to find out it was something we really needed,” said […]

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  • Folks Festival at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons kicks off its 24th year in style

    Folks Festival at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons kicks off its 24th year in style

    The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival is back. “We finally got the (main) stage tied into the town electricity at 6:30 last night,” Planet Bluegrass spokesman Brian Eyster said Friday. “So, we turned the generator off and hopefully, that’ll be the last time a generator runs the Planet Bluegrass stage for a long time.” That generator is what powered RockyGrass three weeks ago, Planet Bluegrass’s first festival since being nailed by the St. Vrain River in last September’s flood. Literally, a […]

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  • Folks Festival is next step in Planet Bluegrass’ recovery

    Folks Festival is next step in Planet Bluegrass’ recovery

    By Quentin Young Planet Bluegrass is around the bend. The concert producer succeeded in getting its Lyons ranch in shape for the summer season, and the RockyGrass bluegrass festival last month was a milestone. Crews have worked on recovery nearly nonstop since the Planet, located on the banks of the St. Vrain River, was sunk in floodwaters last September. The sold-out RockyGrass was the first big test of those efforts. “It felt kind of triumphant,” spokesman Brian Eyster said. “It […]

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  • Lyons fiddler Enion Pelta-Tilller and friends play as part of the special Watergirls gospel hour July 27, 2014 at Rockygrass. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    PBS Newshour profiles Rockygrass, Lyons recovery tonight

    Note: PBS Newshour was on hand all weekend at Rockygrass to record the recovery of the town and the place. The feature airs tonight (Thursday, July 31) on the PBS Newshour. To hear a song performed Sunday morning at Rockygrass: pbs.org/newshour/art/homeless-musicians-perform-smile-rockygrass-music-festival/

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  • Matt Flinner and Lyons-based bassist Eric Thorin perform a set of newgrass, jazzgrass and new acoustic instrumental music with a bluegrass accent July 27 at Rockygrass in Lyons CO. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    Scenes from Rockygrass: New acoustic innovators

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