Planet Bluegrass in Lyons was hit hard by the 2013 flood, and the destruction of its Wildflower Pavilion was, at more than $1.5 million, its single biggest loss. The Planet rebuilt the Pavilion, and today it celebrates the official reopening of the Wildflower Concert Series with a performance at the venue.
Ellis, a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Planet Bluegrass is familiar territory for Ellis, who performed during the Planet’s Folks Festival a month before the flood. Front Range artist Justin Roth opens the show. Roth wrote a song about the flood called “Rise.”
The Planet Bluegrass ranch is the site of several annual music events, including Folks Festival and RockyGrass, and it produces other events, such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The ranch, located on the south bank of the St. Vrain River, was completely submerged during the flood. The Ellis show will be the first concert in the Wildflower Pavilion since the flood.
The concert series presents Head for the Hills on April 10, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys on April 17, The Railsplitters on May 1 and Front Country on May 8. Tickets for the Ellis show are $15-$20. Find more information at the Planet Bluegrass website.