Lyons, CO -- After a frantic December of ticket selling mayhem, we decided to give Festivarian Nation a peaceful January free from Notes and posts. Amid snowdrifts and relaxed bluegrass picks, we hope you found a quiet time to recover from sell-out stresses and begin piecing together summer festival dreams with your festivarian family. Maybe you even took some time watch this Del & Sam soundcheck or stream the new Steeldrivers record... Though we were outwardly silent, here in Lyons we've been hunkered down – talking with artists, sketching lineups, even writing a book. Today our silence ends. Meet the complete 2013 RockyGrass...
Where last year's 40th anniversary lineup honored the legends who helped shape RockyGrass, the single-day lineup for the 2013 RockyGrass (July 26-28) celebrates the spirit of collaboration...
13-time Grammy winning Dobro player Jerry Douglas is putting together a unique only-at-RockyGrass trad bluegrass band. Legends Sam Bush and Del McCoury will share a special duet set. The jamband and bluegrass worlds collide with Keller Williams and the Travelin' McCourys. Mandolinist Andy Statman debuts his new trio with Tim O'Brien and Michael Cleveland. String wizards Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky & Rushad Eggleston present their Old-Time Kozmik Trio, and so many more...
Friday, July 26 • Del McCoury Band | Tim O'Brien | The Kruger Brothers | The Steeldrivers | Kathy Kallick Band | Helen Highwater featuring David Grier, Mike Compton, Missy Raines & Shad Cobb | Jayme Stone | Front Country
Saturday, July 27 • Jerry Douglas & Friends | Carolina Chocolate Drops | Sam Bush & Del McCoury | Blue Highway | Old-Time Kozmik Trio featuring Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston & Bruce Molsky | I Draw Slow | The Deadly Gentlemen
Sunday, July 28 • Sam Bush Bluegrass Band | Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys | Peter Rowan | Andy Statman Trio featuring Tim O'Brien & Michael Cleveland | Head for the Hills | Cahalen Morrison & Eli West | Gospel Set
Carolina Chocolate Drops (photo: Benko Photographics)Looking at the other new additions... Carolina Chocolate Drops explode with a jubilant love for old-time stringbands (their 2008 set remains legendary). Several RockyGrass debuts bring fascinating fusions of trad and modern: the epic folk and grasscore of The Deadly Gentlemen; the beautifully crafted duets of Cahalen & Eli; worldly banjo master Jayme Stone; and the Irish slant on bluegrass from Dublin quintet I Draw Slow. It's going to be quite a festival.
Tubing the St. Vrain River at RockyGrass (photo: Benko Photographics)Single-day tickets will go onsale next Thursday, February 21 at 9am MST at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Camping in Bohn Park will still be available for single-day ticketholders, though our other 2 campgrounds are now completely sold-out.
RockyGrass festivarians (photo: Benko Photographics)Three-day passes sold-out in early January – a full month earlier than ever before. But we are now accepting volunteer applications to earn your 3-day pass.
If you were among the lucky ones who secured a spot in the RockyGrass Academy, we're excited to share the names of the remaining instructors. The enormously talented Sharon Gilchrist completes this year's mandolin faculty; guitarist/vocalist Stephen Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band) will be teaching this year's vocal class. Don't forget that Academy remainder payments are due by April 1.
Visit Planet Bluegrass for all the details, ticketing and more about RockyGrass.