Destination festival RockyGrass, in Lyons, CO, has announced it’s daily lineups for the 2008 festival. 2008 marks the 36th year of the RockyGrass festival. Bill Monroe himself is credited with the founding of the festival in 1973. The festival is scheduled for July 25-27, 2008.
As part of the larger Planet Bluegrass network, RockyGrass takes on a more traditional tone than the other events in the family. This year’s festival is no exception. To be sure, there are a few acts on the list that are not in the traditional camp, but overall, the line up is solidly bluegrass in nature. Here are the daily lineups of performers.
Friday, July 25
Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & Edgar Meyer * Dan Tyminski Band * B?©la Fleck & Friends * John Cowan Band * Russ Barenberg & Bryan Sutton * The Steeldrivers * Mike Marshall & Darol Anger * Spring Creek Bluegrass Band
Saturday, July 26
Natalie MacMaster * Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile * Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet featuring B?©la Fleck * Psychograss * Infamous Stringdusters * Bearfoot * Chatham County Line
Sunday, July 27
Sam Bush Bluegrass Band * Carolina Chocolate Drops * Peter Rowan * JD Crowe & The New South * Adrienne Young & Little Sadie * Stairwell Sisters * Gospel Set featuring Jeremy Garrett
In addition to the music on the main stage, RockyGrass features nationally-recognized instrument and band contests as well as workshops throughout the day in the Wildflower Pavilion. When the official music ends, musicians of all levels and ages head to the campgrounds where dozens of jam circles flourish late into the night.
If this sounds like a festival you’d like to attend, you’d better act quickly. The festival usually sells out in May. Camping passes are already sold out (they were gone in November, before a lineup was even announced).
And don’t forget about the RockyGrass Academy. These four days of instructional workshops are taught by bluegrass luminaries: Bryan Sutton, Russ Barenberg, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Mike Bub, and band’s-in-residence Infamous Stringdusters, Psychograss, and Bearfoot. The RockyGrass Academy webpage states that most of the slots in the academy are already gone, but there are a few openings left at this time.
Tickets for both evens are available online at Bluegrass.com.