www.bluegrass.com August 30, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

A deep sense of power ran through this year's Folks Festival: Richie Havens at the 2007 Folks Fest (photo: Tim Benko)Peter Himmelman's creative maelstrom helped out by the power of shirtless guy; the power of a flying V electric guitar in the hands of Grace Potter; the "Hallelujah" power of Darrell Scott joined by his fellow Song School instructors;

The power of Cyndi Lauper's bubblegum pop being reinvented by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings; the undeniable spiritual & rhythmic power of Richie Havens.

And the honest power of Folks Showcase winner Sarah Sample literally overcome with emotion. With our hearts firmly won over by Sarah's glowing presence and warm energy, she is our first official booking for the 18th Annual Folks Festival. Mark your calendars to join us next year: August 15-17, 2008.

2007 Showcase winner Sarah Sample (photo: Tim Benko)If you were among the Festivarians planted on a tarp or in the St. Vrain River for our "summit of the song," take a moment to share your thoughts — one randomly-selected survey response will receive a pair of tickets for next year's Folks Festival. And if you struggled with the BlueDoKu puzzle in the festival program, that solution is online now, too.

Normally at this time of year, we'd be finally catching our breath, learning a new Irish tune or two on our mandolins, and thinking about one final festival a month away. Not so this year.

Starting next Friday, we kick-off the inaugural Wildflower Concert Series. Seven shows, with seven of our favorite musicians - including Drew Emmitt and Michelle Shocked - over the course of seven weeks, with an intimate crowd of three hundred Festivarians each night.

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at the 2007 Folks Fest (photo: Tim Benko)If you were among the lucky 300 who bought tickets for the opening night show with Tim O'Brien before it sold-out, plan to join us at 6pm for a beautifully prepared dinner of grilled cedar plank salmon fillet with a citrus beurre blanc or rosemary grilled NY strip steak with a gorgonzola port reduction. These plated dinners will be prepared and sold on-site for $15 - the perfect complement to a special (and historic) evening on Planet Bluegrass. Check out the full menu on our website.

We began our journey into the Summer of 2007 together in Telluride on June 21. One of the most memorable moments of that Solstice day was the final tweener - between Emmylou Harris and Counting Crows - of Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band. As we look to the other end of summer and the Autumnal Equinox, it seems only natural that we should have Ben & Adam provide the evening's (and season's) closing soundtrack.

Adam & Ben's tweener at Telluride Bluegrass 2007 (photo: Tim Benkko)Plan to join us on Saturday, September 22 for our Mabon Celebration. Gates open at 2pm for camping, food and hearty beverages, and acoustic music jams of all styles (Celtic, old-time, bluegrass). We'll serve a special Mabon Feast at 6:30pm, followed by music in the Wildflower Pavilion at 8pm with Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann. Tickets and camping are on sale now at bluegrass.com or call us at 800-624-2422 for more info.

Finally, if you're anywhere near Denver this weekend, plan to join many of us festivarians at Red Rocks as Yonder Mountain String Band headlines a Sunday evening pre-Labor Day show along with their friend (and ours) Todd Snider. We'll see you there.

The folks at Planet Bluegrass

Wildflower Concert Series

The schedule is now complete for the 2007 Fall Wildflower Concert Series in the new Wildflower Pavilion. Festivarians in the Wildflower Pavilion (photo: Laura Klein)The seven shows from September 7 thru October 20 feature bluegrass, newgrass, Americana rock, singer-songwriters, and now... gospel - as we welcome longtime friend of Planet Bluegrass Michelle Shocked to close this inaugural season on October 20.

These intimate, 300-seat shows will feature food, wine, and other beverages; our new state-of-the-art Wildflower sound system; and after-show bonfires along the St. Vrain River. Learn more about the new Wildflower Pavilion at www.wildflowerpavilion.com.

Tickets for all shows are general admission and all-ages. Free parking will be available on-site.

Fall 2007 Schedule

Looking for some of those coveted Tim O'Brien opening night tickets? Or want to find out who else is planning to come out early on the Mabon for some old-timey jammin'? Connect with your fellow Festivarians at www.festivarian.com.

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