www.bluegrass.com Sept. 19, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

The problem with cozy, intimate shows is that they tend to sell-out. That is now officially the case with Saturday's Wildflower Mabon Celebration featuring Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band and special guests Taarka. Wildflower Pavilion entrance at nightAll remaining tickets for this day-long celebration are now sold-out.

If you were not able to purchase tickets, check with your fellow Festivarians over at Festivarian.com. We will not be selling any tickets at the gate for this special show; you must have a ticket to enter the grounds for music, food, and camping on Saturday.

If you do have tickets for the Mabon Celebration, plan to join us for the Mabon Harvest Feast at 6:30pm. The menu includes: corned beef brisket with soda bread, sauteed kale with Irish bacon, smoked salmon hash, cream of potato mushroom soup, and an alfredo lasagna for vegetarians. Reservations for the Feast can be purchased online for $10.

The gates open at 2pm for camping and jamming, and all day long we'll be serving award-winning prime rib chili along with burgers, Dale's Home-Made Root Beer, lemonade, hot chocolate, wine, and a selection of beer from Oskar Blues. Bring your cash; the credit card machines are retired for the season.

Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers on the Telluride Bluegrass stage (photo: Tim Benko)It started humbly in 2006, with a rain cloud opening up midway through their first song on the Telluride Bluegrass stage. But by the end of their triumphant Friday afternoon set - including the thousands of giddy festivarians watching Goose circle Town Park to the screaming chant of "if you can't dance in your underpants, you don't stand a chance" - Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers were crowned the biggest rock band in the world by the Festivarian faithful.

After a packed show at Elks Park and a very sold-out NightGrass show, they left their mark on the 33rd Telluride Bluegrass like no other. Next Thursday night (Sept. 27) at 7:30pm, our favorite roots rockers - "SK6ers" - make their mark on the new Wildflower Pavilion here in Lyons. Drew Emmitt in the Wildflower Pavilion (photo: Russell Bramlett)Mixing honest, heartfelt songwriting and a warm, energetic onstage camaraderie, this is the show you will be telling your friends about. Tickets are still available, so grab those friends now and get your tickets online for just $15.

If you're not yet a fan, mark your calendars for next Wednesday, September 26; Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers will be performing live on Denver's KCUV at 1pm. Listen at 102.3FM or online at www.KCUVradio.com. It'll only take one song.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the Wildflower Pavilion last week for the Drew Emmitt Band show. Drew's rockin' newgrass electrified the dancing crowd for two long sets of music. And thanks to Drew's bandmembers Eric Thorin and Tyler Grant, the music around the bonfire carried on until close to 2am.

Planting native trees on the Planet Bluegrass RanchFinally, in the spirit of reuse and carbon neutrality, we've been busy planting all the native plants which decorated this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival stage. These plants (including over 50 native trees) which provided the natural stage "foof" for this year's festival are now thriving on the Ranch here in Lyons, helping us manage erosion along the river, adding to our scenic natural environment, and gobbling up CO2 from the air for years to come.

When you're up visiting the Ranch for this weekend's Mabon Celebration and next Thursday's Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers show, have a look around...

The folks at Planet Bluegrass

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