Sarah Jarosz joins stellar lineup at Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival

All of us at FolkWest are getting excited to kick off our summer festival season with the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival, kicking off with the traditional Free Friday concert on Friday, June 5, at 5 p.m. The Boston Boys and Jeff and Vida will perform a free concert at the gazebo in Town Park to celebrate the official start of summer.

Then, on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, Reservoir Hill will come alive with music on the main stage, Rendezvous Stage, late night stage and, of course, the festival campground. The lineup includes 13 bands from all over the U.S.: The Belleville Outfit, The Infamous Stringdusters, John Jorgenson Quintet, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Bearfoot, Tony Furtado Band, The Boston Boys, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Sweet Sunny South, Expedition Quartet, Jeff and Vida, The Badly Bent, and this week’s featured artist: Sarah Jarosz.

Sarah Jarosz shares her talent and love for music through her powerful, soulful voice, songwriting, and multi-instrumental skills which include mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Although only 16, she has already been invited to perform on stage with many great musicians including Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The David Grisman Quintet, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Nickel Creek, Mike Marshall, Abigail Washburn and Ben Sollee with Bela Fleck, The Greencards, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters and many others.

In March of 2007, Sarah won an Austin Music Award during the SXSW Music conference. She is the youngest individual to win an AMA since Charlie Sexton won in the mid-’80s. Sarah has already performed at several prestigious music festivals including: Telluride Bluegrass; Mandolines de Lunel in Lunel, France; Old Settler’s Music Festival; RockyGrass; Wintergrass; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and numerous other musical events.

In addition to a slew of television appearances, Pete Wernick invited Sarah to be a member of a group of young musicians known as “The Young American Bluegrass Idols” who performed at the 2003 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony and Fan Fest in Louisville, Ken.  Sarah was awarded a scholarship to attend “a Mandolin Symposium” at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the summer of 2008 for the fifth consecutive year. She has been selected for seven years as a member of the OAKE (Kodaly) National Honor Choir.

Sarah’s goals are to continue to grow as a musician, singer and songwriter, to strive to be the best person she can be, and to travel the world to share her music with people from all walks of life. She says it best herself: “I see myself spending my entire life doing what I love, and that love is music.”

Sarah Jarosz will perform on the main festival stage on Saturday, June 6 at 2:45 p.m.

Tickets to the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival are on sale at Moonlight Books downtown and at ReSport in the Pagosa Lakes City Market center. Tickets and information are available online at or by calling (877) 472-4672.  Children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult.

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Sarah Jarosz will perform on the Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival main stage on Reservoir Hill Saturday, June 6, at 2:45 p.m.

Photo courtesy Don Long
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