By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
Well, this is it, folks!
Tomorrow, the sixth annual Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival officially kicks off three days of musical magic on Reservoir Hill, with more than 20 live performances from 16 different bands on the main stage and late night.
This year’s phenomenal lineup represents a variety of musical styles and genres — from Austin Indie Rock to Canadian-Celtic, Texas swing to Bay Area bluegrass, Indie-pop to experimental acoustic, and everything in between.
This year’s headliners are The Duhks, The Band of Heathens and The Iguanas, who will be complemented by a tremendously deep lineup made up of Della Mae, The Defibulators, The Black Lillies, The Warren Hood Band, Matt Flinner Trio, Taarka, Front Country, The Haunted Windchimes, Paper Bird, Finnders and Youngberg, Corn Yeti, The Expedition Quintet and The New Shoots Trio. You can find links to all of the artists on the festival website, www.folkwest.com.
The music gets underway on Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m. with music on the main stage from Finnders and Youngberg, Matt Flinner Trio, The Defibulators and a Latino-Louisiana-style dance party with The Iguanas. At 10:30, the focus shifts to the Ponderosa Pavilion on Reservoir Hill with a late night all-star jam hosted by Finnders and Youngberg.
Saturday’s full day starts out at 11:15 a.m. with entertainment by The Expedition Quintet, The Haunted Windchimes, Corn Yeti, Matt Flinner Trio, Paper Bird, Warren Hood Band and The Band of Heathens. There will be late night music at the Ponderosa Pavilion starting at 10 p.m. from Front Country and Taarka.
Sunday, the final day of Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass, begins at 11 a.m. with music from the New Shoots Trio, Taarka, Front Country, The Black Lillies, Della Mae and The Duhks.
In addition to the music on the festival stages, some of the highlights of the weekend include workshops, vendors and on-site camping.
The children’s program will take place once again, with magic shows each day by Mysto the Magi and musical singalongs from Pagosa-based band The Big’ns.
On Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m., the festival will hand out free white T-shirts to color and decorate to the first 150 kids. Youngsters will also get to make cool, recycled crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday passes are available for $35 in advance; they’ll be $40 on the day of the show. Tickets good for either all day Saturday or Sunday can be purchased for $50 in advance or $55 on the day of show. Multiple day passes offer the best value, with a full three-day pass available for $95 ($105 at the gate) or a two-day pass for $85 ($95 on day of). As always, children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass is supported in part with funding from Colorado Creative Industries.
FolkWest’s other big event, the Four Corners Folk Festival, takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 1. This year’s exciting lineup includes headliners John Hiatt and the Combo and Natalie MacMaster along with The Wood Brothers, Darrell Scott Band, Jimmy LaFave, John Fullbright, Elephant Revival, the Lone Bellow, Sarah Siskind and Travis Book, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Baskery, New Country Rehab, Aoife O’Donovan Band, Slaid Cleaves, The Giving Tree Band and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams. Tickets are currently on sale on the FolkWest website and are selling quickly.
For more information on either festival, or to purchase tickets, visit www.folkwest.com or call 731-5582. You can also find both festivals on Facebook, which is a great way to keep up to date on the latest announcements.