PICK OF THE WEEK: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 17-19 – Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO

Note: This Post is my 100th on this Blog since I started it August 11th of 2006. Thanks for all your support over the past year.

Why You Should Go: This is one of the most laid back and well run festivals that I have ever been to. Set in the beautiful town of Lyons, Colo., this festival is the perfect compliment to a summer afternoon. Along the St. Vrain River, Planet Bluegrass Ranch is an oasis nestled among the majestic red rock formations that dominate the Lyons landscape. The Festival, now in its 18th year, brings together some of the most recognized names in the folk world with some bright new up-and-comers.

The folk genre is broad and the organizers are more than willing to push the boundaries of the genre when booking acts. Rest assured that there will be a healthy dose of old favorites, but if you are a music lover who can’t wait to find a new act to sink your teeth into, you won’t be disappointed.

Like Planet Bluegrass’s marquee festival in Telluride, the on-site camping may be close quarters but it fosters new friendships, jam sessions and more than a few good laughs. For those who shy away from big crowds, the relatively low capacity of the Ranch allows this to be one of the most intimate feeling festivals around.

Line Up:
Friday, August 17

Saturday, August 18

Sunday, August 19

Ray LaMontagne

Brett Dennen

Richie Havens

Venue: Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 West Main St, Lyons, CO 80540 (800)624-2422 or (303)823-0848

Friday – 10:45 AM
Saturday – 10:00 AM
Sunday – 10:00 AM

*Approximate Set Times:
See Line Up Above

3 Day Pass – $105 (ADV)
Friday Pass – $40
Saturday Pass – $45
Sunday Pass – $45
Camping Passes are also available check the website for more information

*All times and prices are gathered from other sources and I am not responsible for mistakes or inconsistencies. They are intended only as guidelines. Please, always call the venue if you desire the most accurate information possible.


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!