Bluegrass In Paradise 2011 at Crested Butte July 9 & 10

One of the most popular genres in America, in one of the most beautiful places in Western Colorado; Bluegrass In Paradise is a five day Festival in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado. With the peak of Mt. Crested Butte as a backdrop, “newgrass” and bluegrass bands from around the country will keep Festival-goers moving July 9 & 10, 2011.

Hosted by the “Master of Strings,” Drew Emmitt, this festival will start off with a 4-day bluegrass kids camp lead by Drew Murdza and Tyler Grant, followed by two full days of workshops and performances.

For fourteen years, the Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) has turned Crested Butte into a big concert hall in the summer, with music resounding from outdoors venues, hotels, stunning private homes, churches and barns. In the summer of 2009 the Festival hosted a bluegrass performance by the Infamous Stringdusters  in a local Crested Butte barn. The performance was a sell-out success, and started the wheels turning about a full-blown bluegrass festival. Given the popularity of bluegrass and Crested Butte being the perfect setting to host a Festival, Bluegrass In Paradise was a natural fit.

In July 2010, the CBMF held the inaugural “Bluegrass In Paradise”, a five-day festival at the base of Mt. Crested Butte.  From July 6-10, 2010 both traditional bluegrass and “newgrass” music was showcased in a range of events: a three-day camp for kids, workshops for adults, children’s performances and six top-level bands.  Hosted by Drew Emmitt and performances by Spring Creek, Bearfoot, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Blue Highway, Shannon Whitworth, and Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bluegrass in Paradise left the audience wanting more.

This year the line-up features some fantastic acts:


  • Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys
  • Gypsy Jazz Social Club
  • Head for the Hills
  • Town Mountain
  • Sierra Hull and Highway 111
  • Seldom Scene


  • Drew Emmitt and the Paradise All Star Band
  • Keller & The Keels
  • The Kruger Brothers
  • Honey Don’t
  • Josh Williams Band
  • The Nashville Bluegrass Band

Tickets are $80 for a two day pass or $45 for a single day ticket to either Saturday or Sunday and are available through the festival’s website.


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, 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!