The bluegrass music festival season awaits! Hopefully you got to Mid Winter or Winter Wondergrass in February. March was just a brief rest period, with a few CBMS concerts at AUDI and Parker Mainstreet, and now we're off to Durango's Bluegrass Meltdown coming up April 17-19. The following weekend is the North Platte Country Bluegrass Festival in nearby Nebraska.
On Saturday, April 4, we have our final concert (for this season) at the Parker Mainstreet venue, featuring RapidGrass. Opening for RapidGrass will be the CBMS Young Pickers group. C'mon out and join us.
In the meantime, if you're looking for a jam in your area, please look at our listings by day of the week at coloradobluegrass.org. If you would rather warm up by watching some really fine bluegrass artists, head over to the Pickin' Parlour to see the Brotet–Samson Grisman, Dominick Leslie, Alex Hargreaves, and Nathaniel Smith; or check out the Infamous Stringdusters who will be performing in a variety of venues across Colorado during April. The Punch Bros. are playing in Denver, April 7. For more information and to begin planning your festival season, head over to the calendar page on CBMS's website.
To see a listing of Colorado Bluegrass Society's Bands on Call and to see their performance schedule, click here.
We are introducing a blog for the CBMS membership. If you have band news–break up, make up, new member, etc., we would love for you to submit that juicy bit of news to us here.
The new board of directors is in place. If there's something you would like to see the Society do, or pursue, would you let them know? Here's the list of the new board members.
Summer is right around the corner. Bluegrass at the Fair happens May 29-31 in Pueblo. They have an all-Colorado band line up and there will be lots of jamming. Get in on the fun and plan to camp. Early bird ticket sales end May 1.
Pickin' in the Pines is set for Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16 at the beautiful boy scout camp in Elbert, CO. The last three years at this venue have been wonderful. We have loved the central, community building and the great potluck and show on Saturday night. Plus, of course, the phenomenal social aspect of jamming together all weekend long. We need a volunteer person or couple to take tickets, plus we need three volunteers per day to make the rounds and make sure everything is running smoothly. This is your chance to wander through the campground and have a reason to crash all the good jams. If you have a desire to help in this way, email Annie Savage and tell her, "YES! I am the person for the job!"
As always, you can get ahold of us through our Facebook page, or send an email. Don't forget the last Parkerhouse Mainstreet concert on April 4, featuring RapidGrass and the Young Pickers.
Play hard, play often, and keep the music going.
See you soon,
Your volunteer board of directors at CBMS