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Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival returns June 13-15

Melodic twangs fill the air like a flock of colorful butterflies; your children dance, hold hands and twirl; the almost-summer sun beats down, warming your forearms as you tap your toes ...

Picture it. Savor it. This could be you.

Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival returns to Riverbend Park for yet another year of fun in the sun. Set for Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15, event organizers welcome a lively lineup, including The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, The Sweetback Sisters, The Railsplitters, Willie Watson, and more. Tickets range from $32 to $160, and camping is available.

“It’s through a consistent lineup of high-quality music that really brings interesting twists to the standards of bluegrass and roots music,” Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival promoter Amy Kimberly said. “We’ve created a strong fan base” over six years of music in the valley.

According to Kimberly, Bluegrass & Roots can be described as the “anti-festival” and a “family-friendly festival,” much different than the expansive Telluride Bluegrass Festival (sold out and set to run June 19-22).

“It ends early, so you can get to bed or stay up around camp fire and jam,” she explained. “You can have lovely relaxed mornings to ride bikes and go into town; the experience is more than the festival grounds. And our family audience is growing. It’s easier to keep an eye on your kids” at a smaller venue like Riverbend Park.

Don’t miss “yoga, music workshops, jam sessions, local wines, craft beers, hand-mixed drinks, delicious foods, artisan goods, a kid’s activity tent, and guided hikes and bike rides to natural, cultural and archaeological sites,” Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival’s website said. Festival goers will also enjoy scenic views of Mount Garfield, the Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa.

Come for just one day or stay for all three — Kimberly noted plenty of tickets still available for purchase at the gates of the weekend-long event (or for pre-purchase). Event organizers expect well over 2,000 attendees this year, with ties to both the region and the state.

“We’ve already sold at least double what we pre-sold last year,” she said.

For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit

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