Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival in western Colorado June 12-14 |

Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival in western Colorado June 12-14

Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival is planned for Riverbend Park June 12-14.
Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival |


Friday, June 12: Trout Steak Revival, 8-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 13: Jackie Greene, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 14: Elephant Revival, 5:30-7 p.m.


$160 for three-day with camping

$115 for three-day without camping

$40 Friday only

$60 Saturday only

$40 Sunday

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The seventh annual Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival returns to Riverbend Park this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Camping spots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

According to festival promoter Amy Kimberly, ticket sales are strong and she expects around 2,500 people at this year’s event.

“A huge percentage of visitors camp, and a lot of people come from the Front Range and throughout the Western Slope,” she said. “The campgrounds are so much fun. There are jams that go all night and campfires. It’s an incredibly beautiful spot.”

Bands will perform on two stages throughout the weekend. Performers include Jackie Greene, Hayes Carll, Elephant Revival, Trout Steak Revival, Steel Wheels, Milk Drive, Dead Winter Carpenters, TAARKA, Free the Honey, Chain Station, Dirty Bourbon River Show and The Appleseed Collective. Local bands to perform on the side stage include Stray Grass and Destinee, both of Palisade. For a full music schedule, visit the event website.

Other weekend activities include Jam Camp, dining out, a Palisade Rim hike, morning yoga, a scavenger hunt, stand-up paddle boarding, bike tours, wine tasting and more. Vendors will offer food and drink on site. Attendees should bring tarps, chairs and sun umbrellas to the festival, which offers lawn seating only.

“While music is still key and the central focus of the festival, festival goers are looking for more,” Kimberly said. “I think we have more activities and a sense of place around the music.”

The small town of Palisade is rallying around the event as well.

Rich Sales, Palisade’s town administrator, said local vendors and hotels are working with festival planners to make the weekend fun.

“It is part of our economic development strategy to bring folks to town,” Sales said.

Shuttles, bike rides and hikes are planned to showcase the area’s unique beautify, he explained, to encourage future visits and transplants.

John Messinger, a Grand Junction resident, attended Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival for the first time last year.

“It creates such a great vibe and place to be with all your friends in the Grand Valley, while [offering] a chance to welcome all those who are visiting for the first time,” he said.

“I can’t wait for this year.”

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