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Acoustic roots music comes to Crystal Meadows Resort

Crystal Meadows Resort, below Paonia Dam on Kebler Pass Road between Carbondale and Paonia, presents an acoustic roots weekend of bluegrass music, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6, 7 and 8.

Performers include Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Pete Wernick’s Live Five, Mary Flower, Kevin Dooley, Dan Sheridan, Midnight Mesa, Maren Orion and Western Tradition.

Hurst and Raines are two of the most compelling bluegrass performers today. Hurst was International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year in 2002 and Raines is IBMA’s Bass Player of the Year. Their sound has been described as sensitive and full of life.

Wernick and Live Five, is a high energy traditional American roots band that explores everything from bluegrass to jazz. Wernick is best known for his banjo work for Hot Rize and has performed with diverse acts such as Phish, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.

Flower, a longtime Denver favorite, is known as a consummate fingerstyle guitarist and a master of lap slide guitar.

“Flower is one of those rare artists who manages to create a tincture of the aged authentic with the freshly original,” said Fingerstyle Guitar magazine.

Dooley was voted Crossroads Acoustic Blues Guitar winner at Telluride in 2000. His original and classic renditions reflect the versatility of his playing and singing.

Singer songwriter Maren Orion is describes as diverse, bright vital and exciting.

Local singer and songwriter Dan Sheridan recently won the Telluride Troubadour contest this year and the 2001 Swallow Hill Folk Festival contest in 2001. He’s been called witty and bright, an entertainer who keeps his audiences entranced.

Also offered are free workshops including flatpicking with Jim Hurst and blues guitar with Mary Flower and Kevin Dooley.

Weekend wristbands are $30; meadow camping is $6 per person per night; kids under 12 are free. Parking is $3. The resort is located below the Paonia Reservoir Dam above Somerset.

Tickets are available locally at Sounds Easy in Carbondale and Great Divide Music in Aspen. They are also available at Crystal Meadows Resort, 1-877-886-9678 or go to http://www.crystalmeadows.com.


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