Bluegrass & roots music Father’s Day weekend in Palisade

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Summertime in Colorado, lounging or dancing underneath the shade of cottonwood trees listening to live music — what could be more fun?

Next weekend, June 14-16, is the fifth annual Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival at Riverbend Park along the Colorado River in Palisade.

Friday’s headliner is Haunted Windchimes, a five member band that draws from traditional folk and American roots music. With instruments that include the ukulele, banjo, harmonica, stand-up bass and guitar, the group is known for its vocal harmonies.

The Devil Makes Three, a popular trio known for its “vintage American blues with a slightly punky perspective” will close out the show on Saturday. The band is described also as having elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly.

Also performing Saturday is Paper Bird, a seven-piece band from Denver that has been garnering a lot of attention. The band was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and was voted in the Top 10 Best Underground Bands by the Denver Post three years in a row. The Denver magazine “5280” named Paper Bird as its Top of the Town 2009 “Top Local Band.”

Sunday’s headliner is Justin Townes Earle, son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle, and winner of the Americana Music Award for Song of the Year in 2011. That year, Justin Townes Earle had debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

While most of the weekend’s bands dabble in bluegrass, overall it’s a mixture of genres encompassing blues, country, folk and some western swing, said Palisade community development director Becky Levy.

The festival also includes yoga Saturday morning, music workshops, jam sessions, a kid’s activity tent, and guided hikes and bike rides to natural, cultural and archaeological sites. Camping is available onsite.

There’s always plenty of good food for purchase, including brick oven-cooked pizza, barbecue, ice-cream, seafood, Greek salads and wraps, and green chili cheese fries.

Craft beers, local wines and hand-mixed drinks will be for sale, along with non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be free water available.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or a blanket or tarp for the ground.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit or call 970-464-5602. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

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