Less than 3 months since historic September floods devastated much of Lyons, CO – including the Planet Bluegrass Ranch – Planet Bluegrass is excited to announce the preliminary lineup for the 42nd RockyGrass Festival (July 25-27, 2014). The initial artist roster includes Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Hot Rize, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and Jerry Douglas.
July’s RockyGrass festival will be the first major festival held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch since the 500-year flood. The three-day event promises to be an emotional homecoming for Festivarians and musicians from around the world who watched the images of Lyons’ devastation in the international media. RockyGrass has been held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch since 1992.
Reflecting their confidence in Lyons’ and Planet Bluegrass’s post-flood rebirth, the 42nd Annual lineup is arguably the festival’s strongest ever, boasting more Grammy and IBMA award winners than in recent years. Many of these internationally-known artists approached Planet Bluegrass within days of the flood, looking for ways to help Planet Bluegrass and share in the upcoming 2014 RockyGrass.
The preliminary RockyGrass lineup includes:
* Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder * Sam Bush Bluegrass Band * Hot Rize * Bela & Abby * Jerry Douglas * Peter Rowan * Steep Canyon Rangers * Noam Pikelny & Friends * John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band * Della Mae * Balsam Range * Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge * Matt Flinner Trio * The Railsplitters * many more to be announced…
During the flood’s peak on September 12, the entire 20-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch was under several feet of rushing water. Though one of Planet Bluegrass’s primary offices collapsed and floated down the North St. Vrain River, the staff reopened an office on November 4 in the first building to be repaired after the flood (without heat, running water, sewer, or permanent electricity).
Before the flood waters had begun to recede, president Craig Ferguson vowed to rebuild Planet Bluegrass better than ever. Improvements to Planet Bluegrass 2.0 will include a newly graded “bowl” seating area with better sight-lines, a new beach and family area, a remodeled and acoustically-tuned Wildflower Pavilion, and native revegetation throughout the property.
Amidst national stories about the historic Lyons floods, the numbers of entries in the 2014 ticket lotteries have set new records. The online lottery for onsite camping at RockyGrass is open now thru December 1. The 200+ spaces in the RockyGrass Academy (July 20-24, 2014) sold-out via an online lottery on November 13.
For the first time, Planet Bluegrass will be releasing single-day RockyGrass tickets in December, at the same time as 3-day passes. By making single-day tickets available before 3-day passes have sold-out, single-day purchasers will have more time to purchase their tickets. 3-day passes for last year’s RockyGrass sold-out within 5 weeks.
Tickets and camping for Planet Bluegrass’ other festivals will go onsale in early December: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (onsale December 4) and Telluride Bluegrass (onsale December 6).
RockyGrass 3-day passes, single-day tickets, and camping passes go onsale on Thursday, December 5 at 9am MST at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
Planet Bluegrass encourages Festivarians to support the town of Lyons’ flood recovery and the many families and businesses who are still in immediate need via the resources at: www.LyonsFightsBack.org.