The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival — “Folks Fest,’ if you’re into the whole brevity thing — really cares about that “s” on the end of “folk.” While the festival has some folkie acts, for sure, the whole idea behind the festival, which turns 25 years old this year, was to emphasize the community feeling of the gathering. It’s not a folk festival, but a festival for the folks. As such, the music each year at Folks Fest can change pretty drastically. Recent years have seen headliners range from John Prine to the Weir, Robinson, Greene trio, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Ani DiFranco and Jenny Lewis. It’s an eclectic history that this year will add Sufjan Stevens to the storied list of performers.
- You’re going there to see: Sufjan Stevens, Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch
- You’re going to come home talking about: Taarka, Session Americana, The Pine Hill Project
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