Mick Buck, the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Museum’s curator of collections, said it best when he described John Hartford: “In many ways, John Hartford is the Mark Twain of traditional music. He was a beloved American figure whose influence went far beyond his commercial success. He brought literacy, humor and inventiveness to his music and an eclectic sense of adventure to his life. He was a true artist in every sense of the word.”
Miraculously, the founders of the John Hartford Memorial Festival have found a way to take that exact sentiment and put it into a weekend. With a cap of 2,500 tickets to make sure it remains intimate, the promoters hand-select artists who have been greatly influenced by Hartford. It’s aw-shucks sweet, and Hartford himself would be “tickled.”
- You’re going there to see: Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, The Travelin’ McCourys
- You’re going to come home talking about: Pat Fiddle, Brushfire Stankgrass, Jeff Daugherty
Denver to Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
15 hours, 43 minutes
Accommodations: Camping ranging from primitive to RV sites to glamping packages, as well as some off-site lodging nearby.