This year’s lineup is certain to bring travelers from across the country, as we assemble the most talented, sought after bands in the industry for three days of harmonious magic.
2017 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival Lineup:
Friday, June 9
3 p.m. – Let Them Roar – Let Them Roar weaves mountain folk into a soulful tapestry of roots, rock and raw improvisations.
4 p.m. – The Sweet Lilies – This group’s high-energy, melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts and music souls of fans in Colorado and beyond. Blending Americana and bluegrass sounds, this magnetic group creates a style all their own.
5:15 p.m. – Mayhem Gulch – In a world of mayhem, Mayhem Gulch shines like a whiskey-fueled campfire jam on a crisp summer evening in the Rocky Mountains. Mayhem Gulch brings a fresh perspective on Bluegrass and Americana music that is sure to get your foot a tapping, your hips a shaking, and your soul a soaring!
6:30 p.m. – The Lonesome Days – Winner of the 2016 UllrGrass Band Competition, this soulful bluegrass band from Denver, CO has been delivering timeless classics for fans across the state.
8 p.m. – SHEL – Virtuoso indie-folk band featuring classically inspired mandolin, violin, piano and glowing vocal harmonies. This exciting sister quartet is now touring across the U.S. to celebrate the release of their second album, “Just Crazy Enough.”
Saturday, June 10
11 a.m. – Parsonsfield – Catch Parsonsfield onstage any night and the band’s joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins as they pour out their “jubilant and danceable indie roots music.”
1 p.m. – Dustbowl Revival – A Venice Beach, CA – based American roots orchestra with eight full-time members. Known for their free-flowing sets that often spill off the stage – they play it all – bluegrass, hot jazz, pre-war blues, southern soul and a good dose of New Orleans funk, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.
3 p.m. – The Travelin’ McCourys – No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives.
5”30 p.m. – Jeff Austin Band – After almost twenty years of live creation and endless joy seeking, Jeff has returned to the scene with a newfound sense of passion. Sharing the stage each night with a band of like-minded adventurers he attacks each performance with a fire and desire to move and shake everyone in sight.
7:30 p.m. – The Grateful Ball feat. Jeff Austin Band and The Travelin’ McCourys – This one-of-a-kind collaborative set features a boundless musical adventure through the timeless music of the Grateful Dead.
Sunday, June 11
11 a.m. – Harpeth Rising – Building from the tonal depth of the cello layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.
1 p.m. – Front Country – San Francisco’s powerhouse of song and sound transcends their humble string band roots to develop a dynamic combination of soulful vocals and instrumental bliss.
3 p.m. – The Lil’ Smokies – With roots submerged in traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique melody driven sound of their own. Captivating audiences with their unique blend of bluegrass, newgrass, exquisite musicianship and unique originals, they took home awards at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association as well as the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.
5:30 p.m. – Keller & the Keels – Award winning flat picker Larry Keel and his rock solid, in the pocket bass playing wife, Jenny Keel make up two thirds of this fun bluegrass trio. The phenomenal instrumental technique of this group is complimented by the amazing range of vocal styles captivating and inspiring audiences of all ages.
Experience the fast paced, finger picking sounds on the banks of the Colorado River. Dance under the stars with some of the finest performers in the Bluegrass music scene. Only in Palisade! Early bird tickets are now available at discounted prices for a limited time only. Camping available with reservation while spaces are available.