The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival: Celebrating 10 Years of Magical Moments.

As the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival celebrates its ten-year anniversary, we reminisce about the passing years. We remember our grassroots days when just 1,000 people gathered together to enjoy the friendly pickin’ in the park. We remember epic performances followed by camp ground jam sessions and nights that we never wanted to end. Throughout the past decade, as the festival has tripled in attendance and became one of the top bluegrass festivals in the state, the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival has remained committed to continually delivering magical moments to Colorado festival goers. Our guests have shared their most memorable stories and we have recreated some of these magical moments with the ten-year anniversary program. We are excited to announce our 2018 festival lineup, packed with everyone’s favorite past performers.


Friday Night:


3 pm – Bluegrass Offenders

4:30 pm – Rapidgrass

6:30 pm – Trout Steak Revival

9 pm – Palisade Super Jam





11 am – River Arkansas

1:15 pm – Ghost of Paul Revere

3:15 pm – Head For The Hills

5:30 pm – Della Mae

9 pm – Junior Brown





11 am – Masontown

1:15 pm – Wood & Wire

3:30 pm – Kitchen Dwellers

6 pm – Fruition


2018 Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival Artist Information:


Fruition This Portland, Oregon-based band released their debut album in 2008 and has been touring the country ever since. Bringing string-centric sounds and rootsy rhythms to their shows, Fruition has graced the stages at Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass and DelFest where their performance was featured in Rolling Stone’s “8 Best Things We Saw.”

Junior Brown – Known for his exceptional song writing and “Guit-Steel” guitar, Junior Brown is an American original. Performing live since he was a young boy, this CMA and IBMA award-winning musician has created his own unique style of country music and released ten studio albums in the last 28 years.

Della Mae This all female bluegrass band plays charismatic, rootsy, soulful bluegrass that honors old-time traditions, yet is undeniably current. Della Mae has spread their gospel of peace and understanding through music in over 18 countries in the last decade. Their vibrant, original music has earned the band an IBMA award as well as a Grammy nomination in 2014. Known for great live performances, Della Mae promises to bring new creations and raw emotion to the stage.

The Kitchen DwellersMontana-bred bluegrass outfit The Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed “Galaxy Grass.”

Trout Steak Revival Defined by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies, Trout Steak Revival crosses over the bounds of folk, indie, bluegrass and roots, evoking its own style of Americana. This Emmy Award-winning, Colorado band was named Denver Westword’s Best Bluegrass Band in 2017 and nominated for the IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award in 2016.

Ghost of Paul Revere – Recently seen on Conan, Portland’s Ghost of Paul Revere is known for being rowdy pickers from the north. The Boston Globe raved that they, “create the type of music for which festivals are made.”

Rapidgrass Rapidgrass is a high-energy, fusion string-band made up of accomplished musicians from the Colorado bluegrass scene. Their newest release, Happy Trails, is inspired by the Colorado outdoor lifestyle.  In the past five years, Rapidgrass has brought their inspirational Colorado mountain music to fans throughout the US and Europe. The front-range ensemble uses classical, gypsy, bluegrass, pop, swing and other world rhythms to create what can only be described as, Rapidgrass.

Head for the Hills Referred to by Bluegrass LA as “rising stars of the acoustic string scene,” Head for the Hills is known as post-modern bluegrass that combines sounds from bluegrass, jazz, folk and soul. Their live performances showcase a wide-range of song writing and intricate improvisational chops. Released in May, 2017, the band’s fourth album, Potions and Poisons, has received rave reviews from industry critics, describing the album as poetic and energizing.

Wood & Wire Straight out of Austin’s bluegrass and acoustic scene, Wood & Wire has been touring the country for the last five years. Known for mixing elements of Americana and swing, this four-piece band keeps audiences on their toes with funky acoustic jams, a cappella ballads and rippin’ fast instrumentals. Wood & Wire honors the purity of acoustic instruments and the gorgeous music a skilled artist can coax out of just simple wood and wire.

Masontown –  Front Range bluegrass and old-time group, Masontown burst onto the acoustic scene with award-winning fiddle chops and jazz-style flat picking that is both fresh and familiar. Running deep in the classical and jazz traditions this group released their debut album, “In This Time” Oct. 13, 2017.

River Arkansas – The River Arkansas is a band based in Colorado with members living all across the state from Boulder, Saguache, Trinidad and Pueblo. Including former members from Haunted Wind Chimes and Paper Bird, the band has traveled the Midwest, south and western United States as well as playing shows all across Colorado delivering their distinctive mixture of Country, Blues, Folk and Americana.

Bluegrass Offenders Emerging talent from the Grand Valley, The Bluegrass Offenders have been playing throughout Colorado at local festivals and events since 2015. This group is known for a pure bluegrass sound with lots of hot pickin’.

Palisade Super Jam – In addition to the five new bands, the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival has added an All-star Palisade Super Jam to the Friday night schedule. This grand encore will showcase members from Rapidgrass, Trout Steak Revival and other special guests.


Special Tweener Sets provided by Jackson Emmer throughout the festival!

Jackson Emmer – Jackson Emmer’s lyrically playful and intimate Americana style is as gleeful as it is irreverent. Combining an authentic country spirit with an honest and modern perspective, Emmer connects with listeners in the time-honored storytelling tradition.

​His songwriting is often compared to that of John Prine, Roger Miller, and Guy Clark. Emmer has performed hundreds of shows around the country, sharing the stage with Leon Bridges, The Suitcase Junket, and Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show) and many others. He’s now touring nationally in support of his 2018 release “Jukebox,” via Lost Honey Records. Emmer lives in Carbondale, CO.