COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Grammy Award winners The Duhks (pronounced Ducks), Colorado's own Elephant Revival, and San Francisco-based "The Mother Hips" will be among the featured acts at the 6th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival.
Over 20 artists will appear in the main tent during the three-day Memorial Day Weekend festival May 23-25 at the La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in the Black Forest.
"We are very excited to bring a diverse cross-section of Americana and Roots Music artists to this year's festival," said organizer Steve Harris. "MeadowGrass strives to showcase national, regional and local talent with an eye toward bringing great new acts to the Pikes Peak Region each year." MeadowGrass is gaining a reputation as one of the top music festivals in Southern Colorado.
Some of this year's notable performers include Chadwick Stokes of the indie/roots band Dispatch; San Diego based Steve Poltz who was a founding member of the Indie-band The Rugburns and who co-wrote the smash hit "You Were Meant For Me" with Jewel; local bluegrass sensations Grass It Up; the Birds of Chicago who are considered one of the fastest rising stars on the Americana music scene; Nashville-based Caitlin Rose; Mississippi songwriter Cary Hudson whose songs have been heard in many TV shows and movies including the George Clooney film "Up in the Air;" and legendary Texas singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey whose songs have been recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, America, the Bellamy Brothers, Captain & Tennille, Widespread Panic, Waylon Jennings, Shawn Colvin, and Jimmy Buffett among others.
"MeadowGrass music lovers will once again be able to hear an eclectic variety of musical styles from blues and bluegrass, to southern rock and traditional folk," said Harris.
Tickets are on sale now at "pre-sale" discount-prices at www.ticketfly.com or a various local retailers including the Dry Goods Store at Ivywild School and Moondog Music Shop in Old Colorado City.
Fans can purchase tickets at local outlets without paying on-line processing fees.
Pre-sale discount-tickets are $30 to $40 for one-day passes and $60 for a three-day weekend pass. A Family Four-Pack of weekend passes is only $200. Limited availability tent-camping passes are sold separately. Pre-sale discount-ticket prices end March 16. Visit the MeadowGrass website at www.meadowgrass.org for more details.
Harris gave the following description of the headliners. The Duhks are from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Traditional Folk Album and were nominated in 2007 for "Heaven is My Home." Wikipedia describes their music as "a blend of Canadian and American soul, gospel, folk, old-time country, Cajun Zydeco, and Irish dance music."
Elephant Revival formed in 2006 in Nederland, Colorado. Their mix of bluegrass, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional music has been describe as "transcendental-folk." Their album "Break In The Clouds" was voted Best CD of 2011 by the Indy Acoustic Project.
The Mother Hips play their own unique version of folk-rock they describe as "California Soul." The Mother Hips recently marked their 20th anniversary with the release of their eighth studio album titled "Behind Beyond."
In addition to acts on the main stage, the festival will once-again feature campfire jams and late-night concerts including a performance by The J. Miller Band to close out the festival Sunday night in the historic Ponderosa Lodge.
MeadowGrass is held on the 460-acre La Foret Conference and Retreat Center located at 6145 Shoup Road in the Black Forest. The main stage is located under a big-top type tent situated in a beautiful meadow surrounded by majestic ponderosa pine trees. Dozens of food and merchandise vendors line the meadow offering a wide variety of selections including traditional festival food to vegan and gluten-free entrees.
MeadowGrass also offers a variety of children's activities, a swimming pool, limited tent-camping, a unique walking labyrinth, morning yoga sessions, and music workshops by some of the featured performers.
MeadowGrass is a non-profit music festival that began in 2009. This year marks the first time MeadowGrass is under the umbrella of the newly formed community-organization "Rocky Mountain Highway." The mission of the Rocky Mountain Highway is to cultivate original music and live performance in the Pikes Peak Region through production of world-class music festivals and concerts, and support for local artists, educational outreach, and collaboration with other area arts organizations."The idea," said RMH Board President Whitney Luckett, is to create "intentional music in exceptional venues."
The main stage at MeadowGrass features the following acts:
Friday, May 23
1:30 p.m. - Andy Clifton & Co.
3 p.m. - A. Tom Collins
4:45 p.m. - Steve Poltz
6:30 p.m. - The Duhks
8:30 p.m. - Special Guest to be announced later!
10 p.m. - Grant Sabin & the Full Moon Band (in Ponderosa Lodge)
Saturday, May 24
11 a.m. - Barrel House String Band
12: 15 p.m. - Josh Dillard & the Streaks of Lightning
2 p.m. - Chimney Choir
3 p.m. - Cary Hudson
4 p.m. - Ark Life
5:45 p.m. - Grass It Up
7:45 p.m. - Chadwick Stokes
9:45 p.m. - Elephant Revival
Sunday, May 25
11 a.m. - The Mitguards
12: 15 p.m. - Here's to Fightin'
1:30 p.m. - Taarka
3 p.m. - Willis Alan Ramsey
4:45 p.m. - Birds of Chicago
6:30 p.m. - Caitlin Rose
8 p.m. - The Mother Hips
10 p.m. - The J. Miller Band (in Ponderosa Lodge)