Celebrating its fifth year, Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend brings acoustic roots and mountain culture to benefit the Dercum Center. Two nights of stacked concerts star amazing string bands and a lineup to marvel! Imagine it. Familiar favorites like the Pine Beatles and Steel Pennies, along with picking phenomenons, Timber!, inspire listeners with blends of foot-stomping, new and old-time bluegrass. The weekend also features three consecutive years of the famous, RockyGrass Band Competition winners including the Railsplitters, (2013) Caribou Mountain Collective, (2014) and RAPIDGRASS, (2015). Even better! A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Dercum Center for the Arts and Humanities. Learn more about the beneficiary at www.dercumcenter.com.
Date: Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23
Time: Doors: 6:30pm
Location: Warren Station at Keystone, River Run Village
Single Night Advance Ticket Online: $15 Adults, $10 kids twelve and under.
Two Night Advance Pass Online: $20 Adults, $15 kids twelve and under. Best Value!
Single Ticket at The Door: $20 Adults, $15 kids twelve and under.
Kids five and under: FREE
For tickets visit: www.warrenstation.com
Friday, January 22nd
Times are approximate and subject to change.
7:00pm - Steel Pennies
Purveyors of rusty, zinc-coated music, the Steel Pennies are a five-piece bluegrass band featuring lead and harmony singing accompanied by banjo, guitar, fiddle and bass. The group plays a rousing mix of original and traditional bluegrass tunes and are not above throwing in some old country and honky-tonk when the crowd gets rowdy! The band has also welcomed renowned fiddle player, Annie Savage to the mix. Annie has performed with Ricky Scaggs, Jeff Scroggins, Aretha Franklin and more!
8:15pm - Timber!
Timber!, a highly energetic bluegrass band from Boulder, CO, consists of Travis "Watermelon Hat Guy" on bass, Erik "Ginger McGee" Gustafson on guitar, Caitlin "Thanks, I like to play" Anderson on fiddle, and Chad "Sweet Hair" Martens on mandolin. "We had nothing in common but the desire to play music, preferably in exchange for beer and whiskey. Oh and the fact that we all lived in Boulder."
In the spring of 2013, an unlikely trio decided to form a band. They were together at the Twisted Pine bluegrass pick and Travis Lawson stood with his bass and told Erik Gustafson, guitar player, that the best way to meet the ladies was to be in a band. And therefore the notion was born. Upon further discussion Travis suggested they add a fiddle player, and James agreed that "What's her face" could make a positive addition. Thus Caitlin Anderson, fiddle player, was invited to Timber!
9:30pm - The Railsplitters
Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time. From boundary breaking trip hop and electronica groups like Gorillaz and Thievery Corporation, to more direct influences like The Infamous Stringdusters and Lake Street Dive, the musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band’s own music. With their new album, The Faster It Goes, they’re using these new sounds to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre, not unlike Bill Monroe, who himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.
Saturday, January 23rd
Times are approximate and subject to change.
7:00pm - The Pine Beatles
The Pine Beatles are as cheeky and irreverent as their name. Born from the simple desire among friends to play and share music with others, the band was born out of spontaneous Sunday evening jams. Playing private parties, non-profit fundraisers, cook-outs and Weddings, this community based band soon became known around Summit County as a fun component of any friendly gathering.
8:15pm - Caribou Mountain Collective
Winners of the 2014 band competition at RockyGrass. Caribou Mountain Collective is a quartet from Nederland, Colorado. Their extensive original repertoire channels the rich traditions of both Appalachia and Colorado bluegrass. Their original lyrics and instrumental compositions present unique facets into Americana. C.M.C. represents the next step in an ongoing revolution of roots music.
Winners of the 2015 band competition at RockyGrass. Mark Morris, (guitar/vocals), who was feature in Powder Magazine in 2014 for his exploits on guitar and on skis. Mark has toured the world extensively for the past decade as a member of the Hickory Project. Kyle James Hauser, (banjo/vocals), whose songs appear in 6 films and 3 MTV shows. His latest album was #1 on Colorado’s OpenAir for three weeks and voted as a Top Ten local album of 2014 by Colorado Public Radio listeners. Alex Johnstone, (mandolin/vocals), is a veteran of Rebel Record’s Spring Creek who released 4 studio albums and toured internationally with appearances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest and Strawberry Music Festival and with Del McCoury, Peter Rowan and Drew Emmitt. Coleman Smith, (violin), holds a degree in violin performance and is a 5 time winner of the Bob Wills Fiddle Competition. He has toured the world with stage/screen’s Ramin Karimloo as well as The Hickory Project. Carl Meinecke, (bass), has supported Drew Emmitt and played in orchestras, quartets, and jazz ensembles nationally.
For more information, please visit www.warrenstation.com