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Four Corners Folk Festival celebrates 15th anniversary

The 15th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival officially gets underway today, as the Reservoir Hill campground opens to an eager crowd of diehards who have been waiting in line for days. The excitement for this year’s outstanding musical lineup has been building for months, and last minute ticket sales are surging on the prospect of excellent weather for the weekend.

 The music on Reservoir Hill kicks off on Friday at 2 p.m. with MilkDrive, followed by the Black Lillies at 3:15, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at 4:30, the John Jorgenson Quintet at 5:45 and The Infamous Stringdusters wrapping things up Friday evening at 7. After their set, the action heads down to the Ross Aragon Community Center for two more late night sets of music.

 If you missed Wednesday night’s concert at the Liberty Theater, you still have an opportunity to sample some festival music on Friday night, as we open the festival late night show to the public. Doors open Friday evening at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 8 p.m., with entertainment by the John Jorgenson Quintet at 9, followed by Caravan of Thieves at 10. Admission for those without a festival wristband will be $10. There will be refreshments by the Pagosa Baking Company and Breckenridge Brewery.

 On Saturday morning, it’s back to the Reservoir Hill main stage with opening act Sweet Sunny South at 11 a.m., followed by Sarah Siskind at 12:15 p.m., the John Jorgenson Quintet at 1:45, Over the Rhine at 3, The Infamous Stringdusters at 5 and the legendary Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will headline the day’s show with a 7 p.m. closing set.

Saturday once again features additional music at the Ross Aragon Community Center starting with a 9 p.m. set by MilkDrive, followed by Crooked Still at 10 and The Infamous Stringdusters with special guests at 11:15. Due to space constraints, these shows are open to those with a festival pass that is valid for Saturday; there will not be tickets to the late night show available for purchase at the door.

 On Sunday there will be one last day of music on the festival stage, opened by Anne and Pete Sibley at 11 a.m., followed by Sarah Jarosz at 12:15 p.m., Crooked Still at 1:45, Caravan of Thieves at 3;15, Solas at 5 and a closing set by the Father of Newgrass Music, Sam Bush, at 7.

 In addition to all the fantastic musical performances throughout the weekend, the Four Corners Kids program will be in full swing starting on Friday at 2 p.m. with performances throughout the weekend in the kids’ tent by Paul and Carla Roberts, the San Juan String Band and Michael Taylor — the Catch It Quick Juggler. On Saturday and Sunday there will be free arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting with free T-shirts for kids age 12 and under to color for the first 200 children at 10 on Saturday morning in the kids’ tent.

 The Four Corners Folk Festival is proud to be supported by a grant from Colorado Creative Industries, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional festival information, including performance schedules and artist information, is available online at www.folkwest.com. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (877) 472-4672.