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Pagosa Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival, in the park, on the Hill

The fourth annual Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival will kick off tomorrow with the traditional Free Friday concert on June 3 beginning at 4 p.m. in Pagosa Springs’ Town Park.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and there’s no admission charge. The concert will feature music from three festival performers: MilkDrive at 4; The Grant Farm at 5; and Warren Hood and the Goods at 6:30.

Food at Free Friday will be provided by area nonprofits and there will be micro-brew beer in the beer garden for those 21 and over. Coolers may not be brought into the concert. The concert will be a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some of the first nice days of summer while listening to some great music next to the beautiful San Juan River.

 The festival’s main stage performances get underway on Reservoir Hill on Saturday, June 4, at noon with sets by Finnders and Youngberg, Spring Creek, MilkDrive, Joy Kills Sorrow, Warren Hood and the Goods, and Eddie From Ohio.

On Sunday, June 5, the music starts at 11 a.m. and features musical performances by Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, the Grant Farm, Town Mountain, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Crooked Still, and Solas.

 Of course the festival features folk and bluegrass music, but many of the bands play a mixture of genres that appeal to a broad range of music lovers, including Celtic, newgrass, acoustic, and Texas swing, just to name a few.

Throughout both days, musicians from the bands will be teaching informal workshops on individual instruments and vocals.

Pagosa Folk N Bluegrass is a very family-friendly event, offering free admission for kids 12 and under all weekend., plus arts and crafts and entertainment for the youngsters at the event.

 Information about all of the bands that are performing, as well as a performance schedule, workshop information, children’s activity schedule and more can be found on the festival website at www.folkwest.com.

 Festival tickets are still available at www.folkwest.com or by calling (877) 472-4672. Tickets will also be available at the gate all weekend. Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass is supported by a grant from Colorado Creative Industries, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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