FolkWest has a busy summer of events in store for Pagosa Springs, beginning with the Pagosa Bluegrass Camp for Kids and Jam Camp for Adults taking place June 5-7 on Reservoir Hill.
The camps will offer instruction and performance opportunities for all levels of musicians age 8 and over in a three-day intensive session that culminates with a concert on Thursday afternoon. Camp instructors are experienced teachers and performing musicians who have years of experience running bluegrass camps around the country.
Immediately following the camps, the fifth Annual Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass festival gets underway, with the official opening of the campground on Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m. and musical performances starting later that day at 5 p.m.
Performances on Friday will be from Finnders and Youngberg, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Bearfoot and well-known troubadour David Wilcox.
Saturday’s show runs from noon until approximately 9 p.m. and performers that day are Finnders and Youngberg, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, The Deadly Gentlemen, SHEL, Sierra Hull and Highway 111 and headliners Mountain Heart.
The festival wraps up on Sunday, June 10, with performances from Jayme Stone, the Phoebe Hunt Project, Lake Street Dive, Larkin Poe, Elephant Revival and Jimmy LaFave, running from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The lineup is nearly complete for the 17th annual Four Corners Folk Festival which will take place Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 on Reservoir Hill.
As usual, the performers are a mix of proven favorites and brand new bands to the area that are sure to win over legions of new fans. Tickets are selling quickly, and early bird prices are good through April 30 at midnight.
This year’s musical lineup includes Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas featuring Omar Hakim and Viktor Krauss, Loudon Wainwright III, Darrell Scott, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, Caravan of Thieves, Mike + Ruthy, Sarah Siskind, Anne and Pete Sibley, the Milk Carton Kids, Rose’s Pawn Shop and more, TBA.
Both festivals are extremely family-friendly, with free admission for kids age 12 and under plus activities and shows for kids all weekend in the Kids Tent. A component of both festivals is music workshops taught by the performing musicians. These workshops, included in the price of admission, offer all attendees the opportunity to learn from the artists in an intimate setting. A wonderful selection of food and craft vendors at each event round out the festival experience.
FolkWest is currently scheduling volunteers to work at Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass. Volunteers will earn a three-day festival pass for their efforts. If you would like more information on becoming a festival volunteer, please call Dan at 731-5582.
Tickets and additional information about the bluegrass camps or either festival can be found online at www.folkwest.com or by calling (877) 472-4672.