Joan Osborne Will Headline the 9th Annual MeadowGrass!

Best. Headliner. Yet.

Rocky Mountain Highway is thrilled to announce that the headliner for the 9th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival will be Joan Osborne, appearing in Colorado for one show only!

A six-time Grammy nominee perhaps best-known for her chart-topping single “One of Us” and her many appearances with post-Jerry Grateful Dead projects, among other things, she has a new album of Bob Dylan covers coming out later this spring. Her very special performance at MeadowGrass will feature a mix of Dylan and selections from her own extensive catalog.

Joan will take the stage on Saturday, May 27 alongside a line-up chock full of talent that also includes Michigan’s The Accidentals (who recently signed to Sony Masterworks) and Parsonsfield from the northeast. Weekend early bird tickets are on sale now but don’t delay – prices go up on Saturday, April 1. Individual day passes will also go on sale April 1.

We are equally excited about all of the other national, regional, and local artists added to the line-up this week – below is the complete schedule (in chronological order):

The Kinnikinniks
Zach Heckendorf with Acoustic Ambush
Gipsy Moon
Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native
The Black Lillies
Mo’ Mungus (late night)

Xanthe Alexis
Escaping Pavement
Joe Johnson
The Accidentals
Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan
Milo Hayes Meld (late night)

Bruce Hayes
Malcolm Lucard
Phil Wiggins & George Kilby Jr.
Heather Maloney
Great American Taxi
Paper Bird
Woodshed Red (late night)

And Beyond!

Friday, March 24
Mary Beth Cross & Friends
Black Rose Acoustic Society

Mary Beth’s band includes mandolinist Jordan Ramsey (from Ragged Union). fiddler Chuck Hugenberg (Oakhurst), and bassist Gary Sloan.

Saturday, March 25
Mountain Country Presents Plain As Day, Trent Hughes Band & Carin Mari
Stargazers Theatre

Wednesday, March 29
The Sweet Lillies
Front Range Barbeque

Friday, March 31
Sierra Hull: Concertino & Bluegrass
Cornerstone Arts Center (Colorado College)

Saturday, April 1
Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
Friends House Concerts (Skyway)

Sunday, April 2
Dead Man Winter with Erik Koskinen
Ivywild School

Wednesday, April 5
Carrie Newcomer
Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake)

Go See Live Music!

Song and Story at The Gold Room Tonight

As of this writing we have sold a record number of advance tickets for tonight’s concert at The Gold Room featuring Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

The pairing of these two legendary singer-songwriters may seem unlikely, given Californian Dave Alvin’s history with punk and blues genres and Texan Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s country, Americana and bluegrass roots, but that very contrast between them is sure to result in an engaging and entertaining evening as the two swap stories and songs together on one stage.

In 2000, Dave Alvin took home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land. Among other things, Jimmie Dale Gilmore is an actor who played the role of the pacifist bowler harrased by the Dude’s sidekick (played by John Goodman) in The Big Lebowski. A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at the door.

In other news, we want to remind you that our friends at the craft chocolatier Cacao Chemistry will generously donate 10% of sales to Rocky Mountain Highway on the next Giving Tuesday, March 28. Show your support for MeadowGrass and our work growing the local music community by stopping by their retail shop located at 109 North Tejon Street on Tuesday to purchase truffles and other scrumptious delectables!

And finally, we are excited to report that after just six months on the air, the Grass Roots Revival will be extended to a three-hour program starting this coming Sunday March 26! Tune into 107.3 FM or 1530 AM from 8-11 am every Sunday for today’s best bluegrass and folk-inspired roots music and a look at upcoming concerts in southern Colorado, or stream the show at the Mountain Country website or via the TuneIn app.

It’s getting better all the time / Better, better, better!