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First News Spring 2008

Southern Colorado Bluegrass

   Due to the success of last yearís Bluegrass Festival in Walsenburg, promoter Dennis Rains has decided to expand the festival into a two-day event. The 2008 Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg on May 9th and 10th with the doors opening on Friday at 1:00 p.m., allowing for get-acquainted and jamming time before the pot luck dinner at 4:00 p.m.

Photos courtesy Dennis Rains

   The show begins at 7:00 p.m. Performing bands include: Jim Orchard and the Ozark Bluegrass Boys from Birch Tree, Missouri; Lonesome Traveler Bluegrass Band from Loveland, Colorado; South Wind, featuring Suzie and Gary Solomon based in both Colorado and Missouri; and The Ackermans from Pueblo West. The program will be approximately one hour per band per set. On Saturday, May 10th, the doors will open at 9:00 a.m., with food and craft vendors opening up, and jam sessions going on until the program begins at 1:00 p.m., lasting until 5:00 p.m., with a supper break until show time at 7:00 p.m. However, guest band, Steel Pennies, will take the stage at 6:00 p.m., so donít miss them.

Photos courtesy Dennis Rains

   Admission is $15.00 on Friday, $20.00 on Saturday, or both days for $30.00. Students 12-18 years of age, half price, kids under 12, free. Workshops on different instruments for patrons of the festival will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

   Any profit from this event will be donated to a worthy community enterprise in Walsenburg. For further information, call Dennis Rains at (719) 738-5787.


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