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Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Gets Hot April 19-21

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Durango Bluegrass MeltdownThe Annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown celebrating the coming of warmer weather into the high country and melting the snow for the spring runoff is about to get underway for 2013. As the weather heats up, so does the bluegrass music for this exciting event. Since 1995, the Meltdown features three unique and intimate main stages, the super jam, a Durango style barn dance, the Celtdown for the closet Celtoids ad music flowing out of doorways from bars, coffee houses, restaurants and even just on the streets and sidewalks.

This year will feature top bluegrass artists as well as regional and local artists. Visitors can capture the music of the New Reeltime Travelers, Larry Gillis & Hard Driving Swampgrass, James Reams and the Barnstormers with Blaine Sprouse, Bluegrass 101, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Long Road Home, Steel Pennies, Kantankerous, Sand Sheff Trio, Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble, Bar D Wranglers, Waiting on Trial, Wild Mountain ramblers, The Six Dollar String Band, The Robin Davis Unit, Sweetwater String Band, Bluegrass Cadillac, Missionary Ridge, The Scrugglers, Blue Moon Ramblers, Sugar Creek, Mudflaps, Running Out of Road, Chokecherry Jam, The Flume Canyon Boys, Porchlight Revue, Whispers of the North, and a lot of groups that attend and just jam the three days & nights away.

The event is centered at the Henry Strater Theaztre but you can find the music all over town. The Durango Arts Center is a multi-use venue and will be one of the festival venues. The home of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad that runs regular trips, the railroad museum will be hosting events also. The Durango Elks Lodge is another Meltdown venue. Motels, and other venues will also be hosting artists throughout the long weekend.

For a special event, Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM, you can board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train for the Railroad Bluegrass Express. Trains and Bluegrass Music have gone hand in hand since the genre was created and to be aboard a 100% coal burning narrow gauge train that runs the canyon and its magnificent views is a real treat. So, board “The Bluegrass Express!” and ride in the comfort of one of their Premium-class cars behind a real steam locomotive on the train to Cascade Canyon while listening to live bluegrass music! Two bands will rotate among the 3 cars reserved just for Bluegrass Express guests. They will also play for all passengers during the 45-minute layover at Cascade Canyon. Once you get back to Durango there will be a FREE concert in the D&SNG Museum from 5pm-7pm to officially kick off the start of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown.

There will be showcases, super jams, a Sunday Gospel show, workshops and more to do. Prepare for a bluegrass adventure that's a whole lot more fun than just sitting and watching a show. The Melt starts April 19th. For all the details, visit

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