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Planet Bluegrass Announces 2015 RockyGrass Lineup

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The Earls of LeicesterA week ago Planet Bluegrass finished up their biggest week of ticket sales ever. Thanks to Festivarians around the world for your patience and persistence through what can be a stressful time. During the peak Planet Bluegrass received more than 40 orders per second (!!), as Festivarians from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries secured their tickets for the 2015 Planet Bluegrass season.

And thanks to the new array of solar panels on the roof of their Wildflower Pavilion here in Lyons, this year's ticket sales were powered by locally-generated solar energy!

As ticket demand has grown over the past few years, we've deliberately withheld lineup announcements until after the onsale to slow the initial ticket rush and make ticket buying a little easier for dedicated Festivarians who return year after year. But now that RockyGrass tickets have been onsale for 10 days, Planet Bluegrass can't wait any longer to share some news: the single-day lineup for the 43rd Annual RockyGrass (July 24-26, 2015) is official!!!

  • Friday, July 24:
    • Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas
    • The Infamous Stringdusters
    • Claire Lynch Band
    • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
    • The Kruger Brothers
    • Sierra Hull
    • Caribou Mountain Collective
  • Saturday, July 25:
    • Sam Bush Bluegrass Band
    • Del & Dawg
    • Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan: "I'm With Her Tour"
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
    • Chatham County Line
    • Wood & Wire
    • Instrument contest finals
  • Sunday, July 26:
    • Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
    • Del McCoury Band
    • The David Grisman Sextet
    • Crooked Still
    • Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
    • Billy Strings & Don Julin
    • Gospel set

Note the headlining name on Sunday -- no, that's not a mis-print. The Trailblazers will be performing their first-ever headlining slot to close the festival. As Red Knuckles told us: "Wow! That hadn't happened outside their 3 county area for about 100 years!" Keep an eye on their Facebook as more details come to light about this very special set over the coming months.

From recent Grammy nominees Earls of Leicester (a band Jerry Douglas put together for the 2013 RockyGrass) and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; to the first-announced US date for the all-star trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan; to 2 sets from Del McCoury, the long-awaited return of David Grisman's "Dawg music" sextet, a special reunion of progressive stringband Crooked Still, and high-energy sets from The Infamous Stringdusters and the only-at-RockyGrass Sam Bush Bluegrass Band this is shaping up to be another epic July weekend of bluegrass in Lyons.

Kids beach on the St. Vrain River during RockyGrass (photo: Russell Bramlett)3-day passes and Saturday tickets sold-out last week, but a few Friday and Sunday single-day tickets are still available -- as well as camping along the river in 2 very convenient campgrounds -- at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

Along with the RockyGrass lineup announcement, Planet Bluegrass also just shared the final 9 instructors on the 2015 RockyGrass Academy faculty, including Claire Lynch, Sarah Jarosz, Casey Driessen, Sierra Hull, and more. The Academy is completely sold-out, but aspiring pickers should start practicing now for their 5 instrument contests. The contest finals are held on the main stage on Saturday, where the winners receive a gorgeous new or vintage instrument. Learn more about the instrument contests and submit your name now.

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