Palisade festival moved to higher ground

The Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival is happening — come hell or high water.

And the high water came.

Despite high-running water from the Colorado River, festival organizers found a way to ensure music fans can safely enjoy the musical acts for the Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, festival at Riverbend Park.

The festival layout has changed to make sure the festival and campground areas are all above potential flood zones in Riverbend Park.

“There is a good chance that the old (west) side of the park won’t be under water, but even if the area threatens to be soggy, it’s worth the move to the east side of the park,” said Palisade’s public works director Frank Watt in a news release earlier in the week.

Riverbend Park is more than 100 acres, so organizers aren’t worried about accommodating musical acts and festival-goers on the east side, the release added.

This year’s festival includes a dozen acts over three days, with the focus on bluegrass and roots music.

The lineup for Friday, June 10:

5 to 5:45 p.m. — Way Down Yonder.

6:15 to 7:30 p.m. — Blue Canyon Boys.

8 to 10 p.m. — Split Lip Rayfield.

The lineup for Saturday, June 11:

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — James Justin & Co.

1 to 2:30 p.m. — Rockin’ Acoustic Circus.

3 to 4:30 p.m. — David Lindley.

5:30 to 7 p.m. — The Greencards.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Junior Brown.

The lineup for Sunday, June 12:

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Della Mae.

1 to 2:30 p.m. — Henhouse Prowlers.

3 to 4:30 p.m. — Missy Raines and the New Hip.

5:30 to 7 p.m. — Grascals.

Tickets to the festival are $35 for single-day access Friday and Sunday. Single-day tickets are $55 for Saturday. A three-day pass is $100. The three-day pass plus camping privileges is $145. Children 12 and younger attend for free.

Tickets are for sale at or by calling Palisade Town Hall at 464-5602.

Food and drink will be for sale. Ticket-holders are prohibited from bringing outside alcohol or coolers and glass into the park. Dogs are prohibited.

During the festival a free shuttle will run every 30 minutes through Riverbend Park, downtown Palisade and the Wine Country Inn. Friday the shuttle runs 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday the shuttle runs 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday the shuttle runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday only, the shuttle also will stop at Peach Bowl Park between 8 a.m. and noon.

Those heading out to Riverbend Park for the festival are reminded to bring: a reusable water bottle, a blanket, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, hat, insect repellent, sunglasses, lawn chair, and an acoustic instrument for campsite jam sessions.

For information on jam sessions, bluegrass workshops, family activities and more, go to


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