Feeling Blue in Palisade
The Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival at Riverbend Park is kicking off the 2011 western Colorado summer music scene with a bang as the Greencards and Junior Brown appearing Saturday night and the Grascals closing the festival on Sunday.
The Grascals won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in both 2006 and ‘07.
This is the third year Palisade has hosted the festival and organizers and town officials hope the weather cooperates with the festival this year. Last year, rain and soggy conditions may have kept festival attendance down. It didn’t take away from the great music, surroundings and sheer fun of the event itself.
“People didn’t know that the rain didn’t diminish the fun of the festival,” said Tim Sarmo, Palisade town administrator and one of the driving forces behind the festival. “The town recognized that when you get involved with these things, you’ve got to give them a chance to succeed.”
The festival offers plenty of room for everyone to relax in comfort and enjoy the shows and surroundings. The stage is big enough to see whether you’re up close dancing or sitting at a picnic table near the vendors sipping one of Peach Street Distillers popular bloody mary’s.
There’s also plenty of room in the camping area, where festival jam bands play long into the night.
The park also has extensive bike trails, so bring your bike when you come for the weekend. Its an easy way to get around the festival and ride into Palisade if you want to visit downtown. The town of Palisade will also be operating a free shuttle carrying festival-goers to town, circulating every half hour.