After vowing to rebuild when Colorado’s devastating floods submerged RockyGrass‘ home of Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, festival organizers have announced the preliminary lineup for the 2014 event. The initial lineup includes, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Hot Rize, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jerry Douglas and more. The 42nd RockyGrass Festival takes place July 25-27.
“The 3-day event promises to be an emotional homecoming for Festivarians and musicians from around the world who watched the images of Lyons’ devastation in the international media,” a RockyGrass press release reads.
As Planet Bluegrass is being rebuilt throughout the coming year, a few improvements are planned to the grounds, including a new bowl seating area, a beach and family area, a remodeled Wildflower Pavilion and native revegetation throughout the property.
During the floods, several feet of rushing water flowed through the 20-acre RockyGrass grounds.
“There’s a lot of destruction,” said Brian Eyster, a Planet Bluegrass employee and Lyons resident during the September floods. “The worst thing that happened on the Ranch that we know about is one of the offices floated down the river. It’s totally gone.”
But he told Reverb that Planet Bluegrass was “100 percent committed” to bringing RockyGrass 2014 to the ranch on July 25-27.
“Just on the emotional power alone, it’ll be the best RockyGrass ever. It has to be,” he said.
Three-day passes, single-day tickets, and camping passes go on sale on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. at shop.bluegrass.com. Ticket prices are $135 for three-day passes and $60 for single-day tickets.
RockyGrass 2014 initial lineup:
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder
Sam Bush Bluegrass Band
Bela & Abby
Steep Canyon Rangers
Noam Pikelny & Friends
John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Matt Flinner Trio