Planet Bluegrass shares first photos of a newly rebuilt ranchBy Matt Miller | April 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
September’s massive floods have hardly been off the minds of the folks over at Planet Bluegrass. In fact, it was exactly seven months and 18 days ago that water wiped out most of the scenic Lyons ranch. That’s according to the Planet Bluegrass Facebook page, which today shared photos of green fields and fresh buildings on the grounds — hardly the images of muddy water flowing at nearly the tops of trees that we remember.
“Who knew sod could evoke such emotions,” the post reads.
And it has been an emotional ride for Planet Bluegrass. In September videos went viral of water flowing through and washing away the mountain music festival venue where RockyGrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival are held. Offices, cars, refrigerators all had floated down the river.
But even at the time Planet Bluegrass employees were committed to re-building.
“We’re 100 percent committed that on July 25-27 we will be in Lyons and RockyGrass will happen that weekend,” said Brian Eyster of Planet Bluegrass. “Just on the emotional power alone, it’ll be the best RockyGrass ever. It has to be.”
Now, with about three months until RockyGrass, it seems their commitment paid off. Despite a few stacks of unrolled sod, the grounds look like new, just waiting for bands and festivalgoers to return.
But, not quite yet. Employees do ask that anyone hoping to see the progress in person wait until the summer festivities:
“We know everyone is eager to see the amazing progress at the Ranch, but our hardworking crews have kindly asked that you please do not visit the property — it slows everyone’s work and it’s not yet safe for the public. Thanks for your cooperation and for all your support over the past year.”
Within an hour of the photos being uploaded to Facebook, fans have filled the post with comments.
“This is so incredible! Hooray! There have been so many happy memories here for me…including my wedding day. Can’t wait to come back!!” wrote Keri Grant.
Just this week Planet Bluegrass shared new additions to the Folks Festival lineup. Brandi Carlile, Randy Newman, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more will perform at the 24th fest on Aug. 15-17.
RockyGrass will bring Alison Krauss, Uncle Earl, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band and more on July 25-27.
See photos of RockyGrass 2013 at Planet Bluegrass below:
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