RockyGrass to host Bela Fleck, Trampled by Turtles, Punch Brothers, more at 40th festival in Lyons

The annual RockyGrass festival at the Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons is consistently one of the summer’s best weekends for live music. Part “big name” festival, part community gathering with its late-night picking circles, the 40th incarnation of the fest (running Friday-Sunday) will host bluegrass and folk favorites Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Trampled by Turtles, Punch Brothers, Tim O’Brien, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Dr.

Live review: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Day 1 featuring Brandi Carlile, Martin Sexton, Anais Mitchell

Under threatening skies, the 21st annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival kicked off Friday in Lyons with the annual songwriter competition. While the clouds provided a welcome respite from the normal baking heat that most festival goers experience during the afternoons, when the rains finally came during the Sweet Honey in the Rock set, it wasn't as much fun, though in true Planet Bluegrass fashion, the crowd simply donned rain ponchos and continued to soak up the music.

News: Foo Fighters play secret gig in Lyons

Reverb was first to report the location of the "secret" Blackberry-sponsored Foo Fighters show in Lyons, Colo. on Monday evening. The police weren't letting anybody near the barn in which the Foos were playing (part of the Oskar Blues Brewery complex) -- as a part of their promotional tour of garages, raising hype for their latest record, "Wasting Light." Here are a couple videos of yesterday's surprise show.

Photo essay: Three Ring Circle @ Rogers Hall

A sold-out crowd welcomed "acoustic power trio" Three Ring Circle to Rogers Hall in Lyons on Sunday for an evening of instrumental tunes (minus the one sang by upright bass player Dave Pomery) heavy on dobro, mandolin, fiddle and jamgrass vibes.

Live review: Giddyup Kitty @ Oskar Blues Brewery

Giddyup Kitty smiles for the camera at Altona Grange Hall in November 2009. Reverb file photo by Jennifer Cohen. The next time you find yourself debating whether to drive an hour or two — maybe in snow and fog — to see some live music, and if the band you’re considering happens to be Longmont's Giddyup Kitty, do yourself (and everyone within arm’s reach) a favor and go.