Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

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.

Feature: Colorado summer concert preview

As concert promoter Live Nation bleeds executives and its competitor AEG Live questions the future of festivals — including the Mile High Music Festival, which is taking this summer off — a couple of Colorado companies are seeing better-than-ever success in their music endeavors.

Interview: Don McLean

Don McLean headlines Saturday of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, a three-day festival in Lyons this weekend. This coming weekend, Planet Bluegrass will host the 19th annual Folks Festival at the Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons.