The Ruined Nation Boys

Featuring hauntingly lonesome harmonies and powerful pickin’ by some of the area’s premier bluegrass musicians, they deliver some stompin’ favorites and some new originals in their shows.

The Earl Brothers

It’s been twelve years since The Earl Brothers started working on a style that has become their unique trademark, “Outlaw Hillbilly Music”. The Earl Brothers have received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from music-lovers far and wide.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing banjo playing of Jeff Scroggins. Jeff’s fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned him many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief!


New partners on the American music landscape, Benny “Burle” Galloway and Jordan Ramsey were drawn together in Colorado by their love of stringed instruments and the state of Tennessee. They are bound to a single idea – the song.

Thanks for attending the 2014 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Great bluegrass bands like Blue Highway, Town Mountain, The Earl Brothers, and Jeff Scorggins and Colorado were a real treat to have in Durango this year. Regional and local bands also took the stage at the Henry Strater Theater, the Durango Arts Center, the Wild Horse Saloon, and the Durango Discovery Museum. Join us again next year for the 21st annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown festival!

Musical Lineup

Check out the 2014 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Lineup, including Blue Highway, Town Mountain, The Earl Brothers, the Ruined Nation Boys and many others!

Lodging & Dining

Our list of preferred lodging and dining. Special hotel rates from our sponsors.

Special Events

Celtdown, Barn Dance, workshops, and more…


Henry Strater Theatre

The world-renowned Henry Strater Theatre is one of the oldest and most prestigious continually running theatres in Colorado, tallying over 47 years of quality performances. Formally known as the Diamond Circle Theatre, the space has been extensively renovated, and now houses top of the line stage lighting and surround sound equipment for your pleasure. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is very fortunate to have this intimate theater as our main venue.

Durango Arts Center

The Durango Arts Center is a multi-use venue for music and the arts. The Arts Center hosts a great variety of shows and performances by local and national acts. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is very pleased to use the Arts Center as one of our great venues. The theater has been renovated to accomodate, including multi-level seating, a wet bar and a large stage.

Wild Horse Saloon

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is pleased to announce our newest mainstage venue, the Wild Horse Saloon. The Wild Horse is known around town as a country bar by night and for the Meltdown weekend it is transformed into a great venue for those who want to let loose. With room for dancing and a large space in the back for socializing while allowing other patrons to enjoy the music in the front, the Wild Horse is a welcome addition to the Meltdown.

Durango Discovery Museum

Durango Discovery Museum is the Four Corner’s hands-on, interactive science center, providing innovative learning and unleashing human potential. Located on the banks of the Animas River in a historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC powerplant, Durango Discovery Museum presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities for curious minds of all ages.

We are committed to developing a science center that is welcoming and engaging to all communities in the Four Corners and beyond. We strive to be inclusive because we believe science and technology are for everyone.

The Discovery Museum is the host of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s warm-up shows on Friday evening. The museum is a great place for this event, along the Animas River in Durango.

Durango Elks Lodge

The Durango Elks Lodge is the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s Band Showcase venue on Saturday afternoon and hosts the Old-Time Barn Dance on Saturday night. The Elks Lodge is an intimate venue giving the Meltdown a great and centrally located place for free shows. Check out our EVENTS page for a description of these events.