MELTDOWN ON THE MESA
DURANGO BLUEGRASS MELTDOWN FALL FUNDRAISER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Meltdown on the Mesa: Join the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown crew for a day of incredible bluegrass, camping and fundraising as well as a chance to enjoy the wide open spaces of Ewing Mesa, Meltdown style. Saturday, September 24, 2016. Gates open at noon on Saturday, and the music begins at 2pm. Six local bluegrass bands will help the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown raise funds for their annual festival.
2:00 – 2:45 PM: TBA
3:00 – 3:45 PM: TBA
4:00 – 4:45 PM: TBA
5:00 – 5:45 PM: TBA
6:00 – 6:45 PM: TBA
7:00 – 7:45 PM: TBA
8:00 – 9:30 PM: FY5
Picking and Camping
Ticket Info: Tickets are $25 and include parking and camping. Tickets are available in advance at Animas Trading Company, online and at the gate on the day of Meltdown on the Mesa. Kids 12 and under are free!
Gates open at noon on Saturday, 9/24, Music starts at 2:00 PM, and the event closes at noon on Sunday, 9/25.
Parking is limited and on first-come first-serve basis. There is a small parking area, and road parking available. Please carpool whenever possible. You may come and go from the festival, feel free to only join us for the day or stay overnight!
Camping is welcome and encouraged. Tent or car camping only. No trailers or camping vehicles larger than 20 feet. No open fires allowed, propane fires only.
Food and Beverage: There will be at least two food vendors at the festival. Feel free to bring any food or beverages to the festival, avoiding glass containers.
Seating: Bring a chair, tarp, blanket, canopy to sit on and/or under while enjoying the music.
Car or Tent camping ONLY
Please smoke ONLY in designated smoking areas
Reduce our impact!
We are trying our best to make this a zero waste festival. Please bring as many compostable, reusable, or recyclable cups / plates / containers as possible. We will have composting, trash, and recycle available for disposal.
Food and Beverage:
At least two vendors will sell food at the festival. Feel free to bring any food or beverages into the festival. Please avoid glass containers.
Bring a chair, tarp, or blanket to sit on while enjoying the music.
- No Dogs
- No Glass
- Car or Tent camping ONLY
- Please smoke ONLY in designated smoking areas
- No fires unless propane fueled
2016 Line Up
SIX DOLLAR STRING BAND 2:00PM-2:45PM
The Six Dollar String Band formed with the intention of sharing their outright obsession for traditional and roots music with whoever would listen. While the music they celebrate is often labeled as Old Time or Pre-Bluegrass, the core of this genre-bending style is comprised of tight, driving instrumental dance music that’s accompanied by dynamic singing. However, as KDUR radio station director, Bryant Liggett, explains, “Six Dollar is more than just a band that has learned songs written while Woodrow Wilson was in office. Members are experts on the style in a musical and historical sense, with the ability to tie the genre into more modern things.” Having been individually raised on a variety of raw, emotional music ranging from early Chicago House to Public Enemy to 80’s Punk music, the Six Dollar String Band strives to breath fresh, electrified air into the haunting and organic sounds that characterize the spirit of traditional American folk styles. Sometimes experimental; sometimes traditional, the Six Dollar String Band is always Old Time.
The Six Dollar String Band is Tony Holmquist, fiddle; Stephen Sellers, bass; Robin Davis, guitar; and Brendan Shafer, clawhammer banjo.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE STRINGS 3:00PM-3:45PM
The Fellowship of the Strings have embarked on a quest to bring to life the most moving, powerful, and epic bluegrass music the world has ever seen. This five piece string band is comprised of Dylan Ruckel on the guitar, Tyler Rice on the Banjo, Jeff “Birdman” on the bass, Dennon Jones on the fiddle, and Patrick Storen on the mandolin. Each member brings their own strengths to the table, imbuing the band with elements of celtic, rock, old time, jam band, and others. They are all thankful to call Durango Colorado home. . One does not simply shred strings with such flair and style, yet the Fellowship of the Strings will see it done.
LAWN CHAIR KINGS 4:00PM-4:45PM
The Lawn Chair Kings bring it back to their country & bluegrass roots with acoustic guitar, mandolin, stand-up bass and fiddle. They’re right at home as an acoustic band, although they can often be found throwing down electric western garage rock. Erik and Dan founded LCK sixteen years ago. Their friendship and musicianship have grown stronger each year. The Lawn Chair Kings are pleased to make their third appearance at the Meltdown. Erik Nordstrom plays guitar, harmonica, writes songs and sings lead vocals. Erik’s songs are sometimes poignant, whimsical, quirky, often surprising and always enjoyable. He takes country, bluegrass, rock and punk influences and mixes them into a style all his own. Dan Leek plays bass and sings harmony. He brings a sense of joy and musicality from his Louisiana roots. Patrick Dressen plays mandolin. Pat is a veteran of many local bands. Alissa Wolf is the new Lawn Chair Ace fiddler. She is classically and bluegrass trained. Alissa is the executive director of The iAM Music Institute, bringing music education to the next generation of Durango musicians. Alissa will please your ears and win your hearts. Please give a great-big Meltdown welcome to Durango’s own Lawn Chair Kings.
LOST SOULS 5:00PM-5:45PM
Lost Souls is a Bluegrass/Americana Band with Don Cooke, Marc Katz and Charlotte Overby. Their music is an intriguing mix of old and new. With many a tale of the Cowboy, dogs, horses and the Outlaw West.
Don Cooke has travelled a long road as a musician for over 40 years. He has played rock, bluegrass, country, and swing on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Someday, he may even try to learn the banjo….but don’t hold your breath.
Marc Katz hails from New York and has been picking guitar from a young age and mandolin for a solid 7 years. He grew up with blues and rock influences.
Charlotte Overby holds down the bass and sings a lovely harmony part. She has been playing bass for about 20 years and was inspired by Mitch Jayne and Forrest Rose, two of the best. We love her enthusiasm and energy.
SECONDHAND STRINGS 6:00PM-6:45PM
“Bluesgrassy” is the term Secondhand Strings uses to describe their unique sound and style. A four-piece string acoustic band from the Four Corners, Harris Brogan, Justin Brown, Reuben Gallop, and Jeff Hibshman meld today’s new-grass funk with the roots of yesteryear’s blues and folk. Each member brings an eclectic range of influences and playing styles that is evident in the band’s original music.
Brown and Brogan originally formed Secondhand Strings as a duo and released, “Burdens” in February 2015, which led to performing an extensive schedule of shows throughout the Southwest. Hibshman, whose incredible musical background and performance resume, and Gallop’s unique banjo style and eagerness to produce new music completed the band’s current lineup.
Now a foursome, Secondhand Strings will release a new album “Western Wind” in September 2016, which resonates traditional string band themes such as whiskey and hard times with a modern musical approach that reflects the uniqueness of the band.
BADLY BENT 7:00PM-7:45PM
The Badly Bent is comprised of Cindi Trautmann (fiddle, vocals), Patrick Dressen (guitar, vocals), Mark Epstein (banjo, vocals), and Bob Cordalis (bass). The Badly Bent has been performing in the Durango area and has nationally toured since 1998. Winners of the 2005 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, The Badly Bent has recently been performing as both a trio with Pat, Cindi, and Mark as well as the full band. We have continued to be an integral component of the Durango bluegrass scene. The Badly Bent remains loyal to the traditional bluegrass that we have always respected and is expanding its repertoire by adopting other music and making it a part of our performances. The Badly Bent has released 2 CDs, played over 40 festivals, and is looking forward to entertaining the Meltdown audiences in 2015.
RUNNING OUT OF ROAD 8:00PM-9:00PM
Durango’s own Running Out of Road is a 5 piece bluegrass band that strives to create a unique high energy sound by incorporating rich vocal harmonies and innovative song structures into their performances of original material. ROOR just released their first studio CD, “Rambler’s Reprise”, recorded in their hometown. The Southwest desert, the San Juan Mountains, and the rowdy western lifestyle of the past and present, provide inspiration for the songwriting and driving rhythms of the band. All members of Running Out of Road contribute to the vocal harmonies, with songwriter Ian Lennox on guitar and lead vocal, songwriter Duane Tucker on banjo, Alex “Rusty” Charpentier on fiddle, Michelle Fletcher on bass, and Jeff Moorehead on dobro.