MELTDOWN ON THE MESA
DURANGO BLUEGRASS MELTDOWN FALL FUNDRAISER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
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 23, 2017. Gates open at noon on Saturday, and the music begins at 1pm. Local and Regional bluegrass bands will help the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown raise funds for their annual festival held in April.
1:00 – 1:45 PM: Six Dollar String Band
2:00 – 2:45 PM: Lawn Chair Kings
3:00 – 3:45 PM: Sunny and the Whiskey Machine
4:00 – 4:45 PM: Lost Souls
5:00 – 5:45 PM: Robin Davis Duo
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Last Nickel
7:30 – 9:00 PM: FY5
9:30 PM …. 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, 9/23, Music starts at 1:00 PM, and the event closes at noon on Sunday, 9/24.
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.
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
2017 Line Up
SIX DOLLAR STRING BAND 1:00PM-1:45PM
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.
LAWN CHAIR KINGS 2:00PM-2:45PM
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.
SUNNY AND THE WHISKEY MACHINE 3:00PM-3:45PM
Founded in Durango Colorado at the dawn of 2017, The Whiskey Machine is the brainchild of Sunny Gable who fronts the band on the mando, guitar, fiddle, and a big voice with plenty to say…Jeff Moorehead rips on the dobro while Guy Ewing keeps the low end thumping on bass and vocals. Their sound, not fitting into a specific genre, has been called an aggressive marriage of blues, rock, folk, and old time music. They just completed their first self produced EP titled “New American Dream”.
LOST SOULS 4:00PM-4:45PM
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.
THE ROBIN DAVIS DUO 5:00PM-5:45PM
The Robin Davis Duo features impeccable dropped D, flat-picking guitar from Pagosa Springs, Colorado native Robin Davis. Paired with Jimi Giles on the upright bass, the duo melds original tunes, interesting harmonies, and a dynamic energy that only years of playing with one another can mirror. The duo tours throughout the American West, mainly playing in the Southwestern and Front Range sections of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
LAST NICKEL 6:00PM-7:00PM
Last Nickel, from Dolores, Colorado, combines the drive of bluegrass, the grit of Americana and the lyrical heart of folk. Playing original songs and some old favorites, Last Nickel sits the traditional and the contemporary down at the table to arm wrestle. Grown from a weekly living room jam in Dolores, Last Nickel is Nikki Sargent on bass, Chris Bouton on lead guitar, Bobby Wintringham on mandolin, Andy Hutchinson on banjo and John Chmelir on rhythm guitar.
FY5 (FINNDERS AND YOUNGBERG) 7:30PM-9:00PM
For decades now, Colorado has been a wellspring for American roots music, combining the traditional Appalachian old-time and honky-tonk strains of the East with the spirit of adventure and openness of the West. FY5 –Finders & Youngberg– represent this pioneering spirit. Their bluegrass harmonies, crisp as a mountain stream, meld with virtuosic picking and fiddling and the kind of honest acknowledgment of the tough realities of life that’s best found in traditional honky-tonk.
Much of this connection is built through Aaron Youngberg’s facility on both banjo and pedal steel, but also through the gritty vocals of lead singer Mike Finders. Female vocalist Erin Youngberg does more than hold her own on lead vocals, and when these two voices join together as a duet, one can’t help but compare them to classic country duets like George Jones and Melba Montgomery. Combine these vocals with rapid-fire mandolin picking from Rich Zimmerman that, though clean and precise, still contains a gritty edge, and masterful fiddling from renowned violinist Ryan Drickey, and you’ve got the driving force of FY5.
If you’re searching for the ensemble that will bridge the gap between the Smokies and the Rockies, between East and West, old and new, this is for you.