MELTDOWN ON THE MESA
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
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 Durango Mesa Park, Meltdown style. Saturday, August 17, 2019. Gates open at noon on Saturday, and the music begins at 1pm. Local and Regional bluegrass bands will perform in the beautiful open space hosted by the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown.
1:00 – 1:45 PM: Six Dollar String Band
2:00 – 2:45 PM: Crooked Measures
3:00 – 3:45 PM: Smelter Mountain Boys
4:00 – 4:45 PM: Woodland Remedy
5:00 – 6:00 PM: The Badly Bent
6:30 – 9:00 PM: Liver Down the River (two sets)
9:00 PM …. Picking and Camping
Ticket Info: Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate which includes parking and camping. Tickets will be available in advance at Animas Trading Company, online (Click Here for Ticket Page), and at the gate on the day of Meltdown on the Mesa. Kids 12 and under are free!
Gates open at noon on Saturday, 8/17, Music starts at 1:00 PM, and the event closes at noon on Sunday, 8/18.
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 one food vendor 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
2019 Line Up
From the high mountain river-valley of Durango Colorado comes a five piece band of musicians called Liver Down The River. The group has their roots in countless river floats, campfires, late night picking, and Colorado living. Since its creation in 2012, the band has strived to have nothing but a good time. Their unique sound and high energy performances have lead them to share the stage with the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, The New Mastersounds, and Poor Man’s Whiskey, to name a few.
The band got their start in 2012 when Patrick Storen and Emily Winter met and started playing music together. A few common fiddle tunes and Grateful Dead numbers later, the two were ready to perform. Searching for the missing link, they enlisted the help of funk master and bass player Derek Abt. With the addition of New Orleans native Cy Fontenot on drums and funky keys man Michael “Sweet T” Todd, the music comes to life.
The music is a blend of original and improvisational compositions that take the listener on a journey. Each member brings their own inspirations and elements to the sound. From the high peaks of bluegrass, the deepest pockets of the funk, and the outer reaches of space, a unique genre of music is created. Inspiration comes from the band’s collective adventures, love of nature, the following of the soul, and the drive to keep on moving on.
Attempting to reflect the beautiful, yet powerful and expansive essence of the Colorado country, the inspiration comes truly… from living the life you love.
The Badly Bent has once again transformed and evolved. We are happy to be back to our bluegrass roots, playing some old and some yet to be favorites. The Durango music community has so many great acoustic musicians and we are fortunate to be able to continue The Badly Bent tradition through our friendships with many of these musicians. Our newest lineup is comprised of Patrick Dressen, guitar and vocals, who many of you know through his past work with The Badly Bent as well as his current work with the Lawn Chair Kings and his Celtic project, Truckely Howe. Mark Epstein, banjo, vocals, has been a continuous member of The Badly Bent since 2003 and has been a member of previous local bands, Sunny and the Whiskey Machine and Wild Mountain. We are happy to welcome back to the lineup Jeff(ro) Hibshman, bass. Jeff is well known in Durango for his superb bass and guitar playing. Jeff was the bass player for The Badly Bent during our national run winning the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in 2005. Jeff and Pat are both founding members of The Badly Bent (1998). Returning from 2018 is Kyle Schoonover, dobro. Kyle is a resident of Farmington, NM and we are so happy to have him returning with us to the Meltdown stage in 2019. Finally, the newest member of The Badly Bent is Brendan Shafer, fiddle, vocals. All of Durango knows Brendan through his longtime work with the Six Dollar String Band, in which he plays clawhammer banjo and sings. Together, this five piece ensemble brings a renewed energy, solid instrumentals, and harmonic vocals back to the Meltdown on the Mesa.
Starting out as a 3 piece guitar, banjo, and bass trio in in the midwest (2014), this ragtag group of pickers quickly sparked interest in the festival scene. Blending bluegrass, roots, folk, and original songwriting, they have preformed at festivals including John Hartford Memorial Festival, Muddy Roots, Summer Camp, Sugar Creek, and supported acts like Jeff Austin, Della Mae, The Steeldrivers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Larry Keel, and many more. Now relocated in scenic, beautiful Durango, Colorado they have recruited some of the area’s finest talent and are on a conquest to spread their fresh original sounds across the southwest mountains and high desert. Woodland Remedy features Greg Gemberling on guitar, Jeff Hibshman on bass, Hana Marie on banjo, and Kyle Schoonover on dobro.
Smelter Mountain Boys are a new bluegrass collaboration in Durango featuring some familiar faces and some new ones. Most notably Corey Clark whose voice and songs beckon to bluegrass music origins and roots. After some time with Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band out of Nashville, TN, Corey Clark moved to Durango, CO and quickly met some local pickers who all saw an opportunity to fill a void of more traditional bluegrass, apart from the progressive sounds so pervasive in Colorado today. Corey formed the Smelter Mountain Boys with Brendan Shafer of Six Dollar String Band on banjo, this project lets Brendan focus on bluegrass style 3 finger picking. Steven Labowskie on bass (formerly of the Scrugglers) who is playing his 1946 Kay bass instead of the washtub he’s known for. Pete Donahue on mandolin was raised on Colorado bluegrass and the festival circuit. Together the boys play play a highly energized traditional style of bluegrass chock full of high lonesome vocals.
Kathryn Lunsford on fiddle, Nick Lawrence on clawhammer banjo and Russell Hooten on rhythm guitar got together through old time jams, back porch pickin’ parties and playing for contra dances.
They are from Durango and Mancos and are delighted to play the Meltdown on the Mesa.
The award-winning band’s most recent record, “Mayday”, is a 7” vinyl album that documents the development of their distinct Colorado sound, as well as their unique approach to presenting their recorded music. An EP at length, the album’s ripping fiddle and banjo tunes, backed with thumping bass and melodically-driven guitar, are woven together with audio collages that are composed from field recordings that band members collected onsite in Mayday, Colorado.
The band’s latest recording project—this time recorded on location during an artist residency at Willowtail Springs in Mancos, Colorado—will be out for release in 2019.
The Six Dollar String Band is Tony Holmquist, fiddle; Stephen Sellers, bass; Robin Davis, guitar; and Brendan Shafer, clawhammer and fingerstyle rolling banjo.