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The 2020 Meltdown has been canceled

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Greg Blake Band

This year, the Meltdown asked Greg Blake to assemble an ensemble of bluegrass virtuosos to bring to the festival. He has chosen a stellar cast to present to the discerning Meltdown audience.
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Trout Steak Revivial

Ever since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS.
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Unspoken Tradition

Unspoken Tradition is about new, original Bluegrass. Inspired by their own influences and the roots of traditional music, they bring a sound that is both impassioned and nostalgic, hard-driving but sincere.
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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Pinecastle recording artist Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road has all the essential ingredients necessary to deliver world-class bluegrass music – tight vocals, scintillating...
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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group...
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The Wooks

Capturing a moment, and a place — its past, people — and terrain within a song, The Wooks harness the rich musical and storytelling traditions of Kentucky into a new, old sound...
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AJ Lee & Blue Summit

Headed by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist AJ Lee, AJ Lee & Blue Summit has been deeply involved in the California bluegrass scene since they were toddlers, and since then have developed their sound and...
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Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are an energetic Americana-Folk band that infuses four-part harmonies, engaging songwriting, and rock-n-roll drive into a modern approach...
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Bowregard

Bowregard—winners of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest and the 2018 UllrGrass Band Contest—is a five-piece bluegrass band from Boulder, Colorado.
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Quicksand Soup

Quicksand Soup is a 5-piece high energy original Country Sweetgrass band based in Moab, Utah. What’s Sweetgrass? It’s part bluegrass, part old-time and part original progressive country.
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Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble

The Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide a challenging and creative ...
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WEEKEND PASS

$100

Enjoy all three days of great bluegrass music! This pass includes entrance into all Meltdown-sponsored events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kids 12 and under are free!

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SATURDAY PASS

$70

An entire day of bluegrass music in three intimate venues. Enjoy local, regional and national bands -- and don't miss the Super Jam, featuring impromptu performances and inspiring collaborations between musicians from different bands. Kids 12 and under are free!

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SUNDAY PASS

$50

Sunday morning opens with Gospel Sets, then moves into more bluegrass. Check the schedule to see when your favorites are playing! Kids 12 and under are free!

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BLUEGRASS IN THE SCHOOLS

For 25 years, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown has brought quality bluegrass music to schools in La Plata County. The Bluegrass in the Schools program started small with only one band performing bluegrass music at Durango High School. It has since expanded to about a dozen schools in Durango and neighboring communities.

OUR SPONSORS

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a 100% volunteer-run festival. We couldn’t do it without our loyal sponsors! Special thanks to all the folks who support us.

On Friday, March 13, Colorado Governor Jared Polis directed all events hosting over 250 people to cancel due to growing concerns with COVID-19. It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors must follow this directive and cancel the 2020 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, slated for April 17, 18, and 19. Although we are all heartbroken, we support this directive as the most prudent and responsible way to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As a nonprofit organization, the Meltdown has always run on a tight budget, and we are asking our loyal Meltdown supporters and community for your help. The costs incurred leading up to the 2020 Meltdown are significant, and we ask for your help in alleviating this financial burden by choosing to convert your purchased ticket into a 100% tax-deductible donation to the Meltdown. We know these are trying times for everyone, and want to provide current ticket holders with the following options.

  1. Roll your ticket over to the 2021 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, happening April 16, 17, 18 of next year.
  2. Convert your ticket to a tax-deductible donation, and we will provide you with a letter for tax purposes. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
  3. Opt for a full refund. We will begin issuing full refunds starting 3/31/2020. Please allow 14 days for processing.

We respectfully request your decision by 3/31/2020.

The best way to contact the Meltdown is through email: info@durangomeltdown.com, and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

The Meltdown Board of Directors asks for your patience while working through these details. The Meltdown will work to celebrate its 26th year in 2021 with your support. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and are wishing you to remain in good health.

DONATE TO THE MELTDOWN

Do you love bluegrass? Help keep the Meltdown going by making a tax-deductible contribution to the festival. Your donation will help us with programs like Bluegrass in the Schools, music and songwriting workshops, and much more. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.