Gateway Park is being groomed to its finest, the new stage is ready for the lineup of bands, school classes are getting ready for their concessions, the committee has mailed out over a thousand flyers on the festival and all we need is for you to bring you lawn chair, tappin’ toe, hungry appetite for a weekend of good bluegrass and country music.
This Friday night kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the Holly Commercial Club bar-be-que followed by the jam session. Last year there were over 25 jammers taking part. Saturday, June 11th, at 11:00 a.m. the FREE festival will begin with local group, Bluegrass Souls comprised of Doug Eddleman, Andy Curry, Kent Willhite, Rudy Torres and Jim How. Doug is known for his banjo pickin’ and Rudy has some of the fastest fingers around on the mandolin with Andy and Kent on guitar and Jim on bass rounds out the group. The StringDudes will take the stage at noon and this group is WIRED for sound. They have had tour stops in the Grand Ole Opry, The Nashville Network, The White House and Dollywood, plus Greenland, Germany and Spain. At 1:00 p.m. the Stanleytones will take the stage having formed their group in 1999 and just recently finished recording a new album.The Stanleytones passion for traditional bluegrass is evident in their sound and has made them into what they are today – a classic bluegrass band reminiscent of those early bands of the 50′s and 60′s. The Atomic Fireballs will take the stage next and anyone who saw them when they performed in Lamar can tell you what a country group this is. They perform tunes from popular stars such as George Strait, Josh Turner, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard, to name a few. They have performed at many venues across the country including the White House for President Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Kenny Roger’s Grand Palace Theatre in Branson and The Grand Ole Opry. Palmer Divide, our featured group is not new to Holly, having played on the football field in 2007 following the tornado. They offer up an original flavor of acoustic music as well as crafted lyrics, innovative instrumentation, and solid 3 part harmonies.
Holly Bluegrass is the only FREE bluegrass festival in the State of Colorado. We invite everyone to come to Gateway Park and spend an afternoon and evening visiting and listening to some good bluegrass and country music.
For questions, please contact Jill at 719-537-6482 or Marge at 719-734-5243.