Bluegrass In Paradise Announces 10 Bands for July 4th

Mar 15th @ 10:56 am in News by Scott Staley

Last year's The Paradise All-Star Band, with festival host Drew Emmitt in the center.

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (March 15, 2013) – Bumping up the fourth annual Bluegrass In Paradise to July 1 – 7 promises to help turn the first week of July into a major celebration of Americana up and down the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley. Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) has secured 10 top bands from around the country to perform July 6 – 7 and recruited Denver-based Swallow Hill Music School to lead Bluegrass Kids Camp on July 1 – 5, and free adult guitar, mandolin and violin workshops for all levels on July 7.

In addition to Bluegrass in Paradise, there are major Independence Day celebrations in Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, and the iconic 113th annual Cattlemen’s Days in Gunnison launches on July 6 and runs until July 14.

Bluegrass Concerts

Expect hard-driving, energetic bluegrass and newgrass throughout the July 6 – 7 weekend with local newgrass great Drew Emmitt serving as host and leading The Paradise All-Star Band, a compilation of musicians from the various performing bands.

Saturday, July 6


The Gibson Brothers


Nashville Bluegrass Band

Sam Bush


Sunday, July 7

Bonnie and The Clydes

Head for the Hills

Mountain Heart

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge

Drew Emmitt & The Paradise All-Star Band

Soak up majestic scenery and enjoy great music in a family-friendly environment as bands play from 1 – 9 p.m. both days at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Mt. Crested. Pre-season weekend passes are available from now until April 15 for $80 for the weekend, a savings of more than 27 percent off the at-window price. One-day tickets are also now available for $55 per day. Regular prices for both are $110 for a weekend pass and $60 for a one-day ticket. Kids ages 12 and under attend free when accompanied by an adult purchasing a ticket.

Free Tent Camping

Free tent camping for concert-goers will be available starting Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m. with checkout by 10 a.m. on Monday, July 8. “The town is excited to again offer free camping on town property in a beautiful mountain setting with potable water available, port-a-potties, a community fire ring and free transportation to and from the concert venue only five minutes away,” says Mt. Crested Butte Town Manager Joe Fitzpatrick.  Festival-goers interested in free tent camping should reserve their space online.

Swallow Hill Music’s Bluegrass In Paradise Kids Camp

Swallow Hill Music School, Denver’s premier music school since 1979 and the second largest folk music school in the country, will be leading Bluegrass Kids Camp for students ages 7 to 17 on July 1 – 5. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day in Mt. Crested Butte. Participants will explore a diverse range of traditional bluegrass instruments in a fun and supportive environment. Enrollment is limited to 60 students. The tuition cost is $260, which includes a learning packet. 

Free Adult Workshops

This year, free guitar, mandolin and violin workshops for all levels will run from 11 a.m. to noon on July 7 at Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte.  Faculty from the Swallow Hill Music School will run workshops.

Tickets & Registration

For concert tickets, Kids Camp, workshop registration, tent camping site registration, special lodging packages and information, call (970) 349-0619 or visit For more information about CBMF, which runs from June 30 – Aug. 11, visit