Hey folks, I figured it’s not too early to start priming the pump for what’s shaping up to be a fantastic show at the Durango Meltdown on April 19-21. I just got my copy of Pow’r Pickin’ from the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society and saw this article about the Meltdown from Tommy Frederico which I plan to shamelessly “borrow” and post here! So enjoy these well-crafted words from a Meltdown insider.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown 2013

“Much of this festival’s character is wrapped up in [the historic Strater Hotel], this unique corner lot on Main Avenue in Durango. The Strater Hotel’s history, authenticity and Victorian charm is kept beautifully intact with Bradbury wallpaper and rich antiques spread throughout, the furniture of the historical period, three fine restaurants, and marble-lined restrooms. The Strater is the main hub of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The Henry Strater Theater [known as The Hank to its friends!] located inside the hotel is one of the oldest, most renowned theaters in southwest Colorado. During the Meltdown weekend, the Strater Hotel is packed with bluegrass sounds bouncing off walls, curved and carved ceilings, and ancient walnut accents. You can find a jam happening in many of the 93 distinctively decorated rooms, in every common area, stairwell, elevator, main lobby and anywhere else pickers desire to let their instruments ring and their high-lonesome voices sail.

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a unique festival that envelops the talent of nationally recognized bands, great bands from the region, local bands, and even a band showcase that gives newer bands the opportunity to perform at a live show. From its inception, the originators of the Meltdown have made a pledge to local bands, giving them the opportunity to perform on a great stage, with professional sound and a very attentive audience… The Meltdown prides itself with garnering a high level of musicianship in all the bands it selects and this year will be no exception…  The 2013 Meltdown also brings a small, but powerful, number of national bands… This year the 2013 Meltdown is excited to announce and welcome the New Reeltime Travelers, featuring Roy Andrade and Thomas Sneed (formerly of Reeltime Travelers) with Betse Ellis of the Wilders. Larry Gillis and Hard Driving Swampgrass will hopefully bring an assortment of rattlesnake banjo straps to Durango. Blaine Sprouse joins James Reams and the Barnstormers on fiddle…

More information about the entire line-up for the 2013 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown as well as tickets and accommodation information for a fabulous bluegrass weekend can be found at www.durangomeltdown.com.”

Hope that whets your appetite for what looks like a fantastic weekend in Durango! We’ll be playing at 7 PM at the Durango Arts Center and at 9PM at The Hank on Friday, April 19th and you can catch us again on Saturday, April 20th at 1PM at the Durango Arts Center and at 4PM at The Hank. Come on out and show Durango that Arizona has bigger and more varieties of rattlesnakes than you can shake a stick at. See you there and wear those rattlesnake belts and hatbands!

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