2015 Gunny Grass Bluegrass Festival-

Gunnison has long flirted with the idea of a Bluegrass Festival, but has never put on a consistent event of this type. The 10 acre I Bar Ranch music venue offers a perfect setting for an event of this type, with its onsite camping, ample crowd capacity, and stunning setting. On the weekend of July 17th & 18th it will hold the third annual Gunny Grass Bluegrass Festival.

Colorado has an important place in the historical development of bluegrass music. Because of this, our state has a devoted following of bluegrass music who support many long running and thriving festivals. On any given weekend in the summer you can find several events throughout the state.

The focus of the festival is bluegrass music and old time music. With an emphasis on "hot" Colorado and national bands. Music will continue late into the evening.

Main Street business's will see increased traffic on July 19th as we collaborate with the Gunnison Arts Center and activate Saturday the 19th with a "block party style" on the 100 block of South Main Street.

A true Community event, the festival will boost tourist traffic and promote local business. Vendors from the town will be encouraged to participate.

With the support of the community, this will turn into a continuing summer event.

Friday July 17 The fun happens out at the I Bar Ranch where there will be a full bar, food and of course... great people. Remember that the I Bar is a rain or shine event so please prepare for the elements.
5:30- Chris Coady
6:00- The Mahogany Splinters
7:20- Stray Grass
9:00- The Grass Is Dead

Saturday July 18 Street Block Party! This fun-filled evening of music will take place on South Main (in front of the Gunnison Arts Center)
3:00 Gates open.
3:30- Youth Afternoon will consisit of performances by some of our younger musicians in the valley including: Sam and Eli, the Gunnison Valley Youth Fiddlers, Shiver (Linda and Essie Horne) and more!
5:45- Square Dance with Andrea Early Cohen and the Simpler Times Square Dance Band
6:45- Kantankerous
8:00- Art Stevenson & High Water Band

Portion of proceeds benefit the Gunnison Arts Center

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Described as “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass”, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft it’s sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, Whitewater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.

Currently on tour behind their second studio release Roots & Groove (produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth), the band continues their growth as songwriters and musicians while earning legions of new fans and expanding their touring reach.

Based in Fort Collins, CO, WWR has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain Region. A diverse festival resume has helped bring WWR to stages at events like the Northwest String Summit, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain’s Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, 80/35 Festival, Nedfest, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest, The Wildflower Pavilion at RockyGrass, Copper Mountain Sunsation, Desert Rocks Music Festival, Love Your Mother Earth Music Festival, Keystone Bluegrass and Brews, The Denver People’s Fair, South Park Music Festival, Westword’s Music Showcase, numerous Brew Festivals, and their own annual two day music and camping festival, Ramble on the River. With over 800+ performances under their belt, the group has truly established themselves as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today.

Patrick Sites – Mandolin/Vocals
Patrick Latella – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Howard Montgomery – Upright Bass/Vocals
Zebulon Bowles – Fiddle/Vocals
Paul Kemp – Drums

Simpler Times Bluegrass

Four local Gunnison Valley super-pickers incorporating Bluegrass, Traditional Old Time Appalachian Music, Folk, Country, Jazz, Blues and everything in between. The band name "Simpler Times" says it all. The band is pursuing the restoration of, if just for a moment, a simpler time in life.

Sam Pankratz- Guitar, Vocals
Drew Murdza- Mandolin, Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals
Carl Meinicke- Upright Bass
Pierce Gresham- 5-String Banjo, Clawhammer Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals

Stray Grass

Stray Grass specializes in a high-energy interpretation of acoustic music. Although played on traditional instruments (most of the time), the musical stylings of Stray Grass are anything but traditional!

Pete Langford- upright or "doghouse" bass
Guy Stephens-acoustic guitar, guitjo, mandolin and provides vocal support
Garry Tulllio - vocals, mandolin and guitar

$12 - $25 Price does not include the Ticketfly.com service fee

Off Sale

No outside liquor into the venue. See Frequently Asked Questions on the www.gunnygrass.com for details. Friday Night: 4:00pm: Gates open: 5:30: Tyler Hanson, Stray Grass, Simpler Times, White Water Ramble. Saturday Music: 10:00am Saturday Gospel Set, Instrument Contests/workshops (Guitar, Mandolin, fiddle and banjo), New Folk, Lost Nation, Bruce Hayes and the Ragged Mountain Ramblers, Square Dance with Simpler Times, John Stickley Trio, Blue Canyon Boys, The Grant Farm

Who’s Going


Upcoming Events
I Bar Ranch

  • Sorry, there are currently no upcoming events.