If you go
What: Wildflower Concert Series, 8 p.m. Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons. Shows start at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
• March 10, Shane Koyczan with special guests
• March 31, Bonnie & the Clydes with Masontown
• April 7, The Haunted Windchimes with The Sweet Lillies
• April 14, Jayme Stone & Friends with The Deer
• April 21, Gipsy Moon with special guests
• April 28, Joe Pug and Anais Mitchell
Cost: Price varies per show, $15-$25
More info: bluegrass.com/wildflower
For the Wildflower Concert Series this year, it's all about rootsy Americana.
"It's a fun challenge for us to find the right artist to play this room," said Brian Eyster, director of communications for Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, a live-music ranch that includes the Wildflower Pavilion, the series' venue. The artists featured in the 2017 spring season are a mix of bluegrass, jamgrass, country and spoken word.
"The Wildflower Concert Series, for us, is a great place to showcase artists that have played our festivals when they pass through Colorado. This year, one artist was a must-have so the series is starting a little early.
"When we heard Shane Koyczan was coming to the U.S., we figured out what we had to do to open the pavilion early," Eyster said.
The Wildflower Concert Series is a weekly show on Fridays, starting on March 10. Besides Koyczan, headliners include Bonnie & the Clydes, The Haunted Windchimes, Jayme Stone & Friends, Gipsy Moon, and Joe Pug and Anais Mitchell. Shows start at 8 p.m.
"It's one of those shows you walk away a changed person and truly inspired," Eyster said of Koyczan's performance.
Koyczan describes his work as rhythmic story telling that mixes spoken word and music.
"We score each piece as if it was a movie," he said. The show will be similar to what audiences might have seen at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in the past, except Koyzcan will be performing without his live band.
Koyzcan said he knows that people are somewhat weary of the word "poetry." New audience members are usually introduced to his work by friends or someone in their life.
"It's amazing to see how many people get turned on to it," he said. It's simple connection, as Koyzcan can just talk about things in his life. Most recently he was inspired by personal relationships following surgery. Koyzcan took time off the road to fully recover.
"In that time, I got to realize that there was a lot of personal time that I was missing with my friends," he said. He began to explore quality time and those relationships in his writing.
"I think (people) tend to connect to it cause it's just me telling funny or sad stories in life, and we all have those," he said.
Gipsy Moon will be performing on April 21 and will use the date as the CD release party for their new album, "Songs of Olde." The new album has the band remaking old folk tune melodies.
"We saw that as a welcome challenge and something we've naturally done," said Mackenzie Page, lead vocalist for the band. What stuck out to Page about the melodies they chose were how they were able to stand the test of time. The words and the meanings may have changed, but the melody stays the same.
"These melodies stay in tact and stay part of human culture and human history," she said.
The band's original music reflects that as well.
"I think we are influenced by the older sound, and that comes through," she said.
This will be the first time the band has performed during the Wildflower Concert Series but not the first time at Planet Bluegrass.
"It's a magical place and it's right in the middle of town but you don't feel like you're in the middle of town," Page said of the venue.
An intimate venue, the Wildflower Pavilion holds about 300 people.
"It's a modern barn structure. There's no venue quite like it, as we have been told by both artists and attendees," Eyster said. Damaged by the 2013 flood, the structure was rebuilt to match the original.
"I think they really like the intimacy, that the crowd is right there in front of them," Eyster said of the artist experience. There is the added bonus of Planet Bluegrass being at the foot of redstone cliffs and right next to the St. Vrain River. Musicians have been known to hang out around bonfires with the audience.
"It's really laid back," Eyster said. "It's the kind of show where people show up early cause they want to hang out with their friends."
Michelle Vendegna: 970-699-5407, firstname.lastname@example.org