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Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future

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Infamous Stringdusters, Rockygrass, 7/28/17  (John Lehndorff)

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (2:30 p.m., July 29, 2017 Lyons CO) First there was a reverent celebration of bluegrass’ seminal band, Flatt & Scruggs, in the form of Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester. It was followed Friday night at the 2017 Rockygrass Festival by tour de force envelope-pushing demonstration of bluegrass’ future, the thoroughly electrified and electrifying Infamous Stringdusters who raged through a ear-grabbing set complete with light show and fog machine. The Earls and the Dusters are each tightly woven ensembles with tiptop technical skills and tremendous passion whether they were playing “Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” or Marvin Gay’s What’s Goin’ On.”

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Earls of Leicester, Rockygrass, July 28, 2017 (Lehndorff)

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Classical bass start Edgar Meyer and his son performed an unscheduled and remarkable recital between sets on July 28 at the Rockygrass Festival. (Lehndorff)

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Dobro great Rob Ickes and a fine singer/guitarist Trey Hensley deliver a jam-heavy version of the Grateful Dead’s “Fried of the Devil” July 28 at Rockygrass. (Lehndorff)

 

 

 

 

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