Crested Butte preps for Bluegrass Fest hosted by Drew Emmitt, 7/14 & 15; Kid’s Camp, 7/9-7/15


The Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) is pleased to present the third annual Bluegrass In Paradise Festival with 10 bands performing July 14 – 15 and a Kids Camp offered July 9 – 13. The weeklong festival is set in Crested Butte surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

 “I am not only looking forward to this year’s headliners—David Grisman, Blue Highway, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams and Drew Emmitt—but the up-and-coming bands.  This year’s festival is going to be very exciting and diverse,” says Alexander Scheirle, CBMF director.


Bluegrass Concerts


Local newgrass great Drew Emmitt will serve as the festival’s host and lead The Paradise All-Star Band, a compilation of musicians from the various performing bands.  The concerts will take place outdoors in Mt. Crested Butte starting at 1 p.m. each day and concluding at 9 p.m.


Saturday, July 14


Spring Creek

Harpeth Rising

The Greencards

Blue Highway

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience


Sunday, July 15


Blue Canyon Boys

Kenny and Amanda Smith Band

The Infamous Stringdusters

Keller & The Keels

Drew Emmitt and The Paradise All-Star Band


Early season weekend passes will go on sale Jan. 15 for $80 (a 27 percent savings compared to the window price) until April 15. Advanced season tickets will be available from April 16 – June 10 for $90 for the weekend or day tickets for $50.  At-window weekend passes will be $110 and day tickets $60.


Bluegrass Kids Camp


The Festival will kick-off with a fun and amazing music experience for kids ages 7 – 17. The camp, July 9 – 13, will be taught by talented musicians and run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The focus will be on strings, vocals and movement, and participants will be exposed to a variety of instruments, musical styles and take part in a group performance.

Enrollment will be limited to 60 students. The tuition cost is $220, with a special rate of $145 for 20 students residing in Gunnison County on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration will begin on Jan. 31, 2012.


Tickets & Registration


For concert tickets, Kids Camp registration and information, call (970) 349-0619 or visit


Crested Butte Music Festival


For 16 years, Crested Butte Music Festival has turned Crested Butte into a destination for music, with melodies resounding from outdoors venues, hotels, stunning private homes, churches and barns. In the summer of 2009, the festival hosted a bluegrass performance by the Infamous Stringdusters. The performance was a sellout success and started the wheels turning for a full-blown bluegrass festival that launched in 2010.


For more information about CBMF, which runs from July 4 – Aug. 12, visit