2019 Festival Partners
Left Hand Brewing Company
It all started with a humble homebrew kit and the drive to make better beer. Tired of the same bland and dated choices everywhere, Air Force friends Eric Wallace and Dick Doore set out to make the kind of beer that excited them; beer they wanted to drink. A hobby quickly became an obsession and it wasn’t long before Left Hand Brewing was born in Longmont, Colorado. Over 26 years later, we’re still forging our own path, building community around better beer. Because to us, serving both is equally essential. And because when you’re not satisfied with the way things are, you change them.
The idea probably hit Steve Savage while standing on top of a Colorado 14’er or while traveling across the rolling plains of Kansas where he went to College. His idea was to bring high quality eco-friendly products to the Boulder business community. In 1990, Steve took the orders, delivered the goods, counted inventory and maintained the delivery van. It was several years before Steve rewarded himself the luxury of hiring an employee. Now, Eco-Products has over 60 employees in the Corporate office alone. As consumer’s environmental consciousness expanded so did Eco-Products. Today Eco-Products sells over 100 different products to all fifty states, Canada and Mexico. They grew from a small eco-friendly distributor into the most recognized brand of environmental foodservice products nationwide, always ‘walking the talk’.
Sierra Sage | Green Goo
Green Goo by Sierra Sage Herbs is a women-owned, family operated business, and a certified B Corp. All of our products are made in the USA with 100% natural ingredients. We started small, making products for friends, family, and the local farmers market. We now aim to make organic products more available and affordable, while educating the world on sustainable business and healthcare practices. As we have grown, we remain committed to our roots. We continue to support the community around us. Together, we move forward with a deep commitment to making pure products safe for you, your family, and the environment while making a positive impact on the planet. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Canyon, confectioners of Thc Sweet Life, is very excited to support the soul-satisfying goodness of Planet Bluegrass. Our amazing variety of edible cannabis confections are available in low, medium and high dosages. They are the perfect way to fine tune your summer musical experience. So whether you’re an old pro with a lifetime of groovy experiences, or are just starting your banjo-mandolin-loving career, Canyon has the perfect lineup of tasty summer confections in doses that are sure to make the music come alive!
Sopris Health & Wellness
As an industry leader offering natural health alternatives, Sopris Health & Wellness produces a line of single-source CBD, a non-psychoactive compound extracted from industrial hemp in small batches. Based in Carbondale, CO, Sopris strives to increase the quality of life by providing alternative remedies that leverage the powerful therapeutic properties of CBD to elevate body, mind, and soul. Enjoy 20% off with discount code “BLUEGRASS” at checkout!
Stem Ciders is a craft cidery headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado. Founded in 2013 by Eric Foster and Phil Kao, two passionate entrepreneurs with a deep appreciation for craft and a strong commitment to reviving the cider tradition, Stem produces cider founded on three main principles: quality, style, and tradition. From the first batch of cider produced in 2011, now known as Real Dry Apple Cider, to their seasonal ciders and monthly Firkin experiments, Stem is committed to producing the highest quality cider that brings those traditions to the forefront.
Boulder Medical Center
The Boulder Medical Center was founded in 1949 by ten doctors who wanted their patients to have access to a wide spectrum of primary and specialty care under one roof. Almost 70 years later, we have expanded to over 75 providers and 300 support staff who practice in locations throughout Boulder County. Although our numbers have grown through the years, we’re still independently owned by our physicians, which gives us the freedom to put patients’ needs first. We’re committed to our mission of engaging our patients in high-quality, compassionate health care.
Meier Skis, based in Denver, Colorado, manufactures skis out of locally harvested Colorado Aspen and Pine Beetle Kill resulting in an award winning light and poppy ride. The handmade manufacturing process combined with the use of locally sourced materials may very well make Meier Skis the most sustainable ski manufactured in the world. Meier Skis, handmade skis from Colorado trees.
The Artistworks Academy of Bluegrass presents the most comprehensive beginner, intermediate, and advanced online video lessons for flatpick guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, and voice. This is combined with online chat, forums, study materials, and exclusive interviews that are accessible 24/7. You’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, regardless of your skill level. You can also learn through Video Exchange™ with your teacher and watch everyone else’s too!
For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.’s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker’s craft.
Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of acoustic guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered among the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, Shawn Mendes, and Taylor Swift, among many others.
Allegro Coffee set out to share a vision of great coffee by establishing one of Colorado’s first specialty coffee companies. Backed by three generations of coffee expertise, and founded in 1977 in Boulder, Colorado, Allegro was one of the first Certified Organic Roasters as of 1985. Allegro was purchased by Whole Foods Market in 1997 based on a similar goal to provide customers with the best tasting products sourced in a sustainable, environmentally conscious manner.
Eldorado Natural Spring Water
Eldorado Natural Spring Water bottles water that comes from a spring located in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The water is naturally purified as it rises through layers of sandstone under its own artesian pressure. The water is bottled with the utmost of care in its natural state and is not chemically treated in any way. This pure water is considered by many as the best-tasting water in the world.
In the summer of 1999, Eagles Nest Outfitters was founded as a result of a big dream, hard work, and a passion for adventure and travel. ENO continues to grow and thrive in Asheville, NC and is not only committed to the design of innovative products, but also to being an invested member of the local and global community by supporting organizations that are preserving and protecting our public lands. Today, ENO continues to offer the highest quality relaxation products for adventure travelers and outdoor lovers across the globe.
Established in 1990, Sunsense Solar has grown into one of the premier solar electric design and installation companies in Colorado. Sunsense provides turnkey services for solar electric systems of all sizes and specifications. The Sunsense goal is to build proactively a long-term, sustainable business based on quality, consistency, credibility, and service to our clients.
WeeCasa is a tiny home hotel and vacation location in Lyons, Colorado. WeeCasa offers over a dozen tiny homes of different shapes, sizes, and designs. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of freedom and sustainability, we strive to express a new vision of the “American Dream.” Stay overnight, learn, and experience tiny homes in a breathtaking setting.
Founded in 1975 by Janet and Greg Deering – over the past 40 years, they have made more than 100,000 banjos and every one of them has been crafted with special attention. Deering is a family-run business; and they regard their craftsmen, suppliers, dealers, and especially their customers as part of the Deering family. Their focus and passion is to create great banjos that enable you, as an artist, to enjoy expressing yourself and your music.
Beard Guitars is proud to sponsor the 2016 RockyGrass Bluegrass Dobro Contest. Designed and built to meet the demands of touring professionals, Beard Guitars are constructed entirely in Hagerstown, Maryland by respected Luthier Paul Beard. Paul Beard has been building resonator guitars since 1985, innovating with new technologies and techniques while honoring the tradition of the Dopyera family. Today, Beard Guitars are enjoyed by fans, serious amateurs, and touring professionals like Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, LeRoy Mack, and the late Mike Auldridge.
San Juan Mandolins
Located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, luthier Bobby Wintringham specializes in making mandolin family instruments one at a time, with an emphasis on hand building and giving each instrument superior tone and playability while staying within the parameters of traditional mandolin design. A mandolin is a tool for musical expression; at San Juan Mandolins, our goal is to make an instrument that inspires you, the player, to truly express yourself.
Preston Thompson Guitars
Noted for their power and immediate, responsive voice, Preston Thompson Guitars pay tribute to the best American made instruments from the 1930’s. Master guitar luthier Preston Thompson and his small team of highly skilled craftsmen produce custom acoustic guitars that have the look, playing feel and above all, the sound of the best instruments from that original Golden Era of guitar making. Thompson Guitars are built strong and light with time tested designs and construction methods, providing a lifetime of enjoyment. Our instruments are handmade every step of the way, from the finest woods available.
Thomas Verdot Violins
Thomas Verdot studied violin construction with the late Karl Roy, former head of the violin making school in Mittenwald, Germany, and he studied restoration with Hans J. Nebel, a fourth generation “Fiddle Maker” who was the former head of the restoration department of the Rembert Wurlitzer firm in New York. Now based in Columbia, Missouri, Verdot makes new instruments in the north Italian/south German tradition as well as a line of high quality violins and violas under the Paragon label.
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