Main Stage Schedule
July 24 Jul 24
The top 3 contestants in each of the 5 instrument contests (banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, dobro) compete on the main stage for cash and prizes. Learn more about the instrument contests
The preliminary rounds are held on Friday in the Wildflower Pavilion.
Spaces may still be available in the instrument contests! Check availability in advance at www.seetickets.us or by visiting the contest table in the Wildflower Pavilion on the opening day of the Festival.
Quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to American folk music, Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. Following the release of their debut album “Shadows and Dreams”, the band hit the road seeking to engage audiences with their energetic live show built on instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements.
Well what do you call it?
“Bluegrass, Newgrass, perhaps Progressive folk…” These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. “Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” While roots music lies at the core of the Collective’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental.
July 25 Jul 25
The 3 finalists in the RockyGrass band contest compete on the main stage for cash, prizes, and a spot on the 2022 RockyGrass lineup!
The preliminary round is held on Saturday afternoon inside the Wildflower Pavilion. Learn more about the band contest…
Spaces may still be available for the 2021 band contest. Check availability in advance by visiting www.SeeTickets.us, or during the festival stop by the contest table in the Wildflower Pavilion.
Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms” and “virtuosic solos,” TWISTED PINE has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and charismatic appeal.
Steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Fiddler Kathleen Parks’ command of the vocal mic is as charming as it is gutsy. On her instrument, Parks is an insatiable risk-taker, seeking out exciting new musical territories. Mandolinist Dan Bui is a master of melody and drive, celebrated widely for his dexterous, tasteful picking. And bassist Chris Sartori holds down the low end and a lot more, introducing creative, funk-inflected cadences that never overwhelm the beat.
Artists and schedule are subject to change.
Also check out the schedule or contests and workshops in the Wildflower Pavilion.
Planet Bluegrass has partnered with Mandolin.com to provide a ticketed video livestream to the entire 2021 RockyGrass Festival.
Produced by award-winning NOCOAST TV, the high-definition stream, will features 8 cameras and stereo audio, capturing every main stage set as well as interviews and other scenes from around the Festival.
A few refunded tickets may still be available for the 2021 RockyGrass Festival…