Song School Info
- Song School goes on rain or shine.
- No pets are allowed anywhere on the grounds, campgrounds, or parking lots and cars.
- Audio taping the classes at the Song School is permitted (and often encourged). Recording devices must be self-contained (we do not provide AC outlets)
One companion may stay with you during the Song School under the following conditions: You must purchase a guest pass for your guest in advance. A guest wristband costs $210 and includes camping, evening activities and both Song School BBQs. Guests must share tent with Academy attendee. Guests may not bring vehicles on site. Guests must avoid classroom areas during the day and be respectful with regard to noise.
Your deposit is nonrefundable, but your remainder payment is fully refundable until June 1. No refunds are available after June 1.
Important changes: Due to restrictions on use of the new Planet Bluegrass Farm property and ongoing construction at Bohn Park, we have made several major changes to the Song School campground vehicle lineup.
- The 2019 Song School campground opens at 1pm on Sunday, August 11.
- Vehicles that arrive prior to Noon may lineup at the Planet Bluegrass Farm property ( located 0.3 miles northwest of the Academy campground on Highway 36 - view map).
- Vehicles may not arrive at the Planet Bluegrass Farm earlier than 8am on Sunday, August 11 (the day the Song School campground opens).
- To avoid a line prior to 8am on Sunday, vehicles arriving anytime between 8am-11am will receive a lottery number assigning them a random spot in the Academy campground vehicle lineup (see below). We highly encourage you to arrive after 9am to help us disperse the arrivals and avoid delays. (Vehicles arriving after 11am will proceed to the end of the lineup.)
- If you plan to arrive in Lyons a day or more before the Song School campground opens, you will need to find your own camping/lodging. No overnight camping is allowed at Bohn Park, at the Planet Bluegrass Farm, or on public streets in Lyons.
We realize these changes may impact some students’ travel plans. But after decades of experience managing these campground vehicle lines, we believe most students will appreciate the simplicity and fairness of this new system. We welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-624-2422.
To discourage any arrivals to the Planet Bluegrass Farm prior to 8am and to make this initial lineup process as stress-free and fair as possible, we will be using a “random lottery” procedure for the initial lineup from 8:00-11:00am on Sunday morning, August 11th. (If you arrive after 11am on Sunday, you will simply proceed to the end of the line.)
- Vehicles arriving at the Planet Bluegrass Farm between 8:00am and 11:00am on Sunday, August 11 will be given a random lineup number, similar to our nightly tarp line numbers.
- These numbers will truly be random, so someone arriving at 10:00am will have the same chance of receiving a low lineup space number as someone arriving right at 8:00am.
- Planet Bluegrass staff will assist vehicles in proceeding to the marked parking space corresponding to their lottery number.
- To help disperse the arriving vehicles and avoid delays for everyone, we urge you to arrive after 9:00am.
- At 11:00am, the random lottery will end.
- All vehicles arriving after 11:00am will receive the next available space at the end of the line.
Please remember: Vehicles MAY NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 8:00AM at the Planet Bluegrass Farm on Sunday, August 11th (and with this lottery procedure there is absolutely no benefit to arriving any earlier!). YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED & TOWED IF YOU PARK ALONG HIGHWAY 36.If you arrive before 8am, we highly recommend you relax and grab breakfast at one of Lyons’ coffee shops or restaurants and casually drive over to the Planet Bluegrass Farm well after the 8am opening.
- Due to concerns from the Sheriff’s Department, each vehicle may only contain as many occupants as available seat belts. Vehicles with more people than the vehicle can safely transport, will be pulled from the line until each passenger is removed from the vehicle (or wearing a seatbelt).
- At Noon on Sunday, vehicles will be escorted from the Planet Bluegrass Farm to the Academy campground on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Vehicles must remain in order. Vehicles that arrive at the Ranch out of order will not be allowed entry into the campground.
- Vehicles will be admitted to the Ranch in order according to their number. Don’t lose your number or you will have to go to the end of the line! All cars will be cleared from the Planet Bluegrass Farm lineup area at this time.
- Due to safety concerns, NO pedestrian walk-ins to the on-site campground will be allowed until all vehicles in the lineup have entered the on-site campground.
- Once you have entered the Song School campground on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, please remember that ALL vehicles and campers must be parked adjacent to a roadway in the campground.
- Please unload necessary items and move your car to the Song School parking area BEFORE setting up your camp in order to allow others the opportunity to find a site as well.
- Only vehicles with a Folks Festival on-site vehicle pass will be allowed to park within the Song School camping area. If you plan to camp in your vehicle but you do not have a Folks Festival on-site vehicle pass, our staff will direct you to a spot near the Song School parking area.
- All roads are one-way and the speed limit is strictly 5 MPH. For the safety of everyone PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY.
These are frequently asked questions we’ve gathered over the years. If you have a question that isn’t posted, please email these to: email@example.com.
The Song School program is an intensive workshop experience that focuses on songwriting and its building blocks. The week is designed to allow participants maximum flexibility in choosing their songwriting interests. Each day, from 9:00 am to 6:00pm, there are elective topics in the areas of songwriting, performance, business, guitar and vocals. The evenings consist of BBQs, open stage time, and campfire song sharing.
The experience costs $575. A $150 deposit is required to hold your space prior to May 1. To register, call us at 800-624-2422 or register online at shop.bluegrass.com.
Full payments for the Song School are due by May 1st. Your deposit is nonrefundable, but your remainder payment is fully refundable until June 1. No refunds are available after June 1.
Which class should I sign up for? Most participants write songs regularly, but the program is open to all levels of songwriters. A large dose of inspiration will be had by all, even if you have never written a song before.
Check out our interactive map of Lyons and Planet Bluegrass for driving directions. If you are planning to fly into Denver International Airport, you have several options to get from Denver to Lyons. The Denver metro bus system, RTD, stops about 1/2 mile from the PB Ranch gate. Another private service, the Estes Park Shuttle, makes four daily runs from DIA to Estes Park, dropping you off at the PB Ranch on the way. The North Denver Airport Shuttle and Superior Shuttle both serve Lyons. For more details, contact these services directly:
- RTD 800-366-7433
- Estes Park Shuttle 970-586-5151
- North Denver Airport Shuttle 303-457-4646
- Superior Shuttle 303-399-2812
Planet Bluegrass offers convenient on-site camping during the Song School and during The Folks Festival. Our Ranch is situated on 15 beautiful acres of private property. It’s nestled along the St. Vrain River; tucked beneath a rim of 75 foot high red sandstone cliffs. We also have a bathhouse, which offers indoor toilets, sinks and showers.
We do not allow any vehicles over 21feet in our on-site campground. If you would like to bring a vehicle larger than that, you will need to purchase a separate RV pass at LaVern Johnson Park.
Yes, we offer camping at LaVern Johnson (Meadow) Park across the street from our Ranch. This campground is operated by the town of Lyons until Monday morning when Planet Bluegrass takes over. If you display a Meadow Park camping and vehicle pass for the Folks Festival, you may stay for the Song School for no additional charge.
You may camp in a tent or vehicle free of charge while attending the Song School in the designated Song School camping area. To stay on-site during the festival you will need to purchase a three-day festival pass with on-site camping privileges. Vehicles and RVs require additional passes during the festival, separate from the per-person camping pass. If you are not staying for the festival you will be asked to move your vehicle out of the campground Thursday to accommodate festival campers moving in.
Song School campers who have festival and on-site camping passes can set up and stay in the same campsite once the Song School has ended. Buy your festival, camping and vehicle passes ASAP before they sell out. You will be required to move your vehicle on Thursday and move your campsite on Friday morning by 9:00am if you do not have festival camping passes. If you do not need to camp with your vehicle for the festival, you may park it in a secured lot for the weekend.
The Song School campground opens at 1pm on Sunday. You may check in and pick up Song School materials from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Sunday and on Monday morning starting at 8:00 AM.
Sorry, no pets are allowed on site. Here is a list of some local kennels:
- Camp Bow Wow Boulder (3631 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301-2423) - (303) 442-2261
- Arapahoe Animal Hospital & Boarding Kennels (5585 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303-1334) -
(303) 442-7033 / www.arapahoeanimalhospital.com
- Cottonwood Kennels (7275 Valmont, Boulder, CO 80301-4715) - (303) 442-2602 / www.cottonwoodkennels.com
- Whispering Pines Pet Resort (14360 N 83rd St, Longmont, CO 80503-9215) - (303) 776-3907 /
- Windstar Kennels (14077 Weld County Road 5, Longmont, CO 80504-9642) - (303) 485-2176 /
- Longs Peak Animal Hospital - (303) 776-6666
- Canine Campovers LLC (Boulder County) - (303) 998-1111 / www.caninecampovers.com