YarmonyGrass 2016: A Weekend of Bluegrass on the Colorado River

first_imgColorado sure loves its bluegrass festivals—RockyGrass, Winter Wondergrass, Telluride Bluegrass Festival—but none are quite as intimate or isolated as YarmonyGrass. Celebrating its 11th year this past weekend, the festival is nestled on the banks of the Colorado River at Rancho Del Rio surrounded by mountains, including its namesake Mt. Yarmony to the West. It is hard to find a more beautiful setting for a music festival.During the days, the river was filled with swimmers and a laughable fleet of inflatable vessels. Participants relied on anything they could muster to float the winding stretch of flat water connecting Rancho Del Rio and State Bridge four miles downstream–paddle boards, duckies, mattresses, inner tubes, rainbow unicorns, you name it. Back for the first time in five years, a “floating stage” hit the river midday Saturday with the aptly named Whitewater Ramble playing a set on rafts while a long line of festival-goers floated along for the ride. During the nights, a non-stop flow of music poured over the grounds from two stages. The Main Stage faced an open lawn and the intimate Saloon Stage was on a deck that featured half-hour tweener sets from up-in-comers on the bluegrass scene including the Kitchen Dwellers, Caribou Mountain Collective, and Whiskey Tango.The Jeff Austin Band headlined Friday, drawing the largest crowd of the weekend. In his usual quirky nature, Austin announced how excited he was to be “by all the freakers by the river” and continued to play a dark, experimental set with his four-piece band. To the pleasure of many longtime fans of Yonder Mountain String Band, Austin dove into nostalgic material he has been reluctant to play since his departure from the band, including “Dawn’s Early Light” and an encore of “Raleigh and Spencer” with a Roosevelt Collier sit-in. Though Austin’s choppy mandolin certainly led, it was virtuosic banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh that stole the show every time his number was called for a solo. Early Main Stage performances Saturday included an evening set from the Grateful Dead cover specialists Uptown Toodeloo String Band and Andy Hall’s Joint Set, dobro extraordinaire from the Infamous Stringdusters. Hall’s set began with a beautiful rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” with Roosevelt Collier (the two announced they will be releasing an album together) before bringing a full bluegrass band to the stage to work through a handful of unique covers. But Saturday night belonged to the Drunken Hearts. Bringing a welcomed change of pace from the traditional bluegrass prominent for much of the weekend, their Main Stage set opened up into a number of rocking jams (Steve Miller Band’s “Swingtown” may have been the best) that let the chops of lead guitarist Rob Eaton Jr, bassist Jon McCartan, and drummer Alex Johnson truly shine.Even after playing the set of the weekend, or maybe because of it, the Hearts were enlisted as the primary backing band for Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down. Bringing out almost a dozen guest musicians before he was done, the pedal steel guitar specialist Collier continued on a funkier path that included an extended rendition of Billy Cobham’s fusion classic “Stratus” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”If you were to nominate the MVP of this year’s festival, it would certainly have to be former Leftover Salmon keyboardist Bill McKay. It seemed as though his rig never left the main stage and his signature brand of honky-tonk, rag-tag playing shined on sit-ins in with Coral Creek, the Drunken Hearts, Uptown Toodeloo String Band, Andy Hall, and more.Over a decade after its inception, YarmonyGrass is now one of the state’s premier musical destinations.  With breathtaking scenery and tight-knit community of loyal patrons, it sure looks like it’s going to stay that way.Check out more photos from the event, courtesy of Elliot Siff Photography (Facebook)!last_img read more

Cricket News Saurashtra wicketkeeper Snell Patel creates unique record in Ranji Trophy final vs Vidarbha

first_imghighlights Vidarbha won the 2018 Ranji Trophy final against Delhi in Indore.Saurashtra have never won the Ranji Trophy title.Cheteshwar Pujara hit a fifty and hundred in the quarterfinal and semi-final. Snell Patel is named after the former South Africa pace bowler Richard Snell, who played for the Proteas in their readmission to international cricket during the 1992 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. However, in an interview with the Indian Express, he states that the name was given to him by his uncle. However, the name has not sat down well with him. “It’s become a habit. I don’t worry about it. Earlier, I used to tell my team-mates, especially during Zonal games for the National Cricket Academy, that my name was Snell and not Snail or Snehal, but they would call me whatever that comes to their minds!” Patel told the paper.After taking a five-run lead, Vidarbha have lost half their side in the second innings on a pitch that is assisting the spinners. A total in excess of 200 to chase in the fourth innings could be difficult but in the quarterfinal and semi-final, Saurashtra have chased down big totals. In the quarterfinal clash against Uttar Pradesh, Pujara’s fifty helped Saurashtra chase down 372 in the fourth innings, the highest in the fourth-innings of the Ranji Trophy. In the semi-final against Karnataka at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Pujara scored a century as Saurashtra entered the final with a close win. New Delhi: In the Ranji Trophy, the dominance of the Mumbai cricket team is total. They have won over 40 titles and they dominate the charts when it comes to batting, bowling and fielding. Thus, when a team and player who do not belong to Mumbai create a record, it becomes big. This is the case with Saurashtra wicketkeeper Snell Patel, who achieved a unique record on day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final between reigning champions Vidarbha and Saurashtra at the VCA stadium in Nagpur.Patel slammed a century against a Vidarbha attack consisting of Umesh Yadav and in the process became the first wicketkeeper-opener outside of Mumbai to have slammed a century in the final. Madhav Mantri was the first to achieve the feat in the 1951/52 season of the Ranji Trophy against Holkar while Sameer Dighe (137) scored a century while opening in the final against Punjab at the Wankhede. Vinayak Samant was the last keeper-opener from Mumbai to score a century in the 2008/09 season as Mumbai defeated Uttar Pradesh in Hyderabad.Although Patel scored a century, Vidarbha managed to take a slender but crucial five-run lead thanks to Aditya Sarwate’s haul of 5/98 and superb support from Akshay Wakhare who took 4/80. Umesh was the other wicket-taker as he got the wicket of Patel for 102. Vidarbha are looking to defend their title while Saurashtra will be aiming to win it for the first-time ever. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more