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Dillon hosts first-ever bluegrass festival Friday

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Satisfy your hankering for mandolins, banjos, harmonies and original songs with Dillon Ampitheatre’s inaugural Summit of Bluegrass and Roots festival tonight. The free, one-night event features Peter Rowan, the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band and Chatham County Line.

Dillon’s first-ever bluegrass festival runs from 5-10 p.m., and fans interested in front-row seating can purchase reserved tickets for $49.

Event organizer Mike O’Brien said the first three rows will be set up as a VIP section, with perks such as a commemorative poster, nibbles and a special cup, to name a few.

“We doing a little test swatch with VIP section to see if there’s hard-core fans who want something like that,” said O’Brien, who’s the owner of Peak Performances and the Dillon Business Association treasurer.

“Three years ago, I presented this idea to the Town, but it wasn’t the right timing,” O’Brien said. “I looked for sponsorship because the (Dillon Ampitheatre) venue is a beautiful place and it’s under-utilized. I wanted a festival-style event.”

When the Dillon Business Association came along, it gave an emphasis on volunteering and funding “because their goal is to bring tourism to Dillon and to increase traffic for retail, lodging and restaurants,” O’Brien added.

And now, the Summit of Bluegrass and Roots is reality.

With three popular bluegrass bands performing at the beautiful Dillon Ampitheatre on the reservoir, it’s sure to be a memorable night.

Peter Rowan, a Grammy-award winner, is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning more than five decades. He’ll join the comparatively new sounds of Spring Creek from Lyons, Colo., and Chatham County Line.

While the Chatham County Line band mates haven’t ever played in Summit County, one of the band members said, “We have definitely been through and even camped there in the past. Spending so much time in the state of Colorado, we’re sure this will be a really fun night. Having Peter Rowan is a definite plus too.”

For more information about Dillon Bluegrass Festival and the bands, visit http://www.dillonconcerts.com.

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