The 5th annual UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival will launch the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Buffalo Rose event center on the weekend of Friday, January 25th 2019 featuring Grammy Award winner and world-renowned mandolin player Sam Bush, The Father of NewGrass.
The 3-day festival, UllrGrass (named for the Norse God of Winter – Ullr - pronounced ooler) is the brain child and passion of project of Chris and Susannah Thompson, long-time Golden residents who felt Golden needed a signature event in the middle of winter to bring the community together. Festival-goers dress in Viking regalia and celebrate community, live music, performing arts and craft beer.
Named one of the Top Ten Outdoor Festivals in Colorado by the Westword, UllrGrass 2019 will feature a diverse lineup of bluegrass, newgrass, funk and jamband artists including Sam Bush Band, Drew Emmitt & The UllrGrass Allstars (Andy Aijala, Andy Thorn, Greg Garrison and Coleman Smith of Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band and RapidGrass), The New Orleans Suspects, CORAL CREEK, The Way Down Wanderers, Mighty Pines, Sugar & the Mint, Thunder & Rain, Mama Magnolia, Gypsy Cattle Drive, Liver Down the River, Circus #9, Adam Kinghorn Quintet, FREIYA: Women of Bluegrass, Bowregard, Turkeyfoot, Hunker Down, Bonnie & Taylor Sims, Tori Pater & Michael Kirkpatrick.
“Sam Bush is a marquis artist in the bluegrass community and the father of “Newgrass,” which is basically bluegrass music infused with rock, jazz and jamband sensibilities”, says Chris Thompson. “We are thrilled to have Sam and his rockin’ band headlining our 5th Anniversary, along with Drew Emmitt and Adam Aijala who have pioneered the newgrass tradition in Colorado as founding members of Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band.”
“The only way this event can happen is with the support of our incredible Golden community”, adds Susannah Thompson (Co-founder). “It takes a village to throw a festival with more than 100 volunteers and 50 plus local businesses working together to pull it off. Every year we are humbled by the collaboration of our town.”
The UllrGrass Beer Festival takes place on Saturday afternoon from 1-4pm. Patrons will enjoy live music on two alternating stages while sampling craft brews and ciders from 30+ breweries from across Colorado . Sunday is “Family Day” at UllrGrass; featuring a Virtuosity Dance performance at Noon, an UllrEgg Hunt, Costume Parade, craft activities and games. Food trucks will provide a variety of tasty treats all weekend long.
UllrGrass is a 100% volunteer-powered non-profit event with proceeds benefitting the Kids Music Project by Coral Creek which delivers music education and performance to kids in Colorado – more at www.coralcreekmusic/philanthropy
UllrGrass Event Details
Thurs. Nov. 29 - UllrGrass Allstars with Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, Adam Aijala, Anders Beck and Greg Garrison at 10-Mile Music Hall 8pm
Thurs. Dec. 6 - FREE TO PUBLIC: The UllrGrass Pale Ale Release Party at New Terrain Brewing Co. 6-9 pm with Rum Creek band, purchase discounted festival tickets without service fees.
Fri. Jan. 11, 2019- UllrGrass Pre-Party (Denver) @ CervantesOS with Drew Emmitt & UAS, Rum Creek, Uptown Toodeloo 9pm
Wed. Jan 16, 2019 - FREE TO PUBLIC : The UllrGrass Troubadour Contest at the Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse 6-9pm
Thurs. Jan 17 - FREE TO PUBLIC: The UllrGrass Band Contest at New Terrain Brewing Co. 6-9 pm
Thurs. Jan 24- FREE TO PUBLIC The UllrGrass Wristband Party at New Terrain Brewing Co. Thurs. Jan 24th 6-9 pm
Thurs. Jan. 24, 2019 - UllrGrass Pre-Party (Summit County) @ 10-Mile Music Hall with Sam Bush Band & Coral Creek 9pm
Jan 25-27: The UllrGrass Music Festival
Fri. Jan 25, 2019 - UllrGrass Music Festival Featuring: New Orleans Suspects, Drew Emmitt & UllrGrass All-Starts, Mama Magnolia, Bonnie & Taylor Sims, Tori Pater
Sat. Jan 26, 2019 -
Beer Festival 1-4 pm Parfet Park
UllrGrass Music Festival Featuring: The Sam Bush Band, CORAL CREEK, FREIYA: Women of Bluegrass, Gypsy Cattle Drive, Way Down Wanderers, The Mighty Pines, Bowregard, Hunker Down, Turkeyfoot, Michael Kirkpatrick
Costume Contest - 4 pm Parfet Park
Sun. Jan 27, 2019 - UllrGrass Music Festival Featuring: UllrGrass Funk-n-Soul, Sugar & The Mint, Circus #9, Adam Kinghorn Quintet, Thunder & Rain, Buffalo Commons Virtuosity Dance