Viva Lyons! A Celebration of Community with The Infamous Stringdusters 9.13.14
Words & Video By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
Photos By Nicholas Stock & Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot)
Colorado United is the state organization set up to aid in flood recovery. September 13th marked Colorado United Day, which was a day of service for residents to lend a hand in Lyons, Jamestown, and other affected communities. Oskar Blues and their Can’d Aide Foundation worked with other local breweries and The Infamous Stringdusters to host a fundraiser to end the day with Governor John Hickenlooper. The festivities began around 5:00 PM with a chat with the Governor. He introduced The Stringdusters before he hopped up and played alongside local Dave Tiller and superstar Mary Chapin Carpenter on a rousing rendition of “Sittin On Top Of The World."
Set One: Blue Night, Sittin On Top Of The World*, Night On The River. Well, Well, 17 Cents, How Far I’d Fall, Rivers Run Cold, Like I Do, Sugartown**, Travelin Teardrop Blues, After Midnight > Fork In The Road Jam
Set Two: Try Try, In God’s Country, Piece of Mind, Colorado, Red Fox, All The Same, Long & Lonesome Day, Gettin’ Down The Road, Once You’re Gone, Summercamp, Walkin’ On The Moon, When The Night Comes Around, Let It Go, Up On Cripple Creek, Machines
Encore: It’ll Be Alright, One More Bridge
*w/ John Hickenlooper, Dave Tiller & Mary Chapin Carpenter
**w/ Benny “Burle” Galloway
The Infamous Stringdusters continued to slay the crowd for the entirety of the second set. They are always entertaining, but they seemed to be playing with a real passion on this particular night. Each member was impressive, but as a single entity they are unsurpassed. They opened with a bouncy, but beautiful “Try, Try” that featured some impeccable vocals from Travis Book and some jaw-dropping fiddle from Jeremy Garrett. The crowd again joined in on “Colorado,” a powerfully stunning ode to this great state.
“It's so damn good to know there's something time can't change, Oh Colorado.” (Lyrics from Colorado)
This was an absolutely perfect night on the hill. The Infamous Stringdusters may be the best bluegrass band touring today. Their commitment not only to their craft, but also to their fan base, is inspiring. I look forward to their next adventure in Colorado.
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