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Four bands, food and drink in Fiddles, Vittles & Vino July 26 at Rock Ledge

      
The musicians in Hot Club of Cowtown are (from left) fiddle-player Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin.
Courtesy of Hot Club of Cowtown
In its 11th year, Fiddles, Vittles & Vino has become an established event at Rock Ledge Ranch, serving as a major fundraiser for the historic site while spotlighting bluegrass music and samples of local cookery and beverages.
       This year's Fiddles will be Sunday, July 26. Following what's become a traditional format, four bands will play during the event, which runs from 2 to 8:30 p.m., and large, open-air tents will house food or drink offerings from 40-some restaurants, breweries, wineries or suppliers.
       The main band will be Hot Club of Cowtown, specializing in jazz and swing. Originally formed in New York City as Whit & Elana in 1994, the group later became a trio consisting of guitarist Whit Smith, fiddle-player Elana James and bassist Jake Erwin. Based in Austin, Texas, the group has produced 10 albums and toured with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.
       Cowtown will play a single set, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to close the event.
       Before that, playing two sets of 45 minutes each, will be Songs of the Fall (a duo or quintet from Pagosa Springs), Caribou Mountain Collective (a quartet from Nederland that won last year's RockyGrass competition in Lyons) and the Stanleytones (a five-piece from Mead that previously played at Fiddles in 2005, 2006 and 2010).
       Before dark, two stages will be set up, out of earshot of each other, allowing bands to play simultaneously.
       Until July 19, ticket prices are $45 and $15 for ages 13 and under. The price for each will go up $5 after the 19th.
       Rock Ledge Ranch is a city-owned, 1880s-style working ranch located off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       For more information, the website is fiddlesvittlesandvino.com, or call the ranch at 578-6777.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 7/15/15; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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