Fiddles, Vittles & Vino returns to Rock Ledge

       The Rock Ledge Ranch will bring back Fiddles, Vittles & Vino for a fourth year Saturday, Aug. 23.
       Four bluegrass-style bands - two new, two returning from the original event in 2005 - will perform on outside stages during the event, which will run from 3 to 9 p.m. at the city-owned historic site off Gateway Road at 30th Street. The closing band, the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, recently pulled off a rare coup by winning the bluegrass competition at large festivals in both Telluride and Lyons, according to Mark Gardner, who books the bands for Rock Ledge.
       The “Vittles & Vino” portion will be from 4 to 7 p.m., when a plethora of area restaurants and alcohol producers/distributors will offer their wares in outdoor tents.
       Cost of admission, which includes the music, food and drink, is $40 for adults and $10 for children under 13. In an “early-bird special” this year, those purchasing tickets before Aug. 16 will get them for $30 and $8.
       In a semi-technical sense, this year's Fiddles will feature two and a half returning bands. Finders & Youngberg consists of Mike and Amy Finders, plus Aaron and Erin Youngberg, who were part of the Billy Pilgrims group at last year's event.
       Other bands will be Sons & Brothers and the Ackermans, back from '05. These bands have the similarity of being two-generation family groups, including the father playing with his kids.
       The overall musical lineup will be “what I like to see,” Gardner said, “an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and more progressive bluegrass as well.”
       A noted banjo player in his own right who has performed in past Fiddles events with fiddler Rex Rideout, Gardner decided not to add the duo to the playlist this year, but “I always bring my banjo, just in case,” he quipped.
       For more information, call Rock Ledge at 578-6777 or go to

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