Join Stargazers and the Manitou Music Foundation at our Bluegrass Showcase with three amazing bluegrass bands!


We are excited to welcome Wood Belly, Red Mountain Boys, and Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble to our stage for an afternoon of food, drinks, dancing, and a whoe lotta BLUEGRASS!


Wood Belly, winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition (2018) is the musical collective of Chris Weist (mandolin), Craig Patterson (guitar), Chris Zink (dobro), Aaron McCloskey (banjo) and Taylor Shuck (bass). A Wood Belly song has its own lyrical persona and masterful arrangement; rooted in bluegrass tradition and planted solidly in contemporary innovation.


Whether it’s a hard driving bluegrass song, a multi-layered instrumental, a pop-oriented hook-laden tune, or a poetic waltz— each song has something to say. There’s an identity, a message in every song, delivered in a characteristic Wood Belly style that is warm and true, occasionally haunting and the next moment light and uplifting. The timbre of voice and strings is solid, confident, honest and playful. Every member sings and vocals are a significant part of the Wood Belly sound.


Since its formation, the band has played an ever-expanding list of great venues including the Mishawaka Amphitheater, the Fox Theater (Boulder), Wildflower Pavilion (Planet Bluegrass), and Cervantes’ (Denver). Their festival resume includes the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rapidgrass, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, The Wyoming State Bluegrass and BBQ festival, Snowygrass, Grapes and Grass, Winter WonderGrass, Northwest String Summit, Palisade Folk and Bluegrass, and more.


The Colorado College (advanced) Bluegrass Ensemble is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide for students a challenging and creative environment in which to develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. The ensemble draws mainly from traditional sources including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers. The ensemble frequently performs at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown held every April.


Red Mountain Boys are a bluegrass band in Colorado Springs, Colorado that includes: Jon Murphy, Lewis Mock, Jeff Daugherty and Alan Thomas Begley.