Tico Time Bluegrass Festival 


grand livingston

MAY 12 @ 4:30PM

Grand Livingtston & Friends

Grant Livingston is a singer/songwriter who delivers immersive grooves and contemplative lyricism in the form of transcendental folk music. His debut album, Grant & Friends, is a collection of heartfelt original songs that showcase Livingston’s timeless, yet innovative blend of folk, rock, funk, soul, bluegrass, and jam music. In a live setting, Livingston uses improvisation and energetic reciprocity to cater to an authentic music experience. Grant & Friends is available now on all streaming platforms.

tone dog

MAY 12 @ 5:45PM

Tone Dog

Tone Dog – Colorado based bluegrass band that effortlessly incorporates jazz, oldtime, and bluegrass classics into a full trio sound. The three veteran musicians each bringing their own unique background to the stage – resulting in expertly crafted song arrangements and blazing tunes.

la la bones

MAY 12 @ 7PM

La La Bones

La La Bones sprouted in Durango during the summer of 2014. Soon after their formation, the band began playing throughout Southwest Colorado making appearances at local venues, festivals, and private events. Quickly, the band shared their original and traditional songs with music lovers young and old. At first glance, La La Bones is reminiscent of a traditional 5-piece bluegrass band, passing around breaks and harmonizing melodies. With a closer look, viewers can see how the band draws inspiration from a myriad music genres, ranging from punk, pop, to bluegrass. Viewers can also enjoy the songwriting and vocal skills of all band members, as each individual brings original music to the table. La La Bones recorded their first self-titled album in 2016, an 11-track record of originals. In 2020, the band will record their second album.La La Bones is Kyle Siesser on guitar, Tommy Frederico on banjo, Kathy Hilimire on fiddle, Scott Roberts on mandolin, and Jimi Giles Davis on bass.

willie watson

MAY 12 @ 9PM

Willie Watson

William Currie Watson is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjo player, actor and founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show. His debut solo album Folk Singer, Vol. I, was released in May 2014; its follow-up Folksinger, Vol. 2 was released September 15, 2017 on Acony Records.

Chain Station

MAY 12 @ 10:30PM

Chain Station

Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ’em out on the dance floor string band from the front range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. They’ve become known for catchy and lyrically-poignant original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music

People We Know

MAY 13 @ 1PM

People We Know

People We Know is a 5 piece sort-of-bluegrass band from Durango, Colorado. 

foggy memory boys

MAY 13 @ 2:30PM

Foggy Memory Boys

Formed around late night jams at the prestigious Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, they blur the lines between traditional bluegrass roots music and more

jack cloonan band

MAY 13 @ 4PM

Jack Cloonan Band

A band fueled by the healing powers of Discograss spreading the love all over the greater Colorado area

John Stickley Trio

MAY 13 @ 5:30PM

Jon Stickley Trio

The Jon Stickley Trio is a progressive ensemble from Asheville, North Carolina. They are rooted in the traditions of bluegrass, but perform Gypsy jazz and folk-punk as well. Jon Stickley plays flat-pick guitar; Lyndsay Pruett plays violin; Hunter Deacon plays drums

Liver Down the River

MAY 13 @ 7:15PM

Liver Down the River

From the high mountain river-valley of Durango, Colorado comes a five piece band of musicians called Liver Down The River. The group has their roots in countless river floats, campfires, late night picking, and Colorado living. Since its creation in 2012, the band has strived to have nothing but a good time. Their unique sound and high energy performances have lead them to share the stage with the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, The New Mastersounds, and Poor Man’s Whiskey, to name a few.

the lil smokies

MAY 13 @ 9PM

The Lil Smokies

Drawing on the energy of a rock band and the Laurel Canyon songwriting of the ‘70s, The Lil Smokies are reimagining their approach to roots music on Tornillo, named for the remote Texas town where the album was recorded. Produced by Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), Tornillo is the band’s third studio album. Formed in Missoula, Montana, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring, performing at Red Rocks, LOCKN’, High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.

PJ Moon

MAY 13 @ 6:45PM & 8:30PM

PJ Moon

“Not only is PJ an incredibly talented musician in many formats and arrangements that work for a wide variety of venues, settings, and “vibes,” he’s a great person and super easy to work with. He responds quickly, is very professional, blows crowds away every time, and has live music running through his veins. I highly recommend him and think we will be seeing some big and amazing things from him in the future.”

-Chris Brown
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Big Richard Band

MAY 13 @ 10:30PM

Big Richard

What began as an all-female festival collab quickly morphed into a serious passion project driven by sisterhood, harmony and humor……along with the shared desire to rage fiddle tunes and smash the patriarchy. Big Richard is a neo-acoustic super group made up of well established Colorado musicians: Bonnie Sims on mandolin (Bonnie & Taylor Sims//Everybody Loves An Outlaw//Bonnie & the Clydes), Joy Adams on cello (Nathaniel Rateliff//Darol Anger//Half Pelican), Emma Rose on bass + guitar (Sound of Honey//Daniel Rodriguez//Whippoorwill) and Eve Panning on fiddle (Lonesome Days). The future of this group is big and rising fast.

Chris Thompson & Friends

MAY 14 @ 1PM

Chris Thompson & Friends

Christopher Hamlet Thompson is an English singer and guitarist known both for his work with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, specifically for his lead vocal on the classic hit “Blinded By the Light” and for his solo accomplishments

Hunker Down

MAY 14 @ 2:15PM

Hunker Down

Based on bluegrass, good songwriting, and soulful country rock, Hunker Down has found a way to harness the groove that lifts audiences energy high and wanting more.

High Country Hustle

MAY 14 @ 3:45PM

High Country Hustle

An electric bluegrass alliance born in 2017 in the shadows of the San Juans, Durango’s own High Country Hustle brings big smiles and foot-stomping good times to venues across the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Playing creative originals and diverse covers in a new grass style, HCH blends their unique musical personalities with dynamic, melody driven bluegrass to create a memorable and authentic concert experience. The band is composed of four musicians of diverse musical backgrounds who formed friendships over bluegrass, beers, and the beauty of Southwest Colorado.

tim obrien

MAY 14 @ 5:30PM

Tim O’brien with Jan Fabricius

Multi Grammy winner and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien has traveled the world and delighted audiences since 1975 with his warm vocals, string wizardry, and heartfelt original songs. His latest recording “He Walked On” maps a pathway through today’s world. In duet with his wife Jan Fabricius on mandolin and vocals, you can expect rootsy acoustic instrumentation and sweet harmony singing, interspersed with O’Brien’s self deprecating humor.

trout steak revival

MAY 14 @ 7:15PM

Trout Steak Revival

Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado band. The band won an Emmy Awa… Indie, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana. Bevin Foley- Fiddle, Will Koster – Dobro/Guitar, Travis McNamara – Banjo, Casey Houlihan – Bass.

Grant Farm

MAY 14 @ 9PM

Grant Farm

“Grant Farm delivers an instant American classic with Broke In Two. Superb songwriting, fresh ensemble playing, and first-rate singing make this an early contender for best record of 2019.” – Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals)

derek dames ohl

MAY 14 @ 6:45PM & 8:30PM

Derek Dames OHL

Derek Dames Ohl. Musician. | Singer Songwriter| | Bassist

Tara Rose & the Real Deal

MAY 14 @ 10:30PM

Tara Rose & The Real Deal

Since early 2018 Tara Rose has been performing music full time and has traveled to spread her music extensively throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains and has reached as far as Hawaii, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah. They have shared line-ups with the likes of Leftover Salmon, Peter Rowan, Andy Hall, Jeremy Garret, Danny Barnes, The Samples, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Jon Stickley Trio, Vince Herman, Pete and Joan Wernick, and too many more to list! Her most frequent musical comrades are Danjo Harris (banjo), Jack Laub (mandolin), and Francisco Prado (upright bass), but no matter who joins her on stage it is sure to be a lively performance of heartfelt and inspired original songs, and sometimes just downright raucous good time! Tara plays the dynamic and rhythmic duo of acoustic guitar and kick drum to drive the energy flow throughout each song. She loves the opportunity to play with a slightly revolving cast of musicians as she feels it keeps the material fresh and inspiring!

Elle Michelle and the Grateful Holler

MAY 15 @ 1PM

Elle Michelle’s Grateful Holler

Colorado based bluegrass band playing old-time, tradition/progressive bluegrass, and Grateful Dead bluegrass covers. We bring high energy, lots of love and tons of entertainment to the bluegrass and Grateful Dead community

Floodgate Operations

MAY 15 @ 2:15PM

Floodgate Operations

Founded in 2018, the Floodgate Operators are a 5 piece bluegrass band from Crested Butte, Colorado.  Floodgate Operators combine fast, flat-picking traditional’s with energetic, heartfelt originals to create a unique and outrageously fun show that is not to be missed!

Buffalo Commons

MAY 15 @ 3:45PM

Buffalo Commons

Since 2017, Buffalo Commons, a Steamboat Springs, CO-grown project, has been moving souls and feet. The band’s harmonizing vocals and tight musicianship has sling-shot them into the Colorado Music scene with huge, infectious energy and an incredibly loyal and fun-loving “Herd” of fans behind them.

Wood Belly

MAY 15 @ 5:45PM

Wood Belly

Wood Belly is a dynamic acoustic quintet consisting of Chris Weist (mandolin), Tom Knowlton (guitar), Chris Zink (dobro), Aaron McCloskey (banjo) and Taylor Shuck (bass).


TICO TIME RIVER RESORT | 20 Road 2050 | Aztec, NM 87410

THURS, MAY 12TH - SUN, MAY 15TH | 2022