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Brothers and sisters of bluegrass unite as the 12th annual Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival returns Sept. 15-17.

This year’s camping and music festival will feature 15 different musical acts at the Pepsi Amphitheater, located at Fort Tuthill County Park.

The headliners kicking off this three-day pickin' party represent an eclectic selection of Bluegrass and Acoustic music, including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Tim O’Brien, The Drew Emmitt Band and Mountain Heart.

Julie Sullivan Brace, who co-founded the event with Linda Mack and Teresa Wayne, said the best word to describe this year’s lineup is diverse.

“Our festival brings a wide array of acts from the genre,” Sullivan Brace said, referring to acoustic and bluegrass sub-genres. “We have brought in some really progressive string acts this year to straight ahead bluegrass, so there is something for all fans.”

Sullivan Brace went on to say that naturally a diverse lineup brings a diverse group of festival-goers.

“Pickin' in the Pines always brings a broad audience together,” Sullivan Brace said. “We get people who bring their children as well as people in their 50s and 60s who come to listen and play music with new friends.”

There is extra incentive to bring the whole family because children under 15 receive free admission.

The festival is seeking to be an intimate affair where you can lay out a blanket near the main stage, listen to a group of campers play music on the campgrounds or participate in a workshop.

“You can move to and from the main stage to the campgrounds and jam with friends or go to the community building for a workshop where you can ask artist questions,” Sullivan Brace said. “This is not a rock show so you will have plenty of room to get on your blanket and see your pals.”

This year’s event features a number of workshops that teach you how to play bluegrass, fiddle, upright bass, guitar and traditional Hawaiian jam music.

Pickin' in the Pines also includes multiple musical acts away from the main stage such as a band contest and a Tiny Boat Concert with the Colton House Trio.

The Tiny Boat Concert is in association with Colorado River Days. The Colton House Trio will play a collection of songs about the Colorado River and the Southwest.


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