Pickamania 2017

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Date(s) - Friday September 22, 2017 - Sunday September 24, 2017
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Black Range Lodge, 119 Kingston Main Street, Kingston

Contact: Catherine Wanek | Sierra County Arts Council


From its origins in the mid 1980s as a backyard party hosted in a garlic shed, Pickamania has evolved into a festival celebrating the love of acoustic music of all genres. The event went mainstream in 2008 when the Mimbres Region Arts Council adopted the name and created its own awesome Pickamania festival in a downtown park in Silver City, with professional bands from across the country. This year the Black Range Lodge in Kingston, NM, will host the event at their new outdoor Pavilion, as the culmination of their summer Starlight Concert series, September 22, 23, &24.

Reviving the home-grown spirit of the original party, Pickamania 2017 will feature a talented line-up of New Mexico musicians, with a few from Arizona and Colorado. Headliners Saturday night will be flat-picking guitar champion Peter McLaughlin from Arizona and fiddle/mandolin player Chris Brashear, who offer an original blend of southwestern bluegrass music. Preceding them on Saturday are Chris Sanders and Anne Luna from the Hard Road Trio, joined by KC Groves (founder of the legendary bluegrass band “Uncle Earl”), and multi-instrumental wizard Ezra Bussmann, son of Pickamania founder Bill Bussmann.

The weekend will begin Friday from 7 – 10pm with a country flavor, featuring regional musicians Mackie Redd & Kathy Reed, and the bluegrass band Sawmill Canyon. Saturday events are scheduled 3 – 10pm, and Sunday morning music will go from 11am to 3pm, starting with Desert Milk from Truth or Consequences, ESP from Silver City, and culminate with two inspirational gospel groups. See the schedule for specific times and bands.

Pickamania originator, accomplished luthier (see OldWaveMandolins.com) and stand-up bass player, Bill Bussmann will honor the event as Master of Ceremonies, introducing the bands and injecting his special sense of humor into the proceedings. Wine and beer will be available from Black Range Vineyards, with free ice tea for designated drivers. Food trucks will offer more substantial fare, or bring a picnic. Band CDs will be for sale, and available as door prizes during the festival.

Pickamania 2017 Schedule:
Friday, Sept 22
Gates open at 6pm
7pm – Mackie Redd & Kathy Reed, Lake Valley, NM – Country Folk
8 – 10pm – Sawmill Canyon, Truth or Consequences, NM – Old-style Bluegrass

Saturday, Sept. 23
Gates open at 2pm.
3pm – 4pm – Pat Dutton, Mark Kashmar, Bill Bussmann, Southern NM – Acoustic-style blues
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Mark & Ruth Bennett, Kingston, NM – Country Roots
6pm – 7pm – Chris Sanders, Anne Luna, KC Groves, Ezra Bussmann – Americana & Originals
7:30 – 10pm – Peter Mclaughlin and Chris Brashear (& friends) – Southwestern Bluegrass

Sunday, Sept. 24
Gates open at 10am.
11am – 11:45am – Desert Milk, Truth or Consequences, NM – Americana
12 noon – 12:45am – ESP, Silver City, NM – Folk, Bluegrass & originals,
1pm – 1:45pm – Sheriff Glenn’s Gospel Band, Truth or Consequences, NM
2pm – 2:45pm – Chris C, KC and the Gospel Cats, The Universe

Cost: $30 all weekend, or $10 Friday, $20 Saturday, $10 Sunday. Children 1/2 price.
Pickamania 2017