36th Annual Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam

KGNU’s nearly four-decade tradition continues on Sunday, July 21th when another wonderful musical lineup takes the stage for the 46th annual running of the “The Charles” Sawtelle Memorial Jam in the side yard of the Gold Hill Inn. This annual event a benefit for KGNU.

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This year’s headliners are iconic dobro wizard Sally Van Meter and renowned singer/songwriter Benny “Burle” Galloway, accompanied by Eric Thorin (bass) and mandolin champ Jordan Ramsey.

Natalie Padilla, Eric Wiggs (Jake Leg), Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haggle join forces for a (quasi) reunion of Masontown.

Bryan Dubrow (Salome Songbird) opens the afternoon with a Norman & Nancy Blake style set, along with Eve Panning (Big Richard) on fiddle, and Joy Adams (Big Richard), Grammy and Emmy award-winning cellist and multi-instrumentalist.

The Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam, aka “The Charles,” is named for the beloved Hot Rize guitarist, Charles Sawtelle, who co-founded the event in 1989. He was a great supporter of KGNU Community Radio. After his passing in 1999, the station renamed the event in his memory.

Celebrating its 36th anniversary, “The Charles” is a family-friendly mini-festival of al fresco Bluegrass and Americana music. It targets music lovers who relish the fresh mountain air and like to listen to stellar acoustic music in a spectacular outdoor setting that only a former Colorado mining town like Gold Hill can provide.

  • What: 36th Annual Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam, featuring headliners Sally Van Meter and Benny “Burle” Galloway, plus supporting sets from members of Big Richard, Jake Leg, Mason Town and Salome Songbird.
  • When: Sunday, July 21, 2024, 12:00 – 4:30 pm. Doors at 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St, Boulder, CO
  • Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Children under 12 are free. All ticket sales are final

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Joins us as some of Colorado’s finest musicians fill the air with glorious heart-felt and inspired music.  lace up your dancing shoes, and let yourself go for a fabulous afternoon of acoustic music, Colorado style.

Food, soft-drinks, local craft beer, and more available for purchase. No outside alcohol or coolers. Snacks permitted. Low-backed lawn chairs recommended. No pets, please.

Parking and Getting to Gold Hill

Carpooling is highly encouraged, as parking in town is limited. Please park responsibly and courteously, and plan on a short walk to the Gold Hill Inn.

The easiest way to get to Gold Hill is to take Mapleton west from Boulder up Sunshine Canyon. While it might be suggested by navigation apps, Lickskillet is a steep, windy, mountain dirt road. It’s not recommened and best only for vehicles with adequate clearance and power.

This event is a benefit for KGNU.

For questions, contact [email protected].


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