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The Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam, aka "The Charles", is named for the beloved Hot Rize guitarist, Charles Sawtelle, who helped start the event in 1989 and was a great supporter of KGNU Community Radio. After his passing in 1999, the station renamed the event in his memory.

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, "The Charles" is a family-friendly mini-festival of al fresco bluegrass and Americana music aimed at music fans who enjoy the clear mountain air, dazzling acoustic music in a spectacular outdoor setting. The Charles has become a favorite annual gathering not only for the top-tier acoustic bands to play but also for the camaraderie typical of KGNU community events.

This year we're featuring three Colorado bands: Sugar Moon Band, High Lonesome, and the Sam Armstrong Zickefoose Band.

Sugar Moon Band, based out of Longmont, Colorado is an all-female bluegrass project known for blending original and traditional bluegrass music. Sugar Moons core duo, Elli Gauthier Varas (vocals, guitar, musical saw) and Kyra Holt (vocals, banjo, fiddle), are joined by Eric Wiggs, whose subtle additions with the bass, mandolin, and dobro add depth and balance to the sound.

High Lonesome puts a new spin on traditional, hard-driving bluegrass with a sound built around impeccable picking and tight vocal harmonies. Formed in Atlanta in 2018, they quickly became one of the top bluegrass bands in the region. They have gone through a few transitions since then, including a move to Colorado's Front Range. Founder, singer, and songwriter Chuck Sitero will be joined by Matt Thomas and Eve Panning.

Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose is a Denver-based folk musician. Armstrong- Zickefoose plays in Meadow Mountain, Masontown, The Honeyguides, and more. His music combines clawhammer banjo, syncopated rhythms, drums, and soaring fiddle melodies. His debut album, Spark In Your Smile was released in May.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors including OZO Coffee Company, HB Woodsongs, Miller & Harrison, LLC., Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Avery Brewing Company, Stem Ciders, Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, Gold Hill Inn, and Tostada's Food Truck. General operating support provided by Boulder Arts Commission, and Colorado Creative Industries. More sponsors to be announced soon.

Beverages are available for purchase; they are not included in the price of admission. There won't be BBQ this year, food will be for sale from Tostada's food truck. Snacks are allowed in the venue. We recommend low-backed lawn chairs for seating. No pets, please.

Our communitys safety is the first priority. Please maintain social distance. You may bring your mask for your own safety.

This event benefits KGNU, an independent volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station, heard locally at 88.5 FM in Boulder and Denver, 1390 AM in Denver, 93.7 FM in the Nederland and Ward area, 98.7 FM in Fort Collins, and online at kgnu.org.

Questions? Email sarah@kgnu.org or call 303-515-4522.