Molly O'Brien and the O'Boys will be replacing Alison Krauss & Union Station at the 7th Annual Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Snow Park Lodge of the Deer Valley Resort in Park City. The festival is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and run until dark. Tickets for the show are available for $16 for singles in advance at Acoustic Music, Intermountain Guitar and Banjo, Smokey's Records, Local Music, Compact Discounter and all Dan's Food Stores. Admission at the door will be $18. Family tickets are available for $32 in advance and $36 at the door.
O'Brien and the O'Boys joined the lineup shortly after Krauss canceled due to illness. A reschedule date for Union Station is in the works.The show will open with the political humor of Ken Shaw and race into troubador Nancy Hanson's set. The mandolin, banjo and dobro-laden sounds of Utah's own premier Bluegrass Conspiracy will continue the show. Ryestraw will continue the tunes with banjo and fiddle ditties.
The dynamic mix of City Folk will make way for guitarist Martin Simpson and bluegrass sensation the Grass Is Greener.
Simpson, who has more than 15 albums in his 20-year career, has appeared with renowned artists such as Richard Thompson and Steeleye Span. Grass Is Greener is known throughout folk and traditional circles as the supergroup of bluegrass. Following Grass Is Greener will be guitarist/singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III.
Wainwright's 30-year, folk-music career began in 1972 with his ditty called "Dead Skunk." Weened on the Haight-Ashbury culture during 1967, the man ambled across the country and was discovered in 1969 at the Village Gaslight. His latest album, "Career Moves," keeps in his unique and inspiring style. The festival will be Wainwright's first appearance in Utah. The night will end with the foot-stomping set of O'Brien and O'Boys.
Richard Greene, Bill Keith, Butch Baldassari and David Grier of the Grass Is Greener, will kick the festival off Saturday, Aug. 12, with an Instrument Workshop at the Olympia Hotel in Park City.
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Public sessions will be limited to 20 people. Private sessions will be available upon request.
Greene and Grier will separately present their seminars from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. after which Keith and Baldassari will give their separate tips from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about the workshop or festival, please call 1-800-1360.