9 bands in Rock Ledge bluegrass fest Aug. 27

       The Badly Bent, winner of this year's Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, will be among nine bands performing in three locations at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site during its Southern Colorado Bluegrass and Culinary Arts Festival Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
       The first-time event - also dubbed “Fiddles, Vittles and Vino” and the “Rock Ledge Rendezvous” - will additionally include food and wine samplings from area restaurants and wine shops, cooking demonstrations and a farmers' market.
       The bands are scheduled to perform, often simultaneously, outside the Rock Ledge House, the Orchard House and the Homestead Cabin. The Rock Ledge House will offer the earliest and latest music, going continuously from 10:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
       The Orchard House stage will have music from noon to 5:45 p.m., while the cabin entertainment will run from 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       The Badly Bent, from Durango, consists of Bill Adams, Rob Brophy, Patrick Dressen, Mark Epstein, and Jeff Hibshman.
       Other bands are the Sons and Brothers Band (2004 champions of the National Bluegrass Playoffs), the Ackermans, One Lucky Guy, the Stanleytones, Jack O'Diamonds, Mark Gardner & Rex Rideout, the Beedles and the Rock Ledge Strings.
       The Food and Cooking demos start at 11 a.m. The food and wine sampling will be from 3 to 7 p.m., and the Farmers' Market will start at 1 p.m.
       Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 578-6777, or visit the festival website at rockledgerendezvous.com.
       The ranch is located off of 30th Street next to the Garden of the Gods. Rock Ledge Rendezvous is a fund-raiser for Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a unit of the City of Colorado Springs' Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

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