july, 2021

18julAll DayKGNU’s 33rd Annual Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam aka “The Charles” with Sugar Moon Band, High Lonesome, and the Sam Armstrong Zickefoose Band


Event Details

KGNU Community Radio will continue a three-decade tradition on Sunday, July 18 when another musical performance extraordinaire returns to Gold Hill for the 33rd year.


The lineup includes three Colorado bluegrass bands: Sugar Moon Band, High Lonesome, and the Sam Armstrong Zickefoose Band.


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 this year, 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. 



Sugar Moon Band, based out of Longmont, Colorado is an all-female bluegrass project known for blending original and traditional bluegrass music. Sugar Moon’s 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. 


The 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 Tostadas Food Truck. General operating support provided by Boulder Arts Commission, and Colorado Creative Industries. More sponsors to be announced soon. 


Tickets are $35 for KGNU members, $40 for non-members and are available online at kgnu.org. All ticket prices will be $5 higher on the day of the show. Children 12 and under are free. Beverages are available for purchase; they are not included in the price of admission. No pets, please. There won’t be a BBQ this year, but we will have food for sale by Tostadas food truck. Snacks are allowed in the venue. We recommend low-backed lawn chairs for seating.


Our community’s 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, streaming online at kgnu.org and via our mobile app for Android or iPhone/iPad.


What: 33rd Annual Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mountain Jam with Sugar Moon Band, High Lonesome, and the Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose Band.

When: Sunday, July 18, 2021, Doors at 11:30 a.m., the first band starts at 12 noon. The event will wrap up by 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St, Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: Tickets are $35 for KGNU members, $40 to the general public, and will be $45 at the door.


Tickets available online at kgnu.org or https://www.kgnu.org/thecharles2021/


Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/232585515084195/


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




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