www.bluegrass.com April 18, 2006

Greetings Festivarians!!

This time of year Planet Bluegrass is basically overflowing with news. Telluride NightGrass, Festival of the Mabon, more Folks performers, even a special radio appearance. Where to begin?

Just a few hours after the single-day Telluride Bluegrass lineup announcement last week, we started getting calls about the NightGrass schedule. For you new festivarians, NightGrass is the series of late-night shows held in indoor venues in Telluride and Mountain Village during the festival. This year's schedule includes two shows from Yonder Mountain String Band, an evening with Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, an intimate performance from John Prine, and other memorable shows. Tickets, including a limited number of all-venue passes, go on-sale at 8am MDT, Wednesday, April 26 from bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422 / 303-823-0848. The complete schedule is below.

ShoogleniftyOur Celtic-flavored Festival of the Mabon just received a boost of "hypno-folkadelic ambient trad," as the Scottish sextet Shooglenifty will be making their Planet Bluegrass debut on September 23. These guys tear it up with a fiery blend of traditional Celtic tunes and modern dance grooves dubbed "acid-croft."

The Folks Festival lineup continues to blossom... 17-year-old phenom Sonya Kitchell brings her eloquent blend of folk, jazz, and R&B; hick-funk supergroup Assembly of Dust unleash the spirited jam; and one of Canada's most celebrated and popular roots bands of all-time, Blue Rodeo, remind us once again why they have been decorated with an amazing 7 Juno (Canadian Grammy) Awards.

Finally, If you're near a radio or computer on Wednesday morning, April 19, tune in to Denver station KCUV 102.3fm / kcuvradio.com. Craig Ferguson will be spinning tunes and talking about this year's festivals as the celebrity guest in the G. Brown Palace from 8-9am MDT.

Best,
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass
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Telluride Bluegrass Festival NightGrass

Telluride, Colorado

The sun may set and the temperature may drop. But the music doesn't stop... Sheridan Opera House signAfter an inspiring day of music with the Barenaked Ladies, Bonnie Raitt, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, The Decemberists, Neko Case, Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury Band, and many others, the music moves indoors for NightGrass.

Shows are held nightly at the historic Sheridan Opera House and the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, both located on Colorado Avenue in Telluride, just a few blocks from the Town Park festival grounds.  Special shows are also held at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village (a free gondola ride from Telluride) and at the new Michael D. Palm Theatre on the campus of the Middle-High School in Telluride.

Here's the complete schedule:

Wednesday, June 14

The 5th Annual Bluegrass Kick-Off Party with Yonder Mountain String Band
Telluride Conference Center
8pm music, 7:30pm doors
$22 in advance

Telluride Bluegrass logoThursday, June 15

Drew Emmitt Band
Sheridan Opera House
11pm show, 10:30pm doors
$25 in advance

Wayword Sons
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
10pm show
$10 in advance

Friday, June 16

Yonder Mountain String Band
Sheridan Opera House
11pm show, 10:30pm doors
$30 in advance

Sweet Sunny South
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
10pm show
$10 in advance

John Prine
Michael D. Palm Theatre
Details and ticket info coming soon...

Saturday, June 17

Tim O'Brien Band
Sheridan Opera House
11pm show, 10:30pm doors
$30 in advance

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
10pm show
$10 in advance

Sunday, June 18

Chris Thile
Sheridan Opera House
11pm show, 10:30pm doors
$25 in advance

Vince Herman and Great American Taxi
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
10pm show
$10 in advance

NightGrass tickets, including a limited number of all-venue passes ($110), go on sale at 8am MDT, April 26: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com.


Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

August 18-20,
Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, Colorado

Sonya KitchellIn late summer, we welcome our favorite singer-songwriters to the Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

The rapidly evolving lineup now includes Ani DiFranco, Amos Lee, Kathleen Edwards, The Waifs, Jane Siberry, Blue Rodeo, Sonya Kitchell (pictured at right), Martin Sexton, Assembly of Dust, Mindy Smith, Andrew Bird, and Billy Jonas, with many more still to be announced. Share your own songs in campground jams or watch top national talent compete in the renowned Songwriter Showcase.

Tickets and camping for the festival are available now: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com. Or for a whole week of inspiration, join us for The Song School, with instructors Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, Jane Siberry, Billy Jonas, and others.


Festival of the Mabon

Bagpipes at the Festival of the MabonSeptember 23
Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, Colorado

As the evening air finally cools to an autumn crisp, join us for our Celtic-tinged celebration of the fall equinox featuring music, crafts, and workshops.

This intimate one-day celebration features Scottish powerhouse Shooglenifty and many more artists still to be announced. Camp all weekend next to the St. Vrain River and join us for the Friday night Ceili barn dance.

Tickets and camping are all on sale now: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com

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