Maybe it was the glorious rainbow in the middle of Neko Case's stirring Telluride debut or Bonnie Raitt calling Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Tim O'Brien to the stage to share in her encores. Something about this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival felt simply timeless.
Over the course of four days we witnessed the convergence of peerless musicianship - the Thursday night all-stars set, anyone? - heartfelt, emotionally-rich performances, and unbridled musical joy. Only-in-Telluride collaborations and only-in-Telluride playfulness.
Have our long-cherished artists ever shared the Telluride stage so naturally with new younger artists? The pit was constantly in flux between veteran artists enjoying this year's new music and new artists studying the chops of the veterans.
Have the finest pickers on the planet ever come through with such deeply satisfying sets of music? The dazzling communication of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Sam Bush's fiddle virtuosity, Jerry Douglas's epic "Lookout for Hope," the flatpicking nuances of Bryan Sutton and Tony Rice.
Has anyone amongst us ever found a better response to the age-old mantra: "if you can't dance in your underpants, you don't stand a chance?" If you weren't there, ask anyone in attendance about Goose from Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. You're guaranteed to get a smile.
Has the funkular makeup of Town Park been stabilized after the Saturday night soul storm created by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings? We're still trying to figure out where Ms. Jones found enough oxygen high in the mountains of Colorado.
Stay tuned. We'll have more photos and music on our website in the near future. And we'll have the few remaining t-shirts, posters, and other festival merchandise we brought back from Telluride in our online store soon. In the meantime, join the post-festival discussions at the festivarian email group.
Stephen Page of the Barenaked Ladies wasn't the only one to publicly affirm our efforts toward a more sustainable music festival, 750 of you purchased wind-power credits to offset your travel to the festival. Thanks to your efforts, and the help of sponsors Clif Bar, New Belgium, and Renewable Choice Energy, over a million pounds of CO2 will be kept out of the atmosphere.
Congratulations to the winners of the Telluride music contests. Troubadour winner Nels Andrews wowed the Town Park crowd on Saturday evening, while we can all look forward to band contest winners Greensky Bluegrass on next year's Telluride lineup.
We're already thinking about next year, after all it's only a mere 351 days away. Help us in our planning by taking the online festivarian survey. It only takes a couple minutes and you'll be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to next year's festival. We listen closely to all your comments and feedback - call or email us anytime 800-624-2422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Telluride passed and RockyGrass completely sold-out, what's a poor festivarian to do for the rest of the summer? Easy. Plan on spending an August weekend with us along the banks of St. Vrain River in Lyons for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 18-20). Legends Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Blue Rodeo, Paul Kelly, join future legends Ani DiFranco, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and The Waifs for August's finest weekend of music. Grab your tickets now at bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
If you have songwriting aspirations of your own, you owe it to yourself to enter the Folks Showcase (entries due this Friday, June 30) or devote an inspirational week to your craft at the Song School.
As you've probably heard by now, RockyGrass is completely sold-out. If you're among the lucky few with tickets, we are excited to announce the addition of RockyGrass late night shows.
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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
In late summer we welcome our favorite singer-songwriters to the Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
This year's lineup balances living legends, future legends, and exciting new talent. Relax in the cooling waters of the St. Vrain, share your own songs in campground jams, enjoy songwriters in the round performances in the Wildflower tent, and watch top national talent compete in the renowned Songwriter Showcase. Oh and, Kris Kristofferson, Ani DiFranco, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. See you in Lyons. Learn more...
Friday, August 18
Jeff Tweedy | Mindy Smith | Amos Lee | Sonya Kitchell | Billy Jonas | Steve Seskin
Saturday, August 19
Kris Kristofferson | The Waifs | Kathleen Edwards | Guy Clark | Jane Siberry | Elvis Perkins in Dearland | Pat Flynn | Kathrin Shorr
Sunday, August 20
Ani DiFranco | Martin Sexton | Blue Rodeo | Andrew Bird | Assembly of Dust | Paul Kelly | Martyn Joseph
Three-day festival passes, single-day tickets, and camping are all on sale now: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com.
RockyGrass Late Night
A little something new for RockyGrass 2006... After the shows on the main stage end we'll be heading into the Wildflower Tent for a series of special late-night shows. A perfect transition into those all-night campground jam sessions.
Friday, July 28
Saturday, July 29
Tim O'Brien Band - Cornbread Nation
Sunday, July 30
Tickets to these intimate tent shows will be $10. We'll start selling these tickets in a couple weeks. Look for more details in our next Notes from the Planet email or on bluegrass.com.
And if you're still looking for tickets to the sold-out RockyGrass festival put this date on your calendar: Monday, July 10. We'll be re-selling any returned tickets starting at 8am MDT.
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