www.bluegrass.com May 10, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

"Telluride Bluegrass is among the finest events of its kind, surrounded by some of the most picturesque landscape the country allows." - Seth Avett

The Avett BrothersWe've heard the bluegrass-punk description before. But we honestly can't think of an acoustic banjo/guitar/bass combo that has earned the description of "a civil war-era Nirvana." Nor a group whose heartwarmingly earnest songs are so consistently singable (and occasionally shout-able). Until the Avett Brothers.

The North Carolina trio's lovelorn stomps will be featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien this Friday night; on their latest CD, Emotionalism - which Paste Magazine gushes over as "a celebration of unselfconscious passion;" and on the Telluride Bluegrass stage at 2:00pm, midway through the Summer Solstice Thursday.

Hiking around TellurideThe complete Telluride Bluegrass daily schedule is now posted at bluegrass.com. It's time to start planning when to squeeze in the hike up the breathtaking Jud Wiebe Trail or your mountain bike ride to Colorado's highest waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls. The Telluride Bluegrass experience is a feast for the ears, body, and soul - from the roots to the stars.

If you've been waiting for the right moment to purchase tickets for Counting Crows, Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos, Alison Krauss, YMSB, and many others June 21-24 in Telluride, we should warn you: the entire RockyGrass Festival just sold-out earlier this week. Every single ticket is now gone - a full 3 weeks earlier than last year. We're not saying Telluride tickets will be gone tomorrow, but you shouldn't plan to wait for June. Gather your Festivarians friends now and visit shop.bluegrass.com or give us a call at 800-624-2422.

Grace Potter & the NocturnalsThe lineup for the 17th Annual Folks Festival continues to broaden with the addition of bluesy Vermont singer Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - a group Bonnie Raitt calls "one of the most soulful new bands around." Tickets and camping (including coveted on-site passes) for the Folks Festival (Aug 17-19) in Lyons are on sale now.

Telluride Bluegrass will be a 100% carbon-neutral event, thanks to the 4,111,699 KWh of electricity we are purchasing from renewable sources to offset for all festival emissions and the emissions from all travel to/from Telluride. Festivarians at Telluride BluegrassBut rather than offsetting your everyday travel emissions, we join our partners at New Belgium in encouraging everyone to consider the #1 pollution-free mode of travel: the bicycle.

Finally, we've added a few more videos to our Planet Bluegrass multimedia pages, including the legendary Telluride tarp run. Huddle up to a hi-speed internet connection for a few minutes, then start counting down the days to Festivaaaaal with your fellow Festivarians over at the Festivarian Forum. (It's 41 days, not that any of us are counting.)

Best,
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass
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Sustainable Festivation Tip #1 - Travel By Bike

Team Wonderbike

Americans drive as many miles annually as all other drivers in the world combined. Pound for pound a cyclist expends less energy than any other creature or machine traveling the same distance.

Team WonderbikeIn an effort to minimize pollution, reduce traffic, get to know our neighbors and the world around us, and exude healthfulness and charisma, New Belgium launched Team Wonderbike two years ago at Telluride Bluegrass. Joining the team is easy, just make the simple pledge:

I will promise to ride my bike to work at least once a month for the following year. If I cannot ride to work, I will ride for pleasure. If I cannot ride for pleasure well, then something’s got to change.

By taking the pledge you will promote sustainable festivation, develop your already sexy legs, and become eligible to win groovy New Belgium bike goodies. Go ahead, enroll in Team Wonderbike now at at www.newbelgium.com or www.followyourfolly.com. We'd love to have you on the team.

Bluegrass by Bike

Taking this idea a step further, a group of avid Festivarians in Boulder is planning to bike their way to and from Telluride Bluegrass Festival and RockyGrass. The team, dubbed “Bluegrass By Bike,”  invites all Festivarians to support and join the team.

Mountain Biking at Telluride BluegrassTheir mission is four-fold: (1) To help raise awareness about environmental impacts in our everyday lives, (2) to encourage people to reduce harmful carbon emissions, lessening our negative impacts on the environment through easy lifestyle changes, (3) to enjoy great bluegrass music in some of the most beautiful places in the country, (4) and to help keep these places beautiful for generations to come!

They recognize that not everyone can dedicate weeks to bike touring, so they ask Festivarians to consider biking part of the way with them to one of the Planet Bluegrass festivals.

Visit their website at BluegrassByBike.blogspot.com to learn more about the team and find out about ways to get involved and embrace the carbon-free mode of transportation – the bike! 

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