For the lucky 10,000 of you who joined us in Telluride two weeks ago, the names Emmylou and Adam, Tony and Alison, Jerry and Los Lobos, Béla and Chick, Mike & Hamilton will now - and forever - carry an emotional weight. Intertwined in our musical hearts.
You were there as bagpipes signaled the morning's tarp run. You were there to watch the sky open up as the Avett Brothers delivered "Salvation Song." You were there as Byron House & Sam Bush unleashed "Whole Lotta Love" onto the Telluride Valley. You were there as new musical generations found their place on the Telluride stage. You were there as Yonder Mountain String Band re-introduced "Leftover Salmon." You were there to find hundreds of your own unique, magical memories. And this magic will be with you forever.
Whether you knew it or not, you were also part of Colorado Bluegrass Day, by proclamation of Governor Bill Ritter, jr. On Saturday, June 23, Tom Plant and Steve Szymanski read the Governor's historic proclamation from the stage, honoring Planet Bluegrass for "using renewable energy to help protect our environment while producing a world-class festival."
Every year we try to make the Festivarian family reunion a little bit better, a little bit friendlier, a little bit deeper. We would love to hear your thoughts on the Festivarian experience. Take a minute to fill out our online festival survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a pair of tickets to next year's Festival. Yes, that's the 35th Annual, June 19-22, 2008. Mark your calendar now.
Meanwhile, summer marches on back in Lyons, along with the final construction of the Wildflower Pavilion. We'll be filling this gorgeous new facility with its first live music in just a couple weeks for the already sold-out RockyGrass Academy and RockyGrass festival. We hope you already planned to join us.
If not, tickets and camping are still available for our 3-day "summit of song," the 17th Annual Folks Festival (Aug. 17-19). Chris Isaak, Ray LaMontagne, Gillian Welch, Judy Collins, and many others will serenade us along the cooling banks of the St. Vrain. With late night songwriters' jam circles, mid-day soaks in the river, and musical artistry all day on the main stage, we can virtually promise you magic all weekend long. We can't, however, promise you that tickets will be available come August. Tell your friends and get yours now at shop.bluegrass.com or call us at 800-624-2422.
If you're considering spending a full week inspiring your songwriting muse with Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Peter Himmelman, Catie Curtis and many many others, don't wait much longer. Only a precious few spaces remain in the Song School (Aug. 12-16) in Lyons. Reserve your place online at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
The flowers are blooming here in Lyons. We'll see you on the Ranch later this summer...
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