|Betcha didn't recognize us! While everyone else has been outside playing mountain bike polo and gleefully skiing powder stashes in the trees, we've been busily sprinkling magic pixel dust onto our festivarian email-o-tron.
The announcement of Telluride's single-day lineup seemed like a cause for celebration: a cause for fresh perspective, a cause for an inspired new look at our world. So we're bringing all that excitement to a simmer, wrapping it in some new colors, and in a fresh voice hereby proclaiming: the dream of Telluride Bluegrass is now one giant step closer to a magical summer solstice reality...
With the addition of a couple special surprises, the complete single-day lineup for our festivarian family reunion (June 18-21) is now official. Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin & Buddy Miller are sharing the Telluride stage on Thursday night! These four beloved friends of the festival are joining together to share songs and stories about their intertwined careers in a set called Three Girls & Their Buddy.
In that same spirit of collaboration, we're excited to welcome the new 8-piece L.A. supergroup Works Progress Administration for a thrilling Sunday afternoon set. This all-star band includes Glenn Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), and Davey Faragher (Cracker).
We complete the 36th Annual lineup with two rising stars in the bluegrass world: former Telluride band contest winners Greensky Bluegrass and three sassy young pickers from Georgia, The Lovell Sisters.
They join a lineup that already included David Byrne and Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes; the Telluride royalty of Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas (celebrating his 25th year!), Tim O'Brien, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Edgar Meyer; improvisational newgrass (Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth) to rootsy indie (Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis) to insightful and witty songwriters (Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Todd Snider) and much, much more. Check out the entire single day lineup, including bios, photos and videos of all this year's artists.
Four-day passes, single-day tickets, and camping (including Telluride High School, Lawson Hill, and Mary E) are available now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. If sleeping under the Colorado stars isn't your thing, check out our lodging page for a variety of options in Telluride or Mountain Village (just a free gondola ride away).
Need some more Telluride inspiration? Thanks to our friends at MusiqBase, we're now showcasing live videos from some of our favorite sets at Telluride's 35th. We're getting things started with 3 complete songs from Yonder Mountain String Band (with special guest Sam Bush) and The Duhks (dancing through the hail storm). Keep watching the website; each week we'll be adding videos from an additional artist, including the Telluride House Band, Del McCoury Band, and Uncle Earl.
As we do every year, we're taking a close look at how we can improve the Telluride festivarian experience. We've been reading through each and every survey from last summer, formulating new strategies to address some of these concerns. If there are any issues you'd like us to focus on, you still have one more opportunity: a new thread on the Festivarian Forum. We'll be watching this discussion closely. Please help us out by making sure we're not missing anything from our list.
With the single-day lineups announced, the next step on our journey to Telluride is the announcement of the lineup for NightGrass - the intimate indoor shows held Wednesday through Sunday during the festival. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 31. On that morning we'll announce the complete lineup and all the ticketing details at bluegrass.com. Many of these shows are in extremely high-demand so don't forget to check the website on March 31. Seriously, remind your friends.
The Folks Festival lineup continues to blossom with the addition of Ben Sollee and the Drepung Monks. After recent Telluride and RockyGrass performances as the cellist for Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Béla Fleck, we're excited to hear Ben Sollee leading his own band through his wonderfully rich original songs - (here's a taste). Then on Sunday morning, the sacred music and dance of the Drepung Monks, featuring the soulful otherworldly multiphonic singing, give their first Planet Bluegrass performance since the 5th Annual Folks Festival.
They join Rufus Wainwright, Susan Tedeschi, Brett Dennen, Dougie MacLean, and many others for our 19th Annual "summit on the song" (August 14-16) along the St. Vrain River in Lyons. Tickets and camping (including on-site camping) are available now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Look for more major lineup additions in the coming weeks.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the opening night of the 2009 spring Wildflower Concert Series with the John Cowan Band. Soaring vocals, soulful four-part harmonies, hot pickin', and inventive arrangements (Led Zeppelin's "Going to California" anyone?) filled the cathedral of bluegrass for two fantastic sets of music.
Join us this spring for five more shows, including Michelle Shocked (April 16); Reed Foehl, Jefferson Hamer & Jami Lunde (April 11); the recently added pairing of The Moody Sisters & Elephant Revival (April 25); and more. Tickets are available now - wildflowerpavilion.com or 800-624-2422.
At last year's Telluride Bluegrass, Béla Fleck personally introduced three intimate screenings of his award-winning documentary Throw Down Your Heart. The soundtrack to that remarkable film is now available on CD as volume 3 of his Tales from the Acoustic Planet series. Stream three full tracks from the album that "stretches our understanding of musical possibilities, strengthens our sense of connection to other cultures, and delivers joyously evocative delights." (NoDepression.com) We're thrilled that Béla will be joined in Telluride this June by one of his collaborators on this album, the kora master Toumani Diabate.
Share the festivarian experience with your network of friends. Every page on Bluegrass.com now has a "share" button, allowing you to quickly email the page to a friend, post it on your Facebook page (have you seen ours?), or even add it to your browser's bookmarks. Go ahead, we're always happy to welcome more folks into the festivarian family.
Finally, make your "pledge for the planet" and you could win a pair of tickets and lodging to Telluride Bluegrass. We've partnered with KBCO's Green Team to encourage you to make a change in one part of your life each month. If 10,000 people take this month's challenge - switching to online banking statements - we'd save enough trees to create the oxygen required for 39 people for one year. Simple steps. Huge rewards.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass
Foehl, Hamer & Lunde