As festivarians from around the world complete their journey to Telluride this week, our empty Telluride street scene has become filled with Festivarians - instruments on their backs, glowing smiles on their faces as they catch their first glimpse of Ingram Falls in the distance. The stage speakers are hung; the sun is out; and the campgrounds and condos are already filled with mandolins and the unique joy of the festivarian family reunion.
Tickets, camping, and lodging are
still available to join us this week for the 36th Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 18-21). Tickets will be available online - shop.bluegrass.com - through midnight tonight. Thereafter all remaining tickets will be available in-person at the box office next to the festival entrance (here's a map).
We expect to have 4-day passes and single-day tickets for each day at the box office. For the latest ticket availability, visit bluegrass.com or call us at 800-624-2422.
It's not too late to find lodging in Telluride and Mountain Village. Contact our lodging partner, the Telluride Reservation Center - www.telluride.com / 877-443-1843 - for information about all the availabilities in the area.
The bagpipes will sound the running of the tarps at 10am on Thursday morning, then at 11am Jerry Douglas & Tim O'Brien deliver our festival-opening convocation. Just strings and voices - the magic officially begins...
We'll be sharing stories with Emmylou, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller; embracing the festival vibe with Zac Brown Band; welcoming back festival shaman Peter Rowan; and sharing our first night together with Conor Oberst and the legendary David Byrne (complete with backup singers, percussionists, and dancers). And that's just part of Thursday's lineup.
Check out the complete lineup - including Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jenny Lewis, Gaelic Storm, a special bluegrass set from Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Sam Bush, the incomparable Telluride House Band, and much much more.
If you'll be camping with us in Telluride, plan to go directly to your campground. You'll be able to pickup your will-call camping passes, unload your gear, and be directed to your campsite-specific parking. Download the TBF Camper's Handbook for lots more camping details. When you arrive at your campground, be sure to grab an Eco-Products BioBag to separate your campsite compost and recycling. A few camping spaces still remain at Lawson Hill.
When you pickup your festival wristband you'll receive your free full-color 52-page festival souvenir program. In addition, this year we're introducing a new pocket-sized schedule - including the main stage, Elks Park, family tent, and NightGrass schedules. Be sure to pick one up at the box office.
On the back page of the pocket schedule you'll find the "Sustainable Festivarian's Eco-Punchcard." Check-off 7 of the 13 items on the punchcard, then take your completed card to the New Belgium Booth in Greentown to enter to win one of 5 different 15-day vacations for 2 from Intrepid Travel. For many festivarians, the items on the punchcard have become automatic - for that we celebrate. For new sustainable festivarians, this is your opportunity to do your part in making the 36th Telluride Bluegrass the most sustainable yet. For more details, talk to any of our partners in Greentown in the back of the festival grounds.
We hope to see lots of festivarians at the free FirstGrass Concert in Mountain Village on Wednesday afternoon (3-6pm) with The Greencards and The Lovell Sisters. Get your festival started above Telluride in beautiful Mountain Village - grab dinner, enjoy some fine acoustic music, and set the tone for the magical four days about to come.
As you arrive in Telluride, be sure to tune in to KOTO (89.3fm, 91.7fm) - for extensive festival coverage including live broadcasts of most of the main stage sets. If you're far from Telluride, you'll be able to stream many of this year's main stage sets from www.koto.org. Setup your tent in the backyard, grab some friends, and have your own mini-Telluride.
Did you hear Elvis Costello on NPR's Weekend Edition? Or how about the New York Times feature on Todd Snider? Or interviews with WPA, Greensky Bluegrass, The Greencards, and others at Telluride Inside... and Out? If not, rest assured all the news you really need will be created at the center of the acoustic universe this weekend in Telluride. You'll have your own stories to share and memories to last til next June and beyond.
After a month of record-setting moisture, the sun has returned to Telluride to light up the lush green hillsides and wildflowers. It's going to be a perfect Festival weekend. Get your tickets online before midnight today at shop.bluegrass.com or in-person in Telluride starting right now. Music, mountains, and magic are upon us. We can't wait to see you in Telluride.
The folks on Planet Bluegrass