Free FirstGrass concert at Telluride Bluegrass...
  June 11, 2009 View this email as a webpage  
  • Elks park workshop schedule
• Camping and lodging still available
• Family tent schedule
• More Bela, Byrne & Elvis
• Eco-Punchcard
• Stephen Kellogg on CNN

Ani DiFranco Band at TellurideTelluride Bluegrass veterans insist that part of the festival's charm is its single main stage. Every performer has exactly one opportunity to address the entire Festivarian nation; Festivarians stake out their tarp spot for the day knowing they'll hear every artist on the day's lineup - no running between noisy overlapping stages, no having to leave midway through a set to hear another artist. It's ingrained in the Telluride experience.

But it's not wholly true. One of the many treasures of Telluride Bluegrass is the intimate Elks Park workshop stage. Sure, this intimate stage right on Colorado Ave (Telluride's main street) doesn't showcase formal performances, but it has hosted its share of unforgettable only-in-Telluride moments over the years. This year's Elks Park schedule adds to this rich heritage...

-- Telluride Bluegrass --
Mountain Village gondolaOnce again Elks Park will showcase fresh collaborations among some of our favorite main stage performers - members of Railroad Earth and Greensky Bluegrass, Crooked Still & Friends, The Greencards & Friends.

But we're also treated to some of the artists who are in town just to enjoy the festival - artists who made the trek because next week Telluride is the center of the acoustic universe. Abigail Washburn and Sarah Jarosz collaborate on Sunday; KC Groves (of Uncle Earl) plays a set of old-time mountain music with the great Riley Baugus.

Sustainable FestivariansFestival headliners stretch out with some of their musical friends: Bela Fleck pursues new musical directions with jazz guitar whiz Julian Lage. Tim O'Brien talks about songwriting with Blue Merle leader Luke Reynolds. Jim Lauderdale (a member of Elvis Costello's band) collaborates with the John Cowan Band. And much much more...

Not familiar with Elks Park? These are free, informal sessions open to the general public. Some "workshops" might entertain a few questions, some might not. Bring a blanket and hang out for a few minutes or a few hours. It's one of the many treasures that makes Telluride Bluegrass so unforgettable.

Telluride festivariansWe're only a week away from the 36th Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 18-21), but it's not too late to make your plans to join us. Tickets (single-day and four-day passes) are still available, as is camping at the beautiful Mary E campground in the Ilium Valley. Order online at or call us at 800-624-2422. As always, we charge no handling fees on any tickets. If you're planning to camp, download our camper's handbook - it'll answer all your camping questions (even the ones you didn't know you had) before you get to Telluride.

Conor OberstOur official lodging sponsor, Telluride Reservations Center, has information about fresh lodging availabilities. Let their friendly, knowledgeable reservation specialists help you plan your perfect festival experience - hotels, condos, and private homes are now available. Visit or call them at 877-443-1843.

If you're thinking about bringing the whole family to Telluride - you should, kids 12 and under are free and guaranteed to have a ball - check out the 2009 Family Tent schedule. All day during the festival the family tent presents arts and crafts, magic, juggling, concerts, performances from the Living Folklore clowns, and more. Telluride festivariansThe family tent schedule culminates in the children's parade through the festival grounds on Sunday afternoon.

Struggling to get through these last few days before Telluride? Listen to Bela Fleck live on NPR's World Cafe. Read David Byrne's eloquent advocacy for bike commuting in the New York Times. Check out Elvis Costello live on Letterman with members of The Sugarcanes. Or head over to the Festivarian Forum to share your Telluride haikus, favorite artists, or general "festivipation" issues.

-- Sustainable Festivation --As we mentioned in our last Notes from the Planet, we're celebrating sustainable festivarians like you this year with our new Eco-Punchcard. This punchcard will be a detachable part of our new pocket schedules (a pocket-sized festival guide, in addition to the full-size 52-page festival programs).

Conor OberstBy completing at least half of the 13 items, you'll be eligible to win a 15-day vacation for two from Intrepid Travel. The list of possible trips includes: Egypt Explorer, Unforgettable India, Northern Thailand, The Road to Budapest, or Mexico Unplugged.

You can complete 4 of the eco-punchcard items before you've even reached Telluride. Here's the complete list...

1) Home - Adjust your thermostat, unplug power strips, turn off lights
2) Precycle - Pack in reusable containers, shop to minimize waste
3) Toolkit - Pack your water bottle, bag, utensils, beer cup, sturdy chair
4) Transportation - Carpool, use public transportation, drive a hybrid or bio-diesel
Telluride festivarians5) Waste - Recycle and compost inside the festival
6) Camping - Compost at your campsite with free Eco-Products BioBags.
7) Micro-Trash - Drop off a bag of cigarette-sized waste at TNCC booth
8) Bicycle - Join or re-commit to Team Wonderbike at the New Belgium booth
9) Wind - Get home wind power info from Renewable Choice Energy
10) Solar - Learn about home solar systems from Sunsense Solar
11) Travel - Visit Intrepid to learn about carbon offset trips
12) Pledge - Commit to a greener lifestyle with Clif Bar's "Pledge to the Planet"
13) Nourish - Go for a hike, make new friends, howl at the moon

Get started right now by packing your reusable toolkit items (utensils, vintage beer cup, water bottle); thinking "precycle" as you purchase and pack by avoiding disposable containers and wrappers; and making a note for yourself to turn off your air conditioning and unplug your power strips before you leave for Telluride. We can help you with Eco-Punch #4 - carpool - checkout the Hitching a Ride board at, whether you're coming from Denver, Arizona, or further away.

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