We are thrilled to welcome Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas to the 37th Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
No modern artist has won more Grammy awards (27!). No band has done more to draw listeners around the world into bluegrass music. No other voice reaches such angelic perfection - with its distinct grounding in grassy soul.
As Alison celebrates her 12th Telluride appearance (and her bandmate Jerry Douglas celebrates his 26th), the box canyon will once again be lifted a little closer to heaven for our annual festivarian family reunion. Won't you join us...
Alison Krauss & Union Station join a lineup that includes more Grammy awards than ever - Sam Bush Band; Del McCoury Band; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer; Tim O'Brien Band; Jerry Douglas; and many more.
Grammy-winning Union Station vocalist Dan Tyminski shares: "I have spent a lifetime going to festivals and can easily say that no other has the splendor of Telluride." The waterfalls. The rivers. The green and snow on the alpine peaks high above the valley. And the splendor of the Festivarian Nation coming together for four glorious days of music under the Colorado sky.
Did you catch the Les Paul tribute during the Grammy broadcast? That was the sensational Imelda May singing with Jeff Beck - she'll be rockabillyin' in Telluride this June with her band. She's one of many new artists we can't wait to share with you, including Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Josh Ritter, and Mumford & Sons.
In turn, we can't wait to watch their faces light up as they experience the magic of the Telluride House Band, the late-night Leftover Salmon set, the kinfolk love showered on YMSB, Hot Rize (and their touring mates from Wyoming, MT), and many other honored festivarian favorites.
We'll have more major artist announcements in the coming weeks, but tickets, camping, and lodging are available now - shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Spaces are still available in 3 distinctive campgrounds - from forested riverside sites to field camping in the town of Telluride. As well, it's not too late to take advantage of early bird lodging discounts in Telluride and nearby Mountain Village.
One of the many highlights of last year's Telluride Bluegrass was the spunky and stylish performance from Jenny Lewis (including a guest appearance from recent collaborator Elvis Costello). The co-founder of indie-rock favorites Rilo Kiley has been exposing her folksy roots through a pair of fantastic solo albums, and this August she'll take the Folks Fest stage in a special small band setting.
Holiday-priced tickets ($30 discount) and camping for our 20th Annual Folks Festival (August 13-15) are still available. But they're selling fast. Much faster than ever before.
Be the star in your festivarian family by picking up your discounted tickets now (while you still can) to spend an August weekend along the St. Vrain River with Ani DiFranco, The Swell Season, Richard Thompson, The Waifs, Marc Cohn, and many more. Order now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
This might be your last chance to register for our full week of songwriting craft and inspiration at The Song School (August 8-12). We've been busy taking reservations from songwriters from around the country. We hate to rush your decision, but the 2010 registration roster is nearly full.
In the history of the guitar (bluegrass or otherwise), few names loom larger than Tony Rice. We're thrilled to welcome Tony to the RockyGrass stage for several sets this July, including Tony Rice Unit and the Travelin' McCourys with Tony Rice.
For those lucky enough to secure a spot in the RockyGrass Academy, you'll have another opportunity to spend an intimate session with the legendary guitarist as he stops by the Academy for a lecture on his personal theory of music. Don't expect to reach any of us in the Planet Bluegrass offices during this session, we'll all be sneaking out to soak up the musical wisdom.
Camping is still available at both Meadow Park and the Olson Property for the 38th Annual RockyGrass Festival (July 23-25). Holiday tickets sold-out earlier than ever, but regularly-priced 3-day passes are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Keep an eye on the "Returned Ticket Resale" section of shop.bluegrass.com every Tuesday at noon as we begin to have on-site camping and vehicle passes available for resale.
Béla Fleck earned two Grammy awards last weekend for his Throw Down Your Heart project. Next Monday, February 8, Béla brings his Africa Project to the Boulder Theater, featuring musicians from Mali and Tanzania. It's guaranteed to be an amazing night of music. Tickets are available now.
We have a pair of tickets to give away to this amazing concert to a "Notes from the Planet" subscriber. Just send your name and phone number to BelaTix@bluegrass.com for your chance to win. While you're at it, mouse over to Béla's website to listen to tracks from his just-released "Africa Sessions Part 2" collection.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday. That's six more weeks of snowshoeing, powder skiing, and banjo tunes by the fireplace. We'll see you there.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass