The migration has begun... In just a few short days, the dreaming, planning, packing, imagining, and journeying of thousands of Festivarians from around the world comes to its fruition as Chris Thile picks the first official notes of the 41st Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 19-22). It’s going to be a magical 4 days in the box canyon, with the weatherman calling for sun and 70s. So crank up Frank Solivan's ripping version of “The Letter” as we share a few important last-minute details...
As you finish up your packing, you may want to allow extra room for a copy (or several) of our upcoming book, Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Forty Years of Festivation. The 216-page, elegantly hardbound collector’s edition (only 5,000 copies in-print!) features more than 350 photos; essays by Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Tim O’Brien, dozens more; full-page reproductions of each year’s art poster; and year-by-year accounts by our longtime festival MC Pastor Mustard.
Gather orders from your Festivarian friends back home as the book will go onsale Thursday morning inside the festival for $50 at the Country Store. (Or if you’re not joining us in Telluride and don’t mind the several weeks wait for shipping, it will also be available for $60 at shop.bluegrass.com.) The enthusiastic reviews have started to pour in from Denver Westword, Denver Post, No Depression, Marquee, and Telluride Inside & Out. With only 5,000 copies in print, these books could go quickly!
If you are among the lucky ticket-holding Festivarians, camping is still available at Telluride High School and along the river at Mary E Ilium. If you already have your camping passes, download the 2014 camper's handbook for some additional campground details -- and don't forget about the hot showers and coffee for all campers at Telluride High School (8am-1pm Thursday thru Monday).
All camping and festival tickets should be redeemed for wristbands at the festival box office on the east end of Pacific Avenue, right next to the festival entrance. Check out the box office hours -- and don’t forget to print your tickets! At the box office, you'll receive your 52-page collectible festival program and pocket schedule. For more immediate planning inspiration, download the mobile-friendly pocket schedule.
On the back of the printed pocket schedule, you'll again find our Sustainable Festivarian’s Eco-Punchcard. Complete 7 of the 10 items and you'll be eligible to win a Martin D-16GT guitar. Learn more by visiting any of our partners in Greentown.
The Town of Telluride has kindly asked all Festivarians to focus on water conservation more than ever this year. Make every drop count by taking short showers and avoiding the peak morning shower times (especially on Friday). Thanks for your cooperation on this critical issue.
The final schedules for the main stage, Elks Park workshop stage, and the Family Tent are now available.
This year’s Elks Park lineup includes some only-in-Telluride collaborations: Yonder Mountain with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins; Bryan Sutton & Chris Eldridge Sing & Play Guitar; and a songwriters in-the-round set from Aoife, Tift, Sarah, Sara and Nicki. As well, celebrate the next generation of TBF artists in the Troubadour and Band Contests, held at Elks Park on Thursday and Friday.
The musical riches continue to deepen on the main and NightGrass stages as Peter Rowan will now be joined by spellbinding Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo, Willie Watson joins Nicki Bluhm at the ‘Moon, and Yonder Mountain String Band have added Jason Carter & Ronnie McCoury as special guests to all 3 of their sets.
If you’re arriving on Wednesday afternoon (or can convince your carpool to take a few less potty breaks), plan to ride the gondola to Mountain Village for the free FirstGrass concert at Sunset Plaza. Watch the sun descend over Lizard Head to the blistering newgrass of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and the passionate harmonies of The Lone Bellow.
During the festival, we'll be posting updates to our Facebook page, and our friends at KOTO will once again be streaming the entire festival at koto.org, including artist interviews and other festival features between sets. In the meantime, check out some fascinating interviews with Dave Rawlings, Brooklyn Rider, Nicki Bluhm, and Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band at Telluride Inside & Out.
Have a safe journey to Telluride. This is going to be an unforgettable 4 days. We can't wait to share them with you!
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