The Festivarian pilgrimage to 8,750 is underway. Starting tomorrow the cries of "Festivaaaal" will begin to fill the Telluride Town Park and Mary E Ilium campgrounds. We've spent the entire year preparing for this moment, so we can barely contain the excitement.
Before we get into the Telluride Bluegrass news, here are a few very important reminders for Telluride Festivarians:
(And yes, that is this year's wonderfully whimsical artwork by Willy Matthews to the left.)
(1) Make sure to print your festival tickets (unless your tickets are at will-call, of course)
(2) Pack your reusable water bottle, vintage beer cups, utensils, and insulated mugs
(3) Don't forget to bring your NightGrass tickets
(4) Crank up the advance streams of upcoming albums from Yonder Mountain String Band and The Lonesome Trio (featuring Ed Helms, Ian Riggs & Jacob Tilove)
Now that you have the new Yonder and/or Lonesome Trio soundtracking this email, go ahead and check out this year's Elks Park schedule. From hands-on jamming and harmony workshops, to novel collaborations (Tim O'Brien, Kris Drever and Bridget Kearney; Dave Bruzza and Dave Simonett), to brilliant virtuosity (Edgar Meyer; Bela & Abigail; Punch Brothers), to a glimpse into the creative process behind Yonder's new album, these informal sessions at Elks Park spread the TBF magic beyond Town Park into historic downtown Telluride.
In addition to the occasional stroll to Elks Park, plan to join us at the Nugget Theatre (across from Elks Park) for one of the Colorado premieres of Revival: The Sam Bush Story. These free (!) matinee screenings will be held:
• Wednesday at 2pm
• Friday at 11:30am
Tickets will be available first-come, first-served at the door, beginning 30 minutes before each showing. Read more about the award-winning film at 5280 Magazine.
And after the Wednesday Revival screening, be sure to hop on the free gondola up to Mountain Village for the free (!) outdoor FirstGrass Concert (5-8pm) featuring Fruition and Rhiannon Giddens.
You're welcome to stop by the festival box office beginning Saturday at noon to exchange your tickets (you printed them, right?) for festival and camping wristbands (here are this year's box office hours). The box office is located on the east end of Pacific Avenue, next to the walking bridge into the festival grounds.
If you're camping with us in Telluride (camping is still available), remember to drive directly to your campground. You can unload your camping gear at the campground, then you'll be directed to free campground parking nearby.
You'll find other important camping details in the mobile-friendly Camper's Handbook. While you have your mobile device out, you can now download a mobile-friendly PDF of this year's festival Pocket Schedule, back by popular demand.
Wherever you are, be sure to tune in to the live festival broadcast (and audio stream) on KOTO beginning Thursday morning. And be sure to watch our Facebook page all week for photos and other festival news.
Don't forget to adjust your home thermostat and water heater before leaving home for Telluride. It's going to be a magical week in the box canyon. We can't wait to share it with you.
"As close to heaven as we mortals are allowed to get…" Thanks to Boulder Magazine for the kind words about this year's 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival(August 14-16), calling our 3-day celebration of songs, stories, and summertime "the jewel in the crown" of Planet Bluegrass.
If you missed out on Telluride Bluegrass tickets (or the sold-out RockyGrass), know that 3-day passes, single-day tickets and camping are still available for our late August weekend in Lyons. Join Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Kasey Chambers, and many more along the St. Vrain River.
It's not too early to make your 25th Annual Folks Festival plans right now at shop.bluegrass.com.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass