|View from Mountain Village
For eight years, Yonder Mountain String Band has officially "kicked-off" Telluride Bluegrass with their Wednesday night show at the Telluride Conference Center. This year we decided that kick-off needed a kick-off of its own - and Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village seemed like the perfectly inspiring location to host two of our favorite progressive acoustic bands for a free outdoor show.
Join us from 3-6pm on Wednesday, June 17 for full sets from Telluride Bluegrass veterans The Greencards and virtuosic siblings The Lovell Sisters.
Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village
Sunset Plaza is located along Mountain Village Boulevard in the heart of it all – the Village Center. Sunset Plaza is aptly named because of its west-facing orientation resulting in great sun exposure and amazing sunset views.
|Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village
Sunset Plaza is easily accessible by foot or gondola. Once in the Village Center, stroll through Heritage Plaza and Conference Center Plaza where many of the town’s shops and restaurants are located before following the cobblestone walkway to Sunset Plaza.
As always, the gondola from Telluride provides a breathtaking (and free) means of traveling to Mountain Village. Plan to spend the evening in Mountain Village - dining at one of the numerous great restaurants, wandering the shops, taking in the spectacular views, and enjoying the official first bluegrass of the 36th Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The FirstGrass Artists
With two Australians and an Englishman, The Greencards are probably the least likely Austin-formed/Nashville-based band you’ve ever heard. Their love and respect for country, Americana, blues and bluegrass brought them together in 2003 and–now signed to Sugar Hill Records–the trio will release their fourth album Fascination
. Meticulously crafted arrangements serve as springboards for exhilarating improvisations. Acoustic textures and Carol Young’s moving vocals shimmer in the light of innovative production. The Greencards have already toured with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, earned the Americana Music Award in 2006 for “Emerging Artist of the Year and in 2008 landed a Grammy nomination (“Best Country Instrumental Performance”). Their urge to challenge themselves, to test the limits of any established genre, continues to guide The Greencards – singer/bassist Carol Young and multiple stringed-instrument master Kym Warner from Australia, and violinist/violist Eamon McLoughlin from the U.K.
There is a word often used when describing rising Americana stars The Lovell Sisters: Passion. It’s what these three
young women (ages 18-23) feel when they step on stage to perform. Passion is the
fuel that feeds their writing and arranging, and it colors every note they play and sing on Time To Grow
, their upcoming album.
Winners of Prairie Home Companion's National Teen Talent Competition in 2005, the Lovell Sisters spread the heavenly harmony of sisterhood and sibling string virtuosity — Jessica on fiddle, Megan on dobro, Rebecca on guitar and mandolin (the first female to win the Merlefest mandolin contest). In Telluride the sisters are joined by Daniel Kimbo on bass and Matthew Wingate on Guitar.
The FirstGrass Concert is completely free thanks to a partnership between Planet Bluegrass and the Town of Mountain Village.