Tix for all 2015 shows sold-out via the online lottery. No additional tickets will be sold.

2015 NightGrass Shows

Trampled By Turtles at the Sheridan (photo Benko Photographics)
Trampled By Turtles at the Sheridan
(photo Benko Photographics)

The sun may set and the temperature may drop, but the music never stops at Telluride Bluegrass... NightGrass is the late-night, indoor component of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

These intimate shows are held nightly at the legendary Sheridan Opera House and the historic Swede-Finn Hall (one block west of the gondola on Pacific Ave) as well as the Palm Theatre (on the west end of town, an easy walk down Colorado Avenue or serviced by free shuttles). Special shows are also held at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village (a free gondola ride from Telluride).


2015 NightGrass Schedule

Download a mobile-friendly version of the entire 2015 Telluride Bluegrass schedule.

  Sheridan
Opera House
Palm Theatre Swede-Finn Hall Telluride Conference
Center
Wednesday
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Yonder Mountain String Band
Thursday Lake Street Dive w/ Lau Trampled By Turtles w/
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Fruition
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Friday Yonder Mountain String Band Leftover Salmon Mustered Courage
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Saturday Steep Canyon Rangers Greensky Bluegrass Trout Steak Revival
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Sunday Punch Brothers
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Wednesday, June 17
Yonder Mountain String Band
14th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party with...
  • 9pm show / 8pm doors (All Ages)
  • Telluride Conference Center, 580 Mountain Village Blvd, Mountain Village
  • Tickets: $30 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
For the 14th consecutive year, Festivarians from around the world will board the sunset gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village to celebrate the kick-off of Telluride Bluegrass. It's the official beginning to four adventurous, magical days of music and Festivation in Telluride, with one of Festivarian Nation's favorite bands. It will be one of the sets people talk about all weekend — a high-energy improvisational freak-out, followed by a Festivarian-filled gondola ride descending into the lights of Telluride. If this is your first Telluride, this is where to begin. If it's not your first, well... then you already know. Top
Thursday, June 18
Lake Street Dive
with Lau
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
A few years ago Rolling Stone hailed Lake Street Dive as "This year's best new band." Festivarians at the 40th Telluride Bluegrass learned this for themselves as the soul-pop quartet were the buzz of the main stage, Elks Park, NightGrass and FirstGrass. This opening night of the 42nd Telluride, we'll share in an up-close glimpse of their brilliantly infectious catalog of tunes, dance-inducing grooves, and one of the best vocalists to ever play this festival as they rock the historic Sheridan. And be sure to arrive at 11pm for the Scottish trio Lau, which The Guardian calls "The UK's best live band." What a way to start the weekend. Top
Trampled By Turtles
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $25 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
Though there's undeniable magic in the frenzied dustcloud and arms-in-the-air singalongs of Trampled By Turtles on the Telluride main stage, we can't wait to feel their power and honesty in Telluride's most acoustically-tuned room. The goosebumps will rise a little higher, our voices will sing out a little louder, and Festivarian Nation will come together a little closer. What a fulfilling way to close the first day of the 42nd Telluride. And make sure you're in the door by 11pm to catch the highly-anticipated return of former Telluride band contest winners (and Telluride Troubadour finalist) Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line. We're starting the weekend big. Top
Fruition
@ Swede-Finn Hall
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Swede-Finn Hall, 472 West Pacific Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $20 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
We take great pride in TBF having just 1 stage. But the downside is that we simply don't have room to feature all our favorite bands. So thank you, Swede-Finn, for giving us a space to present one of the best young bands exploding onto our scene. If you're among the lucky few at this intimate Thursday show, you'll be bragging endlessly to your tarp neighbors for days about "this amazing band I heard..." The Fruition buzz is only beginning. [more...]

Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity. Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won’t Be Long. Soon after, the group’s three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey – to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch… where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family.

Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock ‘n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin.

Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They’ve thrilled audiences at festivals including Jamcruise, High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it’s Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future. The band released an EP recorded with their friends in Colorado’s Grant Farm in August and are wrapping up a new full length for 2015. [less...]
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Friday, June 19
Yonder Mountain String Band
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
This whole NightGrass "lottery" really started with Yonder's epic Friday nights at the Sheridan. This was the show for Festivarians -- the hot ticket. That was 6 years ago, and nothing has changed about this late-night Kinfolk throwdown at the Sheridan. One of the biggest names in progressive acoustic music plays their most intimate show of the year on a crazed Friday night in Telluride. So um, yeah, start filling out that lottery form right now. Top
Leftover Salmon (credit: Jay Blakesberg)
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $25 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
One of the most storied bands in Telluride lore (Vince and Drew first played together in a Town Park jam circa 1989) ignites the Palm Theatre with a euphoric late-night polyethnic Cajun slamgrass firestorm. The term "NightGrass" is defined (possibly redefined?) by a show like this. Ooh la la, this is how you finish a Friday night of "Festivaaaaaaaal!"Top
Mustered Courage
@ Swede-Finn Hall
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Swede-Finn Hall, 472 West Pacific Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $20 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
Mustered Courage breathe new life into the Australian roots music scene with a diverse sound that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike.  The Melbourne based quartet that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons” has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and albums that have won them glowing reviews, loads of radio support and a trophy at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Instrumental of the Year – “Candle Creek.” [more...]

After a heavy touring schedule of headlining club dates and festival appearances in Australia, these down-home pickers set their sites on the United States where they were invited by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to perform at the IBMA’s weeklong 2014 World of Bluegrass conference and festival.  This invitation turned into a full-blown tour that included 60 shows in 70 days across 43 U.S. states.

Mustered Courage’s quick ascent and insatiable work ethic caught the attention of Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Australia) who recently signed the band to a worldwide record deal.  While the ink dried, Lost Highway released the band’s cover of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” with the original instrumental B-side “Candle Creek” to celebrate the new relationship.  These two tracks showcase the best of a sound that has Rhythms Magazine raving, “The four-part harmonies are right on the money.  And the string picking, whether lightning fast or mellow and relaxed, is incendiary.”

Like the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show, Mustered Courage bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music.  They are a band on the rise that, asRhythms contends, is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.” [less...]
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Saturday, June 20
Steep Canyon Rangers
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
It's fitting that the historic Sheridan would host a bluegrass band that is changing bluegrass history - introducing (and quickly converting) legions of new fans to the genre. The Rangers have won Grammys, toured with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, been named IBMA Entertainers of the Year, slayed audiences around the world, and now we're giving them the keys to the Sheridan on TBF Saturday night. From the impeccable harmonies to the instant-classic songs to the barnstorming energy to Nicky's jawdropping fiddle breaks, SCR will add their own unforgettable story to the lore of Sheridan Saturday. Magic guaranteed. Top
Greensky Bluegrass (photo: Chris Monaghan)
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $25 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
After winning the TBF band contest in 2006, the Michigan quintet have become highly-requested staples of the box canyon, surpassing our high expectations on the main stage, year after year. Meanwhile, Greensky NightGrass sets continue to dominate entire chapters of the NightGrass scrapbook: closing their '12 Sheridan Saturday show with a series of unforgettable encores in the park outside the venue; an artfully choreographed reunion of Broke Mountain (featuring members of Infamous Stringdusters) at the '13 Palm. What story will you be telling the grandkids about GSBG's Palm '15...? Top
Trout Steak Revival
@ Swede-Finn Hall
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Swede-Finn Hall, 472 West Pacific Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $20 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. [more...] From beginnings as an informal jamming unit during treks through the peaks of the Front Range, Trout Steak Revival has evolved into one of Colorado’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their brand of heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. From sweat-soaked clubs to beautiful mountain festivals, the five-piece has shown a tenacity for quick-picking and all the right polish without sacrificing the raw feeling of well-executed bluegrass. Keeping an eye on traditions of the past but boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak takes us back to memories of whiskey, laughter, and the misty high country where the band was born. [less...] Top
Sunday, June 21
Punch Brothers
  • 10:30pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35 - Sold-out via online lottery open April 14-15
After the last note has been played on the main stage, musicians make their way to the Sheridan for the festival's final epic jams, wringing every last drop of music out of the artists who have defined our 4 days of acoustic adventure. Many emotional notes will be played and sung deep, deep into this night as we bid farewell to another TBF. Much like Yonder's Wednesday night kick-off party, this show has become an essential part of the Telluride Bluegrass experience. The Punch Brothers are the soundtrack to our journey home; they are the musical guide to set us on our way toward the 43rd Telluride Bluegrass next Summer Solstice. Top

Special thanks to our NightGrass partner...
New Belgium Brewing