"Green is the valley,
Blue is the night,
Out of the shadows into the light..." (Los Lobos)
The year is 1973: As Fall Creek is bringing the fresh sounds of bluegrass to the stage of the Telluride Fourth of July Celebration, five musicians in Los Angeles are joining together to combine their rock'n'roll background with traditional Mexican music. The year is now 2007, and these two authentic American treasures shall finally meet: the festival - now the 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival - and the band - two-time Grammy-winners Los Lobos, whose blend of blues, latin, rockabilly, R&B, and folk remains as vital today as it did over thirty years ago.
They'll be capping a Friday of Festivation that includes the mind-blowing improvisation of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the clever pop of Guster, the groundbreaking newgrass of Chris Thile & The How to Grow a Band featuring Bryan Sutton, the slide virtuosity of the Jerry Douglas Band, the dazzling Brazilian mandolins of Mike Marshall & Hamilton de Holanda, the fresh sounds of Michigan's Greensky Bluegrass, and your new favorite band: The Infamous Stringdusters. That's a day of music. And the weekend hasn't even begun.
Single-day lineups for all four days of Telluride Bluegrass (June 21-24) are now available - including the free-jazz klezmer of the Andy Statman Trio and acclaimed Australian folk-rockers Augie March. Check bluegrass.com, tell your friends, then get your tickets - 4-day passes and single-day tickets are all on-sale now - 800-624-2422 or shop.bluegrass.com. Don't wait too long, we're not expecting to have many tickets left come June.
Camping in nearby Mary E. Illium and Lawson Hill is still available. Or if a cozy room in Telluride or Mountain Village (just a quick gondola-ride away) sounds more appealing, contact the Telluride Reservation Center or visit our own Telluride lodging page for all your needs.
Get goose bumps just thinking of the breathtaking last mile as you drive into Telluride? The town of Telluride needs our help. The Valley Floor in Telluride is in danger of being developed unless enough money can be raised to purchase the land in the next several months. Planet Bluegrass has made a significant contribution toward protecting this natural paradise, and we're asking all Festivarians to visit ValleyFloor.org to learn how you can help keep the valley "Forever Wild."
For years, we've have been leading the way in sustainable festivation, by focusing on festival waste and energy use. This year we are taking the final, largest step toward a 100% carbon neutral festival by purchasing 4,111,699 KWh of electricity from renewable sources to offset the emissions from all festival travel to/from Telluride - the source of over 95% of the festival's pollution. Learn more about our historic efforts and how you can help with just a $5 contribution.
Back here in Lyons, the single-day lineup for the 35th Annual RockyGrass (July 27-29) is now listed at bluegrass.com. With Nickel Creek, Del McCoury, David Grisman, Marty Stuart, Cherryholmes, and Sam Bush on this year's schedule, you won't want to miss a single note. But if you must, single-day tickets are now on-sale - 800-624-2422 or shop.bluegrass.com. Tickets continue to sell briskly, so tell your friends: we're not expecting to have anything left by May.
If you're a new Festivarian looking for advice on your first festival, a twelve-year veteran looking to trade camp stories, or just looking for a pair of coveted Town Park camping passes, check out our new Festivarian Forum at Festivarian.com. You might even catch an occasional leak about who's on this year's Folks Fest (Aug 17-19) lineup...
Finally, for all you lucky Colorado Festivarians, join us this Sunday, March 11 at 7pm, as we welcome the King of Telluride, Sam Bush, to the Fox Theatre in Boulder as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration. We'll be at the Theatre all night, giving away some Planet Bluegrass merch, talking festivaaaal, and celebrating the near-end of winter with the only musician to play 32 straight Telluride Bluegrass Festivals - with a 33rd on the way this June. See you there!
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