Telluride Bluegrass really wouldn't be the same without Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman. The two musicians and bandleaders (Drew: Left Hand String Band; Vince: SalmonHeads) met in campground jams in Telluride's Town Park over twenty years ago and formally began their collaboration as Leftover Salmon on New Year's Eve 1990.
Together with their gifted Leftover Salmon bandmates, they shared the Telluride Bluegrass stage an impressive eight times. Their adventurous fusion of bluegrass, Cajun, and hyperactive Festivalia helped shape a generation of Festivarians around the country; and for many, helped define the Telluride experience.
So it is a great thrill for us to welcome them back to Telluride - together - for a special Sunday afternoon set with some of their closest musical friends. Or as Vince describes it on his website: "Just a couple friends getting together to pick a few."
Tickets and camping are still available to spend the summer solstice with the Festivarian family in Telluride (June 21-24). Sam, Emmylou, Bela, and Alison will all be there. As will the Counting Crows, YMSB, Guster, Los Lobos, Chris Thile, Chick Corea. Add your name to this growing list: shop.bluegrass.com or call 800-624-2422. The Telluride magic will change you.
We'll be adding 10 special names to the list in a couple weeks, as we choose the finalists in the Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, from the hundreds of entries we've received this winter. June 21-24 in Telluride one Troubadour and one bluegrass band will have their lives changed forever. Join us for all the exciting performances on the Elks Park and Town Park stages all weekend.
Still looking for Telluride Town Park camping passes? Tune in to Denver's KCUV-FM (102.3 FM or streaming at www.kcuvradio.com) this week for your chance to win a pair of 4-day passes to Telluride Bluegrass and one of three different camping packages, including a pair of those coveted Town Park passes.
If you've been sitting back enjoying Springtime with nary a thought about July, we may have some bad news for you: we just sold-out of 3-day passes and Saturday tickets for RockyGrass (July 27-29). We tried to warn everyone; we really did. But alas, the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons can only hold so many eager Festivarians.
Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of RockyGrass are still available, but they are certain to sell quickly. If a July evening with Nickel Creek and Marty Stuart (Sunday), or Del McCoury and David Grisman (Friday) is part of your summer plans, don't wait much longer.
Check out the RockyGrass lineup - including Friday's latest addition, teenage prodigy Sierra Hull - call a few friends, and purchase some of the few remaining single-day tickets while you still can at shop.bluegrass.com or call 800-624-2422.
While most of the classes in the RockyGrass Academy sold-out via a lottery last fall, space is still available in The Song School (August 12-16), the week leading up to the Folks Festival (August 17-19) in Lyons. If you're actively pursuing your musical muse, or have always dreamt of it, an inspiring week along the St. Vrain River with Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Catie Curtis, and many many others, may be the week that changes your life. We see it happen every year. Make your commitment now.
Finally, time is running out to save the Valley Floor in Telluride. This 570-acre area of majestic, mountain ecosystem will be developed unless the remaining funds can be raised in the next few days. 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 your contribution can help keep the valley "Forever Wild."
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