Four artists complete the musical landscape of the 38th Telluride Bluegrass...
The songwriter (Joe Pug): Telluride Bluegrass begins with deeply felt musical ideas - melody and harmony, lyrics and inspiration. The duo (Chris Thile & Michael Daves): Telluride Bluegrass blossoms in the intimate interplay between brilliant musicians trading rhythm and improvisation, blending timbre and tone. The trio (Jerry Douglas featuring Omar Hakim & Viktor Krauss): Telluride Bluegrass fearlessly pushes upward toward exploration, adventure, and sonic selflessness inspired by the splendor of the San Juan Mountains. The musical family (Darrell Scott & Friends' Father's Day Gospel Hour): Telluride's musicians come together to embrace collaboration, celebration, and a collective soul.
The convergence of these artists is the magic of Telluride Bluegrass. It is the reason thousands of us – Festivarians and musicians alike – return to this box canyon at 8,750' every Summer Solstice. It is the reason these 4 days in June will once again change us forever...
With the completion of the single-day lineup, we can begin to uncover the character of each day – from Thursday's Celtic-tinged opening duo of Tim O'Brien and fiddler Kevin Burke, to Saturday's raucous late-night singalongs from Old Crow Medicine Show, to Robert Plant & Band of Joy's climactic festival closer. Each day tells its own story, shaped by alpenglow and passing clouds, tarp spaces and new friendships...
Thursday, June 16 • Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart | Sarah McLachlan | Steve Earle & the Dukes | Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper | Cornmeal | The Head and The Heart | Tim O'Brien & Kevin Burke
Friday, June 17 • Railroad Earth | Béla Fleck & the Flecktones (The Original Line-Up) | Emmylou Harris | Trampled by Turtles | Jerry Douglas featuring Omar Hakim & Viktor Krauss | The Infamous Stringdusters | Chris Thile & Michael Daves | Joe Pug
Saturday, June 18 • Old Crow Medicine Show | Sam Bush Band | The Decemberists | Yonder Mountain String Band | Tim O'Brien Band | Emmitt-Nershi Band | Nora Jane Struthers & the Bootleggers
Sunday, June 19
• Robert Plant & Band of Joy | Mumford & Sons | Punch Brothers | Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band | Abigail Washburn | Edgar Meyer | Darrell Scott & Friends Father's Day Gospel Hour
Even more important to many Festivarians, single-day tickets ($65) are now available. We must share this disclaimer: spending just a single-day at Telluride Bluegrass inevitably necessitates another single-day and another and another... Begin the process now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
Lodging is still available in Telluride and nearby Mountain Village (a free gondola ride above Telluride). Several of our lodging partners have extended exclusive discounts to Festivarians (for a limited time), including The Peaks Resort & Spa, Silver Star Signature Properties, Elevation Vacations, and Lumiere. Learn how to save 10% or more on your lodging reservation by visiting our lodging page.
Camping is still available in 3 different settings: convenient family-friendly campsites at the Telluride High School; the west end of the valley floor at Lawson Hill; and along the river in the Ilium Valley (these passes are quickly becoming scarce). All campgrounds are serviced by free shuttles to the festival grounds.
In the months leading up to the festival, we'll be announcing the schedule of intimate indoor NightGrass concerts, the free workshops in-town at Elks Park, the finalists in the Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, things you can do to help us continue to lead the way in "Sustainable Festivation," and much more. For the latest updates, be sure to RSVP to the festival on Facebook and connect with the most welcoming Festivarians on the planet in our Festivarian Forum. The Telluride Bluegrass experience neither begins nor ends on the summer solstice weekend. Your Festivarian family is yours for a lifetime.
As we warned last week, tickets for Friday's opening night of the 2011 Wildflower Concert Series, featuring Girlyman and special guests Coyote Grace, is now completely sold-out. Tickets remain for the rest of the series - including Elephant Revival, Packway Handle Band, and Missy Raines & the New Hip. Make your plans now to spend a cozy spring evening enjoying the bonfire along the St. Vrain River and the intimate acoustics inside the Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons.
Pardon all our ramblings about "sell-outs." It's not hype. As we look toward this year of very busy ticket sales (and very early sell-outs), we just want to give the procrastinating Festivarians among us fair warning. Your next warning: only a couple handfuls of RockyGrass Saturday tickets remain.
We're a couple weeks away from the next major lineup announcement for the 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Aug 19-21). To call this upcoming announcement "major" is an understatement. Keep an eye on the Festivarian Forum and Facebook for an occasional lineup leak. We're having a hard time keeping this to ourselves.
We hope you're able to cherish these last few weeks of winter with a telemark turn, a snowshoe, or a mellow strum by the fireplace. Spring is near, music is about to emerge, and we can't wait to share it with you.
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