A few tix remain for Jason Isbell & The Lone Bellow @ the Palm...

2014 NightGrass Shows

Palm Theatre in Telluride (photo Benko Photographics)
Palm Theatre in Telluride
(photo Benko Photographics)

The sun may set and the temperature may drop, but the music doesn't stop, it just moves into Telluride's famed indoor venues. Proving once again that "sleep" is best experienced the days after Telluride Bluegrass, NightGrass is the late-night component of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

These intimate indoor shows are held nightly at the historic Sheridan Opera House and Fly Me to the Moon Saloon (both located on Colorado Avenue in Telluride, just a few blocks from the Town Park festival grounds) 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).

2014 NightGrass Schedule

  Sheridan
Opera House
Fly Me to the Moon
Saloon
Palm Theatre Telluride Conference
Center
Wednesday
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Yonder Mountain String Band
Thursday Leftover Salmon Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen w/ Front Country Jason Isbell w/ The Lone Bellow
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Friday Yonder Mountain String Band Aoife O'Donovan & Chatham County Line Greensky Bluegrass
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Saturday Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Del McCoury's 75th Birthday Extravaganza
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Sunday Punch Brothers
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Wednesday, June 18
Yonder Mountain String Band
13th 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 4/14-4/16)
For the 13th 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 19
Leftover Salmon
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak St.
  • Tickets: $35 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
One of the most storied bands in Telluride lore (Vince and Drew first played together in a Town Park jam circa 1989) ignites the historic Sheridan with a euphoric late-night cajun slamgrass throwdown. The term "NightGrass" is defined (possibly redefined?) by a show like this. Yowza, what a night. Top
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • 11pm show / 9pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 132 E. Colorado Ave.
  • Tickets: $20 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. [more...] Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they also earned 2012 and 2013 Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association. It flavors every note of their new album, On the Edge, which Engine 145 dubbed, “a fine sophomore release from one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.” [less...] Top
Jason Isbell
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 W. Colorado Avenue.
  • Tickets: $25 (A few remaining tix go onsale on Tuesday, April 22 at 9am MDT at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422)
Where many NightGrass shows are defined by their fiery improvisational energy, this powerful Thursday at the Palm will be about goosebumps. Some of the strongest songs of the year sung with enough heartwrenching force and honesty to give rise to late-night San Juan Mountain-sized goosebumps -- what a fulfilling way to close the first day of the 41st Telluride... Top
Friday, June 20
Yonder Mountain String Band
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak St.
  • Tickets: $35 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
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 5 years ago, and nothing has changed. One of the biggest names in progressive acoustic music plays their most intimate show of the year on a crazed Friday night in Telluride. Um, yeah, fill out that lottery form right now. Top
Aoife O'Donovan & Chatham County Line
  • 11pm show / 9pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 132 E. Colorado Ave.
  • Tickets: $20 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
Upon graduation from the New England Conservatory, Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) hit the road as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world’s most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. [more...] The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Rich in songs and unexpected textures, Aoife's debut album bears the remarkable fruits of her many creative partnerships. Both joyously open and profoundly private, the album is at all times an opportunity to enjoy O’Donovan’s thoroughly modern and deeply rooted vocals.

One look at Raleigh NC-based Chatham County Line onstage and one expects to hear the dusty bluegrass nostalgia of the faded album covers we all grew up with, but give them three minutes and that notion is easily dispelled. Where the suit and tie-bluegrass instruments-single mic approach look very traditional, it is the original songwriting that paves the road for these four gentlemen. Imagine the sound of Kentucky, written in Texas, filtered through a pen in the North Carolina Piedmont and you will be on the right path. Over ten years of constant touring, five studio albums, and last year’s long awaited live concert release entitled Sight & Sound, this band has truly carved their own little home in the acoustic music community. Such is the path that leads to the band today, hastily finishing up work on their sixth studio release due in May 2014 on Yep Roc Records. [less...]
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Greensky Bluegrass
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 W. Colorado Avenue.
  • Tickets: $25 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
After winning the TBF band contest in 2006, the Kalamazoo quintet have been staples of the box canyon. Their NightGrass sets occupy pages of the NightGrass scrapbook: closing their '12 Saturday night Sheridan 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 '14...? Top
Saturday, June 21
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak St.
  • Tickets: $35 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
Two of Telluride's most important and gifted singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists (Tim's ubiquity on the Town Park stage is second only to Sam Bush!) share an intimate late-night of pickin' at the Sheridan. Magic guaranteed. Utterly unmissable. Top
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
  • 11pm show / 9pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 132 E. Colorado Ave.
  • Tickets: $20 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers made a needle’s-eye leap onto the national music circuit in 2012, bringing with them a refreshing sound, spirited stage show and wellspring of good vibes, along with a turntable and milk crates stocked with their favorite vintage vinyl for backstage sustenance. [more...]

Now, the San Francisco-based band and its striking front woman with a girl-next-door demeanor step out with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, a luminous, heartfelt patchwork of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul, punctuated with fresh four-part harmonies, crisp rock guitar and Nicki’s soaring, nuanced vocals that some critics say remind them of Linda Ronstadt. The first record under the banner of the full band, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers is very much a family album, featuring 11 new songs penned by the band members, arranged and produced by Nicki’s husband and the band’s musical director, Tim Bluhm, and recorded at the Bluhm’s Mission Bells studio in San Francisco.

The lead single “Little Too Late” kicks off the proceedings with a fun and funky punch of soulful rock and an anthemic quality to the lyrics that quickly made the song a fan favorite at live shows in the months prior to the album’s release. Also released in advance of the album, “Ravenous” marks a departure for the band as Nicki flirts with her dark side, urged on by haunting echoes of classic Fleetwood Mac. Tim and Nicki’s great love of country music and Americana storytelling takes center stage in the sparkling “Till I’m Blue”, an enchanting ode to lasting love, as well as in “Deep Water”, Nicki’s endearing telling of life lessons learned. Bluhm family friend Steve Poltz, best known for his collaborations with the singer Jewel, contributed the coaxing soul waltz “Check Your Head”.

There is an evergreen quality to the band’s music that resonates with music lovers across ages and time zones, fans who are touched by the band’s natural, bright-eyed charm and timeless expression of life and love. “We make music that generations of friends and families can share,” Nicki offers with a quiet confidence. “For me, there is a tenderness, a humanness. It’s about getting down to the basic level of bringing joy. We’re a fun, honest group of people who love traveling and seeing the country. I’m with my husband and my best friends, we’re so lucky to be doing this, and we’re so grateful for those coming out to visit with us.”

With such an earnest appreciation for every moment of the grueling work and endless hours required for touring “uncharted waters,” as she puts it, one can imagine Nicki almost pinching herself to prove that this really is her life -- and rightfully so. She never saw any of this coming.

Tim and Nicki’s paths first crossed at a house party, when someone passed a guitar to Nicki. Though she’d never before sung in front of a crowd, she took a chance and belted out an impromptu blues number, immediately catching Tim’s ear. It was a spark-plug moment that evolved into the two playing music together, followed by Tim mentoring Nicki as she developed into a career singer/songwriter. As love blossomed and marriage ensued, the couple created and released Nicki’s debut solo album, Toby’s Song (2008).

The formation of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers happened in similar organic fashion, when Nicki recruited her childhood friend, Deren Ney, to play lead guitar in her new band. Dave Mulligan accepted an invitation from Nicki to join the Gramblers on guitar and vocals while out hiking with the Bluhms one day. Bass player Steve Adams and drummer Mike Curry each got the call from the Bluhms and agreed to double-time it with their existing musical commitments. When not working with his own band, the Mother Hips, Tim takes his place on guitar, keyboard and vocals. Nicki’s second album, Driftwood (2011), earned numerous positive reviews and put Nicki and the Gramblers in front of a wider swath of show goers across the western U.S.

It was during this time that the band’s “Van Sessions” video for Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That” went viral and introduced Nicki and band to the world of their endearing, stripped down versions of classic songs as well as to an existing catalog of original tracks from Nicki’s two previous solo albums. They went back on the road and quickly developed into a tight knit, six-piece headlining act, logging over 200 dates in 2012. In 2013, Nicki and the Gramblers’ touring schedule has included auspicious sets at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Hangout Music Festival and Mountain Jam, as well as being featured on network television by veteran journalist Anthony Mason for “CBS This Morning”.

Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers released a digital single featuring two new tracks, “Little Too Late” and “Ravenous,” in January 2013 and will be releasing their next album on August 27th, 2013 on Little Sur. The new album will be the debut under Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers and include the current single and live favorite "Little Too Late." [less...]
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Del McCoury
featuring the Del McCoury Band & Friends
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 W. Colorado Avenue.
  • Tickets: $25 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
"Don’t ever let it be said darling, that what I do don’t bring me joy… I’m a guitar-picking, bluegrass-singing, never-grow-up boy." For fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans. This Saturday night we celebrate the IBMA Hall of Famer's 75th birthday in Telluride style with many of his closest musical pals. Top
Sunday, June 22
Punch Brothers
  • 10:30pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak St.
  • Tickets: $35 Sold-out (via online lottery open 4/14-4/16)
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. 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 42nd Telluride Bluegrass next Summer Solstice. Top

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